It may seem like you’re always either cleaning your house, buying cleaning products, or complaining that you need to buy cleaning products to clean your house. But we hate to break it to you — even if you’re rage-cleaning yourself or encouraging (read: bribing) your children to do chores — your home is probably not as clean as you think.
In fact, according to a Harvard study, the concentrations of air pollutants indoors are often 2-5 times higher than they are outdoors. Besides all the dirt and other mysterious substances, your kids are bringing home with them, another possible pollutant in your house is mold, which can grow in damp places like poorly ventilated bathrooms or basements or even those drool-filled toys. Mold can lead to coughing or allergic reactions, and it’s worse than an uninvited houseguest that refuses to leave.
One of the simpler ways to combat mold is to get an air purifier, which can help trap airborne mold spores and filter clean air back into your living spaces. Most purifiers have multiple filter systems and/or include a True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns, including mold spores. Ahead you’ll find the best air purifiers for mold that will have you and your family breathing a little easier.
Air Purifiers for Mold for Small Rooms
This compact air purifier has a three-stage filtration system — a pre-filter, True HEPA filter, and activated carbon filter — to capture mold, dust, pet dander, and more. It has two different light settings and a quiet motor, so you can keep it running through the night without disturbing your sleep. It can circulate a small or medium-sized room’s air over four times an hour, which is about the frequency you have to clean up after your kids on a regular basis. Raves this Amazon customer, “Love this product! I have two cats that tend to wander in and sleep with us. I bet there is dander and cat hair everywhere. I like to sleep with window open and I am sure a ton of pollen blows in! I also have allergies with watery eyes and scratchy throat with cough. I have never slept well either. With this little unit—I feel great in the am. I wake up easier and feel alert and smell cleaner air. My eyes are not irritated and I even look better. The night light feature is awesome and created a nice hue in the room. It has 2 settings! You can leave light off as well.”
This purifier has a four-stage filtration system, which includes a True HEPA filter and an ionizer to help trap airborne particles and clean your room more efficiently. With your hectic schedule, you can also set it and forget it: In auto mode, the purifier senses the amount of air particles present and adjusts the fan speed accordingly. This Amazon customer weighs in, “It’s quite large, but light, so it’s easy to move from room to room. I run it on auto, but I changed the sensitivity settings to “most sensitive” (read the manual!) to get the best effect. As an example, I was pouring remnants of a bleach product from one bottle to another, and it detected that in the air, and spun up. It’s great for keeping around during dusty jobs, like cleaning the inside of your computer case, because it’ll suck up anything you send into the air. It’s also effective at minimizing cooking smells more quickly than just waiting them out. I made sure to check on the prefilter before doing this review, and after running it pretty consistently for 3 weeks, I see that it has trapped some dust and hairs.”
This portable purifier is ideal for bedrooms, offices, or smaller rooms up to 200 square feet. It uses a 3-in-1 system, which includes a True HEPA filter, activated carbon filter, and UV-C light to destroy microorganisms. Says this Amazon customer, “We’ve had this product for only 3 days and we noticed the difference it made on the first night! It was bought for the purpose of cleaning the air for a basement bedroom suite, a suite that collects dust quick and lacks air circulation. So far this purifier has helped create a better and cleaner airflow and has also rid of any unwanted stench. The product is the perfect size for a large bedroom and was real easy to set up, basically just plug and play right out of the box. It is also very quiet on the medium setting, so you can run it all day and night without notice. Overall its a Great purifier for the price. I am looking to purchase another for the upstairs bedroom in the near future.”
The Winix 5300 is fully equipped to capture 99.97% of particles in the area. It includes features like four fan speeds, smart sensors to detect air quality, a sleep mode, and three-stage air purification Designed to cover up to 360 sq. ft. (medium and large rooms, as well as kids bedrooms, baby nurseries, and offices), the Winix 5300 has a clean, modern look, and its grey exterior should blend in nicely with your home decor. Could the Winix be love at first sight? Says one customer, “I love it so much I bought another right away. I run these 24/7 in my 400 square foot living room and a slightly smaller bedroom. I have animals and since I started using these, there’s a lot less dust and dander on the floor and other surfaces. I love the pre- filter..mainly because I can see the dust it’s filtered out of the air and it’s very gratifying (yes, it gets alot and I vacuum more than once a day),but also because it just works, and well. The pre filter is easy to clean (I use s Dyson dust attachment). The air just feels cleaner. It’s not particularly noisy, about the same noise level as a large box fan.”
Air Purifiers for Mold for Large Rooms
Molekule’s PECO technology not only captures the smallest of air pollutants like bacteria and mold, but it also destroys them so they can’t make an unwanted comeback into your house. It also runs quietly and swiftly, like a silent killer of air contaminants, and it can replace the air in a large room (~600 square feet) in under an hour. From one happy customer to another, “MoleKule Air is the best air filter I have experienced. I highly recommend both the mini and regular size for both home/work. My nasal passages are clear and I can feel the difference in the air quality after using Molecule for almost a year.” If you’re worried about icky viruses resurfacing in the fall/winter, then it never hurts to be prepared.
You’ll breathe a little easier with this air purifier that’s certified by Allergy Standards and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It uses a True HEPA filter with antimicrobacterial treatment to get rid of dust, germs, mold spores, and more. There’s a high-performance mode for when you need a little extra protection for you and your family during allergy and flu seasons. With a review titled “life changing!!!!” we couldn’t help but share. “I regret waiting as long as I did before buying these!! We live in the desert and dust is always an issue. I bought three of the AeraMax 300’s three weeks ago – one at each end of the house, one in the middle. We’ve not had to dust furniture ONCE since having these in place!! Our home smells noticeably fresher and we’re breathing easier!!! The true test for me was cooking odor. We have an open floor plan and my Wife cooks a lot of ethnic food with strong smells. This past weekend, she cooked up a big meal and within an hour the odor was gone! Curiously, our power usage has dropped 30 KwH on a daily basis since having these in our home. I believe it has to do with the fact that we have better circulation and the heatpump filters are taking on so much dust.”
Get rid of dust, pollen, and mold quickly — Honeywell air purifiers use True HEPA filters to clean and circulate air up to five times an hour. There are three cleaning levels plus a turbo clean setting and easy-to-use touch controls. Take it from one reviewer, who said, “Over the past 20 years I have owned many different units, almost all of them were manufactured by Honeywell. While all had the same basic functions and worked quite well, this unit is by far the best and quietest air filter that I have ever owned.”
Repeat buyers can’t get enough of theirs. Says one Amazon customer, “After almost 4 years of continuing use of my Honeywell Hepa Air Purifiers they are still going strong! I now have 3 of these amazing machines, having replaced all three of my round Honeywell air filters. With regular maintenance and filter changes these air purifiers still do an excellent job of filtering the air in my home. I still have two cats in my home and my asthma has gotten a bit worse with age, but these Honeywell Hepa Air Filters still do an incredible job! The replacement filters are reasonably priced and the machines still maintain a virtually silent operation in the lowest setting. To sum up, 4 years later I am still very pleased with my purchase.”
The SilverOnyx Air purifier packs a lot of punch into its small, tabletop frame. With powerful 5-stage filtration, the SilverOnyx will filter 99.97% of ultrafine particles through its true HEPA air filter. Its easy-to-use interface can neutralize household odors and is available in three stylish colors. Says one Amazon customer, “This is the most informative and quiet air purifier on the market! The sleek design is small and powerful with auto controls and manual controls for air contaminants that can occur on a higher level. It really works! When the maid was cleaning the bathroom with bleach, this unit identified the contaminate immediately even though it was located in the bedroom on the other side of the bathroom. The LED lights change colors for low, medium and high level of contaminates and gets rid of it within 15 minutes! I will likely buy another for other rooms in the house. Love it and highly recommend it!”
The Blue Pure 411 removes 99% of particles in the air, from mold and bacteria to pet dander and cooking odors. It uses just 1.5 watts and is super quiet, so you and your wallet won’t realize it’s there working away. While the 411 can handle a smaller room (161 sq. ft.), also look at the 211 and 121 which will handle rooms up to 620 sq. ft. If you’re in the market for a purifier for a small bedroom, then here’s a first-person account. “I have it in my bedroom which is a pretty small space (~90-110 square feet). I started it on the low setting, and within 36 hours, I could tell a noticeable difference in air quality. I have 2 dogs and a cat in my home, plus I have asthma, so I have really appreciated having the Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier in my bedroom. Every day when I walk in my bedroom, the difference from the rest of the air in my house is clear, and I only have it on the low setting.”
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