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Cost Of Air Purifiers For Home: How Much Should I Pay?

It is no secret that an air purifier is getting more expensive with the never-ending pandemic and inflation. With an estimated 1 in 4 American households owning an air purifier, how much should you pay for one? Wonder no more as we explore the cost of an air purifier for homes segregated by types, sizes, and technologies. Don't be shocked that you can spend way less on a good air purifier, or you can do the opposite by overspending by thousands with the wrong type. Let's explore your option.
Short answer
<$300 for a bedroom and <$900 for a living room.

 

How Much Should I Pay For An Air Purifier?

You should pay less than $100 for a desktop HEPA air purifier suited for a nightstand, work desk, or other small room sizes. For medium room sizes under 400 square footage, you should pay no more than 400 dollars for a HEPA air purifier with at least 3-stage filtration. For large room sizes above 400 square footage like living room, garage, or basement, there are plenty of options like Rabbit Air Minus A2, Coway Airmega 400S that is within the $400-600 price bracket. In any case, try not to go beyond $900 unless you have a specific reason or are aiming for a whole-house air purifier.

There are a few types of air purifiers in the market differentiated by the technologies. The table below shows how much an air purifier will roughly cost you based on the types.

Air Purifier (Filter Type)Cost
Mechanical HEPA air purifier$20-$2000
Activated carbon purifier/ deodorizer$20-$300
UV air purifier/ UVGI$40-$500
PCO air purifier (hybrid system)$500-$1000
Ionic air purifier/ Air ionizer$40-$300
Electrostatic precipitators (electronic filter)$100-$300
Air Exchanger$200-$1500
Whole-house air filtration$10-$3000

As you can see, the cost of an air purifier ranges from dirt cheap under $50 to exceedingly expensive, over $900. However, The price of an air purifier is not the only determining factor on how effective an air purifier is in cleaning the air. An air purifier under 100 dollars would still do a splendid job removing microscopic particles, allergens, and smoke. There are other factors that are contributing to the big price gap as such:

  • The overall size. A small air purifier is typically priced under $100, while a large air purifier starts from $300.
  • The technologies. A PCO air purifier with advanced NASA-based technology is significantly more expensive than a filter-based air purifier, given the complexity of the creation.
  • The number of filters. Filter costs money to make. The more filter there is, the more cost the manufacturer will incur. Filters also require replacing every 6-12 months, which will add up to the cost of ownership.
  • The types of filters. The higher quality the filter is, the more money it will cost you. For example, a certified True HEPA filter is more complicated to make than a HEPA-type filter. Activated carbon filter > carbon sheet.
  • The number of features. The inclusion of specifications such as built-in sensor, Wi-Fi enabled, remote control, and auto mode will cost more than barebone models.
  • Brand recognition. A well-known brand like Blueair, IQAir, with a history of making good air purifiers, will charge you more as there is a demand for it.
  • Country of origin. A Sweden or Swiss made air purifier will have higher labor and taxation cost than a China-made model. That’s just how the world works.

Pick the right model if you want to pay less for an air purifier. For example, a small air purifier would do well for an office cubicle. The lower filter price and energy-efficient running cost will ensure it is still feasible in the long run. If you intend to clean the air in the entire home 24×7, having a large air purifier would be cheaper to run over multiple smaller air purifiers.

The below table is a breakdown of how much an air purifier will cost you in one, three, and five years based on the manufacturer’s recommended filter replacement time.

Air PurifiersSizesPricesAnnual Filter CostsTotal Costs (First Year)Total Costs (Third Year)Total Costs (Fifth Year)
LEVOIT Core 300SMALL$99.99$20-$40$120-$140$160-$220$200-$300
hOmeLabs PurelySMALL$99.99$30-$60$130-$160$190-$280$250-$400
Honeywell HPA300MEDIUM$249.99$108$358$574$790
Winix 5500-2MEDIUM$160$80$240$400$560
IQAir HealthPro PlusLARGE$899$152$1,051$1,355$1,659

Are Air Purifiers Worth The Money?

As indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, an air purifier is the best way to improve indoor air; it is worth every dime you pay. An air purifier will effectively remove airborne pollutants like dust, mold, pollen, pet dander, germ, smoke, and odor. With an activated carbon filter, it can further neutralize chemical fumes like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates, ammonia, deet, and nitrogen dioxide. An air purifier will also prevent dust buildup and help circulate clean, fresh air in the room to prevent it from getting stale. Allergy symptoms like cough, sinus, itchiness, throat irritation, and headache due to bad air will be alleviated. You will breathe better, sleep better, and are less likely to fall sick. You will wake up completely refreshed and in a happy mood. You will have a sharper mind and a boost in productivity simply by breathing clean air.

Air purifiers also bring many health benefits to the table at a fraction of the cost. It protects our lungs from chronic diseases and reduces the risk of an asthma attack. EPA studies have shown that running a HEPA air purifier will improve respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems in the long run. Living under clean air will also increase your life expectancy, similar to living in outskirt areas.

Before You Purchase One

An air purifier is a must, but it is not a jack of all trades. There are a lot of limitations to what an air purifier can do. First off, an air purifier can only remove contaminants lingering in the air. It is incapable of removing contaminants that have adhered to a surface area. The air-cleaning performance is also restricted within the air purifier purifying coverage. The radius is further reduced against gases and odors. The air cleaning technology used may also be controversial with harmful ozone production. Air purifiers can also be frustrating at times. It can be obstructive, loud, and prevent you from opening windows. Last but not least, there is a recurring filter replacement cost that you have to contemplate on top of the purchasing price. At the end of the day, health is more valuable than money. An air purifier can give you just that.

References

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EPA

NCBI

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A loving father and a dedicated reviewer for airfuji.com with more than 1000 air purifiers under his belt. Max Fernandez is also one of the million patients currently suffering from asthma. Feel free to nudge him if you have any questions.
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