The air in your home is oftentimes two to five times dirtier than the air outside, according to the EPA. Because the air inside your home is so dirty, it makes sense that people want to try and fix that.
Problem is people might not know where to start.
But, don’t worry, it’s actually surprisingly easy to clean the air in your home, and it doesn’t have to cost hundreds upon hundreds of dollars either!
Air purifiers range in price greatly. There are some units as cheap as 20 dollars and there are others that are well over a thousand dollars. Because there is such a range, that’s sure to scare people. However, let me just tell you right here and right now that you can get a great air purifier for between 40 and 180 dollars that will last for years.
That being said, I do have (and love) one air purifier that is usually between 20 and 30 dollars, but that one is usually best used in smaller rooms and bathrooms in particular. (It’s the air purifier in the picture.)
Now, with all that said about the cost of air purifiers, I’m sure you’ve got a bunch of questions. I would too. So, strap on in and I’ll take you on a ride!
(This post is going to summarize the facts on air purifiers a bit, so, if you’d like more fleshed out answers, here’s an article I do that in: How Much Does a Good Air Purifier Cost?)
Why Do People Buy Air Purifiers?
There are billions of reasons to buy an air purifier, and they’re all in the air you’re breathing right now.
Those reasons are pollutants, both microscopic and not. Some are just annoying dust and other larger particles, others are germs that you can’t see, and others still are noxious and toxic gasses that might be lurking around in your home’s air.
Because of all the things that air purifiers can take out of the air, sales of air purifiers have been shooting up with every year–especially during and after the Coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns.
Believe it or not, one in every four Americans own an air purifier, according to the Washington Post, that’s a lot of people who have hopped onto the air purifier bandwagon!
It’s with good reason that people are buying up air purifiers. The air in the world is full of unpleasant things that we shouldn’t be breathing. As if the pollution in urban and suburban areas isn’t bad enough, most everything that we buy and use today also causes the air in our homes to get dirtier.
New furniture, cleaning products, and tons of other things release something called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs are known to cause a huge slew of health issues, miscarriages, and even deaths. As such, a lot of people do everything they can to cut down on their VOC exposure, including purchasing an air purifier.
Besides VOCs, millions of people also buy air purifiers to help with their home’s dust and other allergens that are in their home’s air. People with allergies and asthma are some who can potentially benefit the most from purchasing and using an air purifier.
What’s the Cost of an Air Purifier?
A lot of bloggers out there recommend air purifiers that are 200 dollars and a whole lot more than that, but let me assure you that those prices are not at all necessary. Worse still, a lot of those air purifiers have replacement filters that cost a small fortune over the long run too!
I’m not about that. It’s, quite honestly, a jerk move and it takes advantage of people. As such, I try my best to only recommend cheaper units whenever possible and those units have to be the best that they can be. However, there is a time and place for the costlier units as well, so I have to mention that too. However, that time and place isn’t for most first-time buyers of air purifiers, it’s for experienced people who know exactly what they want and need out of an air purifier.
And that’s why I say that most air purifiers will cost you between 40 and 180 dollars. Air purifiers in that range will more than meet your expectations, especially if you get the ones I recommend, or the ones that have strong reviews.
Now, I’ve got more to say on all of that, so I’ll stay on my soap box for now, but without further ado, here are the prices of various, popular air purifiers and some of my top picks. Please note that some of these will cost more than the 40 to 180 I mentioned and I’m just including them because they are worth mentioning here.
Cost of Purchasing and Operating Various Air Purifiers
|Make & Model||Room Size||Air Purifier Price||Annual Filter Cost|
|Three Musketeers III M Mini||65 ft²||$24||$48|
|Levoit LV-H128||161 ft²||$50||$48*|
|AROEVE MK01||215 ft²||$75||$81*|
|Medify MA-18||330 ft²||$95||$152*|
|Levoit Core 300||219 ft²||$105||$72*|
|Pure Enrichment® PureZone™||200 ft²||$130||$50*|
|GermGuardian AC5900WCA||365 ft²||$229||$140|
|Honeywell HPA300||465 ft²||$270||$75|
|Blueair Blue Pure 211+||540 ft²||$320||$140|
|Alen Breathsmart||1,100 ft²||$650||$60|
|EnviroKlenz Plus||1,000 ft²||$790||$275|
Not every air purifier on this list needs its filters replaced, which is cool. Some of them can have their filters cleaned, which can be a huge cost saving! The air purifiers that have washable filters have an asterisk (*) next to their filter cost. Not every air purifier filter says that it can be cleaned, but there are a lot that can be. Additionally, some air purifiers have filters that last longer than the manufacturer states, depending on your home’s air, you might not need to replace your filters as often as recommended. (But you didn’t hear it from me!)
Also, please note that prices for these things do change, so you’ll want to double-check pricing.
And one final thing of note, just because you can clean an air purifier filter doesn’t mean that you’re getting it back to how it was when it was brand new. It won’t be able to clean the air as well, but it will still be able to do a lot, so, if you’re really strapped for cash, air purifiers that have filters you can clean can really save you some money!
If you’d like to learn how to clean an air purifier filter, here’s a post I wrote on it for my Levoit air purifier (it’ll be similar for most air purifier types): Can You Clean a Levoit Filter? – Tips for Cleaning HEPA Filters.
Are Air Purifiers Worth The Cost?
I’m sure you might be worried by the huge cost of some of the air purifiers I’ve listed out, so just know that I don’t personally recommend all of those to just anyone (but a few of them are ones I do recommend).
Between the initial cost of some of the air purifiers and then the added cost of replacing their filters, that can be some high expenses! Worse still, that’s not even factoring in the cost of electricity that they use! (Don’t worry, you won’t be looking at hundreds of dollars in electricity a year. Most air purifiers don’t use a lot of electricity.)
But, running the risk of sounding like I repeat myself too much, I must remind you that some air purifiers can have their filters cleaned. On top of that, you don’t have to replace them as often as the manufacturer recommends. You should, if the cleanest possible air you can get is your primary concern, but, if you’re a penny-pincher like me, then you can make some of the filters last a little longer. (But, again, you didn’t hear it from me!)
I’ve been using the same filters for two years even though they’re supposed to be replaced every six months. The air quality difference isn’t detectable by me, but my testing equipment does note a decrease in the air purifier’s effectiveness.
So, long story short there, you can definitely stretch things. Just be sure that your filter isn’t dirty and clogged up with dust! So long as you try and keep it clean, it should keep working for you. But, again, it just might not work as well when you push the limits.
But, hey, I’m not just here to tell you how you can save money on an air purifier. That’s not what the question at the top of this section is about! It’s about if air purifiers are worth the cost!
In short, air purifiers are very much worth the cost. As I mentioned earlier, millions of Americans and millions of other people around the world have made the leap because they think so as well.
The cleaner, safer air that air purifiers provide is a sales argument in itself, and a lot of people who buy air purifiers end up selling their friends on the idea after they realize just how much their air purifiers help them.
But that’s just people’s experiences. What about the science?
Well, both the EPA and EPA-reviewed studies by third parties have concluded that air purifiers increase the overall health of people who use them. This includes improved cardiovascular health and a lessening in asthma and allergy symptoms for those who use them, in addition to other benefits.
In addition to those health benefits, people with air purifiers find that they sleep better as well, and, as you likely know, better sleep patterns aid overall health as well, so the fringe benefits of air purifiers are immense.
Here’s an article you might want to check out, if you aren’t convinced that air purifiers are worth the cost: Are Air Purifiers a Waste of Money? | The Worth of a Good Air Purifier
Personally, I love my air purifiers and I own quite a few. I use them all the time, and people do notice the improved air quality in my home.
But, at the end of the day, it’s up to you if you want to take the plunge and get an air purifier or not. I’m not here to be some pushy salesman, I’m just here to tell the world about air purifiers (and some other things).
If you’re ready to get an air purifier, here’s a list of my all-time favorites, which I actually own and use: Air Purifier Essentials Top Picks: Best HEPA Air Purifiers on the Market. These air purifiers are very much worth their price and I’ve enjoyed them immensely.
Thanks for the read and I hope I was able to help you out and answer your questions!