Air Purifier Advice Needed!
Apr 29, 2006 at 10:45 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 24

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http://www.costco.com/Common/Categor...se=BC&topna v=

My fiance and I want to get an air purifier from Costco. We want something affordable, but it's gotta be nice. Have you guys tried any of these before? Or do you guys have any that are comparable in price? We read the old posts here about air purifiers, but the prices of the discussed models were a little out of our price range.

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Apr 29, 2006 at 10:56 PM Post #2 of 24

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If costco has it get the honeywell HEPA air cleaner model 1745x.its what I have and I think it works pretty good.Sure its in my bodroom but still it works good.Only time its ever off is even my window is open or i'm cleaning the filters.I've had it for about 2 or 3 years I guess(my dad got it for me off of e-bay)It somewhat noise on the low setting but you get use to it.
 
Apr 30, 2006 at 12:17 PM Post #5 of 24

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Well, since you asked for advice.....

I would recommend you don't get an air purifier. I'm of the opinion that if one tries to shield oneself from the exposures of everyday life it could cause problems more than being a solution. There are exceptions, like people with certain kinds of allergies, etc., but I think as a general rule air purifiers could be a bad idea.

There are degrees of hygene consciousness, ranging from bi-weekly bathing and overflowing trash cans to washing your hands 30 times a day with antibacterial soap and sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber like Micheal Jackson. Maybe you should consider asking yourself where you fall in this continuum. As you do this, you may also ask yourself if you should listen to a raving lunatic on a headphone forum responding to a request for advice about air purifiers.
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Apr 30, 2006 at 10:42 PM Post #6 of 24

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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
HEPA filters tend to be loud and the replacement of filters gets expensive. Have you considered getting a better filter for your A/C unit?



I don't buy new filters everytime it needs changing.it came with two and I put in the clean one and hose off the dirty one an dthen letit dry..and poof clean filter for next time.sure i'll have to buy new filters someday but thats a long way off
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Apr 30, 2006 at 11:33 PM Post #7 of 24

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I have 3 cats (not mine, they came with my partner, I am allergic to cats) so I HAVE to have airpurifiers. I have Hunter products and they do work pretty well.
http://hunter.smartermall.com/search...asp?dept_id=12
I bought a timer from Home Depot and they turn on and off everyday by itself.
http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...sp?N=2984+3037

The only problem is that the filters DO need to get replaced and it DOES get expensive. If you can, go with the filter less ones. I got 3 airpurifiers for $100 from Sam's Club so made out like a bandit. I usually keep my airpurifiers on the whole night when I am sleeping. The white noise blocks out other noise and actually is quite soothing, although you need to get used to them.

I think airpurifiers do more good than harm, especially if you have allergies and pets.
http://www.airpurifiers.org/healthlinks.htm
It is totally a personal choice.
Good luck and happy shopping!

Try these sites too!
http://www.air-purifiers-i.com/
http://www.air-purifiers-for-you.com/
http://www.i-airpurifiers.com/
 
May 1, 2006 at 3:52 AM Post #8 of 24

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I have an Austin Healthmate that works well for my allergies but I doubt Costco has em.
 
May 1, 2006 at 7:18 AM Post #9 of 24

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Originally Posted by deez
Well, since you asked for advice.....

I would recommend you don't get an air purifier. I'm of the opinion that if one tries to shield oneself from the exposures of everyday life it could cause problems more than being a solution. There are exceptions, like people with certain kinds of allergies, etc., but I think as a general rule air purifiers could be a bad idea.

There are degrees of hygene consciousness, ranging from bi-weekly bathing and overflowing trash cans to washing your hands 30 times a day with antibacterial soap and sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber like Micheal Jackson. Maybe you should consider asking yourself where you fall in this continuum. As you do this, you may also ask yourself if you should listen to a raving lunatic on a headphone forum responding to a request for advice about air purifiers.
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Try telling that to the millions of people that suffer from allergies.

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-Ed
 
May 2, 2006 at 6:31 AM Post #12 of 24

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Quote:

Originally Posted by deez
Well, since you asked for advice.....

I would recommend you don't get an air purifier. I'm of the opinion that if one tries to shield oneself from the exposures of everyday life it could cause problems more than being a solution. There are exceptions, like people with certain kinds of allergies, etc., but I think as a general rule air purifiers could be a bad idea.



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Try telling that to the millions of people that suffer from allergies.

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I hear ya Edwood (thus my previous mention, which I've bolded for you this time.
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) My aunt is an example of a person who has particular sensitivity to allergies and basically lives like she has a cold all the time. I'm lucky not to be in her shoes in that respect. Someone in your family w/ allergies chia-pet? What did you decide to get?
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May 3, 2006 at 6:12 PM Post #14 of 24

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Any comments on those ionic filterless type of air purifiers?

I am looking at buying one of those, I like the idea of not having to buy filters or hear a whirring fan.
 
May 5, 2006 at 6:31 AM Post #15 of 24

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Quote:

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Any comments on those ionic filterless type of air purifiers?

I am looking at buying one of those, I like the idea of not having to buy filters or hear a whirring fan.



Don't mean to kick a couple day old thread but I was looking into this as well. Beware of the ionic type. Many do little or nothing to improve air quality, at least according to Consumer Reports and a friend of mine who is a sales manager in a high end appliance store. Some of the least efficient ones can expose you to high levels of ozone, degrading air quality. The worst offender is the best selling model, Sharper Image's Ionic Breeze.

The best compromise between cost and efficiency is the Whirlpool AP45030R, which was the one shown on the Costco link. The Freidrich C-90B is an electrostatic precipitator (ionic) and is also a very good model but it costs twice as much as the Whirlpool, although is more energy efficient.
 

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