What is the best air filter to keep your new baby breathing clean air?
Let’s look at some studies.
In a test of six commercially available brands, Hacker and Sparrow looked at three electrostatic precipitators and three HEPA filters. Of these, one offered no benefit at all, with this result also seen in another study. The unit in question was the heavily marketed Ionic Breeze Quadra – clearly an air filter to avoid. Of the six units tested, the HEPA filters worked best, while the electrostatic devices were less efficient.
Quick Tip: HEPA filters are best for a nursery
The best performer of the six units tested was a stationary model designed for use at the headboard end of a bed to provide filtration to the “sleep breathing zone” (SBZ). This unit nearly completely removed all particles.
The other two HEPA filters also performed well. Unfortunately, the authors did not provide the names of the models they used in this study, opting instead for a general comparison between HEPA and non-HEPA models.
In general, some of the most well-regarded brands for air purifiers include:
Test don’t guess
Before you buy an air filter though, consider getting the IQAir AirVisual Pro (View Price on IQAir). This monitor measures indoor and outdoor air quality, detecting harmful PM2.5 particles, carbon dioxide (C02), temperature and humidity. The LED screen displays air quality data, which can also be viewed on a smartphone over WiFi using the IQAir app.
The IQAir AirVisual Pro is compact, light, and portable, so you can measure air quality wherever you are, and it has a rechargeable battery, which makes it pretty eco-friendly, especially if you recharge using renewable energy like a solar panel!
Then, once you’ve seen the need for an air purifier, consider one of the following models:
The best air filters for a nursery – our top picks
IQAir HealthPro Plus (View Price on IQAir) – for large spaces of rooms up to 285 square feet with significant air pollution, allergens, or mold. Removes 99% of larger airborne particles including pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, and other pollutants and captures particles as small as 0.003 microns. Can eliminate a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odors, and other gaseous chemicals, making it ideal for the nursery if you’re concerned about VOCs off-gassing from paint, furniture, or other items.
Honeywell HPA300 Air Purifier (View Price on Amazon) – Energy Star certified and a great choice for smoky areas, this air purifier is also somewhat portable as it weighs just 16.8 lbs. and has a carry handle. A true HEPA filter, it is efficient at removing dust, smoke, and pollen even at its lowest speed. It’s great for large rooms up to 465 sq. ft. and captures up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns.
BlueAir Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier (View Price on Amazon) – Another attractive and affordable choice for a nursery air purifier, this one quickly and efficiently clears the air in rooms up to 540 sq. ft., removing dust, smoke, and pollen, as well as VOCs, odors, and other gases. It’s an Energy Star model and has a machine-washable pre-filter and a filter indicator to let you know when the main filter needs changing.
IQAir Atem Personal Air Purifier (View Price on Amazon) – designed to clean the air in a smaller space, this air filter is super lightweight, weighing just 6 lbs. It’s a great choice for taking with you when travelling and contains 32 sq. ft. of HyperHEPA™ filtration media, providing particle removal down to 0.003 microns (99%). The PureJet diffuser allows for optimal positioning, such as near to your baby’s crib.
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