Air pollution is never far from the headlines these days, as our understanding of the effects pollution has on our bodies soars.
Increasingly, scientists are making us aware of indoor pollution – pollutants produced within the home. Whether from cooking, cleaning, lighting scented candles or simply buying new furniture, when combined with outdoor pollution, the very air we breathe may not be as clean as we would like.
So it’s not surprising that the search is on for all sorts of air quality improvement devices, from air sensors to pollution reducing house plants. One of the most popular, however, is the air purifier. So, what's the best?
To save you the time and hassle of doing your own extensive research, our friends at The Daily Telegraph have already done the grunt work for you. Here's the top recommendation:
Dyson Pure hot + cool link air purifier: This is the standout purifier. Partly, that's because it does more than just purify - there’s a fan and heater too.
It's a smart design, with a circular filter section at the base and an oblong ring on top, from which the hot or cold air blows. The fan is fairly loud on the highest setting, but nothing like some of the worst offenders (and on nighttime mode it was practically silent). There are plenty of strength settings, too, so you can set it to exactly what you need.
It’s an unobtrusive machine which spins around almost 360 degrees and was the slenderest of the air purifiers the Telegraph reviewed. The app is really easy to use and highly informative and responsive. A graph showed the results of the constant monitoring of the bedroom’s environs.
You’ll get stats on: overall air quality; PM2.5 and PM10s (particles); VOCs (volatile organic compounds); nitrogen dioxide; temperature, humidity and more.
Overall, it won out due to its size, versatility and ease of use. It is, however, rather pricey (at approx £530), though most of the best purifiers are. As they say, you get what you pay for! And, frankly, what's clean air worth?
If you would rather purify your home naturally (and more cheaply) take a look at Plants for a Healthier Home