Is a Portable Air Purifier Worth It?

When you desire fresh air, Mother Nature provides a cost-free option that can be quickly accessed by simply opening your windows. But truth is, this can cause more problems than it solves, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies or live in an urban area with ample air pollution.

If you really want to breathe in cleaner, fresher oxygen, the experts recommend considering a portable air purifier machine. This appliance helps clean the air within a room or area. It works by moving the air within the space through a filtration system that consists of a fan and either filter media or a UV light.

“Very young and older people can particularly benefit, as can those who live in homes or dwellings that may not be able to accommodate whole-house filters or whole-home purification systems, making a portable unit a good option,” says Tony Abate, a certified indoor environmentalist and vice president and CTO at AtmosAir Solutions in Fairfield, Connecticut.

A good indicator of space air cleaning performance is CADR (clean air delivery rate), a rating system that can metrically show the air cleaning performance of the unit.

“The higher the CADR rating, the better. Most superior units have a CADR of 300 or more,” Abate notes.

A portable air purifier should be positioned where you spend the most time. The bedroom is a particularly good spot because we spend extended amounts of time there. Other common spots include a family room or home office.