How Much Does an Air Purifier Cost?
Purchasing an air purifier is a worthwhile investment or commercial businesses, health-sensitive areas like aged care facilities and residential homes alike. It’s important to first understand the driving factors behind the best air purifiers on the market so you can make an informed decision.
If you’ve been doing your research on air purifiers, comparing features and price lists, you might be wondering why they’re priced the way they are, and what the driving factors are influencing the prices of the best air purifiers out on the market.
In this piece, we’ll be breaking down the major contributing factors to the price of a commercial air purifier and take a look at the features available in some of the best air purifiers.
What Drives the Price of an Air Purifier?
There are a number of different factors and features that drive the price of a commercial air purifier. The major contributors to the price of a commercial air purifier are represented by the unit’s high-volume air flow rates, the rating of the air purifier’s filter, any self-cleaning filter technologies, low maintenance designs and overall energy efficiency.
While searching the market for air purifiers, you’ll notice that price dictates just how many of these features will be available in your purifier, with the cheapest units offering few of these filters, while the more premium units offer a comprehensive air purification package.
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It might come as a surprise that the quality of air indoors can be anywhere between 2-5 times worse than outside, and considering how much time we spend indoors, it’s essential that we consider how to clean the air that we’re breathing for the health and productivity benefits on offer.
Let’s dive in and check out the major factors influencing the price of the commercial sector’s best air purifiers.
Innovation Demands Research and Development
To truly revolutionise the air purification industry, manufacturers must first invest in their research and development phases to ensure that the product represents the forefront of air purifier technology.
As a result, some of the best air purifiers on the market have higher price tags because of this R&D phase, which often result in modern features, more efficient filtration, lower energy usage and even self-cleaning filters in a number of the leading units.
High-Volume Air Purification Flow Rates
One of the major factors influencing the price of an air purifier is the unit’s capacity for cleaning the air in your environment. In the context of commercial air purifiers, customers demand high-volume air purification in the shortest time possible.
This is why the leading air purifiers on the market provide clean air for medium to large spaces, having been designed primarily for the commercial sector, offering clean air for areas up to 500m2.
Medical-Grade HEPA H14 Filtration
High-volume air is great for large spaces, but without the latest and greatest filtration technology, the unit will simply blow air around the room. That’s why the leading air purifiers on the market should be offering you at least HEPA H14 filters, which collects bacteria, viruses, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dust, pollen and other airborne microorganisms.
HEPA H14 filters offer class-leading air filtration, and have a filtration rate of 99.999%, making them one of the best filters for cleaning large volumes of air.
Low Maintenance Designs
Depending on the unit that you’re using and just how dirty your environment is, you may find yourself cleaning the filter on a weekly basis.
The cheapest air purifiers on the market are a good example of this, and require frequent filter cleans and changes, while the leading products have been designed with low maintenance as a design priority.
The size of the filter is also a major influencer of how much maintenance might be required, with smaller filters needing attention every 3-6 months, while a larger filter, like the one used in the i-air only needs to be replaced every 12-18 months, depending on the environment.
On a similar note, the industry’s best air purifiers are so low maintenance that they actually offer self-cleaning filters that massively reduces the amount of time and money that you’ll spend over the course of its lifetime.
In the process of photocatalytic oxidation – PCO – organic compounds, bacteria and viruses are neutralised, which means they won’t clog up your filter nearly as fast as an air purifier without PCO technology.
If we take the i-air PRO as an example, the self-cleaning neutralisation chamber offers up to 9,000 hours of lamp life, meaning that you can simply set and forget your air purifier while enjoying the benefits of a low maintenance unit.
Air purifiers are designed to be set up somewhere in your office, and get to work in the background cleaning the air. Energy efficiency is another key area that separates the cheap air purifiers on the market from the leading technologies, the latter of which receive power-saving technologies that save you considerably over the lifespan of the unit.
How Much Does an Air Purifier Cost?
While smaller personal air purifiers can be priced anywhere between $300-$500, these units are only designed to clean relatively small volumes of air compared to a more industrial-sized unit.
In the context of commercial air purifiers, price tags start at around $2,000 for some of the entry-point models and stretch out to around $12,000for some of the most technologically advanced units with high volumes of air purification, medical-grade HEPA H14 filtration, andself-cleaning filters that utilise PCO technology that kills bacteria and viruses and offers low-maintenance operation.