Top Car Air Purifiers Buying Guide : Pros and Cons
In the current situation, air quality is an important issue. The pollution can lead to various breathing disorders, especially in children and the older population. If you are a frequent traveller and traffic and car emissions are something that you face constantly, you may be breathing in pollutants much more frequently than you think. Air conditioner filters do filter out the larger particulate matter in the air giving an illusion of purified air, but the smaller ones are still enough to cause the damage. Especially in India, where BS6 norms have just been introduced, air purifiers can be considered essential for Indian cars.
Air purifiers are a great way to get rid of the smaller particles as well as bacteria and odor. Especially for someone with air-born allergies or asthma, it is recommended to have car air purifiers, especially in traffic.
What is CADR?
Clean air delivery rate is a rate at which the air is being purified in a particular area. CADR indicates the purification rate thus, the higher the CADR the better the device.
How does the car air purifier work?
A car air purifier consists of a single or combination of filtering system. Depending on the one you choose, you may get a HEPA filter or negative ion generator that removes dust particles, a carbon filter that removes gases and odor or a combination of the two.
You may also come across air purifiers that use ozone generators for purification but since they produce ozone they are really bad for you especially if you are already a patient of respiratory disease.
Air Quality Indicator / Filter Replacement
Your air purifier will come with an air quality indicator and a filter replacement indicator. As the name suggests, the AQI indicates the quality of air, from green being good to yellow/orange being fair and red being bad. Just like in water purifiers, the air purifiers also come with a filter replacement indicator.
If you are someone that has respiratory issues or have an air-born allergy or just someone willing to spend extra for pure air, here are some of the best car air purifiers available this year in the Indian market.
Best car air purifiers of the year 2020:
Honeywell Car Air Purifier:
This air purifier has a compact, rectangular design with a CADR of 12 m3/hour. The car air purifier comes with HEPA filter and double-layer carbon filter that helps get rid of VOCs like formaldehyde, pm 2.5, bacteria, virus, toxic, odor, gases to purify the air.
The air purifier comes with a year warranty and consists of two fan modes. The highlight of this purifier is minimal noise and filter life of approximately 360 hours. What the purifier does not have is an air quality indicator but for the price range, it's still a great buy.
ANSIO Air Purifier:
This high tech purifier comes loaded with features like, 2 fan speeds, a ‘smart mode’ which detects the air quality and automatically adjusts its function, a 6-stage air-filtration technology, 2 years of warranty and a CADR of 30 M3/hr. like the other filters, this consists both filters and the process includes, a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, a layer of activated carbon, a filter of photocatalytic titanium dioxide, UV lamp and an ionizer that eliminates dust, dirt, pollens, allergens, microbes, PM 2.5 and VOCs like Formaldehyde. The purifier also comes with an aroma pad that keeps the car smelling fresh. ‘
Even though the purifier comes with two years of warranty it still lacks a filter change indicator, no physical air quality indicator and has a very short power cable.
Philips GoPure Compact Car Purifier:
Philips is a huge brand in India and is popular for its high-quality products and newest technology. What sets this air purifier apart is the High-Efficiency Specific Air (HESA) along with HEPA filters. The total CADR of the purifier stands at 14 m3/hr where the HESA filter has a CADR OF11.5 m3/hr which is especially beneficial for eliminating toxic fumes, gases, and smoke. The purifier improves the air quality within just 13 mins of operation. It has an automatic ON/OFF system with 2 fan speeds and 350 hrs of filter life. The purifier has almost no noise and comes with a 1-year warranty.
Airspa Car Air Purifier:
This particular air purifier uses HEPA filter that eliminates 2.5, bacteria, virus and VOCs like formaldehyde, benzene etc. unlike the previous filters, this purifier has a futuristic vertical design with a CADR of 7 m3/hour. The car purifier has a 1-year warranty but it lacks adjustable fan modes and air quality or filter change indicator.
JSB HF123 Air Purifier:
The purifier comes with a HEPA filter and ionizer with a CADR of 7 m3/hr. the car purifier eliminates bacteria and odor. Officially the purifier removes 96% of bacteria and 93.1% of PM 2.5 from the air. The purifier does not start automatically but has an ON/OFF button. It comes with a 1-year warranty.
Purita Car Air Purifier
This purifier provides a 4 layer filtration and has a CADR of 12 m3/h. the filtration process includes a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter and an ionizer. The filter is excellent for cars and can also be used in small spaces. The filter is known to eliminate 99.9% of dust, smoke, allergens, pollens, pet dander, odors, and TVOC like formaldehyde. The purifier comes with an air quality indicator with blue indicating good air quality.
Purify+ Car Air Purifier
This purifier has 4-stage filtration and has a CADR of 7 m3/h. the purifier eliminates dirt, dust, allergens, cigarette smoke, bacteria, virus, and PM 2.5. the purifier comes with an offsite 1-year warranty and has to be sent to Delhi in case of any defects.
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