What if you have a child that is leaving for college?
Can they still benefit from air purifiers and enjoy clean, healthy indoor air quality and reduce allergic reactions?
Absolutely! You just need to pick the right air purifier.
Oransi is proud to offer three particular air purifiers that are great for dorm rooms, but first, let’s find out what you should look for in the best air purifier.
What Is an Air Purifier?Before we dive into which air purifiers are best for dorms, it helps to understand what they are and what they are not, as this will help guide your decision. In the simplest sense, air purifier are machines that pull in air, pass it through a filter, and release clean air into your room. The filters, however, can use many different technologies to achieve the goal of air purification.
Cleaning the air is important for many different reasons. Regardless of physical condition, indoor air pollution is a significant problem for people all over the country, and air purifiers can help reduce exposure to pollutants.
HEPA Air FiltersHEPA filters are the most common type of filters used in air purifiers. A HEPA filter is not exactly a specific type, but rather a filter that achieves certain standards, namely 99.97% or better removal of particles down to 0.3 microns in diameter.
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and they usually consist of a fine pleated material that is able to trap microscopic airborne particles, including pollen, dust, and pet dander. Some brands refer to any pleated filter as a HEPA filter and to ensure you are getting a high-quality air filter you should look at the filter efficiency or MERV rating.
Activated Carbon FiltersMany air purifiers also have activated carbon. Activated carbon is a material that has a high amount of surface space per volume, which means it’s able to trap more chemicals or gases such as odors, tobacco smoke odors or volatile organic compounds, per cubic centimeter than other filtering materials.
The key to a good carbon filter is to check that the carbon is of high quality with a coconut shell base and a high surface area to better adsorb gases. Many carbon filters are marketed based on their weight however a higher weight does not mean it will be better at removing odors. The amount of surface area is more important.
UV LightYou will also find air purifiers that use UV-C light, which is an effective method for destroying organic materials such as mold spores. Air purifiers that use this technology usually have a contained section that exposes the filtered air to UV light, effectively killing mold spores so they can’t create more colonies.
Air purifiers can use many different technologies, but you should avoid anything that creates ozone. Ozone air cleaners, for example, can give off ozone, which is a dangerous chemical that should be avoided whenever possible.
What Makes an Air Purifier Ideal for Dorms?Air purifiers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are ideal for large commercial areas, while others are built for small spaces, such as dorms.
If you need an air purifier for a dorm, what are the qualities and characteristics you should seek?
Size is probably the most important factor for an air purifier that will be placed in a dorm. You won’t have a lot of space in the typical college dorm, so you need a portable air purifier that can fit in small spaces without crowding the already limited floor space. Preferably it won’t be too wide or too thick, and it should either be able to fit between furniture or be placed against a wall; both options allow you to place the air purifier in your dorm without adding to the clutter.
Noise is also a factor. In dorm rooms, you will be crammed into a smaller area, and you’ll likely have a roommate as well. Having an air purifier with a quiet motor will create better convenience and allow you to use the purifier even when people are studying, reading, or simply watching television.
Best Oransi Air Purifiers for Dorms
Finn HEPA UV Air PurifierAs we noted earlier, a dorm room needs an air purifier that can conveniently fit in a small space without sacrificing performance and efficiency. This is what makes the Finn HEPA UV Air Purifier one of the best options for dorms. It has a sleek, rounded profile that can be conveniently placed in a small nook, making it discreet and convenient. This purifier was built for small rooms and offices, and it is only ten inches wide, seven inches deep, and 22 inches in height. You can place it between furniture, against the wall, or beside a desk and still get excellent air purification.
Despite the small profile, the Finn can effectively clean an area measuring 400 square feet, which should cover most moderately-sized dorm rooms. It’s effective for dust, pollen, pet dander, and allergies, but one of its most unique features is UV light. While the unit has a two-stage filtration system consisting of a pre-filter and HEPA filter, it also has a UV light system. Basically, this air purifier passes air through a compartment that exposes the air to UV light. This UV light will then kill or destroy many of the organic particles found in the air, especially mold sports. The UV light is contained, so it won’t be released into the room.
The Finn is also convenient to control and operate. It is ready to use immediately out of the box, so you won’t have to bother with assembly or other hassles. It comes with two replacement filters and has three different fan speeds so a college student can choose the exact setting to fit their specific needs. With a 10-year warranty, it’s also reliable for long after your graduation.
OV200 Air PurifierThis is another air purifier that is perfect for dorms because of its compact size yet powerful abilities. It has a height of only 23 inches, but what makes this air purifier truly convenient is the 13-inch width and 7-inch depth. You can essentially place this air purifier against a wall and enjoy air purification without cluttering an already crammed dorm.
The OV200 air cleaner also has a motor that is quiet and efficient, and you can set it to Night Mode, which reduces the fan speed and turns off the air quality display. This allows you to operate the purifier without annoying your dorm mates.
The OV200 actually has four timer settings that you can use to run the purifier for a specific time. Set the timer to one, two, four, or eight hours, and it will run at the power you prefer for the time you choose. Once the timer is up, it conveniently shuts down, which helps save power.
We all know that college students are busy, and they may not check the filter on air purifiers. Fortunately, the OV200 has an automatic filter replacement indicator, which tells you when the filter needs to be replaced. Replacing filters is important, and this feature allows for the best possible performance at all times.
The OV200 also has a three-stage filtration system. The air first enters the per-filter, which removes many of the largest particles. After that, air is pulled through a HEPA filter and then an activated carbon filter. The final result is clean air with less dust and fewer particles of pollen, dander, and air pollution. Like all of our units, this air purifier does not use an ionizer or any other type of electrical filtration, as this technology creates ozone that can be harmful to a student’s health.
Max HEPA Air PurifierIf you need even greater filtration power with a compact size, the Max HEPA Air Purifier might be your best choice. This purifier has all the features you need for clean, healthy air, but it maintains a size of only 17 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and 22 inches tall. This means you can place it in a dorm and still have some of the most advanced and efficient air purification on the market. With a small size, the appropriately-names Max can effectively remove over 99% of all airborne particles, including dust, airborne allergens, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander.
The Max uses a highly-effective three-stage purification process. The first stage is a pre-filter, which removes large particles from the air. The next stage is a HEPA filter, which is helps remove microscopic particle. By themselves, these filters are enough for excellent purification, but the Max also uses an activated carbon filter, which can help remove light odors and gases. If you have odors in the dorm room from food or a nearby bathroom, this can be a reliable air purifier.
This purifier is rated to clean an area of 600 square feet, which is the equivalent of a 20-foot by 30-foot dorm room. This should be plenty of cleaning power for the typical college student. The V-Lock/V-Seal system ensures that all air pulled into the purifier is filtered, greatly adding to the overall performance of the Max HEPA Air Purifier. With four fan speeds, it can also be operated quietly, allowing for air purification without a loud noise.