Best Air Purifiers for Dust Removal (UK)

Dust can trigger allergic reactions and cause respiratory illnesses, so it’s important to try to limit the amount of dust in your home. While vacuum cleaning and dusting helps, they have a limited impact unless they’re coupled with an air purifier.

The air inside your home can be more polluted than the air inside due to the higher presence of dust and other unwanted particles. Dust comes from lots of different sources, including furniture, bedding, dead skin cells and clothing. A lot of the dust in our homes comes from outside, especially when the weather is warm and dry.

 

HEPA air filters

The most effective air purifiers for removing dust are those that use HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. These filters can remove as much as 99.97% of the airborne dust particles in your home, which is a drastic reduction in the amount of harmful dust floating about.

HEPA filters were designed in the 1940s by US scientists working on the Manhattan Project researching nuclear weapons. The 99.97% dust reduction figure applies to dust particles that are 0.3 microns in size. These are the hardest dust particles to trap, and therefore the most likely to enter your lungs.

 

Carbon filters

Many air purifiers come with activated carbon filters which reduce odours. Air purifiers with carbon filters therefore kill two birds with one stone: removing dust and pollutants while also removing smells. This is good if you’re a smoker or have pets.  These air purifiers are usually more expensive, but you could get around this by buying a cheaper air purifier without a carbon filter and then buying a cheap activated carbon filter and putting it in front of the filter.

 

How air purifiers work

Air purifiers work by circulating air in the room while at the same time pulling in small particles including dust particles. The air is passed through the filter while the particles get trapped in it. These particles would otherwise eventually form as dust on the surfaces of things, or be inhaled and possible cause allergy symptoms.

 

Below are some of the best air purifiers for removing dust in the UK.

Breathe Fresh Air Purifier Permanent Filter Ionic Pro Cleaner

This air purifier is silent and energy efficient at just 14 Watts, so it’s both economical and environmentally friendly. This air purifier is a good size for living rooms and other small rooms. In addition to removing dust, the Breathe Fresh Air Purifier Permanent Filter Ionic Pro Cleaner will also remove pollen, mould and other particles from the air.

Features and specs

  • UV-C technology which helps destroy pathogens and harmful micro-organisms
  • Absorbs VOCs (Volatile Airborne Pollutants)
  • Includes a carbon filter for reducing odours
  • Night light which can be turned off
  • Different intensity settings

Dimensions: 43 cm high x 18 cm deep x 15.5 cm wide

Pros

  • Works very quickly
  • Humming noise is quiet and could actually help you sleep
  • Helps clean the air and reduce the smell after smoking
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Design isn’t very child-friendly

Verdict

The Breathe Fresh does a good job at removing dust and making the air feel and smell fresher at a very affordable price.

 

HoMedics HEPA Professional Air Purifier

This air purifier has a permanent HEPA filter meaning it can remove as much as 99.7% of allergens and harmful particles from the air. It’s designed to clean small rooms of 11 square metres.

Features and specs

  • Long-life HEPA filter
  • Three speeds (high, medium, low)
  • 75 CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate)
  • Dimensions: 22 x 38 x 43 cm

Pros

  • Works quickly
  • Quiet enough to have on while you’re sleeping
  • Filters out dust and pollen effectively—great for hay fever and allergy sufferers

Cons

  • Although you can clean the filter, it will probably need replacing after two years or so
  • Some buyers have complained that their purifier broke after a few months
  • No timer option

Verdict

Overall, this is a decent air purifier for the price (see on Amazon). However, the unit seems to be less reliable than others, and the lack of a carbon filter is disappointing.

 

VonHaus True HEPA Air Purifier

Features and specs

  • HEPA filter that can eliminate 99.7% of harmful particles and dust
  • Includes an activate carbon filter
  • Has a pre-filter and cold catalyst filter
  • Ioniser function for trapping contaminants and pollutants
  • Three speed settings
  • Programmable time control option from 1 to 12 hours
  • Remote control
  • 26 dB volume
  • 2-year warranty (registration required)
  • Dimensions: 47 x 25 x 12 cm

Pros

  • The filter lasts about 6 months, and replacement filters are cheap compared to those required by other models.
  • Effective at removing dust mite allergens, cat hairs and pollen
  • Adjustable timer and speed settings

Cons

  • Relatively loud. You probably won’t want to sleep with this air purifier on.

Verdict

The VonHaus True HEPA Air Purifier is a good air purifier for asthma and hay fever sufferers as it quickly removes dust and improves air quality. The main drawback is that it’s quite loud, so you should only buy this air purifier if you don’t mind something noisy.

 

HoMedics AR -20 HEPA Filter Air Purifier

Features and specs

  • HEPA filter which will remove 99.7% of allergens
  • Approved by the British Allergy Foundation
  • Designed for rooms of 72 square metres
  • 180 cubic metres an hour air-flow rate
  • 12-hour programmable timer
  • Three cleaning speeds
  • LED display
  • Filter check monitor
  • Remote control
  • Dimensions: 18 x 41 x 46 cm

Pros

  • Provides good allergy relief and should stop you sneezing by effectively removing dust
  • Remote control is very useful if you’re in bed or on the soda
  • Has an effective HEPA filter

Cons

  • Lights are bright, so they might disturb you if you have it in the bedroom
  • Quite noisy except on the lowest speed setting

Verdict

The HoMedics AR -20 HEPA Filter Air Purifier is good value for money. It’s a little loud, but it does a good job of freshening up the air and reducing allergy and hay fever symptoms. If you are a smoker or have a dog you will also find it very helpful in improving air quality.

 

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