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Ionizer Air Purifier vs HEPA Air Purifier - What’s the Difference?

Updated: May 14, 2022

How Ionizer Air Purifiers Work - Ionizer air purifiers are distinct from HEPA air purifiers because they don’t use a web of fibers to trap pollutants and often don’t have a filter that needs to be changed regularly to ensure effectiveness over time. Ionizer's use an electrostatic charge to remove airborne pollutants, allergens, and other unwanted particles from the atmosphere in your home. They release negatively charged ions into the air, which attract positively charged ions, such as dust and allergens, and then bind together with them.

Because the ions have bonded together, this makes the troublesome particles much heavier than they were before. As a result, these over-weighted particles are no longer light enough to stay airborne and drop to the ground. Once they have landed on the floor, they are much less likely to be inhaled and can be easily vacuumed up.

Ionizer vs HEPA - HEPA air purifiers are generally more expensive than Ionizers. This is due to the quality of the filters used and the strict requirements they must meet to be granted the HEPA certification. You must also consider the additional cost of new filters, as HEPA air purifiers will fail to work effectively if the filters are not changed regularly. Ionizing air purifiers use simpler technology and are thus a cheaper option than HEPA air purifiers. They also require less maintenance, as they don’t require the use of filters which must be changed to maintain their effectiveness.

Ionizers vs HEPA Air Purifiers – Design Choices - While the style and design of your air purifier obviously shouldn’t be your primary concern, being able to choose a model that fits with your home or car decor is certainly a plus. In general terms, HEPA air purifiers are available in a much wider selection of sizes, shapes and designs than ionizers. Many models are also wall-mountable and come in a range of colors which increase the chances of finding the right design to blend seamlessly with your home. On the other hand, Nebelr Car Air Purifier ionizers offer a much more limited selection of styles.

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