The air in your home is vital to your health and your quality of life. When you invest in your health with an air purifier, it is important to purchase the most effective technology available. Deciding which technology fits you best can be confusing, as there are a variety of air purification technologies to consider—like deciding between HEPA Air Purifiers and Electrostatic Air Purifiers.
Electrostatic and HEPA Air Purifiers are two air purification systems that appear similar; however, they have major differences in their technology and particle removal processes.
How Electrostatic Air Purifiers Work
Electrostatic Air Purifiers work with static electricity to charge particles inside the air purifier. The charged particles stick to the sides of the internal filtration system and are removed from your indoor air. Unlike HEPA Air Purifiers, Electrostatic Air Purifiers do not use filters. Instead, owners are instructed to rinse out the internal filtration system every four to six weeks.
Electrostatic Air Purifiers may appear to provide a benefit of never having to replace filters. However, as the minute particles begin collecting in the filtration system, the air purifier's efficiency begins to decrease. Cleaning can be quite complicated, as it requires taking apart the internal filtration system and sometimes using specified cleaning fluids for the best results. In addition, you must wait until the system is completely dry to return it to the air purifier, which may take some time. In contrast, ensuring the performance of HEPA Air Purifiers requires little time investment as you simply replace the old filter; a quick and easy task with the right air purification system.
How HEPA Air Purifiers Work
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA Air Purifiers use HEPA filtration to capture and remove particles from your indoor air. These air purification systems use replaceable air filters that are easy to remove and replace, especially if your brand offers an filter subscription plan. After six to twelve months of regular use, it is recommended to replace your HEPA Air Purifiers' filter for optimal air quality. By replacing your filters, you dispose of the captured particles, remove them from your home, and improve the performance of your HEPA Air Purifier.
HEPA vs Electrostatic Air Purifiers Visual Breakdown
Why Choose HEPA Air Purifiers?
HEPA Air Purifiers and Electrostatic Air Purifiers also vary in their first-pass efficiency rate. By definition, this is the amount of particles captured by the air purifier during the first air exchange. To understand this, think of dusting your home. When you remove a large amount of dust with your first swipe of a duster, you are removing dust faster and more efficiently. This is the same as a first-pass efficiency rate. It is simply the rate of mold, dust, dander, pollen, etc. removed during the air's first pass through HEPA Air Purifiers' or Electrostatic Air Purifiers' filtration system.
HEPA Air Purifiers typically have an 87-99 percent first-pass efficiency rate, meaning HEPA Air Purifiers catch more particles faster. Electrostatic Air Purifiers have a 60-80 percent first-pass efficiency rate and require a longer amount of time to improve your indoor air quality. In addition, Electrostatic Air Purifiers must be run at a lower speed to be most effective. Meaning, if air passes through too quickly, particles will not be charged and removed by the air purifier. HEPA Air Purifiers may be run at any level and still catch 87-99 percent of airborne particles within the first air exchange.
Overall, HEPA Air Purifiers have a clear edge over Electrostatic Air Purifiers which is why we recommend HEPA purifiers as a superior alternative. Check out some of our bestselling HEPA Air Purifiers featured below to learn how they can help you enjoy cleaner indoor air.
The Best HEPA Air Purifier
True HEPA Air Purifiers
Now that we better understand the advantages and disadvantages of HEPA vs Electrostatic air purifiers, it begs the question: what is the best HEPA air purifier? We know that most HEPA air filtration systems can filter between 87-99% of airborne particles and the more that a system can effectively filter your air, the more benefits it will have for your health and wellbeing.
Alen offers one of the few True HEPA (H13) medical-grade filtration systems. Our air purifiers capture 99.99% of harmful particles down to 0.1 microns—including allergens, dust, mold, and more.
The Importance of Medical Grade Filtration
The term True HEPA indicates a filter can capture 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. All filters for Alen’s current line of purifiers exceed this standard, capturing 99.99% of airborne particles down to 0.1 microns—similar to the European H13 HEPA standard. We call our True HEPA filters ‘Medical-Grade’ because this quality of HEPA filtration is used in many healthcare settings including operating rooms and labs, as well as in high tech clean rooms.
Be sure to check out our selection of True HEPA air purification systems to bring Medical-Grade air filtration to your home. Alan also offers unparalleled value with a lifetime guarantee, something you won’t find with any other air purification system. Check out our selection of recommended air filtration systems to get started on the path to clean breathing and healthier living today!