Having fresh air in our cars is a goal that is not always that easy to achieve. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles, and transport things that aren’t always that sweet smelling. There are lots of products available that will only mask odors. However, to make the greatest difference in the air quality inside your car, you’re going to want to have a car air purifier. Take a look at some topics on the benefits of adding a car air purifier and what to look for when you begin to shop for one so that you get the best one for your needs.
Types of Car Air Purifiers
There are a couple of different types of purifier classes to choose from, filtered and filterless. Filtered purifiers can work very well. However, you have to make sure that the filter is clean enough to be able to still work. And you have the added cost of replacement filters. Filterless air purifiers, on the other hand, don’t have any parts that need to be replaced on a regular basis, which reduces their operating costs. One of the drawbacks of ionizers is that some people are sensitive to the smell that ionized air has. You’ll want to take these kinds of issues into account as you make your decision.
How Car Air Purifier Ionizers Work
Ionizers work to purify the air by emitting a negatively charged ion into the air which neutralizes airborne particles such as dust, odors, smoke and bacteria. The ions are dispersed with the use of typically very quiet fans that draw the air over the ion producing elements of the purifier. No filters are required for the use of the ionizer, and no chemicals. Elements usually need to be gently cleaned to remove any dust build-up. Cleaning can typically be done with water and a paper towel.
What Features to Choose to Get the Best Car Air Purifier for You
Getting the best car air purifier really depends on the kinds of sources of odor that you have in your car. Ask yourself the following questions to determine the right feature set for you:
- What kinds of odor causing agents can be found in your car? If you’re likely to have many sources at the same time, such as smoke, pets, or food stains.
- Do you want to be able to use it in both your car and home? Some car air purifiers have the option of being able to be plugged in to a standard wall outlet as well as a cigarette lighter in a car.
- How heavy/bulky is the unit? Depending on where your cigarette plug is located in your car, you may want to consider the size and shape of the unit you’re considering to make sure that it will not be awkward there. Some units have a rigid plug while some have a small cord allowing them to be placed further from the plug.
- Do you want to have a light? Some units come with a small nightlight when plugged in.
Checking the Customer Reviews
Since there are many different brands of car air purifier to choose from, it’s a really good idea to take a look at the user reviews as you start to narrow down your selection. Look for things like how effective the filter is at eliminating difficult odors, and how easy it might be to return or exchange the unit in the event that there are issues with it.
Take some time to look at the features that you need and you’ll be enjoying cleaner, healthier air in your car in no time.