At first glance, an air purifier might not seem like an energy-efficient gift. But don’t discount it quite yet. According to Mark Vander Berg, vice president of business development at Alen, “Indoor air quality can be five times dirtier than outdoor air, and a lot of that dust can be reduced with a good air purifier.”
If you can cut down on the dust, you can reduce the amount of vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting that you’ll have to do. And less vacuuming means less energy consumption, while less sweeping and dusting save human energy – which may be even more valuable to your busy family members. However, Vander Berg says the biggest mistake people make is purchasing an air purifier that is too small for that area. “If a purifier is rated for 500 square feet, it will clean that amount of space relatively quickly, but on its highest and loudest speed.” But if you get one that is designed for large rooms, he says it can clean 1300 square feet every 30 minutes – without all the noise.
Terri Williams is a freelance journalist with bylines at The Economist, USA Today, Yahoo, the Houston Chronicle, and U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.