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Consumer Reports Finds Filter-Based Air Purifiers are Better Choice for Consumers
Date:11/5/2007

r shoppers set on buying an air purifier, CR recommends keeping these tips in mind:

-- Purchase a filter-based model. These do the best job of removing dust and smoke from the air without producing any ozone.

-- Consider whole-house models. Forced-air heating/cooling systems circulate so much air that they can overwhelm portable purifiers. Whole-house purifiers are a better option. Buy a whole-house model with a filter rather than an electrostatic precipitator, which produces some ozone.

-- Portables: Bigger is better. Portable air purifiers work best at high speeds but are quietest on low. Run the unit on the higher, louder setting when you're not in the room, and turn it down to low when you're nearby.

DECEMBER 2007

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