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Poor Performing Air Purifiers

<br><br>Air purifiers seem to be the right remedy for any allergy problem....but do they really live up to the hype?<br>Consumer Reports shows you how some air purifiers do the job while others bite the dust..
Americans spend more than 500 million dollars on air cleaners each year. But do they really purify the air like they promise?
Consumer Reports tested portable air purifiers and found you shouldn't always believe the hype.
This video spot for lightair air cleaners promises they can protect you from dangerous pollutants.
"... especially effective in eliminating small particles."
Consumer Reports tested the 300-dollar lightair ion flow 50-F surface, along with more than two dozen portable air cleaners.
to evaluate how well they remove dust and smoke, testers place them in this special sealed room. the chamber is filled with fine, powdered clay dust, as well as cigarette smoke. testers use a particle analyzer to measure how well the air cleaners remove the contaminants. How did the Lightair cleaner do?
"We found the LightAir about as effective at removing smoke and dust as using no air cleaner at all."
An air cleaner from Brookstone did far better removing dust and smoke. But there was a problem. Brookstone's Pure-Ion Pro produces a small amount of ozone, which can aggravate asthma.
"The Brookstone does meet voluntary standards for ozone levels. But we won't recommend any product that produces ozone."
In fact, Consumer Reports says even if you do have asthma or allergies, you probably don't need an air cleaner. To improve air quality, put dust-mite covers on your mattress and pillows. Don't use a fireplace or let pets in your bedroom.
"If you've taken those steps and still think you need an air purifier, we found some that are good at dust and smoke removal."
This Holmes air cleaner is a good choice for 150 dollars.
Consumer Reports says there's another inexpensive way to improve the air in your home. If you heat and cool with forced air, you can replace the filter with better one - something you need to do every couple of months. Consumer Reports tests show one from 3m does an excellent job removing dust and pollen. It's the 3m filtrete elite allergen 2200 mpr filter for 25 dollars.
For kfdx-3 News, I'm Greg Parker. Back to you.
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