Top Five UV Air Purifiers for Pathogens

UV Air PurifiersIncreasingly, people are searching for air purifiers that focus on destroying or filtering bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Recent scares with SARS, H1N1, and the Avian flu virus have all helped raise awareness of microbe filtration. Though traditional HEPA filters are capable of filtering many types of germs and microbes, air purifiers with UV light sterilize them by altering their DNA and consequently inhibiting their ability to reproduce.

UV air purifiers must be strong otherwise it takes multiple passes before a germ is actually destroyed or sterilized by the light. On the other hand, UV light can be harmful to humans. So within the air purifier, it must be secure and located where outside exposure is not possible. Other types of air purifiers for germs use antimicrobial agents in the filter media to kill or sanitize. While there are many types of sanitizing air purifiers available, below are the best models for pathogen filtration that we offer.

Shop our top five antimicrobial air purifiers or browse the best of the rest section.


Top Five Germ Air Purifiers

$1,130.00

1. NQ Clarifier Medical

As one of the most advanced and specialized air cleaners, the NQ Clarifier Medical uses an array of powerful UV bulbs and five stage filtration to trap and neutralize airborne infectious disease like H1N1, hepatitis, salmonella, TB, Legionnaires Disease, and the Avian flu. A carbon impregnated pre-filter traps large particles and smoke/odors before 15 lbs. of carbon focus on chemical adsorption. Next, 80 sq. ft. of HEPA filter media traps the 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger while a post filter sleeve cleans up any remaining impurities. Before leaving the NQ, the cleaned air passes by four ultraviolet lights which boast the only single-pass kill of microorganisms. A steel frame lends longevity while a sealed system prevents air leakage. Made in the US, the NQ Clarifier Medical is built specifically to handle complete air filtration.


Best Antimicrobial Air Purifiers

$1,799.00

2. IQAir Cleanroom

As the name implies, the IQAir H13 Cleanroom is specifically designed for germ control. With an enlarged HyperHEPA filter that traps a guaranteed minimum of 99% of all particles 0.003 microns or larger, the Cleanroom can effectively trap nearly all bacteria, viruses and germs in the air. As an additional step, the filter is treated with an antimicrobial agent that kills germs on contact. Ideal for people with compromised immune systems, hospitals and cleanroom research facilities, this unit is among the best at creating a pathogen-free living or working environment. Like all IQAir purifiers, the Cleanroom comes with a pre-filter to extend the life of the HyperHEPA filter as well as a 5 year warranty and an industry-leading reputation backing it up.


Pathogen Air Cleaners

$730.00

3. NQ Clarifier

The standard NQ Clarifier is identical to the Medical unit with one exception. Instead of 4 high intensity UV bulbs, the regular Clarifier models only have two. For most people, two will be sufficient, and two is in line with industry standards. You lose a little on the ability to neutralize pathogens that may pass through the previous four stages of filtration, but you save some money and time when having to replace two less bulbs. Like the Medical unit, the standard Clarifier offers excellent filtration of particles as well as chemical vapors, smoke and odors. Though not the most aesthetically pleasing home appliance you can purchase, the NQ Clarifier is an effective investment in cleaner air.


Best UV Air Cleaners

$1,099.98

4. AirMedic+ Exec UV

As one of the many semi-custom air purifiers AllerAir offers, the AirMedic+ with UV provides comprehensive, broad spectrum air filtration. The five-layered filter makes the AirMedic+ a well rounded air purifier while two germicidal UV bulbs help to eliminate airborne pathogens, viruses and bacteria. A sealed system ensures all of the air is properly filtered as it passed through the AirMedic. For those with weakened immune systems, this air purifier uses inert materials and non-toxic glue and binders all inside a powder coated finish on a steel frame to ensure that this UV air purifier isn't putting pollution of its own back into the air you breathe.

*Note: AllerAir offers most models they sell with the UV option (per state law, none can be shipped to California).


Top Five UV Air Purifiers

$1,299.00

5. Airgle Clean Room AG900

As the newest brand on this list, the Airgle AG900 offers a blend of tried-and-true filtration technology with some of the most cutting edge advances in air cleaning to create a versatile and highly effective air purifier. The Airgle Clean Room uses 40 sq. ft. of HEPA filter media with 6 lbs. of blended carbon and their next-gen Titanium Prop module to target not only particles, smoke, odors and gases, but also microbes. The Titianium Pro element uses a UVC lamp and photocatalytic oxidation to break down chemicals and odors while neutralizing bacteria, viruses and other pathogens as small as 0.01 microns. Advanced controls with LCD display, a metal frame and body, and a remote all add convenience. This surprisingly quiet air purifier is also Energy Star, so it won't cost you much to run throughout the year.


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