Even though the both devices clean the air from impurities, they do use different methods for clearing out the air. The more you know about each of them, the easier is going to be for you to decide which type of device you need for your home.
- No filter vs. filter
An ionizer is sending out electrically charged ions that attach to the impurities. Once they’re attached, the particles are going to be too heavy to still remain in the air so they’re going to fall onto the floor. Some ionizers come with a collection plate so the particles are going to be attracted to it. You’re going to have to clean the plate later on.
The HEPA air purifier is going to suck air into it, through a very fine and dense physical filter which is able to trap airborne contaminants. The device is giving back fresher air into the room. When it’s on, the device is going to constantly repeat the whole process, eliminating contaminants from the house.
The HEPA air purifiers manage to actually trap the airborne contaminants, which is something that ionizer simply cannot do. In addition, in the case of the ionizer, the particles may be kicked back up into the air as you’re walking through the room. It’s a never-ending cycle of impurities that are removed from the air, coming back later on. The collection plates may help, but they’re not making ionizer perfect.
- Design and style options
Unfortunately, when it comes to design and style options, the ionizers definitely lose the fight. Most of the models out there are vertical units and thin, which makes them easy to place in corners. There are also compact, small and square which are even easier to place.
Ionizers do have a modern appearance and even futuristic at times. They’re made to sit on the ground/table so finding a wall mountable model is pretty much impossible.
On the other hand, HEPA air purifiers come in various shapes and sizes. Finding a model that matches the décor of your room is not challenging at all and you may also go with a wall mountable model.
The variety of colors and styles is another winning point for the HEPA air purifiers. It’s never going to be difficult to find one that doesn’t just do what you need, but also looks the way you like. This is something you’re not going to get from an ionizers and you should settle with the functionality, most of the time.
- The coverage area
The big downside for the air purifiers that use HEPA filter is the area that they can cover, which is smaller than the one of ionizer. Even the largest air purifier with HEPA filter isn’t going to be able to cover a large business space.
A regular ionizer is able to purify an air space up to 3,500sq.ft., which is huge. No air purifier with HEPA filter is going to be able to cover that kind of space completely on its own.
- The costs
What you pay is what you get and you do need to open up your wallet when getting a HEPA air purifier. Having said that, most HEPA air purifiers out there are more expensive than most ionizers.
Even the cheapest HEPA air purifier is going to cost three times more than a regular ionizer. Make sure that the HEPA air purifier is what your home really needs.
As if the initial cost wasn’t enough of a spending, taking care of a HEPA device is going to cost you more too. As it uses a physical filter, you’re going to have to replace it on a regular basis, so that it doesn’t lose its efficiency.
Apart from the models that come with a collection plate, ionizers don’t need a physical filter so the maintenance costs are really low. Even in the case of models with collection plates, you’re still going to pay less as the plates are washable and reusable.
- The conclusion
Make sure you give a good thought about your needs and take a look at your wallet as well. It’s not all the time that you definitely need a HEPA air purifier in your home, so give it a thorough thought. If no one in your family is having allergic reactions or asthma, an ionizer may keep the air in your home healthy and clean enough. At the same time, don’t hesitate to spend the extra buck for the HEPA air purifier when the health of your loved ones is at stake.