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Holmes HAP242B-U HEPA Type Desktop Air Purifier Review
It wasn’t so long ago when households in general don’t really care about the quality of air that family members were breathing in.
Even for homemakers who were health conscious enough to be concerned about air pollutants, there were hardly any consumer products available readily available to purchase. And should air purifiers for households were found, they were hardly priced for the budget-conscious average household.
How times have changed.
These days, we are better informed about health hazards that are present at home. And it has become so much easier to get our hands on products that alleviate our concerns while being affordable.
This can be partly attributed to the internet and mobile technology.
Unlike water contaminants, people in general are more exposed to air pollutants. This is because we need to breathe 24 hours a day… and even as we sleep. While the primary concern with contaminated water tend to be only when we are drinking.
If you don’t already know, the air at home can contain much more pollutants that the air outdoors. And there is a multitude of bad stuff floating around in the air we breath.
Some of the common pollutants include:
- Dust mites
- Volatile organic compounds
The bad stuff listed above is just a preview of what could be found in indoor air of low quality.
Over the years, as consumers become more educated about the potential health hazards that exist in the house, air quality has become a key concern for family heads.
And this demand has given a rise to a flurry of air purifiers in the market.
So much so that these days, you can walk into any mall and walk out with a purifier that can do a pretty good job at filtering the air for a decent enough retail price.
Just stroll into the household electronics section of a departmental store and you should see a whole range of them lined up for your inspection.
The problem is that stores always give the best display space for purifiers that resemble towers. These monsters can typically do a job for a whole living room. They can take up a lot of space and let’s face it… space is not always readily available in a house.
But what if all you need is one for a smaller space like a bedroom?
The Holmes Group HAP242B-U HEPA type desktop air purifier is one such product meant for smaller spaces.
It is small and portable enough to sit nicely on a table without taking up floor space. And it is efficient enough to clean up the air of a room no more than 109 square feet.
Features of Holmes HAP242B-U desktop air purifier
- Available in black and white
- HEPA type filer that removes up to 99% of airborne particles as tiny as 2 microns in size
- 3 speed settings
- Optional ionizer
- Capable of standing vertically or horizontally to cater to space limitations
- 14.6 x 7.2 x 11.3 inches
- 5.8 pounds
Basically the main selling points are it’s compact size, low price, and capabilities.
Drawbacks of the Holmes HAP242B-U
The main drawback of the product is that it only removes airborne particles. This means that it might not be able to remove other harmful gas substances like carbon monoxide and radon.
Because of the way the system is built, there is also a potential for rattling sounds occur as the product ages over the years.
However, that is also about time you change to a new one anyway.
A lot of homeowners also don’t realize that there is a recurring cost to running these appliances.
Just like printers need regular replacement of ink cartridges, these types of air purifiers need to have their filters replaced every few weeks.
A point to note is that failing to replace filters not only defeats the purpose of having one of these products at home, it can also cause air quality to deteriorate.
Just imagine the filters containing all those junk and having the air in the room run through it throughout the night and it might disgust you.
Is this air purifier worth buying?
To tell you the truth, I’m no expert on this product.
But I have recently been suffering from recurring running nose issues in the mornings and felt that maybe the source of the problem was the air.
So I did some research online and found that this is one of the most popular air purifiers used by regular households and priced at a very affordable price range.
It might be a coincidence. But my personal condition has become better every since using this product for the bedroom.
Different people will probably have different reasons to buy a purifier. So you need to determine what you need in order to discover what type of air purifier is most suitable for you.
So I would say that if you are not familiar with this space… and simply want to get better air quality at home, this is a product that would sure make a great introductory air purifier.