I Tried a Bunch of Air Purifiers for the First Time, and This Was the Clear Winner

published Sep 16, 2021
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How often do you think about how clean the air is in your home? I know I became more aware of it once I started having friends over who have allergies and other sensitivities that I never have to think about on my own. It led me to be more considerate and accommodating as a host, and another way to do that is to ensure that everyone is breathing in good air. Aeris gave me the opportunity to test out their aair lite air purifier, which covers spaces between 350 to 700 square feet, and it’s become my new recommendation for those new to air purifiers at home.

The drum-like aair lite is small-space friendly and makes cleaning your air at home simple to understand. It doesn’t use UV or ozone, and relies on a HEPA filter for capturing particles that can affect indoor air quality. When I received the aair lite, I was still pretty new to the use of air purifiers and wasn’t sure how it worked, where to place it, or how to tell if it was working properly at all. So naturally, I read every bit of page of the aair lite manual with razor-sharp focus. When I finally plugged it in and turned it on, it quickly became apparent that I was in good hands all along. 

The reason the aair lite is my choice for first-time air purifier users is because you can really see it working! With other purifiers, I hadn’t had a good gauge on how efficiently they’re cleaning the air, because I had nothing to refer to. I simply had to trust that they were doing what they’re supposed to do. The aair lite comes with a small AQI (air quality index) chart and when powered on, it displays a number that tells you how good the air quality is in your space based on those set values. Good air ranges from 0 to 50, Moderate is from 51 to 100, and so on. The number fluctuates based on factors that can affect the air around you. For instance, if I let the purifier run while I burned a scented candle (it’s recommended that you turn it off), the number would increase and the machine would work a bit harder as it detected the changes in the air. 

Having the AQI chart accessible and the number displayed on the air purifier itself made it possible for me to put my doubts aside. It works amazingly quick, and adjusts its efforts as needed. The only time its sound gets noticeable is when the air quality in the front of my apartment nears or surpasses 100, which only happens while doing major cooking. It sounds like a fan (similar to a white noise machine, but lower) and isn’t unpleasant, and when the air quality is really good, it can barely be heard at all.

The aair lite connects it to WiFi through the aeris app, which gives you remote capabilities with the device. The app allows you to name your aair lite, create air purifying schedules, change the mode settings, and control the power. The app also shows hourly, daily, and monthly analytics from data collected while the air purifier is running. What I think is super cool about the app is that it also shows what the air quality is in your location, and compares the outdoor air with the air in your space. The only issue I had with it was programming the schedules. They never seemed to go into effect with my aair lite, but I haven’t ruled out user error on that, yet.

Long story short, aeris gives you everything you need to not only get started with the aair lite, but to also get a tiny grasp of air quality in general. Just from using the aair lite, I have a better understanding of what to look for in other air purifier units, whether they show an AQI reading or not. The aair lite is a really smart device that fits into your lifestyle and helps you to be more aware of how you engage with your own space. I couldn’t feel more at home with it, and I can certainly breathe easily with the knowledge that good, clean air is all around me.