“What’s the best air purifier on the market?” It’s a question that many of us might ask. There are thousands of air purifier models to choose from, so how can you find the best air purifier that’s right for you? This article covers those steps in a slightly unorthodox way. What’s the Best Air Purifier? Turns […]
After I made my first DIY purifier, a design magazine called me up to interview me. I said, “You realize this has no design in it, right? It’s just a fan and a filter.” Now I actually have a design improvement! I’m calling it the DIY 1.1. The Problem The data shows the Original DIY […]
I recently published tests showing that carbon actually removes VOCs. But adding that carbon layer raises a question: adding carbon means the fan has to power through yet another layer of resistance. Does that make purifier less effective at removing particulates? Test Method To test this question, I ran 10 room tests with the Cannon and […]
So far, I’ve been testing air purifiers by taking a baseline measurement of particulate pollution in a room, and then turning on the purifier and testing whether the counts drop. I’ve used that method to test the DIY and more expensive machines. However, I recently bought a second laser particle counter, so my collaborator Gus […]
Ever since I started my DIY filter experiments, I’ve been wondering whether I could create a super DIY by using a stronger fan. In the past three months, my collaborator Anna has helped me test a half dozen different fans. She now has a home full of fans: After months of tests, one […]
An open-data DIY air purifier test found that even simple, homemade purifiers can reduce particulate, but can they capture the smallest particles? This question is important because it’s the smallest particles that can penetrate deep into our lungs and even enter our bloodstream. To test how effective the DIY purifier is, I’ve been posting lots […]
Particle Counting and the DIY workshop made it into the Atlantic. Hooray for getting the word out about how to protect your health in China without shelling out big money. More workshops are in the planning stages. Stay tuned.
Air purifiers can be extremely expensive. But they don’t need to be. After researching how different air filters work, I concluded that a HEPA filter is all that’s needed to make an effective air purifier. Given that most air purifiers sell for thousands of dollars, I thought I’d try making my own DIY air purifier. […]