Air purifier 24/7?

We just have a newborn and we decide to buy an air purifier to keep our house clean and fresh. But how much does it cost monthly if we let it on 24/7? We don't want to have a shocking bill tbh:eek:

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  • matelodave
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    It will have a rating plate saying how many watts it consumes - at a guess it could be anything between 20-40watts, which will consume about half to one kwh per day.
    At 15p per kwh = 7.5-15p per day = £27-£54 per year
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  • I cant imagine it would costs a lot to run

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  • CashStrapped
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    My question would be why you want to run an air purifier 24/7, what kind of benifit do you think it will bring?

    Unless you live on a building site, or the air quality is really that bad, an air purifier is unlikely to "protect" your child in any meaningful way, or to the extent you think it will. An air purifier will not prevent viruses and bacteria. A lot of the claims they make is a lotof marketing tripe.... uv filters, HEPA etc.

    You are best off airing the house(fresh air), boil wash sheets and using dust mite covers if you are concerned about dust allergies.

    read: http://www.allergyconsumerreview.com/do-air-purifiers-really-work.html

    Yes, there are applications where they are useful, but running one 24/7 is likley to be pointless. The noise will probably end up annoying you as you will have to have it on full power to move enough air in the house and you will have to keep all the doors open internally.

    The latest science says that a healthy exposure to germs and bacteria is far more benificial to newborns rather than trying to bring them up in a sterile enviroment.
  • sk240
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    Why would you want to do such a thing? in fact a little bit of dirt does a world of good in building up their immune system.
    Its because of all this everything has to be clean rubbish that has given everyone's kids all these allergies etc.
  • matelodave
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    I'd agree with the comments that it's not necessary to purify or filter the air unless there is a specific reason for it.

    Living in a dust free. artificially clean environment will just make you or your child more susceptible to everday pollution as soon as you or he steps outside the house. You could end up causing him a lot of problems in the future

    I worked in a "clean room" with filtered and dehumidified air for a period of time and all it did was give me hay fever when I went outside - I now have to take anti-histamines everyday to stop my eyes watering and to reduce my sneezing, something I never had to do.
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  • Cardew
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    edited 27 October 2014 at 2:52PM
    Only a few months to go until your newborn will be putting everything he/she can grasp, or dig his/her fingers into! straight into their mouth!
  • netwizzy
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    i would have to disagree with what some people are saying here. personally, i live on a busy street, so if i leave my windows open, there will be a lot of dust and pollution that gets into my home. if i had a newborn, i absolutely do NOT think it's good to breathe in all that pollution. sure if you live in a nice suburbs somewhere, you won't need an air purifier, but people who live in the middle of a large busy city should think twice.

    with that said, if you're worried about large electricity bills, i would suggest you get a smaller air purifier to help clean the air. most of the air purifiers i have seen from brand such as honeywell or coway use between 60 to 120 watts, which would put the monthly cost to anywhere from about 10 to 15 USD to run 24/7. there's only one brand i've seen that uses waaay fewer watts, which is clair, which uses something like 3 watts or less. that will make it cost only a few cents per month to operate.
  • Cardew
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    netwizzy wrote: »
    most of the air purifiers i have seen from brand such as honeywell or coway use between 60 to 120 watts, which would put the monthly cost to anywhere from about 10 to 15 USD to run 24/7.


    Well I don't know where in the USA you live, and thus what you pay for electricity. Or is the 10 to 15 US$ a month?


    However in UK a 60 watt device left running 24/7 will consume 525kWh pa and cost around £70 pa. Obviously a 120 watt device will cost double.
  • sk240 wrote: »
    Why would you want to do such a thing? in fact a little bit of dirt does a world of good in building up their immune system.
    Its because of all this everything has to be clean rubbish that has given everyone's kids all these allergies etc.

    I don't know whether if you get through this stage or not, but believe me, everyone wants his child in pristine condition.
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