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Which Air Purifier Works Best in Dorms?

Air purifiers are important items for the home. But what if you live in a dorm?

What if you have a child that is leaving for college?

Can they still benefit from air purifiers and enjoy clean, healthy indoor air quality and reduce allergic reactions?

Absolutely! You just need to pick the right air purifier.

Oransi is proud to offer three particular air purifiers that are great for dorm rooms, but first, let’s find out what you should look for in the best air purifier.


What Is an Air Purifier?

Before we dive into which air purifiers are best for dorms, it helps to understand what they are and what they are not, as this will help guide your decision. In the simplest sense, air purifier are machines that pull in air, pass it through a filter, and release clean air into your room. The filters, however, can use many different technologies to achieve the goal of air purification.

Cleaning the air is important for many different reasons. Regardless of physical condition, indoor air pollution is a significant problem for people all over the country, and air purifiers can help reduce exposure to pollutants.


HEPA Filter Media

HEPA filter media is the most common type used in air purifiers. It's a safe air cleaning approach that doesn't add any potentially dangerous tech to your air cleaning device like UV light or ionizers. It's best to look at the CADR stat, an independently source number, of an air purifier. The CADR number accurately reflects the efficiency of both the filter and the motor in the air purifier. 

Some brands make purchasing an air purifier confusing so it's best to look at the CADR number, if it's available...if it's not that's a red flag, to ensure you are getting a high-quality purifier that can clean your space. 


Activated Carbon Filters

Many air purifiers also have activated carbon. Activated carbon is a material that has a high amount of surface space per volume, which means it’s able to trap more chemicals or gases such as odors, tobacco smoke odors or volatile organic compounds, per cubic centimeter than other filtering materials.

The key to a good carbon filter is to check that the carbon is of high quality with a coconut shell base and a high surface area to better adsorb gases. Many carbon filters are marketed based on their weight however a higher weight does not mean it will be better at removing odors. The amount of surface area is more important.

Air purifiers can use many different technologies, but you should avoid anything that creates ozone. Ozone air cleaners, for example, can give off ozone, which is a dangerous chemical that should be avoided whenever possible.

college student in dorm room

What Makes an Air Purifier Ideal for Dorms?

Air purifiers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are ideal for large commercial areas, while others are built for small spaces, such as dorms.

If you need an air purifier for a dorm, what are the qualities and characteristics you should seek?

Size is probably the most important factor for an air purifier that will be placed in a dorm. You won’t have a lot of space in the typical college dorm, so you need a portable air purifier that can fit in small spaces without crowding the already limited floor space. Preferably it won’t be too wide or too thick, and it should either be able to fit between furniture or be placed against a wall; both options allow you to place the air purifier in your dorm without adding to the clutter.

Noise is also a factor. In dorm rooms, you will be crammed into a smaller area, and you’ll likely have a roommate as well. Having an air purifier with a quiet motor will create better convenience and allow you to use the purifier even when people are studying, reading, or simply watching television.


Best Oransi Air Purifiers for Dorms

mod jr. Air Purifier

The mod jr. air purifier is one of our best options for providing clean air indoors. This air purifier will give you more than double the cleaning square footage (878 sq ft.) capability than you might need, but it doesn't hurt to have a stronger machine running at a lower speed in a small area. 

The mod jr. is still a lightweight purifier at 18 lbs and relatively short at 22 inches tall. This is a very quiet machine (20-56 dBA) especially at its lower settings, which would be perfect for a smaller space. 

The mod jr. can remove allergens, VOCs, dust, bacteria, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and airborne viruses making it a great purifier to clean your indoor air. 

Find the Right Purifier for Your Dorm Room

Looking for the best air cleaners for dorms? Browse our full selection and you’ll find the right air cleaner for your specific needs. From dorm rooms to large offices, we have air purifiers for virtually any location. Contact us today to learn more about our advanced technology and leading performance.