A woman named Joan called me one day and said she had purchased an air filter HEPA purifier for $250. A good price if you consider the technology (HEPA, Carbon, Ion, PF) and the square footage (450 sq. ft.). Then she asked me what I thought of it.
"It's a good value, but did you look at the HEPA filter replacement costs?"
"That HEPA filter has to be changed about every 4-6 months. Are you seated?".
"The cost of the replacement filter, HEPA and Carbon, is $120.00. So this air filter HEPA purifier will cost you about $250 a year to run!"
Unfortunately I've heard this story too often. In this article I will expose the most overpriced filters, models, and what some alternatives are for spending your air purifier money wisely.
If you've already bought and own a HEPA air purifier, and you need an expensive replacement HEPA filter then you're stuck either 1) finding a filter on sale 2) paying the full cost or 3) selling the air purifier and buying one with less expensive replacement filters.
Printer companies can sell you a little ink jet cartridge for $30.00 which cost them $1.00. Auto Manufacturers can sell you a tuneup for $200.00 (parts) which cost then $42.00.
HEPA purifier replacements can cost the manufacturer as little as $2.00 and be sold to you for $50-70.
1) Look at the replacement cost before you even purchase your machine.
2) Compare Replacement prices. (A rough suggestion would be to look for a HEPA filter under $60)
I hope this helps you save money while you improve your health.