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3M Air Purifiers Review and Numbers Analysis

June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

3M is a US Corporation with strong name recognition. If you have ever been to a hardware store, you have probably seen 3M brand duct tape. So it might come as a surprise to know that 3M carries a full line of air cleaning products. 3M models are divided into two categories; passive filter products under the Filtrete brand and hybrid systems described as 'office air cleaners.'

3M uses filtration as the primary method of cleaning air. 3M Office systems combine filtration with ionization. 3M Filtrete systems use HEPA efficiency filters to remove particles. Their filters are reportedly 99.99% efficient at trapping particles in the air down to 0.1 microns. 3M air purifiers cover 80-320 square feet depending on model and size. They have a lower purchase price that range from $74.99-369.00. 3M filtration systems and office cleaners average somewhere between $1322.70 and $2816.72 in costs over 10 years. Actual costs are model specific. I estimate that 3M air purifiers will cost you between 71 cents and $1.68 per square foot of air cleaned per year.

3M air purifiers are low-end models designed to be effective filters in a room environment. They are not designed to cover a whole house. If you want an air filtration system that will reduce the pollution in the environment, a 3M air cleaning system will do that. The low purchase price on 3M products is attractive to consumers. It may well even help with asthma and allergy sensitivities. However, it is important to remember that any air filter only cleans the air and is not a medical solution. It is important as you look at 3M models that you have a solid understanding of your need and the options available to you in the air purification industry before making your choice.

3M systems carry a one year warranty. This is probably a direct correlation to the low purchase price on these models. It means that you will be replacing this air purifier relatively frequently. It is my opinion that you should expect to replace a 3M system every two years.

If you are planning to buy a 3M model, the best one available is probably the Filtrete FAP03. This is their most efficient and best priced air purifier at 71 cents per square foot of air cleaned per year. In other words, it has the greatest cost/benefit value. It is not the lowest priced 3M purifier available, but it is the best value among the 3M models.

John Paul Kane, the author of this article, is also a writer and researcher for John Paul has spent 5 years in the Air Purification Industry and has researched over 700 air purifiers. Over 450 air purifier comparison charts are made freely available at

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