Cleaning the air inside your home can make the great interior feel much more inviting, but the best air purifiers can cost anywhere from $ 80 to over $ 400 dollars.
The good news is that you do not have to be an engineer to make an air purifier or drop a ton of cash on one that is already assembled. You can make one of the household items you probably already have lying around.
So what do a box fan, an oven filter and a training band have in common? They are all the ingredients you need to make your own DIY air purifier.
What you need
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1. The box is blowing
First collect your items:
- 20 inch x 20 inch box fan (flat back is best)
- 20 in. X 20 in. Oven filter
- Two training bands
You can use a box fan of any size as long as it matches the oven filter and has a flat back.
With the right tools, you can test the air quality in your home. We recommend trying a test before and after setting up your new air purifier.
2. The oven filter
Oven or air filter
Next is the oven filter. Also called an HVAC filter, they are the large plates you stick in the vents to catch all the little icky things like dust mites and pollen in your home.
They come in different shapes, sizes and filtration types. Look for reviews like MERV, FPR and MPR. These refer to the size of the microns that can pass through the filter. The higher the number, the smaller particles they can capture.
For the heavy stuff, look for MERV ratings between 7 and 11. It will catch smoke, pet dander and other allergens.
3. The training bands
Cheap training bands
And finally, there are the training bands.
They are basically giant rubber bands with different levels of resistance, and you can get a pack of five or more for around $ 10.
4. Put it together
Now that you have it all, it’s time to get started.
Place the oven filter on the back of the fan and secure it with the training strap so that it fits snugly.
And that’s it! You are done! You are ready to go!
The fan draws in all contaminants while the oven filter catches it. As long as there is a seal, you are ready to go.
Again, if you do not have a training band, do not worry. Packing tape or duct tape works just as well.
Photo: Katie McEntire, SafeWise
5. Last word
And there you have it: a three three-step DIY air purifier. It may not be as sexy as the ones you might get in the store, but it’s good in a pinch.
That said, we have the sexy air purifiers listed on SafeWise.com – going from best to other best.
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