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Water Treatment and Air Purifier Buying Guide

Keeping your home clean and healthy is a tricky job. It all comes down to understanding all the different ways that dirt and allergens can enter your house - sometimes in the air, sometimes in your water. This is why buying a high-quality water treatment system and air purifier for your home can be hugely beneficial for your household.

Water Purifiers

Water purifiers are used to filter out extra minerals and impurities in your drinking water. They hook into your water system and water supply to give you the cleanest water for your home. They come in a variety of styles and prices, ranging from a countertop filtration system starting at about $41, to a much more complex system like the Brondell H2O+ Circle Reverse Osmosis System, starting at about $400.

Whether you need something simple or you want to completely overhaul your drinking water, you can find the perfect match and treatment process for your water quality needs at Sam's Club.

If you're worried about water disinfection that isn't being handled by a local water treatment plant, follow guidelines from the EPA for treating your water source conditions, which will likely involve boiling it.

What different types of water purifiers are there?

There are several different types of water filtration systems and water purifiers that you can choose from. Some examples are:

  • Reverse osmosis: This water purification system uses a partially permeable membrane to remove unwanted ions, molecules, and other particles from drinking water.
  • Under-sink and countertop filtration systems: Filtration systems that fit under your sink or sit on your countertop tend to be compact and affordable solutions to your water purification needs.
  • Water softeners: Hard water happens when there is an excess of minerals in your tap. Water softeners can help to remove these minerals.
  • Faucets: Some water filters will attach directly to your faucet, giving you fresh filtered water straight from the tap.
  • Household cleaners: If you need sterilized water for care centers or food surfaces, you can find some tablets to purify and sanitize a gallon of water at a time.
  • Ionizers: You can have alkaline ionized water at home by purchasing an ionizer.

What Brands of Water Filters Does Sam's Club Sell?

Sam's Club is pleased to offer high-quality water filters and water purifiers from brands like:

  • Watts Premier
  • Brondell
  • Hydrion
  • Filtrete
  • Pure Blue H20
  • Advanced Pure Air
  • Morton Salt

What to Look for in a Water Purifier

There are a couple of key factors to take into consideration when buying a water purifier. Some of these are:

  • Filtration rate: Depending on your water treatment process and household needs, you may need a stronger filter than some brands offer. Be sure of your filtration needs as you shop.
  • Cost of replacement filter: You should know your price range and budget for water purification so that you can take into account buying replacement filters down the road. All water purification systems have filters that will need to be replaced over time.
  • Maintenance: You should consider whether or not your water purifier will need maintaining over time and what that will add to your budget.
  • Quality of water: Depending on the filtration rate needed and how hard your water is, you should consider how well a system will work in your home. Consider your water source.
  • Contaminants it can remove: Not all water purifiers will remove the same types and amounts of contaminants. For example, if you're worried about waterborne fluoride, be sure to find a filter that will remove it.

Air Purifiers

An air purifier, or air cleaner, helps to keep different types of pollutants, particles, and allergens out of your home, creating a healthier indoor air quality in your home. Allergens are a type of airborne particle that activates different allergic reactions in people, most commonly sneezing, itchy or sore throats, and watery eyes.

Air purifiers are often upright stand-alone units or countertop purifiers with replaceable filters that clean air by helping to reduce the number of airborne particles and allergens your household is subject to.

What Different Types of Air Purifiers Are There?

There are several different types of air purifiers:

  • HVAC filters: This is the filter that goes in your heating or air conditioning unit to keep larger particles out of your home.
  • HEPA filter: True HEPA filters are high-efficiency particulate air filters that trap 99.7% of particles in the air as they come through your air purifier.
  • Ionic filtration: This type of air purifier discharges negatively charged particles into the air that attach to dirt and allergens.
  • Carbon filtration: Activated carbon filters absorb contaminants through chemical absorption.

Why Do I Need an Air Purifier?

Air purifiers have many great uses in your home. They can include some of these examples:

  • Reduce allergies: Because air purification reduces allergens in the air, they can help to reduce allergic episodes in your home.
  • Prevent dust: By filtering out particles from the air and trapping them, air cleaning reduces and prevents dust in your home.
  • Eliminate mold: Mold spores float through the air and land before growing. Air filtration can catch these en route and keep them from landing.
  • Reduce pet dander: Pet dander is an allergen and particulate that can aggravate allergies and add to dust. By catching them in the air, purifiers help keep your home healthy.
  • Remove smoke odor: Smoke causes an odor in the air because the smoke attaches to the air and then settles into the fabric. An air purifier will filter the smoke and air pollution that can be especially useful during wildfire season.

What Brands of Air Purifiers Does Sam's Club Sell?

Sam's Club is thrilled to offer our Members high-quality air purifiers from brands like:

  • GermGuardian
  • Brondell
  • Advanced Pure Air
  • 3M
  • 5-Room Mold Test
  • Filtrete
  • Newport
  • PureGuardian
  • Ultra-Pure

How Do You Choose the Right Size Air Purifier?

You should consider a few elements when choosing an air purifier for your home. These include:

  • Size: What is the size of the room you need to purify?
  • Maintenance: How frequently will you need to service your air purifier?
  • Noise: How loud will your air purifier be when in use?
  • Energy consumption: Will your air purifier require voltage from your wall outlet or will it run on batteries?
  • Manufacturer: Who made your air purifier?
  • Warranty: How long will the parts and labor for your air purifier be covered under warranty?