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Holmes HAP242-NUC Air Purifier Review
Best for Small Spaces

All the Bells and Whistles in One Tiny Machine

Hardly the size of a clock radio, it is very difficult to imagine that this air purifier will actually do much for your space, but it is packed with many wonderful options and strong filters. You can even set it to different speeds, depending upon how many pollutants are in your air at a given time.

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Holmes HAP242-NUC
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Whether someone is smoking nearby, someone in the room hates the smell of the nail polish you are applying, or you’ve had the windows open and mass amounts of pollen have found their way into you room, you can simply turn the speed higher to filter these annoyances out of the air at a faster rate. When things calm down a little, you can reduce the amount of electricity you are using by turning the speed down.

Although the speed options are among the best qualities this purifier has, I am sure you are wondering about the others. Well, let’s not waste any more time and just get right down to it.

True HEPA and Carbon Filter

A true HEPA filter is a very important part of any air purifier. You may have noticed that there are very few purifiers on this website without some sort of HEPA filter and that most of our options have True HEPA filters. That’s because HEPA filters are the only type which are proven to remove around 99% (and sometimes more) of airborne allergens. Whether you have problems with pet dander, dust mites, or pollen, the True HEPA filter is designed to rid your space of all airborne annoyances. It also works well to trap viruses and bacteria.

Though most of your major allergens, including dust mites, will get caught up in the HEPA filter, dust itself, as well as some tiny dirt particles, can make their way through. The carbon filter, on the other hand, is designed to trap these tinier air floaters. This means that the air will be much more tolerable for those with bronchial problems (such as asthma) and you won’t have to do near as much cleaning of your home or office surfaces. It’s a true win-win situation.

Optional Ionizer

If you like highly-energized air that is optimally cleaned and alive with energy, an ionizer is an important part of your ideal air filtration system. Don’t worry, this will not add an actual, palpable charge to the air. You won’t be walking around your house shocking yourself on doorknobs and metal objects. Instead, an ionizer adds negative ions to the air, or better, the ions are de-ionised.

Although ions create a noticeable difference in the air of your room, the difference is a little difficult to explain. If you have ever spent time in a room where you became tired or drowsy and just needed to open a window to get that “fresh air” feeling, you know what it is like to flood a room with negative ions.

Though these ions occur naturally in the outside environment, they are quickly depleted in interior spaces. Adding the ions back into the air of your home or office (or home office, if you’re like me) will make the room feel more energized and alive, which, in turn, helps you feel more energized and alive. I especially like that this ionizer is optional, though, since such a high energy atmosphere isn’t conducive to sleep. Going to bed but still require the purifier to run? Just turn off the ionizer!


In closing, I just want to say that, although there are some much more intense air purifiers on the market today, this one will certainly do a sufficient job in most small spaces. Plus, its extremely affordable price makes even more appealing to those trying to clean their air on a budget.

You can check the positive customer reviews and the insanely low price right here on Amazon. If you’re realistic about room size, you will have a great little companion with this Holmes purifier.

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