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Published on December 5th, 2014 | by Greg


Coway Air Purifiers: Cleaner Rooms, Big Or Small

Winter can be tough on the body for many reasons- suddenly changing temperatures, dry air, and of course every form of illness imaginable floating through the air. Plus, with every window closed and less circulation, it’s a challenge to keep your indoors fresh and clean. Humidifiers can help, but can also add their own problems to the air- and if you have pets, those allergens can pile up as well during the colder season.

Air purifiers might not seem the best gift- but we can think of few home appliances that can do more to help your apartment or house be guest-friendly and company-ready. We’ve got two different models to look at- the Coway AP-0512NH is ideal for a bedroom, and the Coway AP-1512HH is good for a larger spot like a living room. Both share a cute design, with a true HEPA filtration system and timers, as well as reasonable price tags. And we liked the controls on both, without too many distracting lights, and the odor filter on each.

Let’s start small and work our way up- Korean brand Coway does offer a wide range of models, but the white Ap-512NH is one of their smallest, which means it can fit nicely even on a bedside table. Made for spaces around 15 square meters or smaller, its rated an even 100 on the Clean Air Delivery Rate scale, or CADR. And it’s quiet enough to use even while sleeping, especially on the lowest setting of the three available. There’s an auto mode as well, which adjusts the fan speed based on environmental conditions.

The larger gloss-black Coway AP-1512HH adds an Eco mode as well, which works somewhat similar to the auto mode, turning off the unit when no pollutants are detected for thirty minutes. It adds an extra filtration step, a washable pre-filter, which can help a little bit when cooking especially. And there is an ionizer too, which creates negative ions. Built to handle rooms as large as 34 square meters, it has a CADR rating of 176, but will make a fair bit of noise at the highest setting. As always, air purifiers work in an area close to the unit, and it’s important to find the right spot for your setup. These aren’t wall-mountable like some competitors, but can sit just about anywhere.

Neither model includes a remote control and the timers are only in fixed increments. Also, the carbon filters seemed a little thin. But a warranty of a full three years is quite good, and these are the exact same models sold elsewhere under the OPH Nordica name- identical to the high-end Scandinavian brand. These aren’t the most powerful units on the market, but Coway’s pair offer some of the best value. The smaller model runs $160, online and in stores, and the larger one can help boost your air quality for the reasonable price of $250.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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