When was the last time you checked the quality of your home’s indoor air? Unfortunately, even if you think you live in a particularly clean part of the globe, that may not always be the case, especially with the rise of microplastics contaminating the air. One of the more surefire ways to eliminate airborne pollutants from infecting our lungs is not by never opening your doors or windows every again but rather by investing in an air purifier.
In this review, we’re going to take a look at one of Levoit’s newer air purifiers – the Vital 100. This air purifier doesn’t pack as many features as you might hope, but its simplicity is what makes it a worthy air purifier for bedrooms, apartments, or offices.
The Vital 100 uses three fan speeds for different rooms of different sizes. On its lowest speed, this air purifier can clean the air of rooms as large as 139 square feet with an air change per hour (ACH) of more than 4.5 times. On its second and third gear, the Vital can clear up to 185 square feet with an ACH of 4, and over 300 square feet with an ACH of at least 3.3, respectively. From these figures, we can determine that the Vital 100 is not the largest air purifier available, but it’s built to handle the most contaminated indoor air is the average-sized room.
What does ozone free mean? For starters, it means that an air purifier does not use UV-C or ionizer beams to deconstruct the DNA of bacteria and viruses. These lights, though handy in particularly polluted scenarios, aren’t always needed in homes, and their usage creates ozone – a lung irritant that can aggravate lung diseases like asthma and bronchitis. The Vital 100 uses neither of these virus-eradicating systems.
Most air purifiers rely on a 3-stage filter process, and the Vital 100 is no different. The first line of defense is a preliminary filter designed to trap the largest particles (hair, lint, fibers, and fur). The second filter is a mighty True HEPA Filter – a super-fine filter that traps up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in width. The third and final filter is an activated carbon filter that absorbs nose-wrinkling odor and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Perfect for Pet Owners and Allergy Sufferers
While we’re on the subject of filters, let’s talk about how the Vital 100 caters specifically to those who own pets and/or suffer from allergies. The True HEPA Filter is where the magic lays; with its extremely high effectiveness rating, airborne pollutants like pollen, dander, dust mites, mold spores, and bacteria have no hope of escaping its clutches. The activated carbon filter just sweetens the deal by absorbing and eliminating pet odors. If you own a pet, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have an air purifier at home, and the Vital 100 may be the perfect solution to keep the air as clean and dander-free as you could possibly hope for.
When it’s time to shut down, the tiniest noises can jolt us wide awake. A sputtering air purifier in the bedroom is the last thing you’d want if you have an early morning the next day. The Vital 100 knows this and keeps its noise levels to a minimum without sacrificing performance. On its highest setting this appliance generates roughly 50 decibels while on the slowest fan speed, it produces a whisper-quiet drone of roughly 23 decibels. If you’re not paying special attention to the Vital 100, you’ll hardly notice its gentle hum in the corner of your bedroom.
LED Light Control
But that’s not all the Vital 100 can do to improve the quality of your sleep. Apart from being as quiet as the rustling of leaves, users are given the choice to either dim or completely turn off the LED lights. Without blinding, blinking lights at night, you won’t need a sleep mask to prevent bright LEDs from penetrating your eyelids and keeping you from sleeping at night.
2, 4, and 8-Hour Timer
The last thing we’d like to address is the standard 2- to 8-hour timer. Most air purifiers offer 3 different time settings – typically 2, 4, and 8 hours – where the device will automatically shut off when the timer expires. The Vital 100 follows suit without flexibility in between these settings. Because the Levoit Vital 100 doesn’t have smart sensors that gauge indoor air quality and turn the unit on when it reaches a certain threshold, users will need to rely heavily on this timer to ensure no energy is wasted.