Last updated on December 5th, 2022
An air purifier is a must have for artists who work with fume-emitting paints or solvents. For individuals who work with materials like wood, pottery, oil, ceramic, or plastic that could shed tiny bits of material while creating their crafts a good air cleaner is also a game-changer. And allergies or any airborne sensitivity will have a negative impact on the quality of your work.
There are many air purifiers (check this page for more information), but when it comes to art studios the main problems for an artist are toxic fumes (epoxy, for example) and paint chemicals. Both of these may not only distract you from your work but also have a long-lasting effect on your health.
So, how do remove fumes and chemicals from the air in an art studio? The answer is simple: an air purifier capable of generating high airflow, a true HEPA filter for the removal of 99.97% of all fine particles down to 0.3 micron in size and an additional Activated Carbon filter for odor removal.
Down below you can make yourself familiar with the best air purifiers for artist studios in 2022. The major difference between them is the area they can effectively cover.
Also note, that the area coverage mentioned in the comparison table below is calculated based on 4 air changes per hour (ACH). This is mostly because 4 ACH is wanted by people who suffer from allergies or other health conditions and require the air to be clean from various contaminants. If you don’t have any health issues, you can use these portable air purifiers in spaces that are twice as large.
Top 4 Air Purifiers for Artist StudiosIf you don’t see the whole table, scroll it horizontally
So, which one you should buy?
For large art studios, I recommend the Airpura V600. It comes with a large, 18-pound Charcoal filter that effectively absorbs paint fumes and other odors, including cigarette smoke. Despite the seemingly high retail price, in the long-term, it pays off greatly, due to low electricity consumption (power to CFM ratio) and the long life of its filters (HEPA and Carbon). The full metal body is sturdy and made to last for decades. On top of that, the manufacturer offers a 5-year warranty on parts and a 10-year labor warranty.
So if you are looking for a powerful air purifier that effectively removes chemicals, fumes, smells and toxins from your art studio that is approximately 1000 – 2000 sq. ft. in size, the Airpura V600 is the best option.
The Tracs EZ-Air purifier is another option that I suggest looking into. This air purifier is cheaper, yet it also covers smaller areas. However, when it comes to the removal of germs, mold, bacteria or odors, this one is among the best air cleaners in the US market today.
It is all thanks to the hospital grade HEPA air filter, that is used by many laboratories, schools and medical institutions to keep the air clean from airborne pollution. This filter has also an extremely long lifespan of up to 5 years thanks to this antibacterial pre-filter. The latter, however, has to be replaced more often – each 3 to 6 months as it gets worn out quickly.
The US-made air cleaner from Tracs is a great option if you are not ready to spend over $800 on your air purifier but want to keep the air quality as good as possible in your art studio.
Both the Coway Airmega AP-1512HH and the Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 is the best choice for small art studios, that have just been established and do not yet generate much revenue. Both models come with a built-in ionizer, that enhances their 3-stage air filtration system which includes a pre-filter, HEPA and Carbon filters.
It should be noted, that both models feature Auto function that automatically increases or decreases the airflow depending on the number of particles present in the air. So you won’t have to manually change the speed or interact with any of these machines during your stay in the art studio.
Can I place two or more air purifiers in my studio?
For sure! It’s absolutely normal to use more than one air purifier in one room, apartment or any other place.
Where should I place them?
As close as possible to the source of chemicals or odors.
Are they ozone-free?
The Airpura and Tracs do not release ozone at all. The Winix and Coway air cleaners do release small a amount of ozone with their built-in ionizers. However, you can turn ionizers off if you are intolerant to any ozone generation.