AHAM: What It Is And What It Does?

When you want to purchase an air purifier, you want to make sure it can actually provide benefits and clean the air.

You also want to be sure that the device must no harm. You can come across dozens of different labels when it comes to such sensitive devices, and you do not always know what they mean and if they are important.

The AHAM Verified label is one of them. The first thing you should know in this regard is that, yes, the AHAM Verification is highly important, and you should opt for an air purifier that has that label. But what does it mean?

AHAM: What It Is And What It Does?

Key Takeaways

  • AHAM regulates the product quality of various home appliances, including air purifiers.
  • CADR stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate, and AHAM regulates this rate.
  • The testing process for AHAM is voluntary.
  • Air purifiers are sensitive devices that need tests and verification, so you should get AHAM-labelled products.

Read: How Does An Air Purifier Work?

What Is AHAM?

What Is AHAM

To understand what an AHAM label means, we need to understand what AHAM is. 

AHAM is the abbreviation for Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

It’s an official and standardized body formed to test, regulate, and observe several types of home appliances, including air purifiers

AHAM, therefore, regulates the product quality, but it also sets technical standards that will be expected from the manufactures appliances in terms of features, performance, and longevity.

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What Does AHAM Verified Mean?

When an air purifier is AHAM verified, it means that it has been tested and approved by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. One of the primary measurements used to certify an air purifier is CADR.

CADR stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate, and it’s a score that indicates the air purifier’s performance. The AHAM is responsible for assigning this score.

Once the air purifier passes through the AHAM and CADR standards, the device is given the label of AHAM verified. 

The testing process is voluntary, meaning that the manufacturer should willingly allow AHAM to test its products.

If they don’t submit the product to the AHAM, they can’t, of course, label the product with the AHAM verified badge. 

Should you purchase an air purifier that doesn’t show the AHAM verified badge?

Well, no, you shouldn’t. An air purifier that doesn’t work properly can be not only ineffective but also harmful. Instead of cleaning the air from harmful particles, it could end up blowing harmful particles in the air.

Air purifiers are sensitive devices that need tests and verification: you should only purchase air purifiers that have been verified by the AHAM. 1

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Now that you’ve learned what is an AHAM verified air purifier, you are an aware consumer. You now know what you should check the package for or the product description.

If you can’t spot the badge, you can always ask the seller about it. Always ask them to show you the original package or manual and don’t trust their words.

The CADR score is also important because it lets you know whether the air purifier is powerful enough for the room or environment you want to locate it.

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What CADR rating is good for air purifiers?

CADR rating of minimum 150 is recommended while choosing an air purifier.

Is a higher CADR rating better?

Yes, higher CADR rating means better cleaning of the air and more ability of the air purifier to clean the indoor air.

Where should I keep my air purifier?

You should keep the air purifier in your breathing room or at a place where you spend most of the time.

You can also keep it on your nightstand or counter in your hall, assuming that you spend the most time here.

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