What is the Best Air Purifier?
02.23.11 What is the Best Air Purifier?
Well, first let's talk a little about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). IAQ is a complex health issue that confronts us all. Recent research shows that IAQ is often 3-5 times worse than outdoor air. Chemicals that are off-gassing from furniture, flooring, paints, and vapors from chemicals found in cleaning products can be invisible, tasteless and odorless yet can be very damaging to our bodies over the long term. Breathing in clean air is vital to the well-being of our immune systems. Scientific evidence links poor air quality to conditions such as allergies, asthma, fatigue, bronchitis, chemical sensitivities and recently they have been able to establish a direct link between air pollution and heart attacks.
What is contributing to this poor IAQ and what can the right air purifier eliminate? Dust, mold, mildew, fungi, pollen, smoke, chemical vapors, gases, viruses and bacteria.
There are many air filters/purifiers/cleaners on the market today. Our research has lead us to Austin Air as the best choice. The company was started over 10 years ago by Richard Taylor who undertook the task of trying to improve the quality of life for his wife Joyce, who had serious breathing problems. The only relief they found was available in a hospital in what they call a "clean room." So they set out to create a filter system that would replicate this environment. Within one week of using the air purifier, Joyce was sleeping undisturbed through the night. Today they have a 480,000 sq. foot factory and warehouse located in Buffalo, NY.
How does it work? The basic principles involved are rooted in the use of activated carbon, True Medical HEPA filtration media and impregnated carbon. Air is forced through the filtration system and it is able to remove 99.97% of all airborne particulate matter larger than .3 microns. Other features include: solid steel construction, non-toxic powder coated finish, high efficiency PSC motor, and specifically engineered pure air vent.
Other important factors to consider: Unlike air cleaners that use electrostatic-precipitation or ionic generation, the Austin Air cleaners do not emit any by-products such as toxic ozone. Austin Air has been tested by some of the world’s most respected testing labs like Battelle Laboratories and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Extensive tests on flow rate, flow design, removal of vapors, gases and sub-micron particles have been performed. As result of this testing, Austin Air was chosen by the US Government to fulfill the largest deployment of air cleaners in American history and chosen by FEMA and The Red Cross to address the serious air quality concerns in post 9/11 New York.
We carry several different models of Austin Air Purifiers, ranging in price from $339-$589 and offer free shipping on all models.
For more information on Indoor Air Quality, visit http://www.epa.gov/iaq/
Also... Here's some more reading on how to improve Indoor Air Quality in your home.