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IQAir purifiers are the creme de la creme in the home air purifier industry. These air purifiers have made a big difference in the life of people suffering from allergies, chemical sensitivities, and asthma
IQAir History And Achievement.
IQAir started its humble beginning in 1963, when Manfred and his brother Klaus introduced a simple home filter system in Germany.
In the subsequent years, their home filter systems were perfected and adapted to various applications. However, not until 1998 that they produced their first home air purifier product, IQAir Health Pro in their Swiss headquarter. Because of its effectiveness, this product quickly became a favorite among allergy and asthma sufferers and received recognition from various governmental and health organization.
In 2003, for instance, IQAir was the only air purifier company contracted by Hong Kong Hospital Authority to supply room air cleaners to more than 150 hospitals in the fight against SARS. One year later, IQAir air cleaners received top ratings from Consumers Digest Magazine, Reviewboard Magazine, Allergy Buyers’ Club and Consumer Search. In the same year, IQAir was contracted by ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition to provide the extreme makeover's families the healthies home in America.
Following the success of its portable home air purifier series, IQAir introduced the much-needed line of whole-house purification systems in 2005, which also proves to be a success.
You may ask, what makes IQAir purifiers so effective. The answer is: technology and engineering.
Reviews on IQAir Air Cleaner Technology
In all of their home air purifier products, IQAir focuses on filter technology and engineering. This company, unlike a lot of other companies manufacturing home air purifiers, refuses to have shortcuts which can compromise their air purifier performance
Let us take a look at the air filtration technology first.
Every IQ Air purifier has at least two types of filters:
- Micro-particle prefilter.
This prefilter is of high quality and can filter particles up to 0.3 micron in size, including pollen, pet dander, dust maite and mold spore. Although IQAir competitors have prefilter in their air purifiers, IQAir prefilter is actually one step ahead since it performs in a similar manner as its competitor's HEPA filter.
- HyperHEPA filtration.
Most air purifier's HEPA filters only filter particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. But do you know that actually 90% of all ultra fine particles in our atmosphere are smaller than 0.3 microns. This means that most air purifiers are only filtering 10% of the particles in your air. IQAir’s HyperHEPA filters are the first HEPA filters which can filter down to 0.003 microns with a guaranteed minimum efficiency of over 99.5%. This means that bacteria, viruses and certain gases and smoke, which are missed by other HEPA air purifiers, are captured by IQAir purifiers.
So, you see that in terms of filtration technology, IQAir is ahead than most air purifiers in the market today.
How about the engineering aspect ?
IQAir perhaps is the only air purifier in the market which does not have any internal leakage in the housing.
It means that the housing is tight and there is no way the dirty particles bypass its air filter. Discount air purifiers, in contrast, often have a leakage in their housing. Therefore, some of the dirty particles actually bypass the filter instead of passing it. It means that although cheap air purifier manufacturers claim a 99% efficiency on its HEPA filter, in reality, a good percentage of dirty air never passes the HEPA filter, which means that dirty air is circulated back into the house. This does not happen with IQAir.
So why don't some manufacturers make sure that the housing is tight in the first place ?
The answer is because the quality of their motors are not very good.
You have to understand, that in a tight casing environment, motor gets heated up quickly. Cheap motor is not strong enough to stand this condition, and therefore the housing cannot be made tight.
Secondly, in a tight environment, the fan motor has to work extra hard to pass the air quickly to the filter, especially if the filter is like IQAir's hyper HEPA filter. Most cheap air purifiers cannot afford not to bypass some air since their fans cannot pass sufficient amount of air quickly in a tight environment.
In short, IQAir air purifiers work beautifully because of the top-notch air filtration technology and engineering they employ in their machine.
Other Features of IQAir Air Cleaner
Apart from the superiority of its technology, all IQAir purifiers have the following general features which propel them miles in front of their competitors:
- It's safe.
None of the IQ Air air cleaners produce undesirable products such as ozone,chemicals or charged particles. Many electronic air purifiers (i.e. air purifiers which use ionization to clean air)sold today in the market today emit such byproducts. In addition, the casing and the paint of IQAir air purifier is made from material which does not outgas. It means that people suffering from chemical sensitivity will not react to its presence.
- It's easy to use.
The IQAir purifier series can be operated using remote control and can be programmed easily for automatic on/off daily.
- Filter sensor.
All IQAir purifier series has filter sensor which tells you when the filter needs changing. This is not the cheap sensor which basically works based on clocking or counting time of usage. This is a real sensor which intelligently knows when a filter really needs changing. It's also easy to change the filter.
- It's quiet enough for a bedroom.
Although not the quietest in the market, IQAir purifier series, at lower setting, are quiet enough for bedroom use. This is as a result of their double-wall casing and rubber pads which absorb the noise of the fan motor.
IQAir Purifier Series
The followings are the IQAir home purifier product series:
- IQAir Healthpro and IQAir Healthpro Compact.
It captures anything bigger than 0.003 micron: pet dander, mold spores, dustmite, bacteria, virus, and limited amount of gases. It's upgradable to the Plus version (below). Suitable for allergy sufferers.
- IQAir Healthpro Plus
This is basically IQAir Healthpro with addition of carbon filter which is essential if you need to control heavy smoke and large amount of odor-causing gases. It's suitable for allergy and asthma sufferer.
- IQAir Multigas.
This is the heavy duty home air purifier which enables you to control much more types of particles and is suitable for people with multiple chemical sensitivity issue.
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