How to choose the best HEPA air cleaner.

All of the top three air purifier brands do an extremely competent job of cleaning the air.  So, you may wonder why I elect to sell only the Austin brand.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus HEPA Air PurifierAustin Air cleaners combines unsurpassed performance and value without the nuisance of frequent filter changes.  Here’s how: Austin Air uses only the finest quality filter media.  The Austin Air standard units (HealthMate™, HealthMate Plus™, Allergy Machine™, Pet Machine™ and Bedroom Machine™) have over 60 square feet of  True Medical Grade HEPA media.   HEPA  (High Efficiency Arresting Particulate)  filters remove 99.7 percent of all particulates larger than 0.3 microns and is the highest standard of particle removal.  This includes dust mites, pollen, molds and pet dander – the common triggers of respiratory allergies and asthma.  Austin Air cleaners also uses  generous amounts of granular activated carbon (15 pounds in the standard units, 6.5 pounds in the juniors) to remove chemicals and odors from the air.  It takes  five years for the filter to become full.  Austin incorporates a PSC (permanent split capacitor) motor. This motor is quiet, energy efficient and designed for continuous use.  The standard sized unit has a 250 actual CFM rating (which means that 250 cubic feet of air move through the Austin Air Standard unit per minute) on the highest setting with a sound level below 66 decibels. The body of an Austin air purifier is all steel and powder coated with a baked on non-toxic finish.   Further, since you don’t have to replace the filter for five years, your total five-year cost for an Austin Air cleaner is between $375 and $765.
Made with pride in the USA.

BlueairWith competing air purifiers, you have to add on the cost of replacement filters. But Austin Air is not the only game in town. Blueair also makes an excellent air purifier. At one point, I was an authorized Blueair Dealer. While I appreciated this product, its cost (with filter changes) is high. It has a nice sleek steel design. Blueair purifiers do a good job of removing particles with it’s HEPASilent filter and the 400 series or higher also do a good job of handling chemicals and odors, if you order the optional Smokestop filter (2 – 4 pounds of carbon.) Blueair also incorporates a quiet motor that is designed for continuous use. The 605 has a 500 CFM rating on high with a sound level below 68 decibels.  (BlueAir is not accurately measuring  how much air it’s machines move per minute.  Only industrial air scrubbers can accomplish 400+ CMF and  and with much higher sound levels.)  Blueair offers electronic sensors to monitor airborne particles and gases. The five-year cost (including ten filter changes) for the Blueair 405 with Smokestop filters is $1,800. The Blueair 605 costs $2,400. Made in Sweden.

IQAirIQAir makes a similar product that is also highly competent, but not superior to its competitors. However, its body is made of plastic, and plastic off gases (releases toxic chemicals) and creates waste that takes centuries to degrade. Plus, IQAir make claims about their HyperHEPA® filter  that cannot be substantiated; no one has been able to replicate IQAir’s claim of superior particle removal. The HealthPro Plus has a 300 CFM rating highest setting with a sound level below 69 decibels. (Here to, IQAir is not accurately measuring  how much air it’s machines move per minute.  Only ndustrial air scubbers can move 300 CMF.  To do so, they produces much higher sound levels.)    IQAir offers electronic sensors to monitor airborne particles and gases. IQAir’s top model  is about twice the size of it’s competitors and uses three separate filters, each with a different replacement schedule ranging from eighteen months to 4 years. The carbon filter weighs 5 pounds. The 5-year cost of IQAir HealthPro Plus (including the many filter changes) is $1816. Made in Switzerland.

I know a lot about air purifiers, including those that I don’t sell. The top three brands all do a similar job of removing particles.  They each have different amounts of carbon media for removing chemicals.  Each brand has a powerful, energy efficient motor and produce about the same amount of sound.  Each brand has it’s own particular schedule for replacement filters and a different 5 year total cost.
Now you know why I prefer Austin Air. It is the best performing air cleaner available, requires minimal maintenance and it saves you money over time. For me, it just is a good buying decision. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
David Frome
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