Edenpure Air Purifier
This Edenpure purifier review begins with the basics: what it looks like and who makes it. The Edenpure G-7 Whole Home Air Purifier looks like a small stereo speaker or karaoke machine, with a wooden cabinet and a black mesh front with control buttons and a remote. It measures 12.75 x 8.875 x 8.75 inches and weighs 16 lbs. It is made by Edenpure, a division of Suarez Corporation Industries (SCI), which is a direct marketing company based in Ohio. They make an extensive line of products for health, fitness, weight loss, and home care.
The Edenpure G-7 uses four methods to eliminate indoor air pollution. It has an ozone generator, an ultraviolet light source, an ionizer, and a HEPA filter. It claims to purify the air in 3,000 square feet of living space. The ozone generator works by producing ozone, a strong oxidant, which is used to remove the smell of smoke after fire damage, as well as musty mold smells and even the smell of decaying flesh.
- UV Light
The G-7′s ultraviolet irradiation sterilizes air that is forced past its UV lamps. The UV source and filter are designed to remove the dead microorganisms that have been killed by the UV light. The ionizer in the Edenpure G-7 uses electrically charged surfaces to create electrically charged ions. The ions latch onto airborne particles, which then are drawn to a charged collector plate. The fan-based ionizer in the Edenpure G-7 is an efficient ionizer, cleaning and distributing clean air quickly.
- HEPA filter
The Edenpure G-7 has a permanent HEPA filter with a removable, washable pre-filter. HEPA stands for "high efficiency particulate air," and is designed to remove 99.97% or more of particles that measure 0.3 micrometers. HEPA filters are effective down to particles 0.01 micrometers in size, but are ineffective for particles smaller than that. In the G-7, the HEPA filter follows the removable pre-filter, which removes the more coarse air impurities so that the HEPA filter does not clog with them. HEPA filters do not generate harmful byproducts.
The biggest concern about products like the Edenpure G-7 is the ozone generation. While ozone does work wonders to reduce odors from musty basements, pets, and other household smells, it is also considered a health hazard when it is used long-term. The Edenpure G-7 creates 360 mg of ozone per hour, putting it in the middle range of home ozone generators, but many experts believe that is enough to be hazardous. Used in unoccupied rooms (no humans, no animals, no plants), however, the ozone generator works safely. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) identifies the Edenpure as a potentially hazardous ozone generator.
Edenpure comes with a 60 day guarantee, and returns require original packaging. The machine carries a one year warranty. Users have had problems with customer service, however, particularly getting through to them in the first place, reporting recorded messages blaming a high volume of calls for the delays. While the Edenpure G-7 Whole Home Air Purifier may be safe for purifying rooms that are not occupied, there are enough concerns about the levels of ozone produced by the machine that any Edenpure purifier review would be remiss not to mention the potential dangers.
Why buy an air purifier?
People who are prone to allergies often have trouble with mold spores, pet dander, pollen, and dust as well as secondhand smoke. Today’s air purifiers are capable of capturing particulates to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the air, and can be quite useful for people who have allergies or asthma. An air purifier can also reduce the necessity of frequent room cleaning by getting dust and particles out of the air before they have a chance to settle on surfaces.
Air purifiers can also reduce cooking smells, pet smells, and other unwanted odors in the home.