Allerair 5000 Vocarb Air Purifiers: Hunting After VOCs

The explosion of office equipment, consumer goods and new building materials has made VOC sources ubiquitous. It is a little scary, but almost every home and office contains chemicals (up to 900 separate volatile compounds).

Of course, Allerair simply could not ignore this issue and released a few air purifiers for addressing it in the Allerair 5000 series – the AllerAir 5000 D Vocarb, AllerAir 5000 DX Vocarb, AllerAir 5000 W Vocarb and AllerAir 5000 Vocarb.

If you wonder why these Allerair 5000 Vocarb air purifiers fight VOCs better than competing units, the answer is carbon. Large amounts of the highest grade carbon offer enhanced adsorption for formaldehyde, ozone, ethylene, cleaners and heavy metals that can be found in lower weight hydrocarbons or cigarette smoke.

In addition to the carbon filter, the devices also feature today’s must-have – a HEPA-filter (no frills, but able of providing  99.995% removal efficiency for 0.3 micron particles, and a pre-filter, which traps dust particles.

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And if you want some additional protection (though the one offered by basic Allerair 5000 Voc filters seems more than enough), you can also add a germicidal UV light and order a custom carbon blend filter.

If you would rather want your filter to capture particles, chemicals an odors directly at their source, there is the AllerAir 5000 W Vocarb air purifier with a special nozzle.

And if you are used to getting the best of the best, there is a unit with a special VOC blend of carbon in an extra deep bed filter for superior purification – the AllerAir 5000 DX Vocarb. While most AllerAir 5000 ourifiers feature an 18 lb carbon filter, this one has a 27 lb filter.

On the low setting, the products are barely audible. They become quite loud though on the two higher settings, but, according to the latest research, low is the best.  The faster rate of sucking the air makes the airborne particles get stuck in the HEPA, so it is better to keep your unit running on low.

The Allerair 5000 Vocarb air purifiers are just perfect for people concerned about household or office volatile organic compounds, gases and odors. You will feel no paint or other types of chemicals, just beautifully filtered clean air.

Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter: The Filter Matters

Of all air purifier components, the air filter is probably the most important. And as every good air purifier, the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 has a good filter.

First, a specially engineered 360-degree air intake system draws air into the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter from all its sides from an area up to 700 square feet. Then, the air filter cleans the air in four stages – the pre-filter removes dust, pet dander and hair, the other pre-filter gets rid of spores, mold and pollen, the activated carbon/zeolite blend removes odors , chemicals, and gases and, finally, the true HEPA filter eliminates bacteria and viruses.

As anyone who has researched air purifiers can tell you, the real expense with true HEPA filters is not the upfront purchase costs, but the cost of replacement filters combined over the course of the years. The HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter is made of sturdy solid steel material with non-toxic powder coating and is warranted to last for five years… yes, you read it right.

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All you need do in order to make sure that the filter lasts that long is to vacuum the pre-filter every few months. You can do it this way – turn off the machine and run a bristled vacuum over the outside of the filter. It is really simple: just create a reminder in your calendar app and you should be set.

In addition to being well made, the unit does a pretty good job of filtering the air. It is also quite energy-efficient (80W of power on high) and has three speeds, which is nice. It is quiet on the low setting, and relatively quiet, overall.

As far as air filters go, the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter provides good quality at a reasonable price (especially given that you are required to replace them in just five years).

Airfree Onix 3000: Ozone-Free and Mold-Eliminating

It has been long believed that ozone can eliminate mold and bacteria. And while nobody denies its sanitizing power, it has been recently found that ozone can cause asthma attacks and even death is some circumstances.

This is why it is very important to choose an ozone-free purifier, like the Airfree Onix 3000. If you are wondering how this little thing is getting rid of 99.99% of spores, fungus, bacteria, virus, and mold spores without ozone, it is very simple – they are incinerated at temperatures around 400F inside its ceramic core.

The Airfree Onix 3000 is not an air filter – it is an air sanitizer, meaning that it does not have a filter and is maintenance free (which is important when you are shelling out as much as three hundred bucks for an air purifier).

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And because it is not a filter, it is a good thing – filters never work on mold for long and lose their initial effectiveness quickly. The heated core actually incinerates the mold spores, and, because of this, never loses effectiveness. It takes a few weeks to cycle all the air in the room, but you can notice a difference in symptoms even before then.

But because it does not have a filter, if your problem is dust, this is probably not the unit for you. It is right for you if what you are worried about is mold, virus, fungus, bacteria, etc, etc – it will get rid of them in no time.

If you are worried about trading air pollution for noise pollution, the Airfree Onix 3000 does not make a sound and is so quiet that you might even think that it is not working. However, you will be able to tell that it is doing its job because the blue light will be on and the air will feel cleaner.

Aesthetically, the unit looks great – it is small-sized with a stylish sleek design, especially compared to other air purifiers that are bulky, large and a total eye sore.

If you want something quiet, ozone-free and effective on mold, bacteria and viruses, the Airfree Onix 3000 is an elegant choice.

Pesky Mold: Air Purifiers for Eliminating Mold

Here is the thing about mold – it’s everywhere. Indoor molds grow in any humid parts of the household, exposing you and your family to dangerous fungal spores – in the laundry room, in the bathroom, or the garage. It can grow in the pool area, in the kitchen, in air ducts or in damp carpets.

Some molds can cause inflammatory reactions, resulting in headaches, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and general weakness.

Usually, mold is easy to spot as you can see black, brown, green, pink or orange on your walls or smell a musty and earthy odor. If this is the case with your household, it is important to remove the mold and get a good air purifier to prevent mold growth and improve the air quality.

Airfree Onix 3000 Mobile Home Air Purifier Sanitizer Unit System

This is a real mold killer. The manufacturers of this air purifier promise that the Airfree Onix will incinerate 99.99% of all micro-organisms, including mold spores, fungus, bacteria and viruses at a high temperature of around 400F, living no living microorganism a chance to survive. Plus, the device supposedly does not contribute any heat to your household. The Airfree Onix will be effective in an area up to 550 square feet.

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Honeywell HHT-011 Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter

This is a much cheaper air purifier, but it doesn’t mean that it is not good at doing its job. The Honeywell HHT-011 is silent and will get rid of 99% percent of mold spores, pet dander, pollen, smoke, and dust in your household. There is just one slight downside – it can effectively clean the air in a room  up to 85 square feet.

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Airfree P1000 Home Air Purifier

This air cleaner is much like the Airfree Onix 3000, and has the advantage of costing almost a hundred bucks less. It will also incinerate all living microorganisms for you and completely get rid of mold and fungal spores. It also features a blue light which can be used as a night-lamp or be turned off. And haven’t we said? The Airfree P1000 Home Air Purifier is completely silent, making you wonder whether it functions at all (which it does, of course).

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Qualities of an Ideal Air Purifier: Shopping Guide

Everybody knows that an air purifier is supposed to clean up dirty air and help people with asthma, allergies and other breathing difficulties, but not everybody knows what the qualities of a good air purifier are. The air purifier industry is very large, and it is easy to get lost in the variety of air purifiers.

Most air cleaners out there have a highly efficient HEPA filter for fine particles, a carbon filter for odors and a pre-filter. Some of these air purifiers use carbon as a pre-filter. However, this is not very correct. There should be another pre-filter that catches dust first, because if used as a pre-filter, micropores in carbon will soon get clogged up with dust, and it will no longer be able to filter out odors.

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It doesn’t matter how much there is of carbon. What matters is how fine it is, because the finer carbon is, the better it will remove volatile compounds. It is good if carbon has such additives as potassium permanganate and zeolite, since they are effective at absorbing ammonia-type smells (like pastrami) and hydrogen sulfide (sewer gas).

There is another essential point – the construction. If you want your air purifier to be durable, it should be made of metal rather than plastic. This is especially important if you have children.

Another vital quality is sound. The air purifier should be relatively silent when it operates, and have a few speed settings. A loud air purifier could be a major source of unhappiness.

A good air purifier should also have a return policy and a long-lasting warranty. You don’t want to get stuck with a non-functional device that you can’t return.

When purchasing the unit, consider not only the price of the device, but also the cost of replacement filters, because it can add up.

And if you do buy an air cleaner, don’t expect it to purify the air in your entire home. It is impossible, so opt for a purifier that will go in your child’s room or master bedroom.

Air Purifiers for People Suffering from Asthma

If your asthma is triggered by house dust, fumes, animal dander, cooking smells and pollens, an air purifier might improve your breathing situation. Today, air purifiers can work wonders in how well you manage your allergies and asthma by providing clean fresh air to your house.

It goes without saying that the asthma air purifier should have a true HEPA filter – a high-tech, asthma-friendly High Energy Particulate Air device that is 99, 97% effective in trapping airborne particles.

Honeywell 50250 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier

The Honeywell 50250 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier is a simple yet efficient device. At just two hundred bucks, this air purifier removes 99,97 percent of airborne pollutants that can trigger asthma – mold spores, animal dander, dust, pollen and smoke in an area up to 390 square feet.

Overall, this Honeywell air cleaner is just what the doctor ordered – inexpensive, powerful, easily maintainable and portable.

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Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780A Air Purifier

The Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780A Air Purifier cost around three times more and covers an area twice as big – up to 815 square feet. According to the company, this air cleaner uses a true HEPA filter made of highly advanced bioengineered fiber material that not only traps but also destroys 99.97% of pollutants.

This Rabbit Air cleaner is also energy-efficient, meaning that it will consume a maximum of 58 watts at turbo mode and eight watts at silent speed. And when we say ‘silent’, it is really silent – you won’t hear any noise though this air purifier is really powerful.

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IQAir Health Pro 250

This is another high-end purifier that will rid the environment of asthma triggers circulating through your home. It has been designed to improve health and decrease indoor pollution and is as good as it does its job. And for the kind of money it sells for, it would be surprising if it was inefficient.

The IQAir Health Pro 250 removes not only pet dander, pollen, mold spores and dust mites, but also viruses and bacteria in six stages. It is quite expensive, but it is a great investment in your health.

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Where to Put Your Air Purifier

Many of you have realized the need for an air purifier, but probably wonder where to put it. Of course, if your allergy is severe, you will probably have to install a high-capacity air purifier that will be powerful enough to clean the air in the entire house or get an air purifier for each room.

But if one air purifier is enough, you should probably put it into the room where you spend the most time. Usually, it is your bedroom where you spend one third of your life sleeping.

Since air cleaners produce certain noise, it would be better to place them far from your bedside.

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If you have pets, keep them out of your bedroom. Also, if you are allergic to animal dander, fur, and feathers, your air purifier will be especially useful in the room where your pets stay most of the time.

If you decide on purchasing another air purifier, it is probably a good idea to place it in the living where more than one family member can benefit from the clean air. If you work from home, you can place the next air cleaner into your home office.

There are some general tips as well – to achieve the best air cleaning performance, an air purifier should be put across the room from a heating or air conditioning unit. The airflow should not be blocked by walls or other objects, so it would be effective not to put it close to them.

If you like opening windows for a jolt of fresh air, consider placing your air cleaner far from the window so that airflows don’t interfere.

Keeping Dirty Air out of Your Car

Today, in our polluted, unnatural and chemicalized environment, the air outside is not very breathable, especially if you are on the road. Some drivers even have to keep their windows up to prevent the dirty air from entering their car.

It’s a good thing that you don’t have it anymore as there are car air purifiers that will clean the air in your car and get rid of odors.

Roadpro 12V Mini Air Purifier / Ionizer, Chrome

This little thing costs about 13 bucks but can remove dust, pollen, smoke and odor. The Roadpro 12V Mini Air Purifier draws power through the cigarette- lighter socket and features an illuminated tip and chrome finish. If you want a neutral-smelling car, with no smoke or unpleasant odors, this device will do it for you. However, you should be cautious if you have serious asthma because this air purifier emits ozone.

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This air purifier costs three times as much the previous one, but it is really good at eliminating dust, chemical cleaning product residue, smoke, odors, mold and mildew, and bacteria in your car. The Auto-Mate On-the-Road Plug-In Ionic Air Purifier features gold plated stainless steel collectors and a platinum emitter and has received four U.S. Patents. This cleaner is produced by Wein Products which has developed the famous portable air purifier mentioned in the previous review.

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This air purifier is as cheap as they come – you can get for eight dollars. Moreover, for its price, it is just excellent at doing its job and removes fumes, unpleasant odors, pollen, dust and bacteria. However, there is one little issue – if you are prone to throat irritation, you should think twice about getting it as ozone can cause more frequent asthma attacks in those who suffer from asthma and lead to sore throats and breathing difficulty.

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Portable Personal Air Purifiers – Pure Air to Go

We have already covered that air purifiers can be a real life saver for those who have breathing problems or allergies. But we cannot spend all the time indoors and when we go outdoors, we cannot take the clean air with us. It is good if we go to a forest with clean air to breathe but, more often than not, we end up breathing dirty air that can cause allergies. But there is a solution that can help you to enjoy pure air even outdoors and get protection from allergens, irritants and viruses that can threaten you outside – portable air purifiers.

Air Supply Mini-Mate Personal Ionic Air Purifier—Clear

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One of the best portable air cleaners out there is probably Air Supply Mini-Mate Personal Ionic Air Purifier. This small device will keep you in a safe bubble of pure air amid sneezing and coughing people in public transport.

This small air purifier that weighs only 1.5 ounces cleans the air through a powerful ionized stream of electrons and neutralizes pollution.  The best thing about the Air Supply Mini-Mate Personal Ionic Air Purifier is that you can use it everywhere – on the plane, in a cab, at the gym or in the crowded subway car during rush hour.

The ionization technology has been developed by Wein Products Inc. that has created quite a few innovative respiratory devices.

The only downside to this air purifier is that, according to the instructions, you need to wear it under your chin using the lanyard provided with the air purifier. But if you suffer from asthma, allergies or just don’t want to catch flu, you can probably overlook this inconvenience for the sake of clean air.

Air Purifiers for Pet Owners

The quality of the air in your home is extremely important for both you and your pets. Cats and dogs give off dander that can aggravate your allergy problems if you are allergy-prone. In addition, viruses, molds, pollen and bacteria accumulate in your house, making the air you and your pets breathe more odorous and less healthy. To making the breathing process for you easier, you will probably need an air purifier. We brought you the list of air cleaners that are designed to make the air in your house with pets more breathable.

Germ Guardian AC5000B UVC Tower Air Purifier

This air purifier with four air filters will be a powerful tool in cleaning your house and keeping it odor-free. The charcoal filter will get rid of smoke particles and odor. The HEPA filter will remove 99.99% of pet dander, mold spores, pollen and dust mites, the PCO filter will make you forget about bacteria and fungi and the UV-C light system will kill cold and flu-causing germs. This air purifier is rather moderately priced for such a powerful machine – it is available for $150.
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Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

This air purifier that was designed to fight animal dander and odor is more expensive, but it is probably worth this kind of money. The air is cleaned through five filters instead of four – the Anti-Bacterial Pre-filter, the Hepa Filter, the Nano-Silver Mesh, the Carbon Filter and the `PlasmaWave’ device that eliminates bacteria,  viruses, gases and odors using both positive and negative ions.  This device is as smart as an air purifier can be – it functions in five modes, has an odor and dust sensor, automatically goes into ‘silent mode’ when there is no light in the room,  and begins filtering the air more actively when it becomes light.

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PetAirapy PA-777 Portable Ultra Quiet ULPA Super HEPA Air Purifier w/ UVC and Ionizer

Both you and your pets can benefit from this air purifier which has been known to cure pet’s allergies. Sure, this air cleaner does not come cheap but it is powerful enough to clean the air in a 1,000 square feet room and purifies the air in six stages, getting rid of allergens, mold, pollen, viruses and bacteria through the Electric Static Plasma Filter, fighting illnesses through the Photo Catalyst Filter, eliminating odor with the Activated Carbon Filter, capturing 99.999% of all particles of 0.0001mm or larger using the next-gen HEPA filter, the ULPA Media Filter and killing any variety of bacteria and viruses that can cause dog’s illnesses with the UVC germicidal lights. Moreover, this miraculous air purifier generates negative ions that create a fresh environment in your house.

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