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I love this air purifier!
on July 13, 2014
I had wanted an air purifier for a long time. After comparison shopping, I decided this was probably the best buy given it's affordable cost and permanent filters. I was a little skeptical of how much good it would do since you DON'T replace the filters (what's up with that?) and it didn't rely on Space Age ionic air separation technology to magnetize any particle a picometer wide to a sweet piece of stainless steel.
I decided the best place to install it would be our bedroom (we have no sofa ATM so we spend almost all of our time there). After plugging it in, I quickly noticed that setting 1 seemed to do nothing noticeable. Since I actually wanted it to *do* something noticeable, I cranked it up to 2. My Therapure TPP230M responded by emitting a soft, calming *whiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrr* like a friendly robot fan doing its best to bring me the purity of an Austrian hillside after the spring thaw, and I PANICED. I turned around slowly, expecting to see my wife giving me the death stare for invading her sleep space with noise, but she didn't even notice. When I asked she reminded me that she likes that kind of background noise.
I don't know exactly when I noticed any effects (maybe a day or two), but I have significantly less nasal drainage in spite of the fact that I smoke at present and therefor higher sleep quality. The wife told me that her allergies have mostly gone away while indoors (we have a one bedroom apartment ATM, and one of these is enough for the whole thing). And the catbox isn't the first thing I smell when I come home anymore. It has somehow absorbed most of the stinky smells in all corners of our apartment without being right next to their sources.
This air purifier does a great job. There has been a minimal impact on the way the air *feels*, but there are definitely fewer particulates and stinks floating around.
If you don't like the UV light there is a button on top you can turn it off with. I do this when we go to bed at night. I don't really think the UV light needs to be on 100% of the time for the device to deliver optimal results, nor do I think covering up the light with electrical tape is recommended. Really, if the UV light was *essential* there probably wouldn't be a button to turn it off with, so I don't feel bad turning it off at night. Somebody at the company actually thought that some of us might be annoyed by the light when we were sleeping and included that button in the design. I don't know about you, but knowing that they cared enough to let me choose between having a nightlight and sleeping in perfect darkness gives me warm fuzzes inside.
I would also recommend cleaning the filter at least once a month. The back pops right off and the filter vacuums out easily with a brush of crevice attachment. It's very minimal maintenance. Cleaning out the filter will obviously help it function better, reducing wear on the device, increasing its life expectancy. I guess what I'm saying is, don't throw away the manual and please read it. This isn't a complex device, but you'll be happier with it the more you understand it.
I hope you get one and are just as happy with it as I am. It isn't using enough electricity to notice on the bill and it doesn't produce ozone, which is good because I don't even know if ozone is good or bad. All around a great product. I hope it lasts a long time.