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IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier
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- The world’s best performing air purifier. Filters Ultrafine particles to .003 microns
- Number one choice of Asthma and Allergy sufferers
- Patented HyperHEPA® filtration up to 100X more effective than standard HEPA
- Energy efficient. Uses no more power than a conventional light bulb
- Long filter life with LED display to indicate 4 stages of the filter life-cycle
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The HealthPro Plus offers up to 25% more clean air, 38% longer filter life and 32% less noise. In fact, it’s now the quietest high-performance air purifier in the world. At the heart of this revolutionary system is the exclusive IQAir HyperHEPA filtration technology that effectively traps particles of all sizes. That includes viruses, pet dander, dust mites, other allergens and even cigarette smoke. While ordinary air cleaners are only tested for the largest 10% of particles, IQAir’s HyperHEPA filtration is tested and certified to filter 99.5% of all particles down to 0.003 microns. These are the smallest particles that exist. Imagine the difference virtually allergen-free air can make to your health. If clean air really matters to you, you’ll love the HealthPro Plus. IQAir is an educational partner with the American Lung Association.
Top Customer Reviews
You will not find a better air purifier, this removes the tiniest of particles, with each unit tested (you get the output). Also, for any sort of odor, the PLUS model has a 5lb active charcoal filter... and removes odors like no other.
Filters last a very long time. Based on typical useage... if you run about 10 hrs a day, figure 18 mo on the pre-filter, the v-5 (active charcoal filter only on plus model) will last about 2 years, the HEPA lasts about 4ish. It is dependent on the amount of dust and small particles though, but even then I would think that you would just have to replace the pre-filter more frequently. Same goes with odors, if you have odors from lots of places you may need to replace the active charcoal filter more frequently.
If I could alter one thing on the unit, it would be great if they had some way to recharge the active charcoal filter (i.e. if you heat active charcoal to 200 degrees for 30 minutes you destroy organic material in there). But you can't have it all and no one does that.
My HealthPro Plus (the old model), was purchased in 2002 and has run 24x7 since then, yes 13 years with no issues.
So now onto the comparison.
- The new model is much quieter, I'd say that on any given speed, the new unit is as quiet as one level down. So if your old unit on 4 is fine, you can run the new unit on 5 and it will be the same noise level.
- Wheels, it seems silly but the old model wheel system was horrible. They attached but didn't like to stay on. The new unit is much much better with no fall off.
I finally bit the bullet and bought the IQAir, not really expecting it to do anything. And for the first week or so it didn't, and I toyed with the idea of returning it as another failed attempt to relieve my allergies. But I figured I would try to crank it up before doing so, the machine is in my bedroom and can be a bit loud for sleeping at higher settings. But for the price, I figured I might as well try, and it worked.
And I don't just mean my air was slightly fresh, I mean my allergies are gone for the first time in 30 years. I wake up with a clear nasal passage, no sneezing, no anything. It's actually kind of strange not having to blow my nose all morning. Over the past few weeks i've been playing with the setting to get it down as low as possible while still working, and the setting that works for my room is 4. It's a bit loud at this setting, but it's a tiny price to pay for drug free total allergy relief.
If you have allergies I highly recommend putting this in your bedroom.
However, like several other customers I had the dreaded "what is that funky paint/chemical smell coming from the machine?" moment happen a few days ago. I've only had it 3 weeks, but I had read the reviews on here so I knew something was up and that it wasn't just me. I now finally understand what causes it.
I spoke with a very helpful fellow at IQAir and he explained that it was probably the V5 filter (i then took apart the machine and tested each filter one at a time in the machine - start with the pre-filter, then add in the V5, then the HEPA - and smelled the air output with each one - yep it was the V5).
What happens with the V5 filter is it contains charcoal and it soaks up stuff in the air (odors, chemicals, etc.) whether the machine is running or not. So where the machine is stored, how long it is stored, how it's shipped, the kind of container (styrofoam, plastic?) it is stored and shipped in, etc. can mean that the filter gets lots of "usage" before it ever shows up at your door.
The purifier came in a cardboard box inside of a cardboard box, but the filters were not individually wrapped, so I'm pretty sure that it got stored in a warehouse somewhere for too long and just soaked up stuff. Maybe forklift exhaust. :)
I called Amazon to get some help. They handle customer service for the actual seller, Mr Vac and Mrs Sew. I explained the problem and they offered me a partial refund on the cost of the purifier, which was enough to get a new V5 filter .
So there it is. Now for a few possible solutions that I hope the seller and the manufacturer read and put into practice:
- The best solution by far is for IQAir to individually wrap and seal each filter before putting them in boxes and shipping them to re-sellers. Then add a step to assembly where the purchasers take each filter out of the sealed wrapper and put them in the purifier. The machine is pretty simple, adding this step wouldn't be much of a bother for the consumer.
IQAir can't control what re-sellers do and where they store things. Yet, if a consumer has this problem, as many of us have, we tend to associate it with the product, that means the IQAir brand takes a hit and I think they should change this process in order to preserve what is otherwise a very superior product.
- The next best solution would be alot more work and seems kind of silly, but...the re-sellers would need to be careful about where they store these machines and for how long. They would need a freshness date of some sort and to be stored in a "clean room". I know, it's ridiculous. But it's the only alternative to the first solution I could think of.
Again, overall a great machine, but there is one clear improvement they could make and I hope they do.