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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.
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First, the important thing. You probably have the barbarous allergies that I share, or you wouldn’t be considering this. I’ve tried about a dozen air purifiers over the years. My advice to others is that you want either the Austin HealthMate type, or the IQAir type. If you want a unit that you can put into a large-sized suitcase and take on an airplane, you want the Austin HealthMate Jr. (I own one for that purpose). For a big room room, maybe you want the full HealthMate. They have two defects: a) no casters or handles, meaning you *lug* the thing; b) all three filters – prefilter, gas, and fine particle – are in a single torus-shaped object. Meaning, if one of them gets filled up, you have to replace all three. On the flip side, they’re cheaper than IQAir filters. One HealthMate Jr replacement filter costs a tad less than the IQAir HyperHepa alone.
On the other hand, if your allergies are such that you just plain require absolutely clean air (such as, you have bronchiectasis), especially of mold, then you want the IQAir. They advertise that the unit puts out “chemically pure” air, and I believe it. And you can move a LOT of air through this per minute, up to 300 cubic feet. That’s all the air in a 16x20 room with a 10-foot ceiling in ten minutes. Of course, it’s noisy, but on the high settings so are the Austin units. It puts out air suitable for a surgical theater, according to an HVAC guy I know.
And now, the quirks.
1) If you want the gas filtration option, you want to buy the HealthPro Plus, but do yourself a favor: order it without the V5 gas filter. Then order a separate V5 gas filter. Otherwise, they’ll ship the unit with a V5 filter installed, and during shipping a bunch of the potassium permanganate will shake out into the unit. Your helpful IQAir phone representative will, like any engineer anywhere, tell you that this is no problem, the HyperHEPA will filter it all out. Don’t believe it. I had to evacuate my house. Potassium permanganate is not at all good for your bronchial tubes, and contrary to their claims, the HyperHEPA doesn’t catch it all.
2) Because, in a fit of engineer’s hubris, they build the unit without any gaskets at all. None. Now I’m sure they engineered the thing very well indeed, but we’re talking about air here, which is notoriously slippery stuff. And maybe they’re right. All I know is that sometimes, after several months, the air coming out starts to bug me. So I replace the lower filter, the PreMax, and the problem goes away. Now the PreMax sits above the “coarse dust” prefilter (which you should buy as an add-on), and below the V5 and the HyperHEPA, so if the unit truly did not allow air and particulate to escape, this should be impossible. It’s possible. Don’t let them tell you different.
3) The wheels are cheesy cheap plastic that become loose and fall off their spindles. You can also remove the spindles and let the unit sit flush to the floor, with no wheels, but once you’ve inserted the spindles, you’ll need a large screwdriver blade or chisel and some luck to pry them loose. Now THAT fit they engineered to perfection! You can also buy luxury “replacement” wheels, which cost me $25 instead of $15 for a replacement set of the original cheese wheels. Really? On a $900 unit, you save ten bucks on the wheels you ship with it? Come on, man. That’s like selling a Camaro with truck wheels, and the chrome jobbies are a replacement part only, for another hundred bucks.
4) Finally, the top has louvers which only point straight out. I would prefer they were angled UP, so as to push exhaust higher and stir the air in the upper reaches of the room. Also, when it’s next to me in a dodgy room it would blow on my face instead of my rib cage. I have, with some thought, twisted together some wires and threaded them through the louvers, so that I can lay a ruler across them that angles the airflow upward, but repeat along with me: come on, man.
With respect to the coarse dust filter, you can clean and re-use these with your vacuum cleaner’s crevice tool. Just hold the tip of the crevice tool at a VERY SHARP ANGLE to the coarse dust filter, and drag it along. About this angle:
Crevice tool -> /| <- coarse dust filter
Otherwise, after a couple of weeks the unit again starts causing me trouble, I guess because some of the dirt accumulating on the coarse dust filter gets knocked loose by incoming crud, and ends up right back in the air. That’s my theory. I just know after a couple weeks, I have to clean or replace that filter, and clean is a lot cheaper than replace. I have also tried some cheaper aftermarket coarse-dust filters, NOT from IQAir, and trust me: get the one from IQAir and vacuum them from time to time. They are really good filters, which I guess is why they cost more.
So, you will get every bit of what you pay for with this unit, you will get some quirks, if you ship your unit with the V5 gas filter installed you may get a frightening constricting feeling in your chest if you don’t thoroughly clean out the loose potassium permanganate, and you will get a few lessons in why you don’t let engineers make marketing decisions. But you’ll be glad you bought this, just as I am for having bought two.
It’s not a perfect world, I guess.
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.
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.