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Surround Air Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 7-in-1 Intelligent Air Purifier with Sensors that Monitor Air Quality, Pollutant Types and Performance
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- Advanced diagnostics that monitor pollution levels, types of pollutants detected, filter performance and filter life
- Cleans the air in 7 ways, an air-cleaning technology for virtually every airborne indoor pollutant
- True HEPA air filter, combined with ionizer, to capture dust &allergens such as pollen, ragweed, dust mites & mold spores
- Includes activated carbon filter for chemicals and odors and germ-killing UV lamp
- Washable electrostatic dust collector cell adds yet another proven air-purifying technology
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Monitors pollution levels, pollutant types and filter performance
No more guessing how clean or dirty your air really is
The Clean Air Monitor tells you whether the air in your home or office is clean, filthy, or somewhere in between. There are four indicator lights representing each category of air quality (from left to right): Clean, Some Pollution, Significant Pollution, Severe Pollution.
Know exactly what you are breathing in
The Clean Air Monitor doesn't just tell you 'how much', but it also lets you know 'what'. The lower indicator strip shows the type of pollutant being detected by the sensors, whether it be dust, allergens or odor-causing compounds.
The right amount of power for the right amount of pollutants
When set to Auto Mode, the Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 will automatically adjust settings according to the level of pollution being detected. For instance, if severe pollution levels are detected, it will ramp the unit up to the highest power setting, protecting you from contaminated air. If no pollution is detected, it will lower itself to Quiet mode, minimizing both sound and electricity usage.
- Displays four levels of air quality
- Identifies odors, dust and allergens
- Auto mode automatically adjusts settings based on pollution levels
- Replace filter indicator
- Maintenance Indicator reminds you when to clean the metal dust collector
7 proven air-cleaning stages for virtually every pollutant type
Captures Dust, Allergens, Mold Spores and other Particulate
True HEPA is the most effective type of filter at capturing dust, allergens and other physical particles.
Electrostatic Dust Collector Grid magnetically attracts particles and pollutants to metal plates. This adds another level of dust and allergen protection. Simply wipe clean when dirty--no replacement required.
Pre-Filter removes larger debris, increasing the effectiveness of the high-efficiency filters downstream.
Neutralizes Odors, Chemicals, Bacteria & Cigarette Smoke
Activated Carbon is the most effective filtration type against chemicals and odors.
Photocatalytic Filter takes care of VOC's and bacteria. Photocatalytic filtration has proven to be effective in multiple studies by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Produces Negative Ions, which help neutralize dust, allergens, chemicals and bacteria. Negative ions have proven to be both safe and effective in numerous government and university studies.
Destroys Germs and Viruses
Germicidal UV lamp is lethal against harmful micro-organisms. Recommended by the CDC (Centers of Disease Control).
7 Air Cleaning Stages:
- Electrostatic Dust Collector
- True HEPA Filter
- Activated Carbon Filter
- Photocatalytic Filter
- Germicidal UV Lamp
- Negative Ion Generator
|Pollutants||Dust, allergens, bacteria||Dust, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, ragweed, other allergens||Chemicals, VOC's, odors, gases, cigarette smoke, ozone||VOC's, chemicals, bacteria, odors||Germs, viruses, bacteria, toxins from mold||Dust, allergens, bacteria|
|Notable Fact||Magnetically traps pollutants, simply wipe clean when dirty||Developed by Atomic Energy Commission during WWII||Originally used in WWII to protect soldiers in chemical warfare||Removed nearly 100% of VOC's in various studies||Recommended by CDC for homeless shelters to prevent spread of TB||Toyota found negative ions improve stamina and alertness of drivers|
|Key Study||Housing study found electrostatic precipitator to be most effective at purifying air||Found by UK Lung Research Centre to reduce airborne cat allergens, even when cat is in room||Found by US Dept of Energy to remove VOC's by 60-80%||Found by US Dept of Energy to convert VOC's to harmless water molecules and carbon dioxide||Reduced bacteria by 80% in 3072 cubic-foot chamber||USDA found nearly 100% reduction of salmonella & dust|
|Recommendation||Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation||US Dept of Homeland Security, Mayo Clinic||CDC, Dept of Health & Human Services, NIOSH||US Dept of Energy||CDC, Air Institute of Respiratory Education||USDA, Journal of Hygiene|
The Multiple Air Inlet Design
Enables maximum air flow through the unit. The powerful, yet quiet fan accelerates the purified air throughout the room.
Sophisticated sensor technology allows the Intelli-Pro air purifier to run only as high as necessary, according to pollution levels. This will minimize energy usage.
Features a 'Quiet' setting to maintain peace and tranquility in the room. Even on 'High' setting, the fan runs smoothly, making very little noise.
- Voltage: 100-120 VAC, 60 Hz
- Power Usage: 80 watts (highest setting)
- UV Wavelength: 254 nm (germicidal wavelength)
- Sound Level (dB): 20 (Quiet), 35 (Low), 45 (Med), 52 (High)
- Fan Speed (cfm): 106 (High), 96 (Med), 60 (Low), 40 (Quiet)
- HEPA Filter Removal Rate: 99.97% at .3 microns
- Dimensions (in): 24 x 13.5 x 10
- Weight (lbs): 15
- Applicable Area: Up to 500 sq. ft.
- Ozone Output: Less than 11 part per billion at 2" away from unit (UL standard is <50ppb)
The Surround Air Intelli-Pro XJ-3800 air purifier combines seven proven air purification technologies that effectively remove virtually all types of pollutants including dust, allergens, mold, chemicals, VOCs, cigarette and cooking smoke odors and micro-organisms. Intelli-Pro unit is equipped with advanced sensor technology to monitor air quality and performance. It tells you both the amount of pollution being detected, along with the types of pollutants. The multiple air inlet design enables maximum air flow through the unit, optimizing air-cleaning efficiency. The powerful fan (106 cfm) accelerates the air through the air outlet circulating purified air and millions of air-cleaning negative ions throughout the room. Covers 500 square feet which makes it suitable for large living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms, office areas and basement. Seven leading air purification technologies: Pre-filter, electrostatic dust collector, true HEPA filter, activated carbon filter, photocatalytic filter, germ-killing UV lamp, negative ion generator.
The Intelli-Pro Air Purifier uses comprehensive sensors to automatically monitor and control air quality in your home or office. Featuring seven air-cleaning methods, the Intelli-Pro removes airborne toxins, allergens, dust, and odors to produce a cleaner, healthier environment. The Intelli-Pro features a long-lasting HEPA filter that has a proven 99.97% collection rate, and it has a built-in diagnostic sensor that alerts you when the filter needs replacing.
Quietly purifies air in areas up to 600 square feet. View larger.
Whether you need to remove allergens or odors from your home or office, the Intelli-Pro is up to the task. While other air purifiers use two or three types of filtration, the Intelli-Pro Air Purifier uses seven: a HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter, an ionizer, a photocatalytic (TiO2) filter, a germicidal UV lamp, a washable pre-filter, and an electrostatic dust collector.
The Intelli-Pro's HEPA filter is proven in clinical air chamber tests to remove 99.97% of airborne particles in areas up to 600 square feet. The activated carbon filter is effective against chemicals, odors, and cigarette smoke, and the UV lamp kills bacteria and other microorganisms. The Intelli-Pro's reusable collector grid uses magnetic force to trap pollutants and help lengthen the life of the other filters.
Sensor Technology Removes Guesswork
With the Intelli-Pro, there's no guesswork, just clean air. The Intelli-Pro's unique self-monitoring system gives you instant, easy-to-read feedback about the purifier's performance. A Clean Air Monitor uses indicator lights to let you know how clean or polluted the air is. Additionally, odor, dust, and allergen sensors tell you exactly which pollutants are present in the air, an ideal feature for those with allergies.
And thanks to the Intelli-Pro's Filter Indicators, you'll never have to worry about forgetting to clean or replace the filters. The indicators illuminate when it's time to clean the metal dust collector plate or replace the HEPA filter or activated carbon filter.
Quiet, Efficient Operation
The Intelli-Pro lets you enjoy purified air without noise pollution. The quiet setting provides nearly silent operation, while the high setting provides boosted performance without a lot of noise.
As efficient as it is quiet, the Intelli-Pro has a low-volume fan and multiple air inlets for maximum airflow. Additionally, sensor technology automatically adjusts the purifier's settings to reduce energy consumption.
The Intelli-Pro comes with a 30-day risk-free guarantee. Within 30 days of purchase, if you're not completely satisfied with the purifier, you may return it for a full refund. If you decide to keep it, the Intelli-Pro is backed by a three-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship.
What's in the Box
Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Air Purifier.
Filters air seven different ways for an exceptionally thorough clean.
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When I look at reviews to buy a product, I don't read all the 4 and 5 star reviews because I'm thinking most people are too proud to admit they bought something that doesn't work... you feel better about your $200 purchase when you tell everyone else, "It's wonderful!" No, what I do is click the sort button to show me the 1 and 2 star reviews because I want to hear what the unhappy buyers have to say. For this product, the 1 and 2 star reviews represent about 15 percent of the total number of reviews, and 78% represent 4 and 5 star reviews. Apparently, not a bad product according to customer reviews.
In the bad reviews I read things like,
"...it gives off a foul burning plastic smell when you first turn it on...", or
"...the 'AUTO' mode doesn't do anything when I shake a bunch of dust in front of the intake vents...", or
"...the 'clean metal grid' and 'replace filter' lights come on much faster than hoped or advertised", or
"...I am a senior citizen and I broke the metal wires trying to clean them...".
And then there were those who warned that you'd be sorry if you bought the item because all the positive reviews fail to tell you certain things which are important about this horrible product (in their opinion)!
I just about decided not to buy the XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro based on what I was reading, but in all fairness I scoured through the 4 and 5 star reviews. I wanted to see if there were enough people giving intelligently informed opinions rather than just stating that they loved it and that it has a bunch of bells and whistles that seem to indicate that it's working. After much reading, I allowed the positive reviews to help me overcome my skepticism and purchased the unit.
My unit arrived in less than a week. Upon unpacking the unit, I remembered that almost everyone expressed a little bit of surprise with the size of it. With me, I'm thinking, if this unit is going to take care of a 20 by 30 room (600 sq. ft.) and be able to do so quietly and efficiently, it's going to have to be larger than your typical bookshelf speaker; otherwise it's just not going to be efficient or fast enough at cleaning up the air when contaminants are introduced (smoking, odors, pollen, mold, etc). Now engineering physics tell you that you can do the same job with a smaller sized unit, but then you have to have a faster fan speed to move the same volume of air. Faster fan speed would translate into more fan noise, so I guess the trade off here was to go a little larger in size and opt for quieter operation. I'm good with that.
For the operating display, the unit has a power button, and an airflow control switch which can be set to AUTO, QUIET, LOW, MED, and HI speed. The AUTO mode allows the unit's sensors to determine the necessary fan speed based on the quality of the air in the room. The sensors are suppose to throttle the fan speed up and down accordingly as needed to clean up the air. The display also has a 4-light indicator labeled, "Clean Air Monitor" which is interpreted as follows: 1 light on - no pollution detected; 2 lights - some pollution detected; 3 lights - moderate pollution detected; 4 lights - severe pollution detected. Next there is a UV/Negative Ion indicator lamp which just simply tells you the UV lamp is working. This UV indicator light is suppose to cycle faintly between dim and bright. Many people have complained that the light is an eye sore and cover it with black tape if it is being used in the bedroom where they sleep. Personally, I found it no more obtrusive than a very dim night light or the LEDs on your cable or satellite DVR. The light oscillations were very faint such that you really don't notice it unless you intensely stare at it. Next it has sensor lights for ODOR detection, DUST detection, and ALLERGEN detection - pretty straight forward. It also has a Power ON timer, which can be set to 1 Hr, 2 Hrs, or 8 Hrs. I think I would have rather seen 2, 8, and 12 hour timer choices for my needs. And finally, there are indicator lights that tell you when to clean the metal grid filter and when to replace the HEPA filter. No doubt this is a thoroughly designed unit if everything works properly.
I have had the unit now for about 2 weeks, and the following are my impressions after using the air purifier during this short amount of time:
First, the instructions clearly say to place the unit in a large room initially where you can create outside fresh air exchange by opening windows and doors assuming the outside air is relatively clean. You are to operate the unit for several hours in that room before using it in its intended space. I suppose this is to help alleviate any potential smells from the unit while it is new and freshly unpacked. But the interesting thing is that the unit I received did not seem to have any objectionable odors during initial operation, even when I bent down and sniffed the purified air exhaust in the back of the unit. Well that's all good, but why are other buyers saying different? My presumption is that probably 5% of the units sold have a problem due to quality control, in assembling or packaging resulting in unusual off-gassing. Asking for a new replacement unit immediately if this occurs would solve that problem and that is where Amazon shines.
During initial operation in "AUTO" mode, I began to worry that this unit was more of a conversation piece rather than an air cleaner because of all the pretty lights, buttons and futuristic looks. I worried that the unit was doing nothing more than acting like a small air blower. So I decided to get out our 12 year old vacuum cleaner and started vacuuming in the area near the purifier. Within less than a minute, the "DUST" light came on, the clean air monitor indicator moved to 4 lights (indicating severe pollution detected) and the fan speed immediately shifted into "HI". The fan noise was not objectionable; in fact not even near as loud as a normal oscillating house fan running at a moderately high speed. With bright sunlight light coming in thru the large living room window, I could see particulate dust matter floating around in the area where I had just run the vacuum. Within about 5 to 8 minutes, the particulate matter had cleared and the unit began to cycle back down to "MED", then "LOW", and then the "QUIET" fan speed. At that point I was thinking, hmm, nice!"
I had remembered reading one fella's review who wrote that when he expelled some personal gas near the purifier, he laughed when the "ODOR" light came on. I thought, funny, but naaaah. So I went to take a shower while the unit was in its initial operation for several hours. When I got out, I decided to take my roll-on deodorant and apply it to my underarms while near the purifier. Sure enough, the "ODOR" light comes on (I assume from the deodorant `cuz I'm not gettin' back in the shower, lol), the fan speed ramped up, and stayed this way after I had left the room and gotten dressed. When I came back 15 minutes later, the odor light was still on but I ignored it and left the room again. Came back about 2 or 3 minutes later as I was leaving the house and the "ODOR" light was now off and the fan speed was back to "QUIET".
Now just to give you a little heads up, neither my wife or I are smokers, and we don't have any inside pets, but we do live in an area of the country where outdoor mold spores and pollen counts can rise moderately high at times. Our home is only about 12 years old, and we mostly use a propane ventless space heater to heat our lower basement office areas in the winter. This is where I spend most of my days and where I want to use the purifier.
Well after initial operation, the instructions say to unplug the unit from the wall in order to reset the sensor data memory and move it to the space of intended use for normal operation. I did this. After plugging the unit back in and powering up, the unit shifted into "MED" speed and the clean air monitor lights went to Defcon 2, lol. I guess it was finding that my office space had contaminated air. As an interesting contrast on the odor detector, my wife decided to do her fingernails one evening in the room next to my office. The chemical was that strong smell of acetone fingernail polish remover, which permeated the whole downstairs. I closed my office door and looked over at the XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro and it had already ramped up to the next to highest fan speed, with 4 lights showing on the Clean Air Monitor, and the ODOR light was on. It took the unit about 10 minutes to clean up the air in my 15 by 15 office with the door closed. When I again opened my office door, the unit ramped up again to clean the rest of the air in the basement area. It finished that area in another 30 minutes.
I have to say that I am pleased with this unit and would buy it again with the short experience I have with it. I am not sure what kind of life I'll get out of the UV lamp, HEPA filter, or "wires" that will eventually need to be cleaned, but the instructions give you step by step procedures with pictures so I am not too worried. Now what about all the other good folks out there who have not had a positive experience? Well the discernment that I believe is needed here would include the following:
* Do you have a highly contaminated interior area that includes, frequent smoking, indoor pets, damp and musty basement areas, older construction homes (20 plus years), carpet or upholstered furniture that has not been replaced in more than 10 years, wood burning fire places where ashes and soot can become airborne, inadequate outdoor air exchange rates (ASHRAE codes recommend a complete fresh air exchange through mechanical ventilation every 3 hours, minimum)? All of these can create an interior space that will require an air purifier to work harder and longer, and shorten the life of the filtering system.
* If your home is naturally ventilated from open windows, screen doors, loose door and window seals, etc. then your home will experience 3 to 5 air changes per hour or more. If you have high mold spore and pollen counts outdoors, high humidity levels, high industrial or transportation pollution nearby, and windy conditions, this can be bad for the inside of your home and can shorten the life of your purifier's filters.
* Some people (and I really should say most people) don't like to read instructions. They unpack a product, plug it in, and then throw their hands up in the air when it doesn't work the way they had hoped. A good manufacturer includes helpful instructions to make sure you have a successful experience with their product. They know that if the unit works properly, you will tell your friends and you will buy another. Therefore, they go to great lengths to tell you how to get the best operating experience out of their product. Read the instructions before turning the unit on. I think this may be the downfall to some, not all, who experience disappointment with this unit.
* And finally, some of these units probably are lemons out of the box. Based on the reviews, and taking exception for operator error, I am guessing the lemon rate may be as high as 5 percent. That's probably 4 percent too high. But even with this high of a faulty rate, Amazon will be your ace in the hold to insure your satisfaction.
Therefore, I have given this product a 5 star review and would recommend all to buy it from an Amazon sponsored dealer in order to protect your purchase.
Simple: Without reading the instructions I was able to remove all of the filters and replace them with only moderate reasoning and intuition. Care should be taken during this process as it is easy to try and force the front off and snap one of small plastic clips. Having done this it appears to not impact function in the least. I have not yet attempted to remove the UV bulb as others have mentioned it being difficult, though it is very easy to reach the bulb and it looks like it should not bee troublesome. Operation is as simple as taking it out of the box, plugging it into the wall and pressing power. The indicator lights on the front are clearly marked and easily visible, with the only excepting being the predominate blue light which when lit fades in and out and indicates the UV light as functional (if the lights out, then replace the bulb).
Quite: The simple design is pleasing with lights and sound acceptable in the living room/kitchen section of a one bedroom apartment. With the unit on its highest setting and its placement next to the TV, I do not need to change the volume to enjoy the show's I have been watching. If you put it on one of the lower settings this goes down even lower and disappears into the background. For a unit that moves as much air as this, I have not found one this quiet.
Automatic: While Consumer Reports recommends against basing any purchase of a purifier on automatic settings or air quality indicators, this unit seems to use both with good effect. The unit reports the type of pollution it is detecting (Odor, Allergens, Dust) with three labeled lights. Above this is a bar of lights progressing from green to red which indicate the measured quality of the air. When nothing is detected the unit shows a green light and the pollutant lights are unlit; very intuitive. When put on its automated setting the unit self adjusts the fan speed to match the measured level of pollution. The only down side I have found to the auto setting is if the air quality is good near the unit then it will not force circulate the air. I got around this by leaving the ceiling fan on and placing the unit near the air intake for the HVAC. Opening the door to a screened in porch to let in some fresh air resulted in the unit detecting pollutants and increasing the fan speed (went about half way up with half max level of pollution detected) until about an hour after the door was closed. This is a great feature though I feel a need for some method of periodically validating if it is working correctly and have not yet come up with a plan on how to do this.
Great for wood smoke, too, we kept one by our fireplace.