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5.0 out of 5 starsThis air cleaner worked on mold odor where no other HEPA air cleaner could
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 17, 2022
After decades of air cleaner ownership, I concluded before Molekule even existed that HEPA air cleaners are excellent but they simply are not a cure all. They simply could not solve all issues and sometimes introduced a few of their own. Even with UV or ozone free ionization added, they cannot successfully remove every odor imaginable from a room. They may certainly work for another person but maybe not for you, it depends on the particle nature and size in your home. While 99.99% or 99.7% cleaning may sound impressive, these numbers are caveated by particle size and gas exclusions. I have owned and tested with air quality meters and my nose every conceivable high end air cleaner—thousands of dollars spent. HEPA technology simply cannot capture every odiferous mold mycotoxin in existence due to their super small size. Further, UV and standard ozone free ionization additions vary in effectiveness. However, the Molekule PECO technology resolved the mycotoxin odors in our home where no others could. That doesn’t mean PECO technology alone is universally better than HEPA as a general air cleaner. By the way note that now the manufacturer offers a combined HEPA and PECO air filter you can purchase separately. Have I stopped using our HEPA cleaners? No. Are the reviewers and testers attacking Molekule by testing them in smoke chambers or what have you missing the point of PECO? Yes, somewhat. If HEPA is the only answer for all problems then the innovation will stop. Further after decades of using HEPA filters, I have hit some of the issues Molekule historically has mentioned— if they get humid or for example subject to moisture from nearly floor cleaning/mopping they CAN develop some kind of wet dog odor that permeates the machine and motor, not even filter changing works— call that wet smell mold or fungus, often you cannot get rid of it. So HEPA is not perfect, it can be improved on. Returning to my particle size discussion, how many of you have tested your room for particulate matter? With a particulate matter meter you may find your air quality is near perfect but it still smells. You are smelling mycotoxins still in the room and are too small for your meter. And as I noted can sometimes also be too small for a HEPA filter. If I strictly had an average particular matter issue such as smoke then I might assure my air cleaner has HEPA. But if you have a strange odor problem you can’t easily quickly resolve and have maybe tried other HEPA air cleaners. then this air cleaner, which is also very stylish and nicely, built has unique technology that may solve your odor problem.