Amaircare 2500 HEPA Air Purifiers
As one of only a handful of air purifiers actually manufactured in North America, the Amaircare 2500 HEPA air purifier is a durable, efficient allergy air purifier ideal for removal mold, pollen, dander, dust mite allergen, and odors. With 50 sq. ft. of true HEPA grade filter media, the Amaircare 2500 is a great addition to any allergy or asthma sufferer's home. When equipped with an optional VOC canister, the Amaircare 2500 uses 8 lbs. of granulated activated carbon to remove VOCs, smoke and odors from rooms up to 320 sq. ft. Compact in size and available in three colors, the Amaircare 2500 is constructed of heavy duty 24 gauge steel with a baked on enamel finish and can provide years of dependable service.
- True HEPA Filter captures 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger
- Sealed Air System
- Optional VOC Canister with a full 8 lbs. of Granulated Activated Carbon
- Non Woven Polyester, Activated Carbon Pre-filter
- Durable Steel Construction with powder coat baked on enamel to Eliminate Off Gassing
- Variable Speed Control
- Easy to Use
- Long HEPA Filter Life - 2-5 Years
- Low Maintenance & Easy Filter Change
- 240 Air Exhaust & 360° Air Intake
- 5 Year Warranty
I live near a busy road and have 2 dogs. There is constantly dust and dog hair all over my hard wood floors. Also there is or was that dog odor that pet owners don't notice but visitors do. I purchased a model 2500 a year ago and since then there is less dust but unfortunately the dog hair although some of it does end up in the filter still ends up in the corners of the room. Dog hair is too heavy to stay in the air long enough to be filtered. I can live with that explanation. There is no dog smell now though which is a good thing. If you have a pet the Amaircare model 2500 is the way to go.
- Bottom Flow is Better than Top Flow
With the clean air coming out of the bottom of the unit it circulates the air so that smoke as well as other indoor pollution is pushed towards the intake of the unit. With a top flow there is a dead zone above the unit and it does not do a good job of circulating the air through out the entire room.
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Amaircare 2500 HEPA Air Purifier
We have long offered the Roomaid portable air purifier from Amaircare, but after research and product comparison, we have finally decided that the full size Amaircare air purifiers would have a lot to offer our customers. With the Amaircare 2500 HEPA air purifier, you get a machine very similar to an Austin, both in performance and construction. The particle filtration is ideal for anyone sensitive to pollen, dander, mold or other particle pollution, and when equipped with an optional VOC canister, this allergy air purifier is great for gaseous and chemical pollutants as well as odor. Like other steal constructed HEPA air purifiers we offer, the Amaircare 2500 doesn't add in many extras. Instead, this unit focuses on quality filtration, easy use, and durability. After deconstructing a sample model of the 2500 air purifier, this is what we found.
What I like about the Amaircare 2500 Air Purifier
The Amaircare 2500 is compact and fairly lightweight even with a solid steel frame. The steel, unlike cheaper plastics used in store brand air purifiers, won't off-gas and comes in three colors. The inner construction features gaskets to create a sealed system where there is no air leakage. The materials used are quality materials, with all parts, except the German-made motor, made and assembled in Canada. Both the sealed system and steel construction lends itself to the creation of a quality air purifier that is allergy friendly.
When it comes to filtration, the materials and results are solid. With 50 sq. ft. of true HEPA filter media, the 2500 traps 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. A non-woven polyester pre-filter impregnated with activated carbon traps odors as well as large particles like pet hair and dust bunnies. The inner most layer of filtration is one of two things. The standard unit comes with an carbon filter that again traps odors, smoke and some gaseous air pollution. We recommend that for better filtration, you move up to the VOC canister. While the canister does cost more, since you only replace it once a year instead of twice a year with the standard carbon filters, the cost difference annually is only $20. And the added filtration is worth far more than that. This is an 8 lb. canister of granulated activated carbon that acts as the last stage of filtration. The thick carbon bed is ideal for gas adsorption and trapping chemical pollution like formaldehyde (a common household pollutant).
If you own a pet and really want to help cut down on the dander AND odor, the VOC canister, combined with the HEPA filter, do an excellent job of reducing odors as well as allergens. The HEPA filter, with normal usage, will usually last 2-5 years while the VOC canister will give you a year of solid service. If you opt for the carbon filters instead of the canister, you should replace these every six months, and pre-filters should be replaced about once every 3 months. In between replacements, you can vacuum the exterior of the unit to help clear any debris caught by the perforated steel exterior or large particles trapped on the pre-filter. You can stretch the pre-filters and keep them on the unit longer, but their ability to capture odors significantly drops off after 2-3 months.
The Amaircare 2500 air purifier is a very basic, performance orientated air purifier. There are no frills, so you won't pay extra for a remote, LCD screen or filter life monitor. Instead, you pay for only an effective air cleaner. The controls are simple. The only control on the unit is a variable dial that allows you to set the fan speed however you like. Filter replacement is simple. You just remove the screws at the top, pull old filters and insert the new. Just make sure the gasket is lined up correctly so that the filter seals thoroughly. Other than filter replacement and occasionally vacuuming the exterior, you simply set this air purifier, and let it do it's thing.
Coverage area is similar to comparable air purifiers. You'll get about the same air exchange rate from the Amaircare 2500 as you would with an Austin HealthMate Jr. This air cleaner is best suited for rooms approximately 15' x 15' in size, though you can use it for larger spaces with the tradeoff being fewer air exchanges per hour.
Before leaving the factory, each unit is tested for particle removal efficiency. Amaircare ensures that each air purifier they construct consistently meets or exceeds true HEPA standards. Only a handful of air purifier manufacturers actually test each unit before it is packed and shipped.
This is one of only a few air purifier models that is actually made in North America. Customer requests for American made products is something we often hear, and while this unit is not made in the U.S. it is made in Canada of quality components.
What I didn't like about the Amaircare 2500 Air Purifier
Some will complain about the lack of digital convenience or added features, but the Amaircare 2500 focuses solely on filtration and ease of use. So while it lacks a filter replacement indicator or remote, the price point is more reasonable.
When replacing the filters in either the 2500 or 3000, you'll need to have 2 screw drivers on hand. This isn't a problem for the vast majority of people. A flat head will remove five of the screws while a fifth silver "safety" screw requires a Phillips style screwdriver. For CSA certification, this odd-man-out screw is required but again, a Phillips style and standard screwdriver shouldn't be an issue for most people.
As a dependable, no frills HEPA air purifier, the Amaircare 2500 is a solid particle filtration unit with very few drawbacks. We recommended upgrading to the VOC canister for pet owners or those concerned with the adsorption of gas or chemical pollutants. The construction and materials are excellent though it does lack value added features. Yearly maintenance costs are in line with similarly styled air purifiers, and overall the ease of use is mind numbingly simple. While it doesn't carry the name of leaders in the HEPA air purifier industry, the total value and performance is on par with some of the best brands out there.
Amaircare 2500 HEPA Air Purifiers Specifications
|Recommended for:||Allergy & Asthma sufferers who want dependable, consistent particle filtration|
|Room Size||219 sq. ft. (6 ACH) - 328 sq. ft. (4 ACH)|
|Filter Description:||HEPA w/ pre-filter & Carbon inner filter, or VOC canister|
|Pre-filter:||Yes, Non Woven Polyester with Impregnated Activated Carbon|
|HEPA Filter:||Yes, 50 Sq. Ft.|
|Carbon Filter:||Yes (Either Carbon inner filter or VOC inner canister)|
|VOC Filter:||VOC Canister with 8 lbs. of granulated activated carbon|
|Smoke Control:||Yes with VOC Canister|
|VOC Control:||Yes with VOC Canister|
|Interface Control Type:
|Speeds / Settings:||Variable|
|Body:||24 Gauge Steel|
|Finish/Colors:||Powder Coated Baked Enamel in Sandstone, White or Black|
|Dimensions:||13.5" H x 16" W x 16" D|
|Filter Replacement:||Pre-filter - 3 mo.; HEPA filter - 2-5 yr.; Carbon filter 6 mo.; VOC canister - 1 yr.|
|Power Consumption:||41W - 84W|
|Wheels / Casters:||No|
|Filter Change Indicator:||No|
|Warranty:||5 Year Limited Warranty|