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If you like the durability and performance of the Austin Healthmate air purifier, but you need a filter capable of tackling fumes, smoke,
chemicals and gas contaminants, then the Austin Healthmate Plus is the best air purifier for you. This air purifier features a "superblend" of carbon, zeolite and
potassium iodide that makes it a more powerful air cleaner. Designed
for safe, quiet, continuous operation, this superblend of activated carbon
provides enhanced removal of VOCs, formaldehyde, ammonia, odors, and toxic chemical fumes. Ideal for those with chemical
sensitivities, the Austin Air Healthmate Plus
air purifier offers improved respiratory health for anyone by providing some of the most comprehensive air filtration available today. Extremely easy to use, the HealthMate Plus
offers plug-and-go convenience and a simple to replace combination filter drum. The Healthmate Plus Jr. (200) is a smaller and
less expensive alternative to the full size (400) Healthmate Plus.
*NOTE: The large particle pre-filter for
all Austin Air air purifiers is the same. Just choose the correct size (full size or Jr.) and color (black or white).
Austin Air Healthmate Plus Video
Austin Air Healthmate Plus Air Purifier Product Features
Medical-grade HEPA Filter for removal of 99.97% of particulate pollutants 0.3 microns or larger and 95% of particles 0.1 microns or larger.
An Activated Carbon / Zeolite filter impregnated with potassium iodide removes and oxidizes VOCs, formaldehyde, ammonia, toxic chemical fumes, smoke, and odors.
Built-in prefilter significantly extends the life of the HEPA filter.
Plastics on many air purifiers emit gases and cause problems for the chemically sensitive. Austin Air purifiers feature solid steel
construction, which means they will not off-gas chemicals, and they
are sturdy and built to last for years.
Non-toxic powder coat finish
Specially engineered 360° Air Intake for maximum air flow
Three to five year filter life coupled with an all-in-one filter design equals low filter replacement costs
Easy to clean and maintain
Long-lasting, energy efficient PSC motor
Casters for easy moving (optional on the Healthmate
Five-year pro-rated filter guarantee
Effective for areas up to 750 square feet (for the Healthmate Plus) or 375 square feet (for the Healthmate
Made in the USA
Austin Air Plus - A Closer Look
Austin Air Healthmate Plus Fan and Motor Assembly
Austin Air has manufactured the Healthmate for nearly 20 years. The
simple, economical design of the unit makes it an attractive,
long term value. Air is drawn through the unit with a powerful PSC motor through 15 lbs. of activated carbon / zeolite (impregnated with potassium iodide) and 60
sq. ft. of HEPA cloth. The unit only uses 100 watts of power on its
highest setting, not much more than a light bulb.
Cutaway of Austin Air's Construction and Engineering
Austin Air cleaners are not made of any plastic parts. Plastics off
gas and cause problems for the chemically sensitive. That's why
Austin Air cleaners have all steel construction. The sturdy steel
construction of every Austin Air product guarantees that your air
cleaner will last for years.
Austin Air's high efficiency PSC motor draws minimal current. Even
on the highest setting, it will cost only a penny an hour.
Austin Air Healthmate Plus Filter Assembly
The pre-filter will capture visible dust and hair, and
the exterior should be vacuumed monthly (no disassembly required).
The built-in Permafilt pre-filter then traps medium sized
particles such as pollen and mold spores. The carbon / zeolite / potassium iodide mixture
and medical grade HEPA cloth combine to create a
filter that is almost 4 inches thick. This greatly extends the
filter life. Austin guarantees this filter on a pro-rated basis for
5 years. We recommend leaving the unit on all the time, even turning
it on its highest setting when you are not in the room. With constant use, we
recommend changing the filter after 3 years.
The air purifier works very well on pollen. It works well on smells such as acetone, and perfumes. it doesn't completely clear them up, but works better than anything else I've tried over the years.
On low it is hard to hear it, but on high it makes a pleasing white noise that I've found helps me sleep.
I'm not looking forward to spending over $300 to replace the filter in three to five years, but I think it's going to be worth it. I have a large dog that sheds a lot so I think it will be closer to three years than five.
Reviewed by: MCS sufferer from Michigan
No assembly, easy to use, cleans the air well. Simple as that.
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Reviewed by: Faithful Austin Air customer from East Tennessee
This is our sixth Austin Air cleaner over many, many years. I've reviewed the others and this is still the best for us.
Customer Q & A
Q1: Do the Austin's emit ozone?
Thanks. A: Nothing measurable. The thing to remember with ozone is that any and all electronic devices emit some amount of ozone. Most is often so low it cannot be detected. When it comes to traditional air purifiers, the only ones that will really get close to creating detectable amounts or crossing that line into unsafe levels are ones with ionizers. Even then, many are now designed to emit no detectable levels, but with traditional style air purifiers motor, fan, HEPA/particle filter, and carbon, it's rare to find one that emits detectable levels of ozone. Hope that helps!
Q2: How thick is the carbon filter bed on this and jr.?
Thanks A: About two inches thick on the full size HealthMate and about an inch for the Jr.
Q3: re this statement from your site:
Effective for areas up to 750 square feet for the Healthmate Plus or 375 square feet for the Healthmate Plus Jr.
In the FAQ on the austinair.com site, it says the healthmate plus cleans 1500 sq ft and the jr 750 sq ft in a room with 8 ft ceilings.
Obviously, your figures are half their figures. Have you found their figures to be optimistic? I am curious to know how you arrived at your estimate as it is quite different from the manufacturer.
A: Figures vary based on how many air exchanges per hour you are wanting. The standard recommendations are 4 or 6 per hour, meaning the air purifier cycles through the entire volume of air in the space 4 or 6 times each hour. Now, manufacturers can inflate their coverage area by lowering the target ACH air exchanges per hour. If you go to Blueair's site, you'll see they post figures for 5 air exchanges per hour, so if someone isn't reading closely, they may think that on their face, these units cover larger areas than other brands, but if you're comparing 5 ACH to 6 ACH, the comparison isn't accurate. We standardize all coverage areas for our air purifiers to six, four and two air exchanges per hour. While four is what we recommend as a minimum, there's no solid consensus on the matter. For some people four is fine, for others six is what they want, and others still can get by with just two. Regardless, if you're looking at the spec chart on any air purifier product page, you should see coverage areas listed for each of those three. On our HealthMate Plus page, we do list 1500 sq. ft. of coverage for this model, but that is at only 2 air exchanges per hour. 750 sq. ft. for 4 exchanges per hour and 500 sq. ft. for 6. Hope that helps!
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Austin Air Healthmate Plus Air Purifier
The Austin Healthmate Plus averted a family crisis. My husband smokes cigars
"outside only" and test the motors of several types of lawn
equipment and marine vehicles in this same area. Though "outside",
the fumes and dust from these activities are drafted into the house
when doors are opened and closed.
We decided to try an air purifier in the ground level room nearest
the problem area. The Austin Healthmate Plus seemed like a good choice since we were dealing with more than just particles, allergens or smoke.
The Healthmate 400 was recommended for the room size we were in, and the filter type would trap
not only allergens and particle pollutants but also odors, chemicals, and smoke. I
also liked that black was a color choice and this unit has wheels for easy movement around the room.
We turn the machine to high whenever needed, and I do
not smell the offensive odors when I walk in the door upstairs. This
product handled a tough situation very well so I feel good about its effectiveness in less trying conditions.
What I like about the Austin Air Healthmate Plus
Sturdy construction, the all steel housing is rugged and won't break or off-gas like plastic.
The Superblend filter is capable of reducing a broad range of particulates, gases, smoke and chemicals from the air. Two prefilters trap large particles like
lint and pet hair while 60 sq. ft. of medical grade HEPA filter media scrubs out submicron particles and allergens. And 15 lbs. of a
carbon / zeolite / potassium idodide blend complete this four stage filtration by actually breaking down (oxidizing) chemicals like ammonia and formaldehyde as well as smoke and odors.
Easy maintenance. Filters last literally years longer than other popular air purifiers and the separate prefilter needs to be replace only once per year. Aside from this,
simply vacuum the outside area of the unit and let the Healthmate Plus do all the work.
Long filter life. Most of the air purifiers you find on the market today generally call for a filter replacement every 3 - 6 months. The Superblend
filter in the Austin Plus averages about 4 years of life before it needs to be replaced, substantially reducing your maintenance costs.
You can pick from five different color choices.
5 year manufacturer warranty on the air purifier itself and a pro-rated 5 year warranty on the filter.
It's American made!
What I didn't like the Austin Air Healthmate Plus
The machine is loud on high. Not a problem for this application but could be in some situations. In reality, the decibal level for most air purifiers, on
their respective highest settings, is rather loud. The noise the Austin makes is similar to most and generally not as loud as a box fan on high.
No automated indicator for filter replacement. All Austin air purifiers sold by AchooAllergy.com come with a filter replacement sticker which can be applied anywhere
on the air purifier. On it is the date of purchase and the interval at which the filters should be replaced.
In summary, I give the Austin Healthmate Plus 5 stars. It performs very well
in a very difficult situations. Regardless of the contaminants the Healthmate Plus is capable of filtering them and providing fresh, clean air. The overall cost to maintain combined with
a reasonable initial cost makes Austin air purifiers some of the most popular available today. Austin Air has a long tradition of excellence, and the Healthmate is just one example of
a durable, quality product without the expense of gimmicks or gadgets.
The Healthmate Plus Jr. is the essentially the same great product as the standard Healthmate Plus, simply in a smaller package. The size is smaller though the air cleaning
capacity is ideal for most bedrooms and living spaces. Though the quantities of filter media are less, the engineering behind it and filtration quality are the same. With a lower
price point, the Healthmate Plus Jr. has long been a trusted alternative as an air purifier from smaller areas.