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on proven, reliable HEPA technology, the 360 degree air intake of the Austin Air Healthmate HM-400 air
purifier cleans over 250 cubic feet of air every minute. The
Healthmate uses a pre-filter for large particles, a built-in pre-filter for medium particles, 15 pounds of activated
carbon / zeolite, and 60 feet of true medical-grade HEPA filter media. This
Austin air purifier offers the best deal for those with moderate allergies
who are looking for a reliable and low maintenance air purifier that delivers first rate air filtration. For smaller areas, the Healthmate Jr.
is an ideal choice that offers the same great air filtration,
but with a smaller footprint.
*Please note that the large particle pre-filter for
all Austin air purifiers is the same. Just choose the correct
size (400 or 200) and color (black or white).
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Austin Air Healthmate Product Features
Medical-grade True HEPA Filter for removal of 99.97% of particulate pollutants 0.3 microns or larger and 95% of all particles 0.1 microns or larger.
Strategically placed activated carbon / zeolite filter for removal of odors and fumes.
Built-in pre-filter 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're sturdy and built to last for years.
Non-toxic powder coat finish.
Specially engineered 360-degree Air Intake for maximum air flow.
Control switch with three speeds.
Three to five year filter life equals low filter replacement costs.
Easy to clean and maintain.
Long-lasting, energy efficient PSC motor.
Casters for easy moving (optional on the Healthmate Jr. HM-200).
Five-year pro-rated filter guarantee.
Effective for areas up to 750 square feet (for the Healthmate HM-400) or 375 square feet (for the Healthmate Jr. HM-200).
Austin Healthmate Air Purifier - A Closer Look
Austin Air Healthmate Fan and Motor Assembly
Austin Air has manufactured the Healthmate for over 15 years. The
simple, economical design of the unit makes it an attractive,
long term value. Air is drawn through the unit with a powerful 1.5
h.p. PSC motor through 15 lbs. of activated carbon and zeolite 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 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 mixture and a 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.
My husband and I moved into a new place that had a lingering funk. He has also broken his nose before and his deviated septum entails that he has frequent sinus issues and buildup due to allergens. What a difference this air purifier has made! After only a few days, the scent is virtually gone! My husband has also noticed a remarkable difference in his mucus buildup. The price is a little steep, but comparatively, it is a steal when taking into consideration the ease of replacing filters and the costs associated with them. We both recommend this product highly and specifically purchasing from achoo allergy, as they offered the best price around.
Great air purifier
Reviewed by: Wife allergy sufferer from Mount juliet Tn
Well built. Looks like a piece of furniture. We run it on low speed and wow! It still moves a lot of air. My wife says she can tell a difference with her allergies. 5 yr. warranty. Ordering and receiving was great. Customer service was fantastic. Cost out the price of continually changing filters vs. changing every 3-5 years with this health mate and it's very comparable and may even save money. Very satisfied.
Reviewed by: An allergy sufferer from Collegeville, PA
I've had this for a few weeks now, and I've been happy with the performance. My boyfriend is allergic to my cat, but he's had no problems in the room with the purifier so far.
My only issue is that we received 2 damaged/broken units. The first unit did not work on the highest setting. The second arrived with a large dent on the side, but was functional. We opted to keep it because we could push out the dent and hold it in place with duct tape and we didn't want to go another few days without it.
Nonetheless, the return of the first unit was seamless. The customer service at Achoo Allergy was very responsive and made the replacement very easy.
Customer Q & A
Q1: What is the maximum clean-air delivery rate CADR for this Brand/Unit? A: Unknown. Many of the top air purifier manufacturers, like Austin Air, IQAir, etc., are not paying members of AHAM, the trade organization made up of appliance manufacturers, which also happens to be the body that has developed the CADR testing. CADR has some limitations as far as what it actually indicates in terms of performance. The older, now phased out, ozone generating units to rank very high in CADR testing, but we know that the technology causes more problems than it eliminates. The CADR also gives little indication of long term performance. The testing period is 24 hours, and it tends to favor units that move more air quickest, like Blueair. Those are just a few of the drawbacks with the CADR, but you will run across a few mfgs who do not submit their product for this test.
Q2: Will the Austin HealthMate Jr. air purifier remove chemicals smells like perfumes and cleaning supplies.
A: Yes. For nuisance odors, chemicals and cleaning fumes, the standard HealthMate Jr. should work fine. I might opt for the Plus model though, if you are more sensitive or the pollutants are stronger than what you'd find in a typical household. The carbon blend in the Plus is more robust than the standard blend in the HealthMate. So with the Plus you can trap and capture a wider variety of chemical pollutants. Other than that, just match the right air purifier with the room size, and you should be set!
Q3: I have the Austin Air Healthmate Jr. Does the outside pre filter ever need to be cleaned?
A: Yes, but this will vary depending conditions in your home. Generally, we recommend taking a vacuum and cleaning the outside of the machine once every six months. On a lower suction section, you could vacuum off the prefilter itself after you remove it from the machine. You can also use an air compressor to blow the filter out. The prefilter is mainly there to trap big particles, dust bunnies, hair, visible debris and dirt. So cleaning it would done with the vacuum without removing the filter, with air or even just rinsing it, allowing it to completely air dry then putting it back in the machine.
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Austin Air Healthmate
As Austin Air's flagship air purifier, the Austin Healthmate 400
offers a balance of performance and affordability. While providing
few frills, Austin air purifiers deliver solid results for customers seeking
quality filtration coupled with ease of use. As one of the most
popular units on the market, there is much to like about the
Healthmate and few drawbacks.
NOTE: This review covers the Austin Healthmate, but all points
listed about this unit is applicable to the Austin Healthmate Jr. as
well. The two primary differences between the units are the size and
coverage area. The Jr. is smaller in size and capacity thus suitable
for smaller rooms. Due to the smaller, lighter size the Jr.
does not come equipped with casters. They are an optional accessory.
What I like about the Austin Healthmate
The HEPA filter in this unit has a 3-5 year lifespan. When comparing
this to the cost of the filter, regular maintenance is inexpensive.
The Healthmate has two pre-filters around the HEPA/Carbon canister to trap
large and medium sized particles such as hair & lint. Periodically vacuuming the large
particle pre-filter will extend the overall life of the filter.
Regardless of the setting the Healthmate provides consistent
filtration results. Pushing 400 CFM of air at high speed, the Austin
could adequately exchange the air in room roughly three times larger
than for what it is actually rated.
Austin units are constructed entirely of steel. This makes
off-gassing virtually nonexistent. In addition to this, the Healthmate produces no harmful ozone.
Austin's filtration systems are all sealed systems with thick gaskets around each end of the filter. There is no air leakage or unfiltered air mixing with purified air.
All of the Austin units offer 360 degree air intake to maximize air flow.
Clean air is discharged through one vent at the top of the unit,
which can be very useful for allergy and asthma sufferers who need concentrated, purified air immediately.
The Healthmate is very low maintenance. The carbon pre-filter is changed once a year as opposed to every 3-6 months
for other popular brands. The HEPA / Carbon / Zeolite filter change is required only every 3-5 years. Aside from
occasionally vacuuming the built-in pre-filter, there is nothing more that needs to be done to an Austin unit aside
from plugging it in, turning it on and enjoying fresh, clean air. Changing the filter is simply as well.
Remove four screws from the bottom plate, remove plate and simply replace the filter and separate pre-filter.
As with all Austin air purifiers, the Healthmate is available in five colors,
Sandstone, Black, Midnight Blue, White and Silver. This gives you some options when it comes to matching an
air purifier with the decor of a room. The Healthmate Jr. series
additionally offers Pink and Baby Blue which are perfect for any nursery.
Austin Air is a U.S. company. Their air purifiers are not made overseas with cheap labor. Austin Air
is based here in the U.S., using an American workforce, proudly creating quality products in a way that helps drive our
Lastly, Austin has been making air purifiers for nearly as long as
anyone else in business, with few exceptions. The company has an
excellent reputation for providing reliable, quality machines at
reasonable prices. Over the years, customer feedback has been
overwhelmingly positive, and informed customers who know what to
expect before purchasing these units rarely have reason to complain.
What I did not like about the Austin Healthmate
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering the Austin.
Though Austin air purifiers can be considered an "economy" air purifier, you can
easily pay twice as much for a unit that will give you only
marginally better results. The Healthmate offers few gadgets or
embellishments. With Austin, it is less gadgetry in
exchange for more ease and carefree use.
These units can be heavy. Because of the steel construction and
heavy duty filters, the units are not the easiest to move. The 400
series have casters, and while this makes them easier to move they are not really
considered "portable". (The 200 series lacks the casters, but is not nearly as heavy.)
When it comes to air purifiers, the Austin Healthmate provides the
most bang for your buck. There is nothing on the market that can
offer this quality of filtration and durability in this price range. While it lacks
many of the additional features of other air purifiers, it makes up
for it in a reasonable initial cost, low maintenance costs and top notch performance. There is a
reason why Austin has been in business for as long as it has,
quality products at an affordable price. So for anyone looking for
an easy to use, easy to maintain air purifying workhorse, the Austin
Healthmate is the best choice that won't break the bank.
Austin Air Healthmate Detailed Specifications
Austin Healthmate (HM-400) Air Purifier
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Large bedrooms, living rooms, basements and playrooms