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Posted by kevvyg on Friday, March 14, 2014
For our Friday Product Spotlight, I wanted to take a few minutes to take a look at the Alen BreatheSmart air purifier. Alen has carved out a niche for itself by offering mid-level air purifiers specifically geared towards removing indoor particle allergens, and the BreatheSmart is the signature piece in their line of HEPA style air purifiers. For those dealing with pollen, dander or dust mite allergies, here's why the BreatheSmart could just be the ideal solution for reducing those allergens throughout your home.

Alen BreatheSmart Air PurifierI want to start by talking about the filtration. You'll notice that Alen uses the terms "HEPA like" or "HEPA style". This is because all Alen air purifiers offer near HEPA filtration, but come up just a smidge short. There are few filtration categories that are HEPA or near HEPA for most air purifiers The traditional ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) HEPA standard is 99.97% filtration efficiency of particle 0.3 microns or larger. In Europe the standard is H13, 99.95% of the same size particles, and lastly there is an H11 standard with a filtration efficiency of 95% or greater. The Alen BreatheSmart filters 99% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. So, it comes in higher than H11 filters but just under traditional HEPA efficiency ratings.

What does this mean for you? Could be a lot. Could be not much of anything. The answer lies in which type of allergens affect you. If dust mites or pollen is the nemesis, the BreatheSmart will work well. The low end of the particle filtration range will get collected and retained by the filter of the BreatheSmart. If pet dander, smoke or odors are your game, you may want to consider a different model. Not simply because the particles of these can be smaller than what a certified HEPA filter would capture, with pets, smoke and odors, HEPA filtration plus activated carbon is typically the best way to remove these allergens. So to recap, for dust mites or pollen the BreatheSmart is a champ, for smoke, odors or pet dander, the BreatheSmart might not deliver the knock out you've been looking for.

Beyond filtration, the Alen BreatheSmart is a really simple air purifier to operate. There are no dials, just a series of easy-to-use push buttons and indicator lights. Select one of four fan speeds or the Auto Mode (which will select the appropriate fan speed based on current particle pollution levels in the air). Filter Life indicator lights let you know how long until you need to replace your filter, and unlike strict timers, it factors in fan speed and actual run time. There is also a timer that allows you select 4, 8 or 12 hours of run time before the unit will automatically shut off. Plug it in, press a few buttons, and you're finished!

The last thing that really stands out with the Alen BreatheSmart is its quiet efficiency. While the top fan speed is still somewhat loud (this is pretty much unavoidable with any fan/blower-based air purifier), on all three lower speeds, it is significantly quieter than comparable models. Best of all, it consumes fairly little power, so much so that it is Energy Star certified.

In all, the BreatheSmart is a solid choice for those dealing with particle allergies. With spring allergy season just around the corner, and pollen counts already nearing 1000 in Atlanta, now might the best time to invest in an air purifier for your bedroom or living room.

For more information about the our full line of home HEPA air purifiers.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The New Alen T500 Air PurifierFor many people, a tower-style air purifier has a lot of appeal. They are generally lightweight, have a very small footprint, and blend into most rooms rather seamlessly. The Alen T300 has been a model that many people have chose over the years, and now it has received a makeover. So what's new with the Alen T500?

For starters, the new T500 is a bit smaller. Shorter and lighter, this model is now sized between the T300 and T100 but still retains the same size footprint. Other than this, the T500 retains most of the same features, functionality and style of the T300 model. It still has digital controls, 3 fan speeds, and a filter change indicator. It also retains the limited lifetime warranty, EnergyStar qualification, and coverage area. And, as the T300, the new T500 has an optional ionizer (produces no ozone), for your convenience.

The only downside with this model is the UV bulb, that came standard with the T300, is no longer included with the T500 model. In lieu of the UV bulb, there is a filter option, the HEPA-Silver that does the same thing - neutralizes microbes and germs. The standard filter with the T500 is the HEPA-Fresh filter, which is a HEPA-style filter that traps 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger (think N95 filtration). Aside from the HEPA-Fresh and HEPA-Silver option, there is also a HEPA-OdorCell filter that uses Alen's MCP technology to target odors.

Lastly, it is priced the same as its predecessor - $299.00. This model is currently in-stock and available to ship today.

For a full rundown of the T500's specs and our review of this air purifier, visit our T500 page or to view all Alen air purifiers.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, September 20, 2013
Alen Paralda HEPA Air PurifierThe Alen Paralda is a great way to remove pollutants in your home or office, silently and effectively. Extremely quiet, the Paralda air purifier is great for use in the quietest of spaces, like a library. And now Alen has lowered the price by $100!

Since its introduction, the Paralda has been a popular air purifier for anyone concerned with their indoor air quality. With a HEPA style filter and embedded Silver Ion technology, the Paralda reduces not only allergens like ragweed, mold spores and dander, but also pathogens and microbes that can cause colds or the flu. This is critical as we head into the flu and fall allergy seasons.

A small footprint allows you place it in nearly any room, regardless of the size of the room or space issues. Though it is compact, this tower air purifier will cover about 200 to 500 sq. ft., depending on how many air exchanges per hour you desire. The digital, soft-touch controls are easy to use and give you flexibility to customize the filtration level that is right for you.

Some additional benefits of the Paralda: Energy Certified, and with regular filter replacement, the Paralda comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Right now you can save $100 and add this stylish air cleaner to your home or office for only $339.

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
AllerAir Air PurifiersAllerAir air purifiers are solidly built and THE choice for many people with chemical sensitivities or those looking to remove high concentrations of smoke, odors, and chemicals. They are also highly customizable units that are individually built for you when you place your order. And there, is where a problem can sometime arise. So I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little about them and what to expect when you order.

Like few other models available today, AllerAir air purifiers have a steel body. This adds durability and pretty much eliminates the potential for off gassing, which can happen with some less expensive, plastic models. Each HEPA air purifier also uses three types of filter media. So in addition to pleated HEPA filter media for particle allergens like pollen, dander, mold spores and dust mites, each model also has a coarse prefilter to keep large, visible particles out of the other filter media and a bed of activated carbon. The carbon is the key for many people, since it is the core of odor, smoke and chemical filtration that draws people to AllerAir to begin with.

With a WIDE variety of options when it comes to the carbon in your machine, comes choice but also time. Instead of a having a single standard type of carbon or single type of air purifier, AllerAir's variety makes construction a more time consuming process. Typically, if you order a new air purifier or filter, you should expect it to arrive in two to three weeks. Granted, this does seem like a considerable amount of time considering most of our other air purifiers ship either the day you order or the following day, but there are two things to keep in mind.

First, the units are all essentially custom orders. AllerAir does not stock any air purifiers due to the wide variety of models that they sell. It's just not feasible to carry, say two or five of every model, if you ultimately offer several hundreds of potential models. Second, most consumers are in the U.S. and AllerAir is a Canadian company. You can always add a couple days in shipping as it crosses the border.

Additionally, most AllerAir HEPA air purifiers provide anywhere from 10-15 years of use (more for many people). So while the time it takes for you to get it may seem like a lot, you truly are investing in a machine that can and will provide cleaner air for years and years to come.

Here at Achoo, we really like AllerAir air purifiers. Not only are they extremely durable, but they're effective for both particle and chemical/smoke/odor filtration, and their made in N. America. We do realize the time frame can seem like a lot for some folks, but it is a custom product, and you know what they say? Good things come to those who wait.

Confused about all the options AllerAir offers? Choose the Right AllerAir for You.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
IQAir has long been a leader in air filtration, and as part of their largest upgrade to their residential air purifier offering, they have introduced the New Edition of their HealthPro and MultiGas models. The IQAir New Edition air purifiers are already in many homes and can be identified by "NE" on the outer box labeling. So what are some of the features of the New Edition IQAir Purifiers?

The upgraded IQ Air purifiers have three key upgrades when it comes to performance.
  • Up to 25% More Clean Air
  • Up to 38% Longer Filter Life
  • Lastly, 32% Quieter
These three features address some drawbacks that can be found with most air purifiers. First, the increase in cleaner air comes, in part, from a redesigned motor. This more aerodynamic motor moves more air through the filters than before.

Second, the longer filter life comes from an increase in the prefilter and HyperHEPA filter media. As an example, the old HyperHEPA filters typically had 30 sq. feet of HEPA filter media, while the new filters have 53 sq. ft. Longer life also comes with advances in the actual pleating of the media during construction. New Edition GC MultiGas Air PurifierThese two things combine to allow for greater filtration efficiency. With larger, more efficient prefilters and HEPA filters, the IQAir HealthPro and GC MultiGas models are able to last longer while cleaning more air.

Lastly, the noise is considerably less. Despite pushing more air through more filter media, the redesigned fans create less noise on all settings. Consequently, the actual power consumption of the all four residential IQAir models has decreased, meaning your IQAir costs you even less to operate!

AchooAllergy.com has been shipping the new models for a few weeks now, so if you've ordered in that time period, chances are good you have one of the IQAir New Edition air purifiers. If not, now is the time to try one and see the difference!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, June 22, 2012
Whirlpool Whispure Tower Air PurifierWhirlpool has been and continues to be one of the most well known brands in home appliances. Several years ago, they began offering HEPA air purifiers. Having been reviewed by consumer reporting agencies and AHAM, Whirlpool air purifiers test well and offer an affordable solution to allergy and asthma sufferers. As the most recent addition to the line of Whirlpool air purifiers, we now offer the Whirlpool Tower air purifier.

The Whirlpool Tower Air Purifier provides HEPA quality particle filtration while offering removal of light smoke and odors. With a slim tower design and easy to use controls, the Whirlpool APT40010R is compact and lightweight, easily fitting in to most spaces and blending into the decor of most rooms.

The filtration behind the Whirlpool Whispure Tower is a certified HEPA filter, which traps 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger, and a non-woven polyester pre-filter with carbon/charcoal for adsorption of light odors and smoke. This combination provides ideal filtration of common allergens in smaller spaces like bedrooms, dorm rooms, and offices.

As a Whispure model, the Tower is very quiet on its low fan setting and is Energy Star qualified. It does not produce ozone or use any type of ionizing filtration technology and is backed by a five year warranty. So if you're looking for a tower style air purifier from a brand you know, consider the Whirlpool Whispure Tower.

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Austin Air PurifiersNormally, we like to stay further in front of announcements like this, but lost in the Thanksgiving shuffle was news about Austin Air purifiers and filters. Starting December 1st, 2011, prices are increasing on all Austin units and replacement filters. Due to rising commodity costs, Austin Air purifiers are increasing by 10-11%.

Austin Air purifiers have long been some of the most efficient air purifiers for allergy and asthma sufferers. Steel construction, easy to use controls and long filter life have made them popular for those who want efficiency without hassle. True HEPA filtration, granular activated carbon and a sealed system have made them ideal for removing pollen, dander, dust, and other particle allergens as well as smoke, odors, and VOC's.

If you were considering an Austin or are in need of a replacement filter, there is no time to order like now!

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Posted by Shifrah on Monday, November 07, 2011
In Toxic Indoor Air in Nail Salon: Part One and Two, we touched on the politics that can be involved in the accessibility of healthy indoor air. A recent NY Times article, The Privileges of China's Elite Include Purified Air, highlights the same topic.

The article describes how "the homes and offices of many top leaders are filtered by high-end devices, at least according to a Chinese company, the Broad Group, which has been promoting its air-purifying machines in advertisements that highlight their ubiquity in places where many officials work and live."

Beijing's air is notoriously polluted, and lately the city has been particularly polluted. The United States Embassy monitors Beijing's air and has registered unsafe levels of pollution multiple times recently. Interestingly, the Chinese government does not publicly release data on the smallest particulates in the air, those that are smaller than 2.5 micrometers. However, these are the most harmful pollutants because they can penetrate deeply into the lungs. Much of this pollution is due to vehicular exhaust.

While debates continue over whether and when to change this air quality reporting policy, Communist Party leaders don't need much convincing to obtain air purifiers that cost a couple thousand dollars: "To make their case, company executives [of the Broad Group air purifier company] installed [an air purifier] in a meeting room used by members of the Politburo Standing Committee. The deal was apparently sealed a short while later, when technicians made a show of cleaning out the soot-laden filters. 'After they saw the inklike dirty water, Broad air purifier became the national leaders’ appointed air purifier!'" according to the Broad Group's website.



Posted by Jamie on Friday, September 23, 2011
IQAir HealthPro Plus

The IQAir HealthPro Plus has been named the "Best Air Purifier Overall" by ConsumerSearch.com. This distinction adds to an already long list of 1st place and "Best Buy" awards for the world's most advanced air purifier!

ConsumerSearch.com, a New York Times Company consumer website, based its award on several criteria. The ability of the IQAir HealthPro Plus to provide high performance filtration for large rooms, to remove odors and chemicals, and to effectively remove allergens. The editors also rated the IQAir HealthPro Plus as the best choice because, unlike many air purifiers, it does not emit ozone and is endorsed by medical groups.

IQAir air purification systems again have been named the very best choice a consumer can make. This award from ConsumerSearch.com adds to a growing list of No. 1 awards garnered by the HealthPro Plus, including honors from companies like Consumers Digest, Consumers Guide, Reviewboard Magazine, Stiftung Warentest.

For more information, check out the full IQAir press release.



Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Check out our new video describing the top air purifiers and HEPA air purifiers that we sell on our website.





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