Germ Guardian AC5000 HEPA Air Purifier

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AC5000 Air Purifier
$149.99
Item#: GG0007
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Germ Guardian AC5000 HEPA Air Purifier

Germ Guardian AC5000 is AHAM CertifiedGerm Guardian is proud to introduce the new AC5000 HEPA air purifier. This tower style air purifier fits easily into any room in your home and delivers true HEPA particle filtration. In addition to eliminating allergens, dust, and dander, the AC5000 is equipped with a UV-C light to target thin walled microbes like bacteria and viruses. The UV light also works to activate the photocatalytic component of the combination HEPA filter and Titanium Dioxide, to degrade odor molecules caused by smoking, pets and cooking. Overall, you receive 3 layers of filtration to help keep you and your family feeling and breathing better!

Germ Guardian AC5000 Product Features

  • 3 Fan Speeds
  • Easy to Use
  • True HEPA Filtration
  • Combo HEPA Filter includes odor & microbial protection in addition to common particle pollutants
  • UV Protection - 8W UV Bulb
  • Attractive Tower Design
  • Low Energy Consumption - 60W
  • 5 Year Warranty

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  Affordable for Major Allergy Comfort
Reviewed by: Diagnosed Severely allergic to dust mites from NYC, New York

I've had this air purifier for almost a year I bought it in dec 2013. It's working as well as day 1, the outside is easy to clean, the large particle filter is east to clean and put back. I can let it run for hours and hours, even days at a time and never had any kind of problem. I can sleep with it on, the sound is soothing and steady. I wake up feeling with a clarity you can't get with just taking OTC allergy meds.
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Reviewed by: Sonia from Quebec, Canada

It's a good air purifier but you can't change the filter every 6 months like you're supposed to because it's too hard to find a replacement filter for it. Now I need to buy a new air purifier but a different brand name... [Editor's Note: Replacement filters are available here as well as the manufacturer's website for both Canada and the US.]

Customer Q & A

Q1: How many times an hour does the GermGuardian recirculate the air
A: That will vary depending on the size of the space. For a room that is 15x15x8, you're looking at 4 ACH per hour with the unit running on High. For 6 ACH, the room size would probably have to be about 12x12x8. ACH = Air Exchanges per Hour. Both of these numbers are my best estimate based on the filter type the Pure Guardian uses HEPA and the CADR listed for this air purifier. Pure Guardian has not released the actual CFM that the model moves on each fan speed, so there might be some slight variation in the numbers I've presented.

Q2: How many square feet does it cover?
A: Probably about 200 Sq. Ft. or less for best coverage. Any larger than that and the unit just isn't big enough to change the air over enough times per hour to be very effective.

Q3: Do you need filters?
A: Yes. There is an AC5000 combination replacement filter that needs to be changed every six months. This is the only filter replacement necessary for the AC5000 air purifier.

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Germ Guardian AC5000 Air Purifier Reviews

Germ Guardian AC5000 Air Purifier

As the newest model of HEPA air purifier we have added to our offering, I was interested in testing Germ Guardian's take on air filtration. With a solid reputation in UV devices and home humidifiers, Germ Guardian now offers a true HEPA air purifier for small to mid size rooms. Capitalizing on the attractive tower design, the Germ Guardian AC5000 HEPA air purifier is an inexpensive way to keep your family breathing better and your home smelling fresher. With a sample model in tow, I broke this model down, and here is what I found.

What I like about the AC5000 HEPA Air Purifier

Like other air purifiers I have tested, the Germ Guardian AC5000 is built around the attractive tower style design. This fits best for most people in that it leaves only a small footprint in whatever room you decide to place it. Aside from the slim, tower design, this air purifier is also very lightweight. And with a convenient carrying handle, you can easily move this unit from room to room.

The filtration quality was right in line with similarly priced models. The HEPA filter is true HEPA filter that will capture 99.97% of particle pollution 0.3 microns or larger, and a foam pre-filter captures large particles like pet hair and dust bunnies. The addition of the UV-C bulb is a step up from many comparable models, and Germ Guardian is one of the first manufacturers to adopt photocatalytic technology. Activated by the UV light, Titanium Dioxide found in the combo HEPA filter works to break down odor molecules found in cigarette smoke, pet odor and other common household odors.

Unlike some air purifiers in this price range, filter replacement is recommended for every six months. For some people this period will be longer if you are not using the machine as much. The pre-filter is removable, so you could wash it, but I would recommend simply vacuuming off the exterior every month or two to keep captured debris from impeding air flow. When it is time to replace the filter, you really only have this one combo filter to purchase. So instead of 3 filters (pre-filter, HEPA, and carbon filter), you get make one purchase and get everything you need.

Cost is an increasingly important factor, but the Germ Guardian AC5000 is priced very closely to comparable HEPA air purifier models.

What I didn't like about the AC5000 HEPA Air Purifier

As with an air purifier, there is always room for improvement. First, a filter change indicator would be a bonus. This unit lacks that, and while most are simple time based counters, a blinking red light usually helps catch our attention and remind us to replace the filter.

Second, the UV-C light is a bonus, but please do not expect this to sterilize the air in your home. Low wattage UV lights do not normally kill microorganisms with a single pass. While some microbes with thinner cell walls will certainly be effected or neutralized, hardier germs and microbes will largely be un-phased by a quick dose of UV. This, however, is true for nearly all residential air purifiers equipped with UV light. All I'm really saying is, be reasonable with expectations when it comes to UV lights in home air purifiers.

Overall, I really like the Germ Guardian AC5000 air purifier. The particle filtration is best suited for small to medium sized bedrooms. Dorm rooms, nurseries, and home offices are ideal locations for this models since it takes up little floor space and is largely unobtrusive. This HEPA air purifier is priced well and very easy to use. Filter replacement is simple and relatively inexpensive.

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Germ Guardian AC5000 Detailed Specifications

Recommended for: Allergy & Asthma sufferers who need a quiet, efficient particle filtration w/ added benefit of UV
Maximum Room Size 200 sq. ft.
Filter Description: HEPA w/ Photocatalyst
Pre-filter: Foam
HEPA Filter: Yes
Carbon Filter: Yes, w/ Titanium Dioxide (Photocatalyst)
UV Light: Yes
Filter Replacement: Combo HEPA Filter - 6 mo.; UV - 1 Yr.
Remote: No
Interface Control Type: Dial Controls, Push Button UV
Speeds / Settings: 3
Dimensions: 28"H x 7"W x 10.25"D
Weight: 10.53 lbs.
Filter Replacement: Combo HEPA Filter - 6 mo.; UV - 1 Yr.
Remote: No
Power Consumption: 60 Watts
Wheels / Casters: No
LCD Display: No
Programmable Timer: No
Filter Change Indicator: No
CADR: 120 - Smoke
Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty
Approvals: AHAM Certified, CSA
 

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Germ Guardian AC5000 User's Manual     Germ Guardian AC5000 Air Purifier Owners Manual
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