comes to an air purifier for MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) or VOC (volatile organic compound) filtration,
there are generally two good options - some activated carbon blended with an oxidizing agent, or no oxidizers but massive amounts of carbon. Coupled
with a sealed system and HEPA filter, this type of filtration can remove large amounts of reaction causing triggers from your indoor air.
MCS is categorized by a severe sensitivity or reaction to VOCs, smoke, solvents, perfumes and other
petro chemicals. VOCs can be found in anything from paint and furniture to carpet and new vehicles.
For MCS sufferers avoidance is the key to staying healthy. An air purifier is one of the easiest ways to
reduce or eliminate these triggers.
Weigh your filtration options, budget and upkeep costs, then shop our top rated VOC air purifiers or browse our best of the rest section.
An air purifier for MCS has to be multifaceted and capable of removing a very broad range of volatile organic compounds, chemicals and vapors. The IQAir MultiGas GC does just that. With a specialized
blend of activated carbon and oxidizing agents, the carbon filter canisters offer broad filtration of VOCs like formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, acetone, xylene
and a variety of other pollutants. An H11 HEPA pre-filter traps particles like dust, pollen, dander, and mold spores while a sealed system ensures the air is fully cleaned before it leave the unit.
Additionally, the IQAir GC air purifier features interchangeable filters. The MultiGas features a broad blend of four types of carbon, but if you're need is something that is more
specifically suited for VOCs only, you can always opt for the VOC filter cartridges (or ones that target ammonia or other specific subsets of chemicals). The choice is yours, and you
can change your filter canisters at any time.
For the best filtration of chemicals like VOCs and fragrances that can aggravate MCS, the best solution remains activated carbon. Though the carbon blend in the Austin
Air HealthMate Plus uses only potassium iodide to oxidize chemicals, the HealthMate Plus boasts more chemical adsorbing carbon than nearly
any air purifier on this list. With virtually no plastic parts to off-gas and a deep bed of carbon to provide years of chemical and odor adsorption, MCS sufferers
find relief with the HealthMate for the filtration of chemicals commonly associated with modern flooring, furniture and paint. Ease of use and filter life make the
Plus a common choice amongst MCS sufferers.
As a less expensive alternative to the Austin HealthMate, the Amaircare 3000 is a steel-framed, HEPA air purifier with 12 lbs. of granular activated carbon. An activated carbon pre-filter traps odors and larger particles while the HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all particles 0.3 particles or larger. Lastly, the VOC canister uses activated carbon
to adsorb the chemicals that can off-gas from new paint, furniture, and flooring. Unlike some other models, should you need to replace the carbon canister, with the Amaircare, you
don't need to replace the entire filter set. Individual components allow you
to replace filters as needed, and a convenient annual kit provides everything you need to keep
the 3000 providing pure, clean air, year after year. Price, ease of use and simple filter changes make the Amaircare 3000 a great option for VOC filtration.
For similar filtration to that of the MultiGas GC but at a slightly lower price point, the IQAir HealthPro Plus is an excellent VOC and MCS air purifier. The carbon
filter media in the V-5 cartridge is identical to that of the MultiGas canister, so while the quantity of carbon is less, the filtration range is just as broad in targeting
volatile organic compounds. While you give up some filtration in terms of the carbon filter media, the HealthPro Plus is slightly better with particle filtration due to the
HyperHEPA filter that filters particles as small as 0.003 microns. Real life filter monitors, a programmable control panel and casters provide convenience and
The AllerAir AirMedic D is one of those units that strives to deliver not only clean, pure air, but also
to do it without the use of anything
that could possibly cause an MCS reaction. The steel housing uses a baked on powder coat to eliminate the possibility of VOCs from paint or
plastic, and all the adhesives are non-toxic and water soluble. Inside the machine, the AirMedic uses an organic cotton pre-filter to trap large particles and an extra deep bed of double washed
coconut-based activated carbon. There are no oxidizing agents just blended carbon. It's this combination of materials and filter media that makes
the AllerAir AirMedic ideal for the removal of VOCs and other compounds that can cause problems for MCS sufferers.