IQAir room air purifiers are Swiss-made units that are some of the more expensive purifiers on the market today, but are made well and have won many awards, including a Consumer’s Digest “Best Buy” among others. These units are filter based, and do not emit ozone like the ionizer purifiers. Welcome to the high end.
IQAir HealthPro and HealthPro Plus air purifiers
The IQAir HealthPro uses a two-stage filter and costs around $799. The HealthPro has a pre-filter and IQAir’s proprietary “HyperHEPA” filter which is a cleanroom-grade H12/13 class HEPA filter guaranteed to remove 99.97% of airborne contaminants up to 0.3 microns, which is the standard, but has been found to remove contamintants down to 0.01 microns at nearly 99% efficiency.
The IQAir HealthPro Plus has an extra carbon filter to help remove odors and also a “V5-Cell” gas phase filter to control gaseous contaminants and costs around $899.
Both units are quite sturdy and are built to last. Neither allow dirty air to escape the filters; they are sealed quite well. Cheaper air purifiers are notorious for letting a percentage of uncleaned air slip past the filters through. The unclean air is sucked into the bottom of the unit and moves through the filters. Clean air exits at the top.
The HealthPro and Plus have a nice, big HEPA filter that will need to be replaced every 9 – 12 months. The carbon filter that absorbs odors costs around $90. The pre-filter that catches the “big” air contaminants is $60. And the HyperHEPA filter costs around $199. Each filter can be replaced individually.
The HealthPros are a little loud on higher settings. The replacement filters are expensive. These are bulky units that you probably want to find a place for in your room and leave it.
The reviews of IQAir HealthPros are generally good. The HealthPro Plus is rated 5 stars at Amazon.com. Most reviewers mention the size as a negative. Also some mention the unit is loud. One also mentioned the casters at the bottom seemed a little flimsy. All note how cleaner the air is in their rooms. Allergy sufferers and those with breathing problems noted drastic improvements in air quality and those with allergies, etc., noticed a big difference: easier to breath, less allergic reactions, etc.
(The HealthPros are not currently ranked by Consumer Reports, but IQAir has complained that CR’s testing methods were faulty, specifically the CR test did no odor testing or fine-particle filtering tests. And there has been much brouhaha concerning the veracity of the CR air purifier ratings. –ACboy)
For anyone suffering from asthma or any respiratory illness, the IQAir HealthPro should certainly be a consideration. Keep in mind these are not discount air purifiers, there are far less expensive models on the market that may offer some relief to your sinuses and not hurt your wallet as much as a HealthPro Plus. Be sure to match your air quality needs with the right air purifier. If all you need is dust filter in the garage, or you have no health issues but just want to cut down pet smells, then this ain’t it. But if you want to remove allergens and improve the air quality in your home with a HEPA filter based air purifier, then the IQAir air purifiers should be on your list.
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