We are looking for an freestanding Aircleaner(or two) for our home. we have
tried the Ionic Breeze( not even sure where we got that thing), but it needs
cleaning every couple of days and makes an irritating "arching" zap when
dirty which is irritating if it decides to do it an 2 a.m.
We also had one of the Orecks some years ago, but the motor went bad on it
and it would have been to costly to replace.
Anyway, is there a unit that does a good job that we would be able to wash
the filter out, or has filters that don't cost an arm an a leg to replace
every few weeks?
This doesn't need to be hospital grade air, just good cleaning and odor
If your Ionic Breezes are getting dirty after a couple of days, you need to
find the source of the dirt. My Ionic Breeze is good for ~500 sqft. Maybe
you need more than one IB?
If you think the zap is annoying try one of the fan powered cleaners,
HUMMMMMMMM all the time. Then comes the expense of the filters, or washing
I see them turn up in the used appliance stores or at Goodwill on
occasion. That's as good a consumer a report as any. On technical
grounds ion generators are bad for health. They stimulate the
respiratory tract cilia to beat vigorously due to the ozone generated
by the high voltage charge. Ozone damages cell membranes causing cell
No smokers, but we live in Arizona, so it could be dust. What I am looking
for are suggestions for good alternatives that don't cost a ton in filter
replacement. I don't mind initial expense(reasonable) but I don't want
ongoing filter costs, is there such an animal?
Preferably room sized units.
The Ionic Breeze is a POS. It does not move enough air to effectively
clean anything. The velocities through the unit are very low, they
range from 40 feet per minute (FPM) to 125 FPM. The plate area is very
small as well. A good fan or system powered air cleaner will have
higher velocities, 300 to 500 FPM and a much larger filter or plate
area to filter much more air.
The Honeywell Enviracare is supposed to be a good unit, but it uses a
prefilter and a HEPA. I don't know what filters cost. I would
recommend a duct mounted electronic air cleaner such as Research
Products 5000. Or Research Products Space Guard 2200 or 2400.
Electronic Air Cleaners should be cleaned every month. If they last a
year between cleanings, there is something wrong.
The Aprilaire 5000 has a large surface area to reduce the amount of
cleanings. I have many in customers homes that last a year before
cleaning/replacing. Granted, many of them are older couples or clean
freaks but they can easily last that long. If you have kids, pets and
a lot of activity in the home, then 6 months is probably going to be
The Aprilaire media filter (2200 & 2400) are replaceable only. Its a
good filter. Cost varies from probably $25 to $50 or more depening
where you purchase it.
The Aprilaire 5000 is an electronic/media filter. The screen, ionizing
wires and housing can get brushed/wiped or vacuumed. The electronic
media in it gets replaced only. Prices is approx $5 -$10 higher but
again, varies on where you purchase it.
The filters last between 6 months to a year but should still be
checked every month or so to be safe.
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