Aimee and I were sitting at home, alternately sneezing for no discernible reason. I was going through my e-mail, a never-ended - or so it seems - activity. I suspect every blogger gets pitches for all sorts of things. Some are suitable for their blog, many are not. It's a veritable crapshoot. Sometimes you open an e-mail and bells go off in your head. Such was the case in early December. I opened an e-mail about a new model air purifier from Guardian Technologies. Hmmm. The angle concerned people who are allergic to pets. Well, okay, but I wrote back and asked if they had ever considered pets who were allergic to their environment.
Although I get offers all the time, I don't often test products. This, however, was something I wanted to try for myself. U.S. readers of a certain age will remember the old saying: I'm from MO, me you gotta show.
I offered to review the new product but not without testing it. I tell my readers the unvarnished truth. If something is really bad, I choose to ignore it. It's really as simple as that.
The publicist asked about the number of my blog readers and came back saying that one would be sent to me and I could test and then keep it. That was generous.
I honestly don't know what I was expecting but imagine my surprise when a large box appeared on my driveway.
I needed a little help from a friend in getting it out of the box. Most people can do it by themselves. The cat will only be interested in the box so don't look for any help there. It's ridiculously easy to set up. If the cat had opposable thumbs she could have plugged it in. The controls are easy to see and easy to use. I was determined to give it a good, long try. It's white, has clean lines to blend with any decor.
|Nice clean lines that go with any decor|
It runs for 6 hours before shutting itself off. You can also select 2 or 4 hours of running time. You can also easily select the fan speed and whether or not you want the ionizer on. It comes with very clear instructions on how to change the filters, how to install or remove the UV-C bulb. Instructions are not only clear, they provide illustrations that are just as clear. Show and tell.
On it went. Okay. Even at the highest speed it's pretty quiet which is great for a writer who lives in a very quiet house and likes it that way. My kitchen and den are connected in an open floor plan. It sits in the den, quietly doing its job.
|Photo Courtesy of Mary Slaney|
It didn't take too long before I realized the change in the air. It was even more apparent after 6 hours when it shut itself off and the regular air began to replace the purified air.
The new The GermGuardian® AC9200WCA High Performance True HEPA Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier System with UV-C Allergy and Odor Reduction really lives up to its name. If it were human, I'd marry it! The True HEPA filter relieves allergies by capturing 99.7% of dust and allergens as small as .3 microns in size. I'm no scientist but that sounds pretty small to me. The larger carbon filter inside catches household odors when you cook, as well as dander from pets, etc. The UV-C light is a chemical-free way of reducing germs on surfaces, in the air or water. Hospitals and water treatment plants use UV-C light, destroying 99% of microbes including fungi and mold as well as such germs as staph, influenza and rhinovirus. The Ionizer Option boosts Allergen Control.
If you have someone with allergies, it's perfect. It was designed for people with pets who are allergic to animals. It also works for pets who are allergic to their environment. Aimee and I are now happily breathing clean, fresh air. I'm breathing deeply. I highly recommend this top-of-the-line model. What it has done for my home is priceless.
|Photo Courtesy of Nancy Ross|
How happy am I with this product? Very. Instead of going to the drug store for a new humidifier, I will go, instead, to Guardian Technologies, LLC website and buy one of theirs. If this is an example of their quality, I want another one of their products. Anything else might be penny wise but, in my opinion, pound foolish.
NOTE: I received a new GermGuardian® AC9200WCA High Performance True HEPA Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier System with UV-C Allergy and Odor Reduction to test. I was not paid for this review. The opinions in this review on my blog are my own after weeks of testing to be sure it was doing what I thought it was doing.
For anyone who is interested in finding our more about this product or one of their other products, please go to their website: www.guardiantechnologies.com