Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Let's Clean the Air!

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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


Lisette Brodey said...

Looks like a really good product. Thank you for this post!

James Stagg said...

That is a most interesting product, Darlene. Thank you for the review and recommendation.
Right before I read your blog, I just finished ordering new 3M Filtrete Filters for our home (Micro Allergen Extra Reduction Electrostatic Pleated Air Filter), which we have used for many years. It would not do as much as the product you tested, but does an excellent over-all job. We find that it helps clean our air better than standard, run-of-the-mill air filters.

Thanks for your recommendation.

Darlene said...

Thank you, Lisette. It is an excellent product. really good quality.

Darlene said...

Thank you, James Stagg, for your comment. I'm glad you have an air filtration system that works well for you. This model was made with pet owners in mind but, of course, is good for anyone. I learned a lot about air filters.

Gordon Brice said...

I'm so pleased that you wrote this blog, Darlene, after thoroughly testing the product. Although we no longer have pets, I often find it necessary to keep blowing my nose......moreso first thing in the morning. Our kitchen is also open plan to the living room, so it could be a combination of dust particles in the air and, later in the day, the results of cooking.
It sounds as if a product of this nature would be ideal and I thank you for providing such useful information.

Darlene said...

Hi Gordon, I think you might want to look into one. The little, cheap products aren't as good. I had one when they first appeared on the market place and all I could tell that it was doing, was blowing air rather noisily. This is a HUGE difference Perhaps they have a distributor in the U.K. You can always go to their website and inquire.

I'm not as fond of an open floor plan as everyone else seems to be but I have it and I have to find work-arounds. You don't have to have a dog or cat to use an air purifier. Thank you for writing.

Caren Gittleman said...

thanks for the thorough and honest review! We reviewed an air purifier a few weeks ago on Cody's blog that we were super happy with too......thanks for telling us about another one as well! catchatwithcarenandcody

Susan said...

This sounds like a nice product. I have been using the same technology for years with a Vollara Fresh Air Surround. I have had allergies for many years to the point of getting shots. This type of air ionizer works very well. My unit has washable filters and multiple settings. I would not live without it.
Sue Bulanda

Darlene said...

Hi Caren,
Thank you for commenting. I read your blog and I don't know how I missed that post! I'm really picky when testing something because it's my reputation on the line so I tested for weeks before writing about it. I was really amazed at how much of a difference it makes.I'm glad you reviewed an air purifier, too. I've even noticed a difference with Aimee. When it shuts off, she goes over to it if she's in the room and reminds me to turn it on. LOL

Darlene said...

Hi Susan,
I had no idea that you were using one. This one is terrific. Brand new design and technology and top of the line, made with pet owners in mind. It's also good for pets with allergies.
I'm glad you found something that works so well for you. I thought the bonus was that for once, it was easy to read an instruction book. It is in several languages but the English instructions were obviously written by someone whose first language is English.

Arlene Kreuter said...

Hi Darlene,
We have an older germ guardian air purifier and love it. I had no idea of the new model. I've been thinking of getting another one and this definitely fits the bill. I may even buy two new ones since I love the design so much. I can hand down my older one to my sister.

Darlene said...

Hi Arlene,

I'm happy to hear that you have an older Germ Guardian Air Purifier that you love! Apparently their quality is consistent. The model is new, so I'm not surprised that you haven't seen it. The design is just beautiful with such nice, clean lines. I'm in the room with it now and it's so quiet that I have to look at the lights of the control panel to see if it's still on. If I wait too long, I can tell the difference in the air.

Use your new ones in the best of health! I'm sure your sister will appreciate your current one.

Thank you for commenting!

Elvira Mullins said...

I have three cats, but recently began to suspect that I was allergic to their hairs. I had to take one of my cats to the vets for a check-up, so asked them about any products that would be helpful. They did mention an air purifier, so I'll give it a go. I've also started taking antihistamines that have helped.

Elvira Mullins @ Nelson Vets

Darlene said...

Hi Elvira Mullins, Thank you for sharing your situation with us. I hope the air purifier works as well for you as it did for me!