Austin Air Healthmate Air Purifier (HM400) - HEPA Air Cleaner
Great all around filtration. Removes a wide variety of contaminants, including dust, pollens, dander, odors, chemical vapors and more. Manufacturer rated for areas up to 1500 sq ft. and recommended for both allergy and asthma sufferers. (w/ castors).
60 sq. ft. true HEPA medical filter medium - filter only needs replacing every 5 years.
Meets HEPA standards, trapping 99.97% of all particulates larger than 0.3 microns.
Nearly 15 lbs of solid activated carbon and zeolite for odor and gas removal.
3 Speeds - 400cfm on high setting: cleans a room area of up to 1500 ft.
The best air filter I ever bought - worth the money! The Austin Air Healthmate is the best I've ever owned. One large unit is enough for our entire house. It reduces (or even eliminates) odors from our cat's litter box and makes the stale air in our home fresher when we return from a couple of days away. We run it in the bedroom at night and wake up feeling healthier than we did before we got one of these. It's quiet on the lowest setting, and a little loud but very powerful on the highest setting. There's easy maintenance (just vacuum the outside once a month). Replacement filters are a little on the expensive side (around $200), but well worth it. The salesperson that sold us ours said we'd have to replace the filter every five years. We run ours constantly and had to replace it after three years. I think the expense is still worth it, as the quality of this product cannot be matched by less expensive purifiers....more info
A Breath of Fresh (or Purified) Air I searched through a large selection of air filters trying to optimize price, utility, reputation, and ease of use (I don't have time to replace some components every 6 months and other components every 3 months, etc). I decided on the Austin Air Healthmate Air Purifier. From there, it was a search for a reasonable retailer. Due to price (along with free shipping) and Amazon backing, I chose All Seasons Health.
The product arrived quickly and in perfect condition--I would definitely order other products through this retailer.
I pulled the Healthmate out of the box and after reading the instructions, I plugged it in and away it went (yep, that was it). I was having a problem with new carpet installation (an abundance of VOC's causing watering eyes, sore throat, and dizziness); the difference in just two days was remarkable and noticed by others. The Healthmate has three settings, low, medium, and high. The output on high is amazing and has an added benefit of dramatically increasing airflow in the room. The low setting is quiet enough to sit next to the machine and watch a movie without difficulty.
According to the instructions, in about four to five years I will have to replace the filter inside and from a cursory review of the instructions, it should be much simpler than replacing my water filter.
I will add further comments closer to allergy season....more info