Austin Air Purifier Review: Improving Your Quality of Life

Austin Air Purifier Company had become well known for being the first company to successfully recreate the air quality inside a hospital room. This led to their products being recommended by physicians all over the world. Their facility for air purifiers is the largest one in the United States. They were even chosen to supply the largest number of air purifiers in history in which they assisted New York City with the concerns on air quality during 9/11.

We will look at the mini version of the Healthmate Plus which is the top product of Austin Air Purifier Company. The name of the model is Austin Air HealthMate Plus Junior. It offers the same benefits of the HealthMate plus but it is specifically designed to be more compact, smaller, and lighter. It is a great choice for those who have respiratory issues and allergies to certain chemicals and it only costs around $450.

Filtration and Performance

The filters that are used by the HealthMate Plus Junior are one of the best in the air purifier market. It follows a four-stage filtration process and what sets this model apart is the uniqueness of each filter per stage. It has a Medical-Grade HEPA filter that is surrounded by carbon and potassium iodide that can absorb odors and most types of gases. If we are talking about the performance of air purifiers when it comes to filtering all of the unwanted pollutants in the air, this should be included in the top 5.

The first and second stages of the filtration process are two initial filters that can capture larger particles. The first stage removes hair, dust, and pet dander while the second stage removes molds, pollen, and spores. The third stage is a filter that has activated carbon mixed with potassium iodide and can remove gases, odors, fumes, and chemical smells. The fourth stage is a True Medical-Grade HEPA filter and has the ability to remove bacteria, allergens, viruses, and other harmful particles. The rat of removal for particles larger than 0.3 microns is 99.97% while the removal of particles larger than 0.1 microns is 95%.

This model sucks in air from all angles. It has air intake grilles from all sides, which makes it very efficient in removing hair, dust, odors, gases, pollen, mold spores, and other types of allergens. It can filter air at a rate of 125 cubic feet per minute. Testing of the unit had shown that it can clean a room with a size of 400 square feet for four cycles an hour.

A lot of reviews had shown that it is tranquil when running on low fan speed with a noise level of only 50 decibels. The physical design of the model is also very durable. It is made of steel which means it does not vibrate even if it is used at the highest fan speed. When buying this model, a caster is optional, and you can get one if you want portability. The energy rating of this device is also proven to be energy efficient and its fan uses less energy than a fluorescent bulb.

Austin Air Technical Specifications

  • Uses four-stage filtration process which includes pre-filter for large particles, pre-filter for medium particles, activated carbon filter, and a true medical-grade HEPA filter.
  • The dimensions of this unit are 16.5” H x 11” W X 11” D and weigh around 18 pounds.
  • The air intake of 360 degrees which results in maximum efficiency.
  • Air outlet could be adjusted to where you need the air to go. 
  • Made of solid steel which makes it durable. 
  • Casters are also available.
  • The unit uses a filter that is ozone free.
  • There are three speeds from which the user can choose from.
  • There are 5 color designs to choose from. 

  • Five-year warranty on the filter and air cleaner.
  • Filter contains carbon/zeolite and potassium iodide which is one of the best to use in removing harmful volatile organic compounds.
  • This model is CSA approved.
  • Filters used by this model have a life expectancy of up to five years. 
  • It must be placed 6-8 inches from the wall to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • The energy consumption is 82 watts or equivalent to around 1 cent an hour.
  • At its lowest speed, the noise level is 50 dB while the fastest fan speed is 66dB.
  • The special carbon in the filter is designed to absorb more than 3000 different chemicals.
  • Available in colors of black, white, sandstone, and silver.

Maintenance 

The great thing about this model is that the filter has a life expectancy of up to 5 years. If you need to replace the filter, then just follow these simple steps. First, you have to turn over the unit on a soft surface and then remove the four screws. After that, you can remove the bottom plate and take out the pre-filter as well as the filter cartridge. You can place the new ones now, put back the screws and you are all done.

It is also advisable to regularly vacuum the screen of the air purifier using the attached brush on the vacuum. This should be done once a month. In case there is a significant drop in cleaning, the HEPA filter pack must be replaced. If the filter will be changed for the first time, it must run for an hour first at the highest fan speed. If the HealthMate Plus Junior is properly maintained, it will last more than five years.

Conclusion

If you are someone who is buying an air purifier because of health concerns, then this is the right choice for you. It is specifically designed to clean air that is highly contaminated and efficiently removes formaldehyde and harmful volatile organic compounds. Some of the health benefits of the HealthMate Plus Junior are alleviating headaches, nausea, coughing, sneezing, reduces snoring, and helps you sleep better. It can even prevent allergies triggered in night time as well as asthma attacks.

I highly recommend this for its efficiency in cleaning the air considering its price. It doesn’t consume that much energy and the life expectancy of the unit as well as the filter is 5 years which means you do not need to keep buying replacement filters. You can get this unit for only $450. The medical-grade HEPA filter it uses will really help people with respiratory conditions which is why it is highly recommended by many hospitals.