GermGuardian GG1000 Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer and Odor Reducer

Ok, I have owned this little guy for a little over a week now and cant comment on its longevity, but it certainly seems to work well.

I am a pack a day smoker and like clockwork I catch any cold my significant other gets within a day or two. She came down with something last week when I bought this plug in unit and she is now finally starting to get over her cold or whatever.

I have yet to get sick! I am sure there could be other reasons for this but let me assure you that a robust immune system is not one of them! :)

Some people complain about these units.. saying there is low airflow through them. I'll let you in on a little secret.. it takes some time in contact with light to kill germs in the air.

If the air moved too fast the germs would not have enough contact time with the light to die. Put the unit in an area where the air moves around it.

Perhaps near a door or in a room with a ceiling fan that normally runs. If you put it in the corner of a room with dead air.. its going to purify the heck out of that corner.. :)

I placed the unit on a kill-a-watt meter tonight and it registered a constant draw of 9 watts. Thats pretty great as far as air purifiers are concerned.

I have electronics that draw more than that when they are off. Costco has them 2 for $67 and Lowes has them for $39 ea (then you find one of the MANY coupons for Lowes like $10 off a $25 purchase.. exc).

The technology behind the units is a little questionable and I was not able to find links to the documented evidence of their effectiveness.

They claim Harvard did test this product.. hope thats true but I would like to see the source of that claim posted somewhere. UV-C bulbs have been around for a long time, but for some reason they are just now showing up in this kind of a product with no real description as to why that is.

The bulbs only last one year and I cant find replacements locally (yet) so minus one star for that.. otherwise.. good job. Hope its for real. I went back to Lowes today to get another one and they were sold out.

UPDATE: Year and a half later, first bulb replacement (should have been done at the one year mark.. I guess).

I took the opportunity to use a duster can and blow out all the dust that had built up in the units over 18 months of continuous use. Wiped down the outsides with Windex. Back in business.

GermGuardian AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction

have been running my air purifier 24/7 for almost a month now. Got this right before Christmas. I haven't had any problems with this unit.

PROS:
1) Really cleans the air- after just a WEEK of use, the outer (carbon) filter was covered in dust! Disgusting, but I'm satisfied to know that wasn't in my lungs. I vacuum the filter once a week.

2) HEPA filter. Although I can't actually "see" what it is catching, I know it is helping my air quality! I live in Utah where the inversion pollutes the air on a regular basis during the winter. This air purifier gives me peace of mind, knowing that when I come home I am in a clean air environment. Not only that, but it catches dust mite allergens, pollen, plant spores, bacteria, fungi, mold, smoke, dust.. We are definitely sleeping better at night, not waking up with the usual "stuff" that you have to clear out of your throat in the morning catch my drift?

3) UV light- peace of mind that the germs that are caught by this thing are killed.

4) Catches SMELL (carbon filter)- I am used to smelling leftovers when I let my pots/pans soak in the sink overnight. Not anymore! I know this works because one time we went out of town overnight and turned the unit off. When we came back, our apartment smelled like soaking dishes/leftovers. A smell I'm glad to be rid of using this unit!

CONS:

1) When I first got this unit, the lowest setting was pretty quiet. It is noticeably louder now. However, at this setting me and my husband are still able to sleep with the unit in our bedroom at night. AKA not too loud for sleeping (and I used to sleep strictly with earplugs for 2 years straight, so that should tell you something!). Because the fan got louder, I rate this product 4/5 stars. I hope it doesn't continue to get louder. I will update if it does.

2) When we first used it, it did have a "new" or plastic/carbon smell to it. I imagine this was the carbon filter. The smell was gone by the second or third day.

I recommend this product. It is the best Air purifier/HEPA filter you can get for this price range. Obviously if you spend more money, you can get a much better product that will cover more square footage.

**IMPORTANT- the 22" model can be used up to 155 sq. ft. The 28" model can be used up to 193 sq. ft.
Buy according to your needs. AKA, measure the living space you want to use this unit in. In bigger rooms you will need MORE THAN ONE UNIT if you want this product to work effectively. Just an FYI.

******UPDATE 1/17/14 *******

I contacted customer service about this air purifier becoming louder, and this is what I was told:

"We are sorry to hear of the issue with your AC4825. If you have checked inside of the unit to make sure there is no buildup of dust/debris, and if the filter is still good(the white part is not brown or black), then you can send the unit in for warranty service. Since your product is in need of repair please open the attachment named, "In-Warranty Repair Form". After printing the form, follow the instructions on the form in order to have your product repaired.

4 Simple Steps To Returning Your Product For Repair:

1. Print and fill out the applicable Repair Form attached (In-Warranty Repair Form)

2. Pack your complete product (including all parts) in a 16x16x16 box or a smaller sized box for lower cost shipping rates.

3. Send us the applicable Repair Form inside your product package along with the following:

a. Provide a copy of your sales receipt or rewards history (REQUIRED)

4. Mail your package to us via UPS, FedEx, or USPS. We recommend you have your package insured.

Mailing Address:
Guardian Technologies
Repair Department
7700 St. Clair Ave.
Mentor, OH 44060

Once received, your product unit will be inspected and repaired and our technician will contact you with information on your repair. Normal turnaround time is 10-14 business days."

So basically if I wanted it to be fixed, I would have to mail it in myself (and pay for shipping). Not the best customer service in the world. I've dealt with several companies who would just send a new unit out (so long as I provided proof my unit would be disposed of, AKA cutting the power cord and sending a picture of that + unit/serial number).

I'm NOT going to send it in because I know shipping will cost 1/3 what I paid for this product. No thanks- I'd rather buy a replacement filter for that cost.

******UPDATE 2/22/14 *******

Replaced the filter and the sound is back to normal- quiet on the lowest setting! I guess our place is pretty dusty so it got dirty faster than usual. I recommend anyone with noise problems to replace the filters more frequently! This will make a noticable hole in my wallet seeing as I have to replace the filter every 2 months when I was expecting 6 months at least.

I still recommend this product highly! Thanks GermGuardian!

Allersearch X-Mite Anti-Allergen Moist Powder Carpet Cleaner

This was one of many measures I took to avoid dust mites after being diagnosed with a severe allergy which was the cause of multiple illnesses and chronic cough/asthma.

It comes out of the bag in clumps but as per the instructions you are to brush it in with a carpet brush (I just rolled the unplugged vaccum over it since I didn't have a brush).

I let it sit for 3 hours and the vaccumed it up. I found the smell was kinda chemically when applied but by the end of the 3 hours there was no smell in the room at all.

It vaccumed right up and I had no stains from the product. My allergies have vastly impproved since I have use this product in conjunction with full bedding encasements, weekly hot water bedding laundry with anti mite additive and rigorous dusting and vacuuming and an air purifier.

I found just shaking the bag side to side did disperse fairly evenly, especially after "Brushing" in. I can probably get 3 applications out of the bag for a fairly large master bedroom.

Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer Clean Splash Air Freshener

I have been using regular Febreze fabric freshener to eliminate stale odors on my sofa, easy chairs, bedding and carpets since the product was first introduced.

I am an allergy sufferer who is very sensitive to airborne allergens around my house and I was really excited when I discovered this allergen reducer Febreze at Amazon.

I live with my two indoor kitties on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in west-central Florida and because of the oppressive heat and humidity I must keep my home closed for most of the year, especially now during the dog-days of summer.

I therefore depend entirely upon central air conditioning and without much fresh air getting circulated from open windows there is definitely a lot of airborne allergens from kitty dander in my home, not to mention those from the dust mites.

The allergen reducer Febreze definitely deodorizes textiles and suppresses the allergens from the pollen of birch tree, timothy grass and ragweed, and from dust mite matter and kitty dander that become airborne from fabrics.

I have been using regular Febreze fabric refresher for years now and I never imagined that the product could be improved, but with the dermatologist tested allergen reducer formula,

Procter and Gamble has definitely done just that. I've been using it for a week now and can truthfully say that it is so great I will definitely be buying it rather than my favorite "meadows and rain" Febreze that I have been buying exclusively for so long!

Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner

Wanted a small appliance like this air purifier to use in seperate bedrooms to stop dust/pollen/dander/dust mite poop or whatever debris lingers in the air from being inhaled during my loved ones sleep, this one works great and appears to really remove debris from the air.

I am sure that higher priced air purifiers with expensive replacement filters work much better but we did not want to pay $$$ plus $$ for replacement filters three or four times a year.

On low the fan can barely be heard, medium is like a normal fan noise and is not bothersome at all (all of us stated we actually enjoy this white background noise), high would be too loud for most sleepers.

Each of us that have one in their bedroom merely turn it on high an hour before bed, then turn it to medium for actual sleep time.

Can be layed on its side or stood straight up which is a nice choice to have based upon personal preference.

Filter is easy to remove and clean, just wish HB would have made the material surrounding the filter a bit more sturdy as it is just thin cardboard so you have to be careful not to damage it when cleaning.

I use the brush attachment on my vacuum cleaner and it works great. I highly doubt this filter would be permanent like HB claims after many repeated cleanings so we expect to replace it every couple of years just for good measure!

Overall I gave it 5 stars but it surely would not compete with a much more expensive winix or austinaire, regardless, IMHO, it is an exceptional value for the price.

Edited to add: FYI, to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of this unit, go to a Lowe's or Home Depot type store and purchase a sheet (hammock filter) of the 3M filtrete filters (about $18 bucks, the good ones, the type used to put over window airconditioners to trap allergens/dust).

Cut a square large enough to put above/over the permanent filter on this unit, the filtrete filter then takes most of the particles before it even hits this unit's permanent filter. I have done this for 4 months, it does not damage or negatively affect the unit's motor and you will be amazed how much stuff these little units take out of the air (with two filters, a filtrete one and the one that comes with the unit).

Best part of all, after two months, merely discard the 3M homemade filter and replace it with a new cut-out. I also discovered that I can merely lightly tap the unit's permanent filter on a hard surface outside and it is ready to go for an other two months.

I think you could get about 16-18 cut-outs per sheet at $18 per sheet, it is enough to last 32-36 months (approx 6 dollars a year).