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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Well my girlfriend is going to the allergist on monday to find out what she's specifically allergic to. Regardless of what it is, I wanted to get an air purifier for the apartment. I purchased two Ionic Breeze Quadra air purifer's from The Sharper Image. These things are silent, no HEPA or charcoal, and no fan. They haven't arrived yet but I have heard that they don't do as good a job as a regular charcoal and fan based air purifier. The two things I am trying to eliminate is the cat dander and the smell of ciaggar smoke from the guy who lives under us. If anyone has the ionic breeze, or can recommend a good air purifier I would greatly apprecitate it.

post #2 of 8
I own Panasonic.
The model I have I am very pleased with.
It has Interval mode and 3 settings.
It is quiet too!
It is a stand up model, very slim so it doesn't take up much space..

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
what kind is it? is it a HEPA or an ion/ozone purifier? if ion, is it negative ions or posotive ions?
post #4 of 8
I have an ionizer. It's one of these super-duper models that ionizes up to 2500 square feet. I have 7 cats in a two bedroom apartment(900 sq. ft.) all on one level. My littberboxes are in closets. When I first set it up, within 4 hours, it cleared the air out completely. It has a fan and two filters that you clean about every month(?). It works great. I should've bought one a long time ago.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
how much did it cost? and how loud is it? also what model is it?
post #6 of 8
We have a Bonaire and have had it for about 8 years. I absolutely love it and it really helps as I have a cat with asthama. You can get it at sears and I think it goes for about $60.00. The refills are about $15.00. My sits on a shelf and is quiet. It also tells you when you need a new filter and the filters last pretty long (about 10 months). I keep mine on all the time on low. Hope this helps. BTW, there is a cat show in Jersey this weekend and some of us on this board will be there. If you want any info, let me know.

post #7 of 8
In February of 1997 I purchased an Austin Air HealthMate Air Cleaner at The Sharper Image for US$399.95, serial number 960933, filter model HM400. It has a three-speed fan motor and is a medical-quality machine (as you can guess from the price) with a High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filter. It runs constantly, at full speed; and it has never failed. I bought a new filter one year ago, for US$115 factory-delivered.

There were two purposes behind my purchase: I smoke and therefore wanted to provide cleaned air for the cats; and I also wanted to eliminate cat oder from our living spaces. (The cats use a covered Booda Box litter pan with charcoal filters, a mat and clumping litter.) The Austin Air machine has accomplished both objectives! I have received several compliments from people whose opinions I respect, to the effect that mine is the only cat-keeping home they've been in which doesn't smell of "cats" (nor of my tobacco in this case). And my cats have never experienced any respiratory problems.

Here are the HealthMate particulars:

Height: 23"; Width: 14.5" x 14.5"; Weight 45 lbs.

Perforated steel intake housing (filter deck); 360 intake

Air flow output from upper deck, directed one side

Bottom plate easily removed for filter access

Baked-on powder coat finish

Centrifugal fan

3 Speed control switch

Power rating: 1.3 amps, 120 volts

115 Watt power consumption at highest setting

Motor type: permanent split capacitor, rated for continuous high RPM, long life duty

Motor mounted on shock absorbers

CSA and NRTL approved

13.5" diameterl 14.5" height Filter Assembly

80 ft true HEPA medical filter medium

Nearly 15 lbs mixture of solid activated carbon and zeolite

Meets HEPA standards, trapping 99.97% of all particles larger than .3 microns

Foam sealing gaskets top and bottom

Filter Guarantee: 5 year pro-rated guarantee under normal residential use.

Fan Rating: 400cfm on high setting: cleans a room area of up to 1500 ft.

Warranty: 5 years on all parts and labor

No, I don't get a kick-back! It's just that I believe this to be a very important health consideration for our cats and I wanted you to have whatever information I could find at hand. By the way, the unit rolls quite easily.


[Image of unit below]
post #8 of 8
Hi everyone!

I just noticed something! Since I've been using the ionizer (1 weeks now), my oldest cat, Mollie Rose, who has been diagnosed with asthma, hasn't had an asthma attack since. She still sneezes but that's it! I believe it has something to do with the air in my apartment. Go figure.

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