The Unsettling Truth About Blueair Air Purifiers
My name is Barry Cohen and I am the owner of Absolute Air Cleaners And Allergy Products. I am an indoor air quality (IAQ) expert and extremely knowledgeable in the field of HEPA air purifiers, HEPA air cleaners, HEPA vacuum cleaners and other quality products for dust, allergy and asthma control.
I have been a leader in the allergy control products industry since 1989. I love what I do for a living and it is very gratifying to be able to help each one of our thousands of customers choose the proper allergy products that will best fit their direct needs.
However there is one thing that always burns me up! This one thing is when manufacturers and dealers sell products that are not as advertised and do not live up to their bogus marketing claims because of their poor design, low quality and ploys to pull as much aftermarket filter replacment money from their customers as possible!
I feel that an air purifier product line that should be reviewed to expose the truth is the Blueair air purifiers! These Blueair units can be found in many well-known department stores and big box stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Costco and Target, As well an in Amazon and select online allergy product store websites.
Others and myself feel that Blueair and the companies that sell them make many advertising claims that are not at all accurate or true. They advertise how great these purifiers are while boasting about their HEPASilent air filters and electrostatic ionizer technology that provides high-test results with its (CADR) Clean Air Delivery Ratings from AHAM, which stands for the Association Of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Blueair also advertises about the advantage of their filter change indicator technology.
I Will Now Explain The Truth About What We Feel Blueair And Their Dealers Are Not Telling You.
The Blueair factory headquarters boast that these units are engineered in Sweden. This statement is written all over their product information pages and advertising! The truth Is that almost all Blueair air purifier components, parts and cases are MADE IN ASIA And MOSTLY IN CHINA! With only some limited unit parts and assembly done in the USA Geesh!
The different models range from little mini units at $119.99 to $2,499.00 which is extremely expensive for any air purifier with almost all of the parts Made In China!
The HEPASilent filters in the Blueair air purifiers ARE NOT REALLY HEPA FILTERS AT ALL! Blueair deceptively calls them HEPASilent to fool potential buyers into thinking that because of the name they are real and actual HEPA filters. The truth is that they are not true HEPA filters. These are much lower quality common pleated air filters in cardboard frames for most units that fit into two unsealed slots on two sides of the air purifier and one pleated filter that is made to fit across the top of the unit.
I have personally tested some of the Blueair units and I discovered that the slots that hold the pleated air filters have air gaps in them which allows dirty contaminated air to bypass around the pleated air filters and back into the indoor air environment to breathe and react to again. The factory wants Blueair air purifier owners to replace the set of extremely expensive pleated air filters once every 3 to 6 months for average everyday use! This will cost an ongoing small fortune for the future years of operation. Blueair also up-sells even more expensive additional add-on filters for use in smoky areas or to improve the filtration of their basic mediocre pleated filters. In a short period of time the filter replacement cost is more money than what most of the units cost to purchase in the first place.
Blueair advertises how great the electrostatic ionizer is in their air purifiers. They claim that it helps to clean the dusty air and allergens from the room in your indoor air environment while bringing more debris to the filters! This is simply not true!
What the people at Blueair do not tell you is that by including an ionizer in their air purifiers the ionizer will also blow negative ions into the air of the room to attach to the floating allergens and dust particles in the air where the machine is operating in.
After the negative ions grab onto a very large percentage of the floating dust particles and airborne allergens in your homes indoor air they will drop like a rock out of the indoor air’s suspension, many feet away from the Blueair unit’s low quality filtration system! This allows the dust and allergens you are trying to get rid of, to land directly onto your furniture, floors, counter tops and even onto you and your children’s beds! The truth is that Blueair units are actually designed to drop a large amount of these reactive particulates out of the air before they can get to the filters of the air purifier itself.
There Is A Underhanded Reason For This!
Others and myself believe that because of the Blueair unit design it is the MAIN reason for the high CADR ratings the Blueair air purifiers are getting from AHAM a private organization which tests their own PAID members products while promoting them! AHAM is mostly a marketing club that companies like Blueair and others in the appliance industry join and pay many thousands of dollars a year plus a hefty percentage of their yearly sales earnings to be promoted by AHAM while getting a flashy and official looking gold seal printed on their product boxes stating that their products have past all of the AHAM requirements!
Next is what we feel is a scam program to their customers put out by Blueair that includes the filter replacement indicator, extended warranty and a filter auto ship program!
Any honest air purifier or air cleaner manufacturer would have the customer view the filters especially the pre-filter to see how dirty they actually are before replacement is necessary. Many units also utilize a simple back pressure sensor and indicator to let the customer know when the air purifiers air filter(s) are actually dirty enough to have to replace with fresh ones! Blueair does not use a pressure sensor! They Use A Timer!! And here is why they do it!
First of all for the Blueair units, the filter replacement timer pushes the customer to spend more money replacing three filters every single six months even though the filters may or may not be dirty enough to actually need to be replaced. The optional extended warranty for Blueair air purifiers are contingent on forcing the customer to purchase three new filters every six months on an auto ship and auto charge program that is voided if the customer stops purchasing filters! No More Money Spent With Blueair, No More Air Purifier Warrenty!
Is this an ethical way to conduct business with people that are often sick, miserable and desperate with a great need to improve the indoor air quality for themselves, children or family? We do not think so! How about you?
Blueair Sells Refurbished Units
We feel that it is dangerous and unethical to ever sell refurbished, previously used air purifiers to anyone! This is due to the fact that no-one has any idea about what has already contaminated the air purifier! An example is that toxic mold, bacteria or an oil based pesticide could have contaminated the unit! The truth is that these dangerous contaminates could easily be attached to the case of any refurbished Blurair air purifier to find a way back into your indoor air to breathe and react too even if the filters have been replaced. We recommend to never purchase a refurbished air purifier from any company or person!
Top Quality HEPA Air Purifiers You Should Check Out
We feel that there are many better choices of air purifiers available on the market. Recommended top quality True HEPA air purifiers include the (Made In Canada) Airpura S600 UV HEPA air purifiers, Airpura UV600 HEPA air purifiers and the (Made in The USA) Austin Air HM-400 Healthmate and HM-450 Healthmate Plus HEPA air purifiers.
Both the Airpura S600 and UV600 Airpura HEPA air purifiers have a very high air exchange rate per hour from small bedroom sized areas up to large open areas up to 1,500 square feet. They have variable speed motors that are extremely quiet! The S600 And UV600 models both include top quality medical grade HEPA air filters that will remove any and all dust and allergens from your indoor air at 99.97 percent of efficiency down to .03 microns of particle size.
They both include a full 18 pounds of replaceable activated carbon to remove out gassing chemicals and odors from the indoor air and both the S600 and UV600 units include a state of the art non-ozone producing medical grade (UV) ultraviolet light system that will destroy reactive biological contaminants that include viruses, bacteria and mold spores coming into these air purifiers from any contaminated indoor air.
The only difference between the two units is the UV600 model has a slightly more powerful UV lamp system compared to the less expensive S600 model. Both Airpura S600 & UV600 models include a 5 year factory warranty on parts and a full 10 year warranty on labor if they ever break down.
The Austin Air Healthmate HEPA air purifiers do not include a UV light system to destroy viruses, bacteria and mold spores but they work well to clean the indoor air of common everyday airborne dust, allergens, odors and out-gassing chemicals. They are also very easy to take care of. Austin Air Healthmate units include a 5 year warranty on parts and labor
We hope that this report has been a big help to you when researching the Blueair units or deciding which air purifier(s) to purchase or not to purchase for you and your family.
For more information along with a Free Telephone Indoor Air Quality Consultation call with Barry Cohen the owner of the company to help you choose the best air purifier, HEPA vacuum cleaner and other allergy control products that will best fit your direct needs! Call Barry at Toll Free 1-888-578-7324. Also please see the website at https://www.aircleaners.com