With the coronavirus pandemic still far from over, one of the best things you can give to yourself and your family is clean, bacteria-free air to breathe. But, using just a normal purifier may not suffice. The need of the hour is a purifier that not only traps, but kills microorganisms as well, something that is common in medical settings. Now you can get the same level of protection for your home and business, thanks to the Clean-tech Air Purifier.
Clean-Tech Air Purifier: What Makes It Special?
The Clean-tech Air Purifier is unlike most other purifiers available on the market that just collects pollution and maximizes air volume. Instead, it features a 2-stage purification process, including the usual HEPA filtration as well as the medical-grade UV-C light system.
The H10 HEPA filters work to trap the particles, while the UV-C chamber destroys the microorganisms. Similar technology is used in medical settings or other sterile environments. We used a 3rd party air-quality filter to measure its performance, and found the results to be satisfactory.
Moreover, you can run it 24/7, even when you are in the room, because the design of the purifier efficiently conceals the UV-C lamp.
Another key feature of this air purifier is that it runs on a quiet brushless-motor fan with 3-speed options. This purifier features simple controls with the air intake at the bottom and air outlet vents at the top. It has an on / off touch-activated button that also helps to control the fan speeds.
But how do you know if an air quality filter is actually working? The end result is invisible and hard to discern. To clarify that, I used a third party air quality measuring tool called Airthings Wave. I tested the room before turning on the Clean-tech and looked at Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) scores. Anything below 250 is healthy and above 2000 dangerous. The higher the VOCs the worse the air is for your health.
Here is what the EPA says:
Volatile organic compounds are compounds that have a high vapor pressure and low water solubility. Many VOCs are human-made chemicals that are used and produced in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals, and refrigerants. VOCs typically are industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene; fuel oxygenates, such as methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE); or by-products produced by chlorination in water treatment, such as chloroform. VOCs are often components of petroleum fuels, hydraulic fluids, paint thinners, and dry cleaning agents. VOCs are common ground-water contaminants.
Below is a screenshot from the initial test before running the filter.
I ran a final test and the VOC scores were getting close to lower than 400 levels. This is a big room and while I was hoping to get to below the 250 level I think it will get there in a few more weeks or months.
Design, Maintenance And What’s Missing
Talking of how it looks, its vertical design is similar to other purifiers on the market. But, its matte white shell makes it very appealing. Moreover, it is small enough to sit easily on a side table. In case the base (table, floor, or anything else) is not uniform, you can easily adjust the feet of the purifier to ensure it sits properly. Its smaller footprint, however, allows it to purify spaces up to 200 square feet.
Also, the overall design of the purifier makes it more efficient at what it does. The vertical chamber slows down the air, giving more time for the UV-C light to purge the air. The UV-C light is a powerful 254 nm and the mirrored surface inside helps to further intensify the power of the light tube.
In terms of maintenance, this purifier is similar to others on the market. You can easily wipe the air intake and outlet vents with a dry cloth. One can easily change the HEPA filter (when needed) as well. However, replacing the UV-C bulb is a complex process. But, you may not need to replace it often as the company claims it would last about two years of continuous use.
Two things that we feel the product lacks is smartphone connectivity and auto mode. Both these features would have made the purifier more convenient to use. It lacks a timer as well.
Overall, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Clean-tech Air Purifier brings medical-grade purification technology into homes and businesses. It does make your rooms a lot safer than they would be without it (our test results prove it). Not to mention, it is simple to use and set up.
Disclosure: The company was kind enough to send me a free unit in return for an honest review.