vaulted ceilings + air purifier?
April 28, 2010 2:01 PM   Subscribe

i'm a smoker, my wife has pollen-based allergies. we live in an apartment with high vaulted ceilings. i want an air filter/purifier solution that will help us both.

since the ceilings are high, there's a lot of volume to the living room and we're looking for something that can move a fair amount of air. what's worked best for those with allergies? are there any particular brands/makes that have been reliable/effective for you?

we've currently got an Oreck XL and while i can notice some small difference when it's running, i'd really like something more effective. are the standup models significantly more powerful, speaking generally? HEPA?
posted by radiosilents to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If you want the best of the best (imho), go with the IQ Air Health Pro +. It's just under $1000 and it's not exactly beautiful but it has an amazing multi-step purification process that gets out dust, dander, pollen, VOCs, gasses, etc., and it can handle a large space. This one is a tall tower. I have allergies and asthma and I'm hoping to get one eventually.

I'm currently using a Sharp Plasmacluster air purifier that is a HEPA/Charcoal filter as well as ionic. Supposedly, the plasmacluster (ion) technology will destroy viruses and bacteria in the air and turn them into dust (or something like that). It works well, makes the air smell good, and the filter is easy to clean (just vacuum it when the indicator comes on and soak the charcoal filter in hot water for an hour). It only really works for smaller rooms (the version I have, anyways--there are several models in this range). It looks nicer than the IQAir but it's still an air purifier. The model I have is a large-ish square. This range has been endorsed by the asthma society.

Both models are great, but if you have the $ and really want purified air (esp. with health concerns), I would go with the IQAir. It's a professional-grade model (often used in labs and doctors offices).
posted by 1000monkeys at 2:12 PM on April 28, 2010

A restaurant I have been in has extractor hoods placed 5 feet or so above tables, seemed to do a really good job of keeping smoke away from those not puffing away (but then I have no sensitivity to smoke).

In this case however segregation seems like the best policy. Having a dedicated smoking area really isolates the problem, my partner has bronchial issues and our house is smoke free, when we're visited by a couple who smoke they live in the conservatory with the garden door open.
posted by epo at 3:35 PM on April 28, 2010

Consumer Reports and my wife's allergist agree that HEPA filters aren't worth the plastic they're made from. (ie they're useless).

I think but am not at all sure that if you want a decent solution you will have to pay a staggering amount of money - enough that it is probably worth paying a professional of some kind for advice on what to get.
posted by contrarian at 6:28 AM on April 29, 2010

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