New Biozone AirCare Air Purifiers Review and Testing

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A few weeks ago Biozone released their next generation air purifiers, the Biozone AirCare series. We were pretty excited to hear this since it has been some time since we saw anything new out of Biozone. We have been able to test one of the models (the PR10) for 10 days. In this review, I will talk about the technology in general, walk you through the new features, and discuss our test results.

Technology

How a Biozone Aircare Air Purifier works

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Biozone air purifiers use an ultraviolet light system where air is drawn past a germicidal UV bulb. This destroys viruses, bacteria, and fungi and also greatly reduces odors. Unlike a HEPA filter or a unit with filtration media, Biozone decontaminates the air rather than remove particles. The UV bulb produces photoplasma, which disinfects surfaces that are outside the air purifier with highly reactive energized oxygen. Negative Ions decrease the concentration of harmful contaminates and particles in the air. Lastly, ozone destroys viruses and bacteria. Since the air leaving the unit is highly energized, it purifies air outside the unit (air does not have to pass through the unit to become purified).

Third party testing by SARL AFR at a private the Val d’Or Surgery Hospital in Saint Cloud and at the EHPAD Du Bourg Joly Mathurin sur Loire Residential Care Home was recently conducted to test the effectiveness of these units. Air quality samples were analyzed by Clean Concepts Measurements, an independent laboratory.

Results indicated a 100% improvement in air quality and odor. The “feeling of purity” improved by more than 79% and the “Feeling of Freshness” improved by more than 93%. Since there is no filtration media, what I found surprising was the dramatic reduction in airborne particles and bacteria. Airborne bacteria was reduced by more than 70% and yeast & mold by 68%.

Our Test Results

Our more informal testing found excellent performance from the AirCare PR10. The unit was placed in home with multiple cats near the litter box. The smell in the area and the adjoining rooms was so bad that it was difficult for people to spend much time in them. The areas was also in the basement of an older home that had a “wet basement”/mold smell. The PR10 is rated for 1000 square feet, and we were using it in a 600 square foot room with over 800 square feet in the adjoining rooms. All rooms were open to each other.

The unit was run on the highest setting for the first 24 hours, and then turned down the mid setting. After 7 days it was turned to its lowest setting.

Improvement happened literally over-night. Setting up the unit at 4:00 PM, slight improvement was noticed five hours later. The next morning, dramatic improvement was noted. After 24 hours, virtually all smell was eliminated. We actually were able to turn it down after a week to its lowest setting. Smell improved in the immediate area and also in the other rooms.

Noise from the unit is very low. Even on the highest setting, noise is not very loud and definitely not disturbing. The lowest level is virtually silent.

New Features

The technology is very similar to the older series Biozone (500/1000/2000), with several new features for convenience. The AirCare models come with a remote, with is useful if you have the unit in a living area or in a spot that is not easy to reach. The remote is fairly basic with three buttons to control the machine. Unlike the older series, the AirCare is programmable with a timer. Also, the units now monitor the lamp life.

The best improvement with the new series is the elimination of the fuse. Prior models would typically blow the fuse when the lamp burned out. This caused a fair amount of dissatisfaction with owners of the older series when they would put in a new lamp and the machine would not turn on.

Conclusions

Overall, I really like the unit based on our testing. It used proven technology that has been used for years in homes as well as environments such as hospitals that require bacteria and virus control. The new features are a plus, and the elimination of the fuse is a welcome change.

If you are in a heavy dust area, I would recommend a filtration unit with a carbon filter media such as those from IQAir and Austin Air (click here to see all our air purifiers). Also, if you suffer from asthma, I would recommend a filtration unit. In rare cases asthma can be aggravated by a unit that uses UV light due to the small amount of ozone produced.

A Biozone AirCare will perform well for you in applications where you need to eliminate odors, bacteria and viruses. They are quality air purifiers that will run for years and quickly address an air quality issue.
For the full line of Biozone AirCare air purifiers, click here.

Model Details:
AirCare PR05: click here.
Air Care PR10: click here.
Air Care PR 20: click here.

IQAir HealthPro Plus: Detailed Look at the Filters

IQAir HealthPro Plus: Detailed Look at the Filters

In depth look at the filters of the IQAir HealthPro Plus. I also demonstrate how to remove the filters for replacement. This unit has four stages of filtration: PreMax Filter, Carbon, Chemisorption, and “HyperHEPA”. These are each described along with the overall operation of the unit.

Hey, everybody. We’re back again with the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier. We did a part one, a video review and a demonstration at to how the unit works. Ran the unit for a little while on three different settings to give everybody an idea of how loud it is. I would like to take this apart and show you what the filters look like, so let’s jump into it. Filter … this is the remote … filter removal is pretty simple with the IQAir unit. You just pull away these two retaining features. Then, there’s a lid. I’m doing this as gracefully as I can on video. We’re going to show the reverse of the airflow, because you take it apart from the top down.

The air comes in from the bottom and goes up through the various filters through the four stage filtration. The last filter that it goes through is a HEPA filter. It actually is … I mentioned in the first video, IQAir calls this hyper HEPA. As you can see, this is a pretty substantial filter. It takes out .003 micron and larger particles, so it’s actually far beyond the HEPA standard. As you can see, it’s several inches thick, has a pleated material. If you calculated out the square footage of all the pleated media in here, you’re really going to have quite a bit of square feet of filtration media. That’s the hyper HEPA.

The next one down is the activated carbon and chem absorption layer. This is the layer that gets out the … a lot of the odors. Actually, that’s the purpose of this layer. This is a HealthPro Plus that we have here. If you have a HealthPro, or if you’re looking at the HealthPro, it does not come with this layer. There it is, about five pounds of activated charcoal. I’ll take that out. You’ll probably hear the pelletized carbon rattling around in there. I very much like the set-up of the IQAir and how it gets the air through these, basically, five cells of carbon.

Lastly, is the pre-filter. IQAir calls it the pre-max filter. To get that out, without [inaudible 0:02:54] the motor up. This is the motor assembly. The pre-filter, obviously, goes before the motor, keeps all the junk out of the motor that’s going to potentially jam it up. Takes out the larger pollen; takes out hair, human hair, dog hair, big pet dander, that sort of thing. Let’s have a look at that real quick. Just slides out. There are some retaining features here to keep this in, four retaining clips. Looks a lot like the HEPA filter, but it’s not. It’s more coarser than the HEPA filter.

Again, the purpose of this is to keep the big material out so that it can go through the other filtration. That’s it. There are your filters and how they come out of an IQAir HealthPro Plus. If you have any questions, certainly give us a call. I really encourage you to take a look at BetterHealthInnovations.com. There we have the entire IQAir line, including this unit, of course. We also have their multi-gas series, which we’ll probably do a video on that sometime in the future. Until then, everybody have a great day.

To Learn more about the IQAir Healthpro air purifiers: www.betterhealthinnovations.com/IQAir_Air_Purifiers_s/242.htm

IQAir HealthPro Plus Demonstration & Review

IQAir HealthPro Plus Demonstration & Review

We review the popular IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier. Along with the overall description of the unit, I run it on three different settings so you can get an idea of how quiet the unit is. Before you invest in any air purifier/filter, I strongly recommend that you watch this video so you can get an idea how the IQAir unit functions and how it can solve your air quality issues.

More information about the HealthPro Plus can be found at Better Health Innovations: CLICK HERE

Hey, everybody. As you know, air quality is a big concern of a lot of people. Probably for you, if you’re watching this video. Lately, we’ve had a lot of customers come in looking for a high quality air purification unit. They may suffer from allergies, or they might just want to live a healthier life and breathe cleaner air. There’s an awful lot of obviously pollen, awful lot of various kinds of particulate matter floating around in the air. All the way down to very, very small and fine particles, and there was recently a study that talked about how dangerous these very fine particles are.

What I want to talk about, both for people who have allergies and those who just want to get rid of odors in their home or office or for those who just want to live a lot healthier life. I wanted to walk through the IQAir HealthPro Plus. IQAir, made in Switzerland. Certainly, one of the top units on the market today, maybe the top for a portable type unit that you can just place into your home. The HealthPro Plus features four stages of filtration. Unlike a lot of their competitors, they bring in the air from the bottom of the unit. You think about all those particles floating around in the air. They’re all going to ground eventually.

A lot of them are obviously going down towards the floor and towards the lowest surface that they can go. The IQAir unit is actually sucking those in. Sucking in, what I would say, a more denser air mixture of particles. That air is brought up through the unit, goes through four stages of filtration, and then it’s exhausted. The clean air comes out through the top of the unit, all the way around. Almost 360 degrees blowing out that clean air into your environment. The filtration stages, there’s a pre-filter that gets out big particles like pollen, pet dander, hair, that sort of thing.

The second level of filtration in the HealthPro Plus unit is activated carbon. Carbon has been used for lots and lots of years. This unit here has five pounds of carbon. That takes out a lot of the odors out of the air. Carbon has been a really traditional means of cleaning your air. When you have a big cell of carbon going through, not just a mesh coated with carbon, it really eliminates all those odors in your air or most the odors [inaudible 0:02:43]. There is a chem absorption layer of filtration. That takes out chemical smells. It can take out formaldehyde. It can take out other chemical type of things.

Then, what IQAir terms as a hyper HEPA filter. I’m sure you’ve heard the word HEPA. There are different levels of HEPA, but generally HEPA filtration is units that can get out particles that are .3 microns or larger. IQAir really takes that to the next level. They’re taking out particles that are .003 microns or larger. With that kind of HEPA, you’re getting the fine particles out that are floating around in the air that can really cause some serious health problems. I wanted to do a little demonstration here. A lot of folk are worried about how loud these are. With the new addition IQAir, it’s an extremely quiet unit. There are six different fan speeds. I’m not going to go through all six of these, but I will go through three. I’ll go through the lowest, the mid-range, and then the highest.

It is a little bit difficult to capture sound like this on video. That’s why I’m not wearing a mike like I usually do. Instead, I have a microphone set up in front of us. Hopefully, we’ll capture this pretty well. Let’s go for the lowest setting. I don’t know if you could really hear that. I really didn’t hear much. The lowest setting, obviously, isn’t moving as many cubic feet of air as the higher settings. Let’s try the mid-range setting. You will be able to hear this, if you didn’t hear the first one. Lastly, of course, I’ll put on the highest level. After I do that, then I’ll tell you how you actually use these levels on a normal basis.

On that highest level, you could hear it. You probably wouldn’t want that running all the time, unless you want some white noise or something in the background when you’re trying to sleep. It is loud. It’s not really disturbing loud. It’s not like there’s bells going off. It’s just kind of a white noise in the background sort of thing. Typically, you won’t need to run the unit at that high of a level. What I usually do, and actually what we did here in this video studio overnight, is you run it at the highest level for 12 hours, 24 hours. You get out most of the particulates in the room, and then just run it on a maintenance setting. Just run it on either the lowest or second to lowest just to keep the clean air … or to keep the air in the room clean.

You’ve already gotten rid of the bulk of the stuff in there. Certainly, it varies from environment to environment to environment. As you could hear as I ran the lowest and even the middle setting, it’s really not disruptive if you’re watching TV or reading a book or sleeping. It’s certainly not a disruptive. It’s certainly not a loud sound. I really appreciate the quietness of this unit, but I also appreciate that there’s an option where you can crank this thing up and really change over the air in a room very quickly. There’s also a comprehensive set of controls on the HealthPro Plus. With this unit, you are able to set up a timer to go off certain days of the week, certain times to run the air.

You can run it on higher levels when you’re not home, for example, so you’re not listening to it. It also has the filter life, which is based on hours of operation. There is, the IQAir HealthPro Plus. We’re going to be doing a lot more air purifier videos. We already have a couple on the channel now. If you like, I’d sure appreciate it if you would subscribe to the channel. It’s the IQAir HealthPro Plus. I really say you can’t go wrong with this. I’ve used these in the office, used these in the home. Visit us at BetterHealthInnovation.com for more information about the entire line of IQAir. Everybody, have a great day.

Skin Health Solutions: Choice of OTC Retinol or Prescription Retin-A

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Multiple studies published by the Journal of the American Medical Association show the effectiveness of vitamin A for addressing many skin problems. Topical use of vitamin A is understood to hasten cell maturation and correct oxidation damage. New cells are healthier, and rapid turnover in cells reduces potential for further damage.

Like every vitamin, vitamin A is biologically active in multiple forms. Each form has its own unique characteristics and activities. A comparison of Retina-A, otherwise known as retinoic acid, with retinol requires an overall understanding of vitamin A forms.

Metamorphosis of Vitamin A

This fat-soluble and essential vitamin is obtained through food. In vegetables and other sources, it primarily exists as an ester called retinyl palmitate. Most vitamin A is stored in the body in this form. It is fairly stable and not very active.

The body first converts retinyl palmitate to retinol for use. This is a two-way conversion from ester to alcohol, and it is reversible. This means any unused retinol is converted back into the ester form for storage. Retinol is most commonly found in OTC skin-care products.

The body can further transform retinol into retinaldehyde. This form is found on the retina of the eye. This is also a two-way conversion. Unused retinaldehyde is converted back into retinol and then into the ester form. This version is sometimes found in skin-care products due to its increased reactivity versus retinol, and the reduction in side effects versus retinoic acid.

The final transformation of vitamin A is to retinoic acid. This form cannot be reversed to other forms. It is the only form active in the skin. It is the most powerful and potentially irritating version of vitamin A.

OTC or Prescription?

OTC topical creams and ointments never contain the more powerful retinoic acid. Only prescriptions, such as Retin-A, are allowed to include it at standardized doses. How do you know which to use for a particular problem? It comes down to your individual skin sensitivity and the desire for rapid results.

Retinoic acid causes more side effects. Any amount not used by the skin simply sits in the dermal layer causing irritation. It is powerful and acts quickly, but time is needed to obtain a proper dosage.

Retinol causes far fewer side effects due to its inactivity on the skin. Dermal cells must convert retinol to retinaldehyde first. Only a useful amount of retinaldehyde is converted into retinoic acid, and the rest is back-converted into the ester form for storage.

Safe Use

Any topical application of vitamin A can result in irritation. It may make matters worse by thinning the dermal layer and aggravating inflammatory conditions, such as rosacea and acne. Correct dosage is a necessity with any form due to the potential for irritation.

The best approach for either Retin-A or products containing retinol is to start with a small dose and increase slowly. Application once every two or three nights provides early alert of extreme sensitivity. Limiting applications to the evening prevents sun damage associated with topical vitamin A. Either form of the vitamin is effective, but fast results require Retin-A.

Brian Hunt writes for Edrugstore.MD where you can find out How to find an online pharmacy.

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