Friday, October 12, 2007

Hello Kitty Can Help Purify Your Air

Created in the early seventies by Sanrio Co. Ltd. in Japan, Hello Kitty is a globally known trademark and one of the most successful marketing brands in the world. As a worldwide phenomenon first envisioned by Shintaro Tsuji, this ubiquitous white feline with the familiar red bow has been capturing the hearts of both pre-adolescents and adults alike for over 30 years. Even though a large proportion of Hello Kitty products consist of stationary items, the Hello Kitty logo is now adorned on items such as toasters, cars, and even packages of ramen noodles. This expanded market has even caught the attention of adults who are enamored by Hello Kitty’s sweet image, and new Hello Kitty products are constantly being added to Sanrio’s growing roster of Hello Kitty branded merchandise.

Hello Kitty has also entered the world of health and wellness products such as vitamins, exercise balls, and yes, even air purifiers. As observed by the immense success of air cleaners such as Sharper Image’s Ionic Breeze, the issue of air purification is becoming increasingly popular. The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that indoor air can be as much as 50 times more polluted than air in a corresponding outdoor setting, and research has shown that exposure to contaminated indoor air can lead to respiratory problems, multiple chemical sensitivity, and breathing difficulties.

Of course, it was only time before Hello Kitty would grace the field of air purification technology and Sanrio has again managed to combine form and function. Two styles of air purifiers are available: the “Charming Style” looks like a standard air purifier and utilizes a filter that sucks in dusty air and refills the room with dust-free air.

However, for compact spaces or for the car, the die cut style Hello Kitty air purifier may be a better choice. Polluted air is filtered through a fan, and a stream of negative ions is emitted through Hello Kitty’s face. This style can be powered by either an AC adapter or a cigarette lighter, and her bow lights up when the cleaner is in action.

While these air purifiers may not be as powerful as some of the other, more advanced air purifiers on the market today, they are sure to make any Hello Kitty fan smile.


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Friday, May 12, 2006

Airsopure Air Purifier S-980 Review

More than just a simple ionizer or HEPA air purifier the Airsopure S-980 is the multifunction air purifing machine. In my personal test I ran the unit for over one month on various settings. Though the location of the test was 4000 sq. ft. the Airsopure S-980 air purifier worked flawlessly -- Without the use of an ionizer which is key!

As many of you know, ionizers are coming under much scrutiny in recent months mainly due to their propensity to produce ozone. The Airsopure S-980 Air Purifier has an optional ionizer with manual on / off so you are in full control. This is great for asthmatics and the like who do NOT want ionizers producing excess ozone.

Even without the ionizer, the Airsopure S-980 air purifier kept the air smelling great with a rather low noise level. moreover, if needed there are 8 different speed adjustments for those needing more air purification or for areas with higher odors or pollutants.

The control panel give you complete control over this machine and

Has over 8 speed options including a low noise sleep setting

Displays a reading of the indoor air quality

Can be controlled by a remote control

has a motion sensor that can turn the unit on and off if desired

Purifies with Activated Carbon, Photo-Catalytic Oxidation (PCO), UV Light, and a HEPA filter - ALL in the same system.
Filter quality reading to lets you know when to replace the filter (the filter last about 1 year and cost only $89.95 for the pre-filter, carbon portion, HEPA filter, and the UV bulb!)

The PCO technology is the key here and is what sets this air purifier far apart from the competition. Photo-Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) air purifiers draw air into the photo catalytic chamber to be purified. The photo catalytic chamber consists of a high intensity UV-C ultraviolet bulb (254nm) and a Titanium Dioxide catalyst. When exposed to ultraviolet light, the photocatalyst becomes highly reactive and attacks the chemical bonds of the bio-aerosol pollutants, therefore converting the toxic compounds into benign constituents, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).

At initial glance the price tag might seem more than you want to spend but after a deeper look at the technology it becomes the obvious choice

The Airsopure S-980 Air Purifier gets my highest review for performance and cost.


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Air So Purifier S-980 Air Purifier

Perhaps the most advanced air purifier for the price. This purifier has several techniques to purify the air but separates itself from the rest by using PCO technology. Next week I will follow up with a complete product review after I personally test it out.

This process utilizes low energy, ultraviolet light focused on a titanium catalyst in the presence of water vapor which generates hydroxyl radicals that destroy microbes in the air. Destroys airborne bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Ultraviolet Light attacks airborne viruses, fungi and bacteria by destroying the RNA and DNA complex. PCO also breaks down volatile organic compounds into benign constituents; such as water and carbon dioxide.

Below are manufacturer details, over the next week I will test this myself and report back with a complete write-up.

Here are the 6 steps that the S-980 uses to purify the air

Step One: Purifies the Air of Macro Particles

A treated (5) micron pre-filter removes a particles from the air larger than (5) MICRONS, extending the life of the HEPA filter and protecting the gas absorbing media from dust coating and fouling.

Step Two: Hospital Grade HEPA Filter Removes Allergens

A hospital grade HEPA filter removes allergens so small that they can only be seen with a microscope. Pollen, mold, fungal spores, dust mites, cockroach dust, tobacco smoke and bacteria are but a few examples.

Step Three: Absorbs Toxic Chemicals and Gases

A specially formulated gas absorption media absorbs automobile exhaust fumes, organic hydrocarbons, formaldehyde from particle board used in home construction, paint solvents, chlorine, cleaning chemicals and other fumes until the Photo-Catalytic converter destroys the pollutants.

Step Four: “Photo-Catalytic Oxidation” Destroys Toxic Chemicals and Eliminates Odors

Activated carbon, zeolite and potassium permanganate can rapidly absorb large quantities of toxic fumes however this media quickly becomes saturated and slowly releases pollutants back into the air stream. Photo-Catalytic Oxidation converts toxic compounds, even carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, into benign constituents such as carbon dioxide and water without wearing out or losing its effectiveness,

Step Five: Ultraviolet Light Kills Disease Causing Germs on Contact

Ultraviolet light 10,000 times the intensity of sunlight kills viruses and bacteria too small to be filtered out by a HEPA filter, Ultraviolet technology combined with Photo-Catalytic Oxidation is the most important feature in air purification since germs are easily spread from one person to another by central heating and air-conditioning system..

Step Six: Negative Ions Improve Sleep and Keep Air Fresh

Oxygen in the air reacts with ultraviolet light to produce email amounts of negative ions and activated oxygen.


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Air Purifier Comparison: Biozone Air Purifiers

Comparing air purifiers has become a sort of oxymoron these days as everyone attempts to do the same thing. But, most of those sites are trying to sell you something, I am here just for the information. Ill break down Biozone Air Purifiers with the pluses and minuses to help you make a better decision in your air purifier purchase.

Biozone Air Purifiers: i.e. Biozone 500, Biozone 1000, Biozone 2000, Biozone 3000, and the rest of the Biozone home air purifiers. As you can see, these air purifiers are made for a specific square footage. For example, the biozone 1000 air purifier is designed to purify the air in areas up to 1000 square feet in normal conditions with 8 to 10 feet ceilings. If there is heavy smoke such as in a bar, then double the output and the biozone 2000 air purifier is recommended.

Biozone air purifiers work by producing a "Purifying Plasma" which is a combination of negative ions and a small amount of ozone. They are not termed ozone air purifiers but do produce some ozone which about 2% of the population is sensitive to. Biozone air purifiers do not filter the air and do not work in the same manner that HEPA air purifiers do. Many people are opposed to air purifiers that work in this manner since they introduce new components / molecules into the air unlike a HEPA air purifier that filters and draws the air through it. But unlike HEPA air purifiers that must have powerful fans and produce noise, Biozone air purifiers are silent - almost.

Biozone air purifiers use a UV lamp / bulb that at a specific range produces the "purifying Plasma" which then enters the room and oxidizes and removes contaminants with the ozone. The negative ions produced also remove contaminants. As you can see this is a totally different method of purification as compared to HEPA air purification.

Overall the reviews I have read on the Biozone 500, Biozone 1000, Biozone 2000, and the rest of the Biozone home air purifier family have been mixed but positive. Most Biozone air purifier reviews have been favorable highlighting the low noise level and the ease of operation. The price also seems to fit most budgets.

So should you buy a Biozone air purifier? Well, if your application is a bar or bingo room, this air purifier would do a great job. If on the other hand you are putting one in your newborns room, the jury is still out on ozone production for air purification (see my Feb 19, 2004 article).

If you have a review please send them to me at - next time we will discuss the HEPA air purifiers, I guess you could call them the antithesis of ion air purifiers like the Biozone ones we have discussed.


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