By Michael Alexander
For me, spring is a double edged sword.
As an avid gardener and sun bather, I welcome the prospect of spending the next six months outdoors. Being outside allows me the pleasure of walking through the grass in my bare feet, tending to my baby plants and obsessively pulling weeds. It gives me the chance to harvest fresh organic kale from my garden and practice yoga in the early morning light.
However, since moving to the East Coast,, I’ve been confronted with strong pollen allergies and hay fever that lay dormant throughout my childhood in San Francisco and early adulthood in Los Angeles. Due to my allergies, I never leave the house for long hikes or gardening without a wad of tissue. In the middle of deep meditations, I’m quickly snatched back to material reality with sneezing attacks, and in the middle of the night I’m awakened by burning, itchy eyes brought on by Oak pollen and the beautiful Dogwood blossoms. For me, this is the other side of spring, and it’s not so fun.
So when I was given the opportunity to try a European born, new to the U.S. air purifier from AirFree, I was hopeful to say the least.
AirFree states that its purifiers clean microbiological contamination in the air naturally, without using chemicals or filters. Unlike most air purifiers that operate more slowly, Airfree’s purifier is the most tested on the market, and works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens, destroying them in a fraction of a second.
This is how Airfree’s exclusive technology works: The unit takes in indoor air and uses high heat to destroy all airborne particles, allergens, mold spores and microbiological antigens and returns it to the environment, providing clean, sterile air. Depending on the model, between 14,000 and 20,000 liters of air pass through the Airfree device every hour, treating all the air in the room in a very short space of time. The process works in much the same way as sterilizing water by boiling it; when water is boiled, the microorganisms it contains are eliminated. In similar fashion, Airfree continually draws in air from the room, heating it to over 400 ºF and instantly sterilizing it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before being returned to the room. The entire process is completely silent and requires no maintenance, not even the occasional replacement of parts. All you have to do is switch the device on and leave it to perform the task.
And that is exactly what I did.
Once I plugged in the purifier, the corner of the room was filled with a luminescent blue light, and the sound was literally nonexistent. After trying many filters that hum with the incessant buzz of a mosquito who has gotten too close to my personal space, the lack of noise from the AirFree was a delightful bonus. No odor or smell came from the filter, and just a very slight heat emanated from the top of the filter, detectable only when I passed my hand directly over the top within an inch or two.
But the real surprise of the unit was its effectiveness. In my experience (based in part upon the monitoring of a certain wife/business partner/soul mate/light sleeper, my allergies were 50-75% better with the windows open and nearly 90% better with the windows closed. It provided real relief, and in my somewhat limited experience, is the best in-room filter I have ever tried.
Despite my allergies, I still choose to sleep with the windows open. I love to be serenaded by the evening song of frogs and toads, which leads to a little sneezing and itching some nights, but the filter still offers some relief, as it is continually clearing new allergens as I sleep. For those of you looking for substantial allergy relief from an in-room filter, this may be the filter for you.
Disclosure: AirFree provided one AirFree Platinum 2000 filter (Retail price: $269) for this review, which was based on two months of using the product every day. This article is strictly my opinion, not a paid endorsement or sponsored blog post.