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Electrostatic air cleaners
I'm interested in feedback about electrostatic air cleaners of all sorts. Old Sears fan forced models, modern Sharper Image "ionic breeze" models, weird rip off looking models sold by Harbor Freight, etc.

If you have one, whether you love it or hate it, or even if it has stopped working, I'm interested in your observations.
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browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: August 19th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. My roomie put one out, which seemed to work nicely until, because she never cleaned it out, or waited too long to do so, or whatever, it clogged up with dog hair and she threw it out. I don't know what model it was other than that it was some expensive something or other that ionized air. Don't know how helpful that is. It did seem to do its thing at first, though. Nice crisp clean smell in the kitchen.

metalfatigue0 From: metalfatigue0 Date: August 20th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Consumer Reports had a review of the Sharper Image ionic air cleaner that was so bad, The Sharper Image sued them over it (and lost). Don't get it (or any other ionic air "cleaner"); it actually makes the air worse.
fixx From: fixx Date: August 20th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I heard about that report and that's why I'm polling my friends. You might want to know I sleep with one at my bedside. Recently my CAT unplugged it and for like three days I slept terribly woke all congested. Plugged it back in and I'm getting better.

When I travel I bring one. I used to use the fan forced variety but now these silent ones are smaller and lighter (and run on 12v so I can even run them in my car)

If you spend much time with one of these air cleaners your sense of smell gets keener and you can smell more odors, not always good ones, when you move into areas which don't have air cleaners.

Even if you were to say you would not want to sleep near one maybe you have a cat? Let's face it cat litter trays pollute the air too. Place an electrostic air cleaner near a cat tray and both you and your cat will be happier.
dcseain From: dcseain Date: August 21st, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've used the Sharper Image Ionic Breezes for years. I currently have 3 of them, as one friend of mine gave me hers due to fear of cancer. I've been very happy with them, and have found them effective.
fixx From: fixx Date: August 22nd, 2005 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I did not read the Consumer Reports article, like you I only know of the benefits that I have derived from use of electrostatic air cleaners.

However and this is something you may have witnessed if you received any of your air cleaners new, I've noticed that NEW air cleaners and I mean this most especially with Sharper Image units, give off much more Ozone in their first two weeks of use. After that, no matter how well I clean them they emit a great deal less ozone, which is ok by me as I find the ozone they give off pretty irritating personally.

Based only on your comment, well and that of metalfatigue0 who claims these units make the air "worse" that it must have been the ozone emitted by "too new" units that caused Consumer Reports to give such a disfavorable review.

Most people don't buy air cleaners unless they have very real need of one. Maybe you'd consider running my theory by your friend before she harms herself with such misinformation.
From: childthief_liar Date: August 25th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
What the hell is an air cleaner?
fixx From: fixx Date: August 25th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
What the hell is an air cleaner?

It's just like a cigarrette... only backwards.
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