Common Questions

Austin Air Cleaner

Austin Air cleaners use a 4-stage filter containing only the best proven filter mediums for cleaning the air. In every Austin Air cleaner, you will find Medical Grade HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) and Activated Carbon addressing the most serious household airborne contaminants. Only trusted technology used in hospitals and operating rooms will be found in Austin Air Cleaners.

The HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter was developed by the US Atomic Energy Commission to filter out sub-micron particles. All True Medical HEPA is laser-tested and must remove a minimum of 99.97% of all particulate matter greater than 0.3 microns in size. A human hair is about 300 times too large to penetrate a HEPA filter. Pollens, pet dander, dust mites and mold spours are much larger than 0.3 microns, meaning they are no match for a True Medical HEPA air filter.

A standard unit is good for a one-story house or apartment. A Baby's Breath Jr unit would be recommended for a single room.

The difference is in the filters.

The HealthMate has a True Medical HEPA filter surrounded by a carbon/zeolite mixture which adsorbs odours and gases. The standard filter weighs approximately 9.5kg.

The Allergy Machine has a HEGA filter. The HEGA is comprised of a True Medical HEPA filter placed outside an advanced military carbon cloth which absorbs odours and gases. The Allergy Machine filter weighs approximately 3.6kg.

Both products are effective for those people with allergies and asthma. The Allergy Machine can be more effective for people who need to use the air purifier in an environment with higher than normal humidity. It is also much lighter in weight. The HealthMate products work very well for the majority of our customers and are generally more effective for those people with chemical sensitivities.

Both have a True Medical HEPA filter and granular carbon and zeolite. The carbon in the Plus model is impregnated with potassium iodide. This makes the unit even more effective at removing formaldehyde and ammonia. Austin Air’s HealthMate + Plus is best used in places like new homes, laboratories, beauty salons, funeral homes, etc. Sources of formaldehyde in homes can be carpets, wood panel, construction materials and furniture upholstery.

Our filters make us better. Austin Air uses True Medical HEPA filter paper in all of our air cleaners (5,6 m² in the HealthMate, HealthMate + Plus and Allergy Machine and 2.8 m² in the HealthMate Jr), 15 lbs./6.8 kg of activated carbon to maximize surface area in the HealthMate product and an advanced military carbon cloth in the Allergy Machine placed inside the True Medical HEPA filter to capture odors and gases.

Austin Air has been tested by some of the world’s most respected testing labs like Battelle. Laboratories and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Extensive tests on flow rate, flow design, removal of vapors, gases and sub-micron particles have been performed on an Austin Air cleaner.
As result of this testing, Austin Air was chosen by the US Government to fulfill the largest deployment of air cleaners in American history and chosen by FEMA and The Red Cross to address the serious air quality concerns in post 9/11 New York. When clean air is critical and lives depend on it, Austin Air remains the #1 choice.

Austin Air cleaners deliver a complete filtration solution, removing a wide variety of particles, sub-micron particles, chemicals, gases, micro-organisms and odours. This includes such things as dust, mould, pollen, tobacco smoke, chemical vapours, gases, viruses and bacteria.

Unlike air cleaners that use electrostatic-precipitation or ionic generation, the Austin Air cleaners do not emit any by-products such as toxic ozone. The Austin Air cleaner produces nothing but clean air.

The entire body of the air cleaner is made of solid steel, which has been welded together to prevent any rattles. The paint used is powder coating, baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This process eliminates any odour or off-gas emissions while enhancing durability.

All standard size and junior size air purifiers will indicate either "400" or "200" on the base of the unit, even if you've purchased an 450 or 250 (or another model). This is because all 400-series and all 200-series units use the same body style, the difference is the filter that the unit contains which is labeled appropriately and corresponds to the model you've purchased.

Austin Air cleaners are extremely easy to use. Every Austin Air cleaner features a 3-speed centrifugal fan offering a low, medium or high speed setting.

There are three filters. The first filter is a pre-filter (known as Permafilt) which is a cotton cloth that lines the inside wall of the unit. The purpose of the pre-filter is to stop hair or large dust particles from clogging the HEPA filter. In the HealthMate the main filter is comprised of two filter medium: activated granular carbon/zeolite mixture and True Medical HEPA paper. In the Allergy Machine there is the True Medical HEPA and the military carbon cloth filter known as HEGA.

The only maintenance required will be to occasionally vacuum the 4 sides of the air cleaner to remove larger dust particles. Austin Air filters are designed to last up to 5-years under normal residential use, so you won’t be bothered with frequent filter replacements.

We recommend that your Austin Air cleaner be placed in your bedroom. As we sleep our body regenerates. To do this, our immune system must eliminate all the contaminants we were exposed to the previous day, while also handling the added airborne impurities in the bedroom. By having the air cleaner in the bedroom as you sleep, you remove this extra burden on your immune system, giving your body a chance to completely repair itself. Furthermore, it just makes sense as the average person will spend up to 30% of their life in the bedroom.

There are two ways to know. First, if you smell an unpleasant odor coming from the unit, the carbon is probably full. Second, if you notice a significantly reduced airflow, it is probably time to replace your filter. In a residential setting, the filters are designed to last up to five years.

Using the air cleaner in an area having many pets, new carpeting, paint fumes, heavy smoking, urban pollution, photo studio, etc will diminish the filter’s life.

The Austin Air cleaner should be placed at least 10 cm from the wall, allowing air to be freely drawn into all sides of the air cleaner. This will ensure maximum efficiency and performance.

Depending on the fan setting used, the noise level ranges from less than 50 to 65 decibels, or from the sound of a whisper to the sound of a normal conversation.

No. Austin’s Air cleaners do not produce ozone, ions, or negative ions. Ozone is active oxygen and can be dangerous to people’s health. This is especially true for people with respiratory problems such as asthma emphysema, and bronchitis.

Periodic (once a month) vacuuming of the four sides of the outside screen with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner is the only regular maintenance required for the air cleaner.

Yes, Austin Air cleaners were designed and built for continuous use. In fact, Austin Air encourages customers to leave their air cleaner on at all times to achieve the healthiest living environment possible.

Technical Question

The Allergy Machine, HealthMate and HealthMate + Plus (400 series models) have 5,6 m². The Baby's Breath Jr Model (205 series models) has 2,8 m².

The standard size unit will clean up to 140 m² or an average size bedroom in approximately 15 – 20 minutes.
The junior size unit will clean up to 70 m² or an average size bedroom in approximately 30 – 40 minutes.
(All estimates assume 2,40 m high ceilings with the door closed).

The CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) is the measurement of how much air passes through the unit. For the standard, the HealthMate + Plus, and the Allergy Machine the fan CFM is 400 cfm (680 m³/h) on high and 75 cfm (130 m³/h) on low. The Baby's Breath Jr is 205 cfm (340 m³/h) on high and 50 cfm (85 m³/h) on low.

Austin Air does not believe in the CAD rate because it does not measure how clean the air is. This CAD rate is the airflow times filtration efficiency, a unit that has a flow rate of 200 cfm and a 50% efficient filter has a CAD rate of 100. A unit that has a flow rate of 100 cfm and a filter efficiency of 100% will also have a CAD rate of 100. While both machines have the same CAD rate, the second one is the better air cleaner.

Zeolite is a natural mineral that has the distinct capability of adsorbing certain gas molecules. Zeolite is particularly effective in adsorbing formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide.

Activated carbon is effective at removing gas molecules and odours. Activated carbon is the most common element in military gas masks. The most common method of activating carbon is a two-stage steaming process, which enlarges the carbon’s surface pore size. This in turn produces a more accessible internal surface area allowing for greater odour and gas adsorption.

Carbon and zeolite are used to remove gases, odours and chemicals. Both have properties that allow them to adsorb chemicals and gaseous materials.

The pre-filter or Permafilt is made of a cotton and polyester blend.

The maximum draw is 120 watts on the highest setting and uses an ordinary 220-volt outlet.

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