In this review of the EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System I look at how this technologically advanced air filter compares to other leading home air filters on the market. Plus I share my own personal feedback after using the EnviroKlenz home air system for the past month and cover the good and the bad about this air filter.
If you are looking at purchasing an air filter for your home, this review is going to help you make an informed decision.
But first, why do you need an air filter? Let's take a quick look at the dangers of air pollution on our health.
Did you know nearly 9 million people die from air pollution every year! (1)
And sure, the majority of these deaths are in developing countries, but the effects of toxic air pollution are still alarming in first world countries.
For example, 30,000 people in the UK die from air pollution each year. A third of these deaths are related to nitrogen dioxide poisoning.
Deaths are the worst case scenario from air pollution exposure, but air pollution is also having a massive effect on our health.
Asthma, for instance, is directly linked to nitrogen dioxide exposure (2).
Issues like throat, eye and nasal inflammation are linked to volatile organic compound exposure (these are emitted from paints, new furniture, gasoline and other synthetic products).
Breathing in flame retardants bound to dust particles has been linked to endocrine disruption and various health issues (3).
Toxic mould, carbon dioxide and particulate matter are all other concerns when it comes to air pollution dangers.
For an indepth look at the health concerns around air pollution, I recommend you read my articles The Crippling Effects Of Air Pollution On Human Health and Everything You Need To Know About Air Filters.
No we know the risks of breathing toxic air, let's look at how effective the EnviroKlenz Air System is at cleaning this air.
EnviroKlenz is an American company based in Florida.
Before entering the air filtration market, the company manufactured cleaning products for chemically sensitive individuals. Based on their experience with cleaning products and the health dangers of breathing in chemicals, the company decided to build their own air filter units.
They now sell two in home air filters - called the 'EnviroKlenz Mobile Air Systems'.
Here is what you need to know about these air filters:
How much does the EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System Cost?
The base model (which is what I have) costs $700. For an extra $200 you can get the UV model - which as the name suggests - includes a UVC light filter.
The HEPA filter lasts 2 years and costs $150 to replace. The Air Cartridge lasts 6 months and costs $100 to replace.
On the design front, there are 3 colour options - white, black and grey. I have the grey unit - which I must admit is rather dull and boring. Not really something you want in your living room, white would be a much better option.
The unit itself is a solid powder coated metal case weighing 38lbs and measuring 22" by 15.5" by 15".
It sits on wheels and can easily be moved around on the floor.
The controls on the back of the unit are pretty basic - a light showing if the unit is on or not, and an old school dial with 5 settings. Off and 4 fan speed options.
These fan speed options range from Whisper Mode (which emits 54 decibels of sound) up to High (which emits decibels of sound).
Those are all the controls on the unit. There is no Bluetooth or wifi function, there is no remote control function and no inbuilt timer (though you could use your own plugin timer switch in the wall power point).
As for how to operate this air filter - it's super easy. Plug it in and turn the dial to the fan speed of your choice. I guess this is an upside of having minimal controls!
Changing the air filter cartridges is also very simple. There are only two filters - the big HEPA filter and the slim EnviroKlenz filter. There is no need to undo any screws, you simply slide the back panel up and slide the cartridges out to remove them.
The cartridges are labelled to ensure you fit them the correct way.
All in all, the EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System is a simple (but rather plain) design that is extremely easy to use.
As mentioned above, EnviroKlenz uses two filter technologies. A HEPA filter which filters 99.97% of all particles down to .3 microns.
And the unique EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge - which has been designed by EnviroKlenz.
We know that HEPA filters work great for capturing particles in the air. I covered this in my article Everything You Need To Know About Air Filters. And the 0.3 micron filter that the EnviroKlenz uses is the standard for all major air filter products on the market.
It's the EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge that I don't know much about.
Their website has this statement around their patented cartridge:
The EnviroKlenz (Air Cartridge) technology is composed of three earth minerals (Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide) that work together and are processed to be highly reactive against a broad spectrum of air pollutants and contaminants and breaking down/ neutralizing these contaminants completely – with no threat of re-release back into the environment.The technology undergoes a patented process that increases the surface area of the metal oxides, making it highly effective in chemical neutralization capabilities, adsorption of chemicals and/or fragrances, and allows it to be highly effective against many common irritants and particulate matter in the air.
Carbon is a commonly used material in odor control applications. It absorbs odors; however it does have several serious disadvantages. Most significantly, carbon only physisorbs toxic, noxious, and other odor causing molecules, meaning that the unwanted chemicals do not react chemically with the carbon and can be released them later and cause the re-emergence of an odor believed to have been initially neutralized or eliminated. Changes in humidity or temperature can hasten this process, causing the odors and other unwanted chemicals to be released back into the air.EnviroKlenz® products have proven to be highly efficient “adsorptive neutralizers” for chemicals making them not only competitively advantageous over carbon, but ideal in multiple chemical sensitive situations. When the EnviroKlenz materials come into contact with the airborne pollutant, the metal oxides’ active sites first capture the chemical then initiate the neutralization process. This type of action is needed for the numerous types of pollutants that possess a variety of different functional groups. The increased surface area, unique physical morphology, high chemical reactivity, and functional porosity, all contribute to the enhanced chemical adsorption and neutralizing characteristics of EnviroKlenz.
The main thing you want to know when buying an Air Filter is - does it work, and does it work better than the other products on the market.
Now the best way to answer these questions would be for me to setup a highly controlled experiment where I had a sealed room full of pollutants, an air quality meter, and an air filter from all the main players.
This way I could run a test for every product and see which one worked the best.
Unfortunately, I don't have the money, time, know-how or resources to do such an experiment.
But EnviroKlenz does, and they have done this exact test.
I know this isn't the most trust-worthy of experiments - as it was carried out by EnviroKlenz - they obviously want their product to be the best.
But it's the best data I have, so I will include it in this review - but please know that this data was provided by EnviroKlenz.
You can actually all the data for yourself on this page - https://enviroklenz.com/enviroklenz-mobile-systems-comparison
Below I have included the key findings from this comparison.
The testing report also included a comparison overview showing the strengths and weaknesses of each system. Remember this is a bias comparison but does include some good points hence why I included it here.
Please read on to see my own pros/cons of the EnviroKlenz system.
Overall these tests reveal some interesting data.
From a performance point of view, the IQAir is the standout performer. But, and it's a big but, if EnviroKlenz claims about regular carbon filters having the ability to re-release these captured pollutants when the machine is turned off, and the certain environmental conditions are reached (pressure, humidity, temperature) then this is of big concern.
I do not know if this is an issue or not - or a hyped up marketing ploy. If anyone has more experience on this matter please leave your comments below.
If we assume this 're-release' problem is real, then we have to look at the Molekule (which uses unique oxidation technology to neutralise these pollutants) or the EnviroKlenz (which uses a unique filter composition to neutralise the pollutants).
And out of these two systems - the EnviroKlenz is a clear winner.
If you're not worried about the potential for captured pollutants re-entering the air, then the IQAir unit does look great - however it is very expensive and very bulky. So much so that many wouldn't go for this option.
In which case you would have to look at something smaller and cheaper, but still had a great performance - and again you would end up with the EnviroKlenz as being the most obvious choice.
The manufacturers claim to outperform some of the big players in the air filter market and have created something that is pleasing on the eye (not many air filters look good!) and comes in at a great cost.
The Sqair doesn't use any fancy technology - just a simple (yet effective) HEPA filter and Carbon filter. It will be interesting to see how their filter compares in tests like these down above. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until late 2019 to see such results.
I've covered the technical details about the EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System, but what about my personal thoughts on this filter?
I've been using this system for a few weeks now and have some insights to share with you all. The first thing that I should mention is that my air quality is really good, to begin with.
I live in rural New Zealand, surrounded by hills and native bush. You can see a typical indoor air quality reading in my office from the photo below:
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Ahhh the joys of having an office in the middle of no where surrounded by native bush 🥰🌲 Super clean air 🙌🏽 Got this air quality meter from @iqair to check out the air quality in my home 🏡 What did I find - it’s bloody good! Anything under 100 (left side number) is really good. In fact I sent some photos to a mate who has one in China 🇨🇳 he had never seen figures so low! #GoNZ 🇳🇿 Oh and I’ve got some epic articles on air quality and air filters coming up over at AlexFergus.com so keep and 👁 out for those. . #airquality #pollution #cleangreennewzeand #cleangreennz #cleanair #biohacker #offgrid #lifestyleblock #homeoffice #entrepreneur #nosmoking
But since I've had this air quality meter, I have noticed that cooking and keeping our fireplace door open for too long can send the air quality levels to dangerous numbers.
I'm also very concerned about off-gassing and flame retardants in the air. So having an air filter in my home is useful - I just don't need to have it running 24/7.
Anyway, enough about me, here are my thoughts on the EnviroKlenz system after a month of use:
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So let's summarise what we know:
Whether you should purchase an EnviroKlenz unit really depends.
It depends on where you want to use the system. It depends on your budget. It depends if you like the look of it and it depends how much credibility you give towards the data and claims EnviroKlenz have provided.
Personally - I would love to see how the upcoming Sqair purifier performs. Not only is that unit a really nice looking home purifier, but it comes in at a fraction of the cost.
But often price reflects performance, in which case EnviroKlenzs system - with their unique Air Cartridge system - may be your best home air purification choice?
What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
1. World Health Organization. 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action.
2. Phys.org. German government calculates deaths from nitrogen dioxide. March 2018.
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