IQAir HealthPro Plus Review
- Filtering Capability:
- Value vs Price:
- Durability (+Filter replacement):
Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, the IQAir HealthPro Plus delivers a ton of technologically-advanced features…all at an extremely competitive price. Starting with its 3D UltraSeal and modular configuration, this air purifier drastically reduces “leakage” by preventing air from entering the system and compromising the air blown back out. As a result, it claims and guarantees a total system efficiency of greater than 99.7% (ie, while plenty of units have HEPA filters with >99.5% filtering power, that efficiency dramatically drops when outside air gets mixed in with the filtered air). Other technology wins in this model include an extremely powerful, yet silent fan, a hyperHEPA and options V5-Cell for odors and gases. Here’s the complete breakdown…
Years in development, this is probably the most valuable feature on the unit. As you can see from the product image, this purifier has a unique set of vertical blocks that interlock amongst one another. Each block contains either the pre-filter, main HEPA filter or fan. The way each filter connects to its housing (knife edge in groove setup) results in an industry-leading, 100%-sealed filter module. Each stacked block then connects to its neighbor via a unique, individual air-tight seal. Put together, their patented 3D UltraSeal creates just about the most efficient air filtration on the market.
The HealthPro Plus’ HEPA filter is branded as “Hyper” because, along with the UltraSeal tech above, it creates a Total System Efficiency of >99.5%. Other, less-robustly built air filters clock in at a TSE of around 45%. So, when you consider the sum total of air quality going in vs out, few filters stack up favorably to this model.
Breaking down each of the key performance categories, the bars below give this filter’s relative performance vs ALL other air filters in its category (0 – 100% scale).
- LCD Display – when the unit is turned on, you’ll get real-time readings of the Speed, Airflow and more.
- Power Button – when turned off, the fan will immediately shut down (and go into standby mode). If you have a timer setup, the unit/fan will turn back on.
- Arrow Key – depending on the current mode, you can toggle between different airspeed settings, etc.
- Menu Button – lets you toggle between the 11 different configurable menus.
- Enter Button – once you’re at a setting you’d like to change, hold down this button for 3 seconds. That particular field will then become editable. Use the arrow key to select your preferred setting, then hit Enter again to save.
- HEPA Filter Life – there are 4 different color modes letting you know how much filter life you have left. Green denotes at least 80% left. Orange is less than 20% left. Red essentially means its lifespan is up. Blinking red means the filter has exceeded its recommended lifespan and should be replaced immediately. I typically like to replace my filter at the first sign of the solid red mode.
- V5 Cell Filter Life – see #6
- Fan Speed – quick and easy way to gauge how fast the internal fan is moving.
- PreMax Filter Life – see #6