Product Review: Molekule Air Purifier vs. The IAQuality T-150
There are a number of air purifiers out on the market today and wading through the options can feel like a full-time job. On one hand, you want the air you’re breathing to be clean and safe. On the other, you also have a life to live and with Holidays and graduations and weddings and guests to consider in addition to your own family member, it can be really overwhelming.
The bottom line is that with all the things we’re doing these days to keep healthy, you shouldn’t have to worry about your indoor air quality making you sick.
But if you don’t have an air purifier – or don’t have the right one, you might need to worry. Let’s take a look at a couple of heavy hitters on the market. We’ll do a deep dive on the pros, cons, and how to make the best decision for your home. Whether you live in an apartment or a single-family home, we’ve got you covered.
Some Things To Keep In Mind:
The products reviewed below aren’t your generic, big-box store air quality purifiers that filter out dust and not much more–We’re going to look at a couple of options that take into account room size choices, air purification, and air filtering. In short, these are air purifiers that do everything but mow your lawn!
A point of clarification, we’re not looking at the larger HVAC units just yet. While those purifiers fill a certain need, they are very costly upfront, and if they require repairs or your ventilation needs change or don’t meet code, the costs can really add up. Instead, we’re looking at stand-alone units that can be used in smaller rooms, and easily moved where they’re needed.
Up First, Molekule:
First let’s check out Molekule. Molekule’s product comes in 3 sizes, from small rooms up to large rooms at 1000 sq ft. These purifiers range in cost from $399 up to $1199. The filters use a technology called PECO that uses free radicals to break down pollutants, from mold and dust to viruses and bacteria, and claims to destroy over 99% of SARS-CoV-2 in an hour. PECO stands for Photo Electro Chemical Oxidation. The filter inside the unit is coated with a nano-catalyst. As UVA light photons strike the surface of the filter, it creates free radicals from water vapor. They’re highly unstable and react by breaking apart pollutants in the air, breaking them down into harmless elements. The units require an air pre-filter and the PECO filter which both need to be replaced every 6 months with average use.
Next Up, IAQuality’s T-150:
Now let’s take a look at IAQuality’s T-150. At only 12” high by 10” wide by 12” in length and only 5 lbs, this is both easy to move and inconspicuous. It retails for $850. Instead of free radicals, the T-150 uses ions to clean the air. Ions are what nature uses to clean the air, and IAQuality has developed a GPS needlepoint bi-polar ionization technology that has proven 99.9% effective in inactivating viruses and bacteria – including SARS-CoV-2. Ions latch onto viruses, bacteria, and mold and steal a hydrogen atom from them, rendering them inactive. This is why we describe it as neutralizing the viruses.
Ions also cause other pollutants like pollen, dander, and dust to stick together making larger particles that are easily caught by your HVAC’s filter. And unlike ionizers of the past, T-150 does not create any ozone as a byproduct. In fact, there are no byproducts at all. Ions have also been proven to reduce/eliminate various odors (pet, diesel fumes, smoke, cooking exhaust, mold/mildew, VOC’s) to help improve the indoor air quality. This makes the air have that fresh feeling that is really welcome especially in rooms where windows aren’t easily opened.
No Filters Required
What about replacement filters for the T-150? It doesn’t require replacement filters, bulbs, or anything! It has an auto-cleaning ionizer, an energy-efficient permanent magnet DC motor, and is zero maintenance.
These days, customers are becoming savvier about knowing where the products they’re buying are manufactured. Molekule’s products are described as being manufactured “globally.”
IAQuality’s T-150 is proudly made in the USA – right here in Kansas City, MO.
Ok, you’ve made your choice. Your air purifier is on and you can hear it working, how do you know your air is actually getting cleaner and healthier? Well, that all depends on how quickly the air is circulating through the air purifier.
So how do our two contestants stack up? Molekule cycles through the air at the rate of at least one full air change in a room per hour. The IAQuality T-150 cycles through the air 8 times per hour.
The Molekule certainly looks cool, but when you compare the costs of their best model with the T-150, you can clearly see there is no comparison. The T-150 purifies air faster, in a smaller form factor, with zero maintenance, and with technology that mother nature would approve!
Ready to have your home be cleaner, safer, and act as a better line of defense against pollutants and viruses? Reach out today for more information! And, make sure you check out our free air quality calculator to see which unit is the best fit for your needs!