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Atmosphere Air Purifiers

Overview

Atmosphere brand purifiers are made by the parent company of Amway and Quixtar and sold exclusively through those distribution channels. Only one air purifier unit is made and sold under this brand.  Clean Air Delivery Rate scores for the unit are mid range.  Filter life varies from 4-36 months.

Atmosphere Models

Atmosphere 101076 Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $699

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 250 / 450
  • Pollen - 250 / 450
  • Dust - 250 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - 54 / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - 5 / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 390 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : 250 CFM

Filter Type ? : Cleanable Pre-Filter, Carbon Filter & HEPA Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : 4-36 Months

Size: 29"H x 15"W x 11"D

Weight: 23.2 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : Yes

Air Purifier Noise Chart - Decibel Ratings of Common Sounds

Source

Decibel Rating (dB)

Falling leaves

0-10

Whisper

10-20

Soft music

20-30

Mosquito buzz

40-50

Normal voices

50-70

Traffic sounds

70-80

Vacuum cleaner

80-90

Thunder

90-100

Chain saw

110-120

Rock concert

120-130

Pain threshold (jet take off)

130-140

Perforation of ear drum (gun shot)

160 and higher

Atmosphere by Access Business Group

The Atmosphere® Air Purifier is sold through in the United States and Canada through retailer the Quixtar and by Amway -- a pyramid direct marketing organization which has independent distributors -- in international markets. The Atmosphere unit is manufactured by Access Business Group, owned by Alticor which also owns Amway and Quixtar, and has 10 plants in the U.S., some of which have been in operation since 1934.

Atmosphere Recognition

Released in 2005, the Atmosphere Air Purifier was the first air cleaner certified as asthma and allergy friendly in 2009 by the partnership of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), an international research organization. Quixtar also donated an Atmosphere Air Purifier to the reality show "Extreme Home Make-Over" for the Thompson Family episode.

Filtration Claims

Atmosphere advertising claims it is "better than HEPA" but there is no supporting evidence since it only meets the performance standards of an AHAM AC-1 air cleaner that eliminates up to 99.99% of particles down to 0.01 microns.  Technically there is no commercial filtration system that is better than HEPA.  The unit has also been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Star® rating. The Quixtar web site also claims that the Atmosphere Air Purifier was "ranked among the best air purification systems" in a December 2007 issue of "a leading US consumer magazine" although no references are provided to the magazine or the study.

Pricing Info and Availability

The Amway/Quixtar air purifier price fluctuates, but it typically retails for between $600 and $860, although in some markets where there is limited competition it is considerably higher. Replacement filters are available only through authorized dealers and also have a wide price range that averages around $150 for the HEPA, $80 for the carbon and can cost up to $500 a year to maintain both filters if run regularly as suggested by the manufacturer. Since Atmosphere Air Purifiers are sold through independent agents, it is often difficult to get after-the-sale support, parts and fulfillment of warranty obligations.


Atmosphere Air Purifier Models

Atmosphere® Air Purifier

Available in only one model, the Atmosphere unit cleans a room up to 390 square feet and offers a programmable timer with five settings that can be operated via a remote control. The panel includes a clean air indicator and a turbo button for a short term boost.

Contaminants claimed to be removed by the Atmosphere Air Purifier:

Third-party testing has verified the unit captures tobacco smoke, asbestos, formaldehyde, radon decay products and dust mite allergens.

Filtration Technology

The model includes three barrier filters but no ultra violet (UV) unit:

The air filtering volume varies depending on the setting:

The Pureflow design reduces fan noise since it only operates when needed, a feature that is responsible for the unit's EnergyStar rating. The turbo power function allows you to clean up to 390 square feet within 20 minutes.

The sales brochure for Quixtar has a disclaimer that states some of the microbes listed are considered pathogenic and the Atmosphere Air Purifier cannot be considered adequate protection from such airborne microbes."

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