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IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers Customer Reviews

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IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (4)
  • User friendly (4)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Anywhere (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

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5.0

Clears wildfire smoke effectively

By Multiple chemical sensitivities

from Oregon

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Removes Smoke Effectively
  • User friendly

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Anywhere

Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

We live in an area that is experiencing 60,000+ acres of wildfires in steep, road-less areas. Experts say to expect fires to burn until late fall if/when we receive prolonged, heavy rains. In addition to the inconvenience of smoke entering our home, I have multiple chemical sensitivities. This product arrived securely packaged to ensure quality delivery. The product was easy to install given its instructions. We closed doors to unneeded rooms and placed the air purifier in a central location that covers multiple rooms where we spend most of our time. Within a few hours, we had clean air! I could have purchased a cheaper unit, but I couldn't risk regretting being frugal. If you are serious about clean air, this is the product for you. We are thrilled with our purchase.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Investment You Can Make for MCS

By Regular Guy Fighting MCS

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Creates Cleanest Air
  • Improved My Health
  • Long life
  • Quiet
  • Removes Allergens Odors
  • User friendly

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Anywhere
  • Bedroom
  • Larger Rooms
  • Living Room
  • Smaller rooms

Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

I have suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity for several years. I am especially sensitive to dust, mold, and manufactured chemicals (i.e. formaldehyde, air fresheners, dry cleaning chemicals, chemicals used on new clothes, chemicals used on new mattresses). As a result, I have done extensive research on and purchased top-end air purifiers in the past, including the BlueAir 503.

The BlueAir 503 worked perfectly for several months because its HEPA filtration system eliminated dust and mold from the air I breathe in my 1-bedroom apartment.

But, a few months ago I purchased a new mattress from Sleepy's that had a 'new mattress smell' that made me very sick. I am very sensitive to the formaldehyde and manufactured chemicals used in the flame retardent of commercially-sold mattresses. After two nights of sleeping on the mattress and breathing that 'new mattress smell', I became sick. I was sick for over a week. Sleepy's removed the mattress from my apartment, but the 'new mattress smell' still lingered even after I opened windows and turned on fans for seven days in a row! I couldn't sleep in my bedroom for a month.

I realized that I needed a new air purifier (more powerful than BlueAir 503) to eliminate formaldehyde and manufactured chemicals from the air. I purchased the IQAir GC Series Multigas, and after running it in my apartment for 4-5 days, the new mattress smell was finally gone. (I was discouraged after the smell wasn't completely removed after 1-2 days, but I remained patient and after 4-5 days the problem was resolved.) Last week, I was finally able to sleep safely and comfortably in my bedroom and to wake up refreshed, not sick.

I would have had to move out of my apartment if it weren't for the IQAir machine. It's the best investment I have made this year in my battle with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Don't give up! I know that you can beat MCS. I BELIEVE IN YOU. I hope that IQAir can be helpful in your recovery. :)

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Results

By Matt

from VA

Verified Buyer

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

        I purchased this machine to tackle as wide range of airborne radicals as possible, with a particular focus on formaldehyde. I opted for the MultiGas over the Chemisorber because of the diverse coverage offered by the MultiGas. I was not able to retrieve any quantitative information on how effective this machine (or any for that matter) is on formaldehyde so I put it to a test of my own. Keeping in mind that formaldehyde is a very volatile chemical, I did my best to keep the time of day, length of time, temp/RH, air exposure as constant as possible. I tested using an ACS Badge without and then with the GC MultiGas. The environment tested was already relatively low, but still beyond an ideal environment for someone with high sensitivity being exposed for long term. My before reading was 43 ppb. My after reading was 21 ppb. I let the machine run for 1-2 days straight on setting 3 (it's a small room) between tests. I currently keep it on setting 2 and only run it in the evening. In my test, a 50% reduction was impressive at already somewhat low levels. I would like to know how this would impact cases of 100 ppb or higher, but the testing would get costly at $40 per badge, as I have nothing more to prove to myself. Would be great for tests like this to be run in more controlled environments to boast the capabilities of this machine.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A quality air scrubber as only the Swiss

        By Maui Bob

        from Wailuku, Hi

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Quiet
        • User friendly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Asthma Control
          • Bedroom

          Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

          Using the machine on the 170CFM setting, and running a ceiling fan results in pollutant concentrations ( in our instance the VOG and sugar cane burning smoke here on Maui, Hi) dropping faster than predicted by the Continuously stirred batch reactor model. It is effective in scrubbing air from quite large rooms. It is
          a Godsend for the allergy sufferer living in paradise.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Made our Home Liveable again!

          By Deb

          from Pacific Northwest

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to maintain
          • Long life
          • User friendly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere
            • Asthma Control

            Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

            We recently purchased an IQ Air GC air purifier to help us eliminate residual VOCs from a severe mold problem in our home caused from a plumbing leak in the wall caused by a negligent plumbing contractor. After the disaster restoration team left, and our home was declared "clean from mold spores", I was still having severe asthma problems and multiple chemical sensitives caused by living in our home. We learned through various consultants that the mold had produced quite a quantity of mold VOCs or (MVOCs as they're known), which were still residing in our home on surfaces and in the air. After consulting with "Industrial Hygenists", we were directed to use VOC air purifiers in our home. After much on-line research and discussion with the Sylvane customer service representatives, we settled upon the IQ Air VOC GC model. It has 10 pounds of activated carbon which removes many types of VOCs. In addition it has a a HEPA filter which removes particulates such as molds (in case there were still any present), dust mites, pollen and other allergens which might aggravate my asthma and chemical sensitivities. After purchasing the first IQ Air GC model, which resided in our bedroom, we were so pleased with it, that we purchased a second IQ Air GC model for our living room. Each unit cleans 900 square feet so our home is cleaned continuously of noxious VOCs and asthma inducing particulates. Thank you to the Customer Service reps at Sylvane for helping us choose the right product and rushing delivery so I could breathe in my home again!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fix for OffGassing!

            By DJEphoric

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Long life
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Pricey
            • Unattractive

            Best Uses

            • Larger Rooms

            Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

            I bought a house and have been having some renovations done. While reading about primer, painting, and the bamboo flooring that was being installed I found out my HEPA filter wouldn't help much. After researching the bamboo floor off gassing formaldehyde and the smell from the many boxes of wood I had I was convinced I needed something that was the best. Also the VOC's from the painters primer and paint and addition of new furniture it was an easy decision. I bought the IQAir Chemisorber because I had a few HEPA filters already and the health pro plus IQAir didn't seem to have enough coverage for most chemicals. It was easy ordering the product from Sylvane and it showed up in a few days with quick shipping. Once the product arrived I unboxed it and put the cartridges in and fired it up in the room where I was storing all the bamboo flooring. I told the wife that the smell would disappear within 5 minutes in the room with the unit turned up to 260CFM. We shut the door and came back a few minutes later, opened it up and voila' no more off gassing smell from the bamboo! I rolled the unit into the living room, fired up the unit on high to get rid of the smell from the paint, primer, and flooring already done and presto clean air! The only CON is that the you have to buy the GCX to add true HEPA filtration which is almost 2x the cost. Hopefully I can retire my old HEPA filtration system when I can afford the IQAir compact.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wonderful

            By Elijah Woods

            from USA

            Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

            Lots of carbon and does a fantastic job

            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            IQ Air GC Series Worth Every Penny!

            By L Simonsen

            from USA

            Comments about IQAir GC Series Air Purifiers:

            When we sold our home we moved into an apartment until we could find a small town home or condo. When we first viewed the apartment, every thing was fine. The apartment's property management company was very accommodating once they learned that I suffer from asthma. Things were fine until a month later when the tenant downstairs moved out & a new chain smoking tenant moved in. I never realized that cigarette smoke would actually come up through the walls/floor of our apartment from downstairs!!! As you might imagine, it did not take long for me to become ill. So, here we were sleeping with the window open & a window fan pulling outside air through our bedroom just so I could sleep & breath each nite.

            I started looking on the web for an air purifier thinking this would solve our problem. Thank God I came across great sites for asthma sufferers & learned a simple air purifier would not help me at all!!! Since cigarette smoke is a chemical, I needed an air purifier which would not only clean the "air" but would also take out any chemicals from the air. Thus my search led me to the IQ Air GC series. There were other air purifiers on the market which claimed they would also take chemicals out of the air however reviews of the units were only fair as far as cigarette smoke was concerned.
            The IQ Air has 4 different cartridges for filtering in different ways the air of chemicals. It also has a prefilter to take particles out of the air before the air is filtered through the other cartridges. It all sounded good but the price of the unit shocked me. The fact that Sylvane had a 30 day money back guarantee helped make up my mind to order the unit. I knew if it did not work I would be able to return and get our money back.

            When the unit arrived I wasn't over joyed because I really did not expect it to live up to the reviews it received. I thought for sure in a week I would be sending it right back. In two days time - I was surprised to actually be breathing in our apartment free and clear of any problems. JUST 2 DAYS... To me it was a miracle!!

            If you suffer from asthma you understand the anxiety of not being able to breath the air that someone else finds OK to breath. My husband was not bothered by the cigarette smoke - it was killing me!! I can't explain all the teckie elements of this unit - I can tell you it is worth its weight in gold as far as good air to breath. It was worth every penny we spent & I am certain it is the reason my asthma has not progressed over time.
            Please remember, not all air purifiers are created equal. We have since moved & I have taken the IQ Air with me wherever we went. It truly has saved my health. If you suffer from cigarette smoke please consider getting this unit, it will pay for itself over time from the money you will save from doctor visits & inhalers!!

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