IQAir HealthPro Plus Review

IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifierI originally chose the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier for review as it’s been around for a while and won more awards and high praise than you can shake a stick at!

These are not just some phoney awards the company paid for either. They include:

  • Most notably, Consumer’s Digest chose the IQAir as the best buy air purifier in 2004, 2007, 2011, and 2014
  • It is the go to air cleaner of choice for numerous hospitals worldwide
  • Those suffering from allergies will be interested to note that the American Allergy Buyers Club recommend the Health pro plus as the best air purifier money can buy
  • IQAir has been chosen by the American Lung Association as their reference on all things related to air purification
  • It has been featured and given stunning reviews by many famous media outlets, including: ABC, Discovery Health and Newsweek Magazine to name but a few

I also liked the 4-stage filtration system, extensive electronic controls, interesting design, and it’s special noise reduction technology. The only major downside I could see regarding this air purifier was the price. The unit is exceptionally good, but it’s also one of the most expensive.

Lets see if the hefty price tag is justified.

how the IQAir Health Pro Plus filters work4-Stage Filtrations System

  • PreMax Prefilter – IQAir uses a full size pre-filter to deal with over 90 % of large particles and dust. Due to its size and efficiency, the other filters in this air purifier can last longer. This filter needs to be replaced once every 6- 18 months depending on the use. It will cost you around $80
  • V-5 Cell Gas and Odor Filter – The activated carbon part of this filter deals with gasses and odors. The activated carbon eliminates VOC (volatile organic compounds) that cause most of the odors
  • V-5 Cell Gas and Odor Filter pt2 – This filter also deals with harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde by oxidation and needs to be replaced once every 1-2 years. It will cost you about $100
  • IQAir HyperHEPA filter – This HEPA filter was tested and certified to filter out particles as small as 0.003 microns. This uses advanced HEPA technology that allows the filter to deal with the majority of harmful particles, such as pollens, pet dander, dust mites etc and needs to be replaced approximately every 2-4 years. It will cost you about $200

Important: I wouldn’t recommend this unit for heavy smokers. The carbon filter is not designed to be attacked by a high amount of smoke particles. There are other air purifier models created just for this purpose. If you use this one for filtering out smoke particles, you’ll need to change the filter too often, which will be costly.

While the filtration technology used in this unit seems impressive, the cost you’ll need to pay for the filter replacement is rather significant. Let’s do some rough calculations (based on heavy use):

Prefilter will cost about $53 a year
V-5 Cell Gas and Odor Filter will cost about $50 a year
HyperHEPA filter will cost about $50 a year.

Accordingly, you need to get ready to pay at least $153 a year to keep the air purifier running if you’re going to be using it 24/7, 365 days a year. You could reduce this number by only using it selectively.

Households with smokers or offices with a big number of people would need to change the filters more often and incur higher costs.

If you want to give your air purifier additional filtration capabilities, you can buy an optional IQAir Coarse Dust kit. I would highly recommend purchasing this filter kit to people who live in areas with high levels of pollution. Besides giving extra protection, this optional filter also lengthens the life of other filters. The kit will cost you an additional $139.

IQAir HealthPro Plus Remote controlDesign

This IQAir purifier is rather large. The dimensions are 16’’ x 15’’ x 28’’ and the weight exceeds 35 pounds.

Thankfully, it’s equipped with caster wheels so moving it around the house is easy. However, lifting it up to the upper floors can be a hassle.

I tend to prefer a simple design and the Healthpro plus certainly fits the bill. There are no special colors or futuristic-looking add-ons that might not suit your décor.

The caster wheels are optional so you can choose not to install them and the unit will look just as good without them.

The air intake is done from the bottom of the air purifier and the clean air flows out of the top part. Theoretically, you could place the unit against the wall. However, in the instructions, you’ll read that you need to move it at least 12 inches away from any obstacles. For those so inclined, you can also opt to mount it to the wall with the help of a separately purchased mounting kit, which will cost you approximately $265.

A nice digital display is located on top of the unit together with easy press buttons. The air purifier also comes with a remote control which makes the operation more convenient.

Noise

This air purifier has a unique system that reduces the noise level. The fan is installed between the filters which significantly reduces the sound.

The fan has 6 different settings and the first three are nearly silent.

After browsing through various reviews, I learned that most users had no problem running this air purifier on the first three settings in their bedroom. The fourth fan setting produces a moderately loud sound and the two highest settings are rather loud. Here are the noise indications in decibels:

1st Speed – 35 dB
2nd Speed – 46 dB
3rd Speed – 54 dB
4th Speed – 60 dB
5th Speed – 64 dB
6th Speed – 69 dB
Anything over 60 dB I consider to be rather loud and it might interfere with working, reading a book, or even watching TV.

However, the unique positioning of the fan makes the noise somewhat hushed. I think if you are not a light sleeper, you could even use this air purifier at the 4th fan speed during the night.

Since this powerful unit does a good job cleaning the air in your room, running it 24/7 doesn’t seem necessary. That’s why the noise shouldn’t be a problem unless you are a heavy smoker and need to turn the highest setting on after each cigarette to get the air clean.

Coverage Area

If you use the IQAir HealthPro Plus on the third fan setting, it can clean a room of about 500 square feet in just 12 – 13 hours.

A room of 700 – 800 sq. feet should be cleaned in about 24 hours. So it makes a pretty good air purifier for the basement.

The smaller the room, the less often you’ll need to turn the air purifier on. I personally wouldn’t recommend using this unit in a room larger than 600 – 650 square feet.

If you are planning to use it for a larger space, get ready to replace the filters more often. This air purifier does a proper job cleaning the air in large rooms so it’s a good choice for basements, large living rooms or even an entire apartment or house floor.

The manufacturer recommends using the HealthPro Plus in a room up to 1100 square feet, but I don’t believe that the air cleaning will be efficient over such a large area. After all, the CADR for this unit is actually only 450.

opening up the IQ Air Health Pro PlusSensors

I was a bit disappointed to learn that this unit is not equipped with air quality sensors. Most of the air purifiers I reviewed at this price range have such an option.

Since there is no sensor, I’ve searched for recommendations and found that the for the best air cleaning results, the unit must be run at least 10 hours a day with at least the third fan speed.

Since our noses and lungs are not always the best air quality sensors, these recommendations should be followed. When you just bring the unit home, I would recommend running it at 5th fan setting for at least 5 -6 hours and then switch to the lower speeds.

The air purifier is equipped with a filter life monitor. Each one of the three filters has a separate monitor that will tell you when it’s time to get it replaced. This is a useful feature since not many people are organized enough to replace the filters on time.

There is also an advanced timer option. You can program different fan speeds for 2 time periods. This is a great feature for people who are always busy and forget to run their purifiers on a daily basis at certain hours.

Warranty

IQAir offers 10-year limited warranty on its HealthPro product line. This is a solid warranty which is valid only for products purchased in North America from authorized dealers.

I always appreciate a long-term warranty since it means that the manufacturer is sure of the product’s quality.

Pros:

  • Efficient 4 stage filtration system
  • Remote control
  • Quiet operation
  • Large coverage area
  • Simple design
  • Easy to change filters
  • Filter change indicators

Cons:

  • High cost
  • No air quality sensor

IQAir Health Pro Plus Review Conclusion

After reviewing this unit closely, I’m ready to recommend it to people who suffer from respiratory problems and allergies. If you don’t suffer from any health issues that require excessively clean air, then a much cheaper air purifier would suffice.

The 4-stage filtration system seems to do a superb job of cleaning the air.

The Health Pro Plus is a solid choice of air purifier for large areas, so it will be a good buy for a large apartment or house.

If you have particularly bad allergies, then you really have to buy the IQAir. It’s expensive yes, but you won’t find a better air purifier at removing dust and other allergens than this.

I wouldn’t recommend this unit to heavy smokers or people living in the areas prone to fires since the activated carbon filter is not designed to deal with heavy smoke.

The only two disadvantages I found are the cost of the unit and the replacement filters as well as the absence of the air quality sensor.

Overall, this is a high-quality air purifier which is worth the money the manufacturer is asking for it.