We’re an allergy family. Seasonal allergies plague 3 out of the 5 of us, we all have some level of allergic reaction to dogs and cats and horses, and then there are the food allergies and sensitivities. Most of us have a mild form of asthma, and there’s a history of eczema as well. Science is revealing a correlation between allergies, asthma and eczema, but it’s not conclusive as to why these conditions are on the rise. We manage them the best we can with diet and lifestyle and, yes, sometimes, medication.
A few years ago we tried using an ionic air purifier, but when I read some disturbing articles about their safety, we immediately stopped using it.
Then a few weeks ago, the folks at Airocide reached out to see if I’d like to give their NASA technology air purification system a try. Here is what they had to say about it:
Airocide draws in harmful airborne pathogens (VOC’s, allergens, pet dander, etc.) and forces them into a densely packed matrix which destroys them on contact. Nothing is captured so there is nothing to clean. (i.e. no filters!) All that exits is crisp, clear air. The company has spent more than a decade testing and retesting Airocide, and has found that typical Airocide users feel all-around better between four and six weeks, especially asthma/allergy sufferers.
As an asthma and allergy sufferer, I was immediately intrigued.
This video explains much better than I the technology behind the Airocide.
There’s a 60-day money back guarantee, which is always reassuring, but my main concern was its safety. I did some Googling and couldn’t find anything concerning so I agreed to accept the unit for review.
Because I have mild allergies to our dog, Savannah, I was anxious to try the Airocide. I was planning to place it in my office, which I share with our little furry family member. But when it arrived, my 10-year-old daughter was in the throws of her spring seasonal allergies, which are far more severe than my issues with Savannah, so we immediately put the Airocide in her bedroom. Her allergies are primarily grass and trees. For my little nature girl, this is a sad fate.
Immediately I liked how small and attractive the Airocide unit is. It sits on her dresser, and while it’s not exactly a decorator’s dream focal point, it’s not an eyesore either. It’s also totally quiet — unlike the ionic air purifiers of old.
As far as its effectiveness? It’s hard to say. So far this season, her allergies have not been as severe as they were in years past, and I was crediting the Airocide. But it’s also been a cold spring, and recently her allergies have worsened as she has begun playing outside more.
The technology IS impressive. Here is more about it:
The technology behind the Airocide® Air Purifier was born in NASA when space station astronauts needed to eliminate the ethylene gas produced by their fruits onboard shuttles. What was developed was an air purification technology that eliminates 99% of ethylene gas from the air without filters or any harmful emissions. Commercial units were then introduced in 1998 to food packers, florists and grocery chains to extend the shelf life of their products.
Further testing showed the Airocide® Air Purifier was virtually 100% effective in destroying Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) – basically the bad stuff that’s emitted by products you have around your home, like aerosol sprays, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, paints and paint thinners, strippers, pesticides and even air fresheners. Furthermore, Airocide Air Purifier eliminates pollen, dust mites, viruses, bacteria and other biological pollutants traditional air purifiers couldn’t even attempt. These findings were truly a breath of fresh air.
In 2003 the Airocide Air Purifier was introduced into hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, dental offices, daycare centers and prisons to help stop the spread of infectious disease. Further studies consistently demonstrate dramatic reductions in mold and bacteria counts.
I like feeling like I’m doing something to help my daughter feel better — something to help keep her personal sleeping space clean and free of allergens. We keep her windows closed and the door shut, so the Airocide can do its job without competition from outside substances. Because her allergy triggers are from the outdoors, not as much dust and animals that are inside the house, I assume the Airocide can only do so much. But I also know that keeping her bedroom a safe haven is of utmost importance, so we will continue to use the Airocide until her allergy season is over. After that I plan to try it out in my office, as my asthma issues tend to be worse in the wintertime.
The Airocide retails for $799 and is backed by a 60-day money back guarantee. Also check them out on Facebook and Twitter. I received this product for review. No money was exchanged, and all opinions are my own.