Sharper Image GP Ionic Breeze
You may have come here to take a look at buying this air cleaner;
however, I am going to give you a little background on Sharper Image before you
consider that option. Not everything about Sharper Image is amazing. To be honest
there is not much amazing about their air purifiers at all. They actually don't
really exist anymore. They went bankrupt in 2008 and were bought out by a group
of companies that continue to sell
ionic air purifiers even though that is their original downfall. Before this
they went as far as suing Consumer Reports about their bad review of
them, which was "TRUE" and they had to pay half a million dollars to
Consumer Reports because of it!
Now that I have gotten the bad information out there from the original manufacturer
lets go into depth about the Sharper
Image GP Ionic Breeze. I will show you what this air purifier has to offer,
which is not much why you should look elsewhere for air purification. This review
is already predetermined to show you why these air
cleaners are a waste of money for many consumers that got sucked into the
relentless infomercials in the late 1990s. Lucky for you that I show you what
you should purchase if you still have problems with your air quality.
This version is a better one with more technologies
that will allow it to actually clean things. Two things in particular are very
important to this even though they sound quite simple. They have nothing to do with
the ionic technology within this air cleaner.
Beyond the plastic construction you
have many things that air must move through. Let it be known that the
original ionic breeze didn't have fans, which spurs a lot of the information about
their poor air filtration quality. If you can't pull air into the machine then you
are cleaning nothing. The newer ones, which are old do not have fans as simple
upgrades to this problem, but they still had some other
issues to address. These issues may or may not have beend addressed and
nobody really has done testing to see if they are true.
You get only a couple controls to mess with,
which makes this simple. You have an "Off Switch" and two "On Switches". One of
the On switches is "On/GP", which means it turns on the Ultraviolet light
and enables it to kill bacteria and viruses. You also have a control for 3-4
ionic speeds depending on the model you purchase or own. You have warning lights
that will tell you when your collector blades are getting full, but they should
be cleaned before this goes off. They will fill up in around 2-3 weeks at
the latest and even quicker if you smoke.
You might already know a lot about ionic technology and the high potential for
ozone creation. Generally ozone generators are used for commercial purposes to
remove odors and smells from places that have been on fire or spilled chemicals.
Using in your house is bad thing because Ozone can cause you to have respiratory
issues and that is what you are trying to get rid of. Of course, you need to be
exposed to a high concentration of ozone because your body is already used to the
low amounts of it that is created normally in our environment. large amounts of
ozone are actually created during thunderstorms. They even found high up in the
atmosphere during thunderstorms that "anti-matter" is created that is usually
found in black holes!
Originally ionic breeze doesn't use fans or an claimed "OzoneGuard" and let ozone
freely flow into your environment to electrostatically attach itself to particulates
in your air and weigh them down to the ground or furniture. Now they have added
fans and the OzoneGuard. This is closer to an
electrostatic air filters do except these have an air filter instead of a
charged metal blade to catch the charged particulates. This makes it continue to
be a filterless-air-purifier as far
as I am concerned. They are reluctant to change from their main selling prowess of
having no air filters that need to be replaced, which cost people money over time,
but gives them much higher quality of air cleaning.
Home UV Air Purifier
The GP part of the Sharper Image GP Ionic Breeze is short for germicidial
protection. This is done by the UV lamp that is within this air purifier. A
lot of air purifiers have implemented this technology into their air purifiers.
It is a good implementation
as long as the bacteria and viruses are exposed to the light long enough to be fully
killed. If this is the case then it will kill over 99% of these pathogens. If the air
moves to fast then they will just blow by and not be destroyed completely. It is better
to have multiple lamps within your air ventilation system in buildings, but in an
air purifier it will only get one chance. After this happens you have to hope it will
get reabsorbed eventually.