PureClean Max Air Purifier In-Depth:
Luma Comfort AP400W Review
According to the EPA, indoor air is as much as five times more polluted than outdoor air. With allergy and asthma season fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to take a long, hard look at the newest member of the Luma Comfort family - the AP400W PureClean Max Air Purifier.
The PureClean Max air purifier is a very simple and straightforward unit to use right out of the box. That said, there are just a couple of minor things to do before starting up your new air purifier. Each of the filters inside the unit are individually wrapped in plastic. This is done to ensure the filter lasts as long as possible and doesn't collect much dust during the shelf life of the unit. Thus, before you use the unit the first time, you will need to unpack the different filters.
To open up the unit, press the round buttons on both sides of the unit, and pull the front cover away from the unit. Each of the different filters sits right inside this cover, so they are instantly accessible. You do need to remember what order the filters go in, but don't worry - the order can be seen on the small label located on the top of the purifier, as well as in the product manual.
Once the filters are unpacked, all you'll need to do is pick the right spot to put your new purifier. Typically, the closer an air purifier is to a source of pollution, the better it will work. Additionally, air purifiers will work best in an enclosed space, with no open doors or windows. Simply pick the best spot for your new purifier, and plug it in. Again, a very simple and straightforward set up.
Again, using a PureClean air purifier is very simple to do. There are a few settings that you can adjust, but they're easy to learn and master.
When facing the unit, the power button is on the right hand side of the control panel. Simply press it, and you're purifying the air around you! This unit has three different fan speeds, which you can control using the fan speed button. Each time you press this button, the unit will rotate between the 1, 2, and 3 speeds. The higher the fan speed, the quicker the surrounding air is changed through the purifier.
This unit also has a timer you can use to set a specific amount of time you would like the humidifier to run. The timer for the AP400W air purifier can be adjusted for between 1-7 hours, in one hour increments. You will notice when looking at the control panel that the unit has 1, 2 and 4 hour lights sitting above the timer button. To set the timer, simply press the button - the one that looks like a clock. Each time you press the button, it will cycle through from one hour up to seven. The lights will light up to show you the current set time. For instance, one hour will have the 1 lit up, while six hours will have the 2 and 4 lit up.
The control panel will also have a button on it that turns the UV light on or off. The UV is designed to render harmful bacteria, viruses and mold harmless. Pressing this button once will turn the UV light on, while pressing it again turns it off.
Changing the Filter
The stylish design of the AP400W air purifier is function as well - changing the filters is incredibly simple and easy to do.
For starters, always make sure the unit is turned off and unplugged before attempting to change the filters. To change any of the filters, first open the front panel of the unit by pressing in on the buttons found on either side of the unit. Gently pull off the front panel, providing access to all the filters. Remove whichever filter you would like to change, replacing it with the new one. Make sure that the new filter is completely free of any packaging materials. Then, gently place the filters back into the unit, and put the front panel back on to the unit. To properly snap the panel back on, first align the bottom tabs with the proper holes near the base of the unit. Then, push the panel back over the side buttons. It should snap into place.
While the filters for the AP400W require little to no maintenance, they do need to be changed on a regular basis. This will ensure the unit works at peak efficiency. The lifespan for each filter will ultimately depend on the quality of the air in your room as well as the type of contaminants found in the surrounding air. Here are some suggested guidelines:
- Carbon Pre-filter: 3 months
- HEPA Filter: 6 months
- VOC Filter: 6 months
- TiO2 Filter: 6 months
- UV Bulb: 1-2 years
All Luma Comfort air purifiers include a SmartClean indicator that will let you know when the filters need to be changed. These two indicator lights can be seen on the control panel, next to the timer setting. The lights will turn on when the filter needs to be replaced. Once replaced, be sure to hold down the filter life button for several seconds, as noted in the manual, to reset the SmartClean function.
Due to the different types of filters found in the Luma AP400W, it has a number of great uses. Some of the best ones are:
- Help asthma and allergy sufferers. Between the high quality HEPA filter, the activated carbon and the combination of the TiO2 and UV light make this a great unit for allergy and asthma sufferers. The AP400W can trap many of the pollutants that have been known to aggravate allergy symptoms, including dust, pet dander and mold. Some of these same pollutants can particularly affect asthma sufferers, making this unit ideal for them as well.
- For pet owners. Pet dander is an unfortunate side effect of owning a dog or cat, however the HEPA found in PureClean air purifiers can trap these particles. The AP400W can trap more than 99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. This is important, as pet dander is often microscopic and cannot be seen by the naked eye. The carbon filter also works to stop odors, another helpful benefit for pet owners.
- Protect against household chemicals. Every home has airborne chemicals that can be found in common household items. These fumes can unfortunately make the surrounding air unhealthy. The Luma Comfort AP400W is particularly effective at battling household chemicals thanks to the activated carbon, or VOC, filter. Chemicals such as those found in pesticides, perfumes, carpets, varnish and paint are absorbed by the activated carbon. Combined with the HEPA and carbon filters, this creates a great air purifier for anywhere in your home.