Why TruSens air purifier?
The TruSens Air Purifier range we’ve shown here has a lot of design features that make them a market leader. From a purely aesthetic view the design is extremely modern, all three units feature a circular configuration that is increasingly popular. TruSens also opted for a touch control system and bright display to make it easier to control these units. This may seem like a minor point but analog controls would ruin the lines and if you’re going to have an air purifier on display it may as well look attractive. When it comes to performance TruSens have included a lot of filtration technology in these three air purifiers. The largest two units have a four filter system and the smaller Z1000AP has a three filter system. This makes the Z3000AP and Z2000AP an ideal choice if you want to disinfect your air instead of just filtering out the bacteria and trapping it in the unit.
Features to consider when choosing an air purifier by TruSens
There is a variety of TruSens air purifiers, so here we’ll look at the most important features to consider.
Most modern air purifiers are designed to clean the air in spaces from 160 sq. ft, up to around 1,000 sq. ft. The most common sizes in domestic use today from smallest to largest, include:
- 200 sq. ft.
- 300-325 sq. ft.
- 465 sq. ft.
- 700 sq. ft.
- 1,000 sq. ft.
This all seems very impressive, but it’s important to understand that we don’t have a clear standard for what a room size rating truly means. Certain manufacturers will advertise that the unit can purify all the air at least once per hour. Others will state that their equipment can clean the air from 2-5 times every hour! This makes it hard to make an informed choice and you need to research each air purifier carefully.
Our advice is to follow four simple rules before you make a final decision, they are:
- If you don’t have allergies buy a unit that is rated for the size of room.
- If you have allergies but don’t own pets get a model that has 25-50% more room coverage than you need.
- If you don’t have allergies but you own pets stick to 25-50% as above.
- If you have allergies and own pets get a unit that has 100% more room coverage.
Many smaller air purifiers don’t have the timer settings that you find on larger models. This means that you cannot run the fan at a faster speed for a few hours automatically. But you can alter the fan speed setting manually if you remember.
One the two larger models TruSens have gone with four levels of air purification. The initial three layers are found on virtually any other air purifier, they are: a pre-filter, a carbon pre-filter and a HEPA filter. Now, as you read in our review only the Z3000AP at the top of the range has a true HEPA filter. This is a very efficient filter that can trap very tiny particles down to 1 micron in size. But, even a HEPA filter cannot catch everything and that’s where the final filtration stage is essential. TrueSens have added an Ultraviolet (UV) bulb to sterilize and disinfect the air. UV light is highly effective in this role and we see it in use at the dentist and water filtration systems too. When the bacteria, germs and viruses are killed they cannot circulate back into our indoor air to make us feel sick. What’s great about this range of TruSens air purifiers is that every model has a UV filter stage!
Another great design feature is that these TruSens air purifiers have a dual airflow design. This means that you can change the direction of the purified air to meet your current needs. The air is actually separated into a pair of independent air streams. In many other types of air purifiers you’re limited to having the air being blasted in a single direction. You may find that you need to alter the orientation of the unit to get the performance that you need. But, with the TruSens models on our list you can get your air flowing in two directions at the same time!
The best way to think about the fan speed is to remember that it’s the speed that the air is cleaned. So, when the fan is operating at a higher speed it’s cleaning more cubic feet or air per minute (CFM) than a lower setting. All three of the TruSens air purifiers on our list have multiple settings to select. In order of the highest to lowest, they are:
- Z3000AP – 5 fan settings.
- Z2000AP – 4 fan settings.
- Z1000AP – 3 fan settings.
You don’t want to run any air purifier on the highest fan setting constantly because it places additional stress on the machine. But, when you have more control over the various fan speeds you have more precise control over the airflow and indoor air quality (IAQ) in your rooms.
Auto mode and night mode
If you’re a light sleeper it’s handy to have an auto or night mode to run the unit and turn off the lights without sacrificing performance. Both the Z3000AP and the Z2000AP have these two features but the Z1000AP does not.
It’s easy to simply look at performance data and base your choice of new air purifier on those stats alone. But, it’s important to understand that this is a machine that you will be living with day to day. it will be running in the background during the day and night when you will be asleep. So, you need to choose an air purifier that’s quiet, ideally less than 50dB – 60dB (decibels) which is the noise rating of an average modern refrigerator. This information is typically found on the air purifier packaging or the manufacturers website if you cannot find it elsewhere. All of the TruSens air purifiers on our list are in the 30dB (Z1000AP) up to 60dB (Z3000AP) range.
Air quality mode
Both the TruSens Z3000AP and Z2000AP air purifiers have the SensorPod air quality displays. This is a color coded ring on the unit that shows the current air quality as good, moderate or poor. The air purifier then works on those readings automatically to improve the IAQ in that room. As a budget unit, the Z1000AP does not have this mode.
Most manufacturers recommend that you replace your air purifier filters or clean them every 6-12 months if they are pleated or every 3 months if they are activated carbon filters. The TruSens units on our list have an indicator that tells you when it’s time to change or clean the filters. Filters can vary a great deal in cost but those used in a larger unit such as the Z3000AP typically cost around $20 or more. A good activated charcoal filter will cost around $50 or more. The price of a UV replacement bulb is negligible.
Dimensions and weight
The smallest air purifiers on the market are designed to sit on your desk and they are easy to pick up and move. The largest units are not portable at all and they remain stationary in a larger building. As far as air purifiers that you can use in your home you will notice that some such as the Z1000AP are easy to carry. But, the largest TruSens air purifier on our list the Z3000AP only weighs just under 18 lbs which is still easy enough to carry for most people. Bear in mind that the size of your air purifier will determine the room coverage that can be cleaned efficiently. It can be tricky to find a happy medium between portability and coverage if you have trouble lifting. If you struggle lifting objects you may want to have more than one air purifier in the rooms that you use regularly.
Every TruSens air purifier on our list is supplied with a 2 year warranty that guarantees that it will not have any manufacturer defects. If you do have a problem don’t worry because TruSens have an excellent reputation for customer service. The company can be contacted via phone, email or you can fill out an online form on the TruSens website. If anything happens to your TruSens air purifier you will discover that the support is friendly and helpful.