Winix Air Purifier VOC Efficacy Test Results Are In
Ausclimate are extremely proud to share our recent independent VOC Testing Results for our Winix Ultimate 5-Stage Air Purifier, but firstly, just what are VOCs?
So what are VOCs?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that can easily enter the air in our home from many commonly used household products. The list of VOCs in your home seems endless. And yes, they’re everywhere: the materials used to build our home, plywood & wood products, carpets, soft furnishings, upholstered furniture, oil & solvent based cleaners, nail polish & other personal care products, adhesives & paints, aerosol sprays, even the vehicle emissions entering our homes.
We are commonly exposed to these VOCs by breathing, touching & swallowing. Just how harmful these are to our health is determined directly by:
- The toxicity of the VOCs
- The amount of VOCs in the air
- The duration of exposure
Reducing our exposure can be achieved in a number of ways. And, whilst it may not be possible to totally remove these hazardous chemicals from our home, we can certainly take some steps to limit our exposure:
- Ensure indoor areas are well-ventilated
- Reduce the sources of VOCs where practicable
- Use high quality air purifiers.
Winix Air Purifiers for VOC Removal
It’s well known that HEPA filter within the Winix Air Purifiers are designed to remove airborne pollutants in our homes, including those tiny particles of dust, mould, smoke, pollens, viruses and bacteria.
But the HEPA filter alone are not designed for VOC removal. It’s really the Winix ACTIVATED CARBON filter, as well as Winix PlasmaWaveTM technology that are the most important features when it comes to removing VOCs (such as formaldehyde & other dangerous chemicals).
VOC Independent Testing
Winix proudly state that the Winix Ultimate 5 Stage Air Purifier is in a field of its own when it comes to removing VOCs from the air in our homes. And there’s little doubt that the Activated Carbon filter, as well as Winix PlasmaWaveTM technology are responsible for these high-efficiency rates.
But, here in Australia, we wanted to go one step further, to have our own testing performed too – just to be sure!
So, we enlisted Melbourne-based indoor environment industry expert, Nicole Bijlsma (pictured), CEO of the Australian College of Environmental Studies to carry out independent VOC efficacy testing of our Winix Ultimate 5 Stage Air Purifier.
Nicole completed the VOC air testing in Bayswater, Melbourne in 2017 & had the samples analysed by Prism Analytical Technologies (USA).
VOC Test Results
Quite simply, the results were very clear:
In the official test, “The results indicate a significant reduction in Total VOCs from 98,000ng/L to 20,000 ng/L which equates to an almost 80% reduction of total VOCs within one hour of the air purifier being in use.”*
This is a great result that leaves us wondering, ‘If this is so effective in only one hour, can you imagine how effective it is in cleaning the air in a room all day long?!’
What these VOC test results mean for you
We’ve already established that there are more potentially hazardous chemicals in our homes than we want to even think about! From everyday household cleaners, to furniture materials, to common glues, paints & plastics found in the home; even experts have little knowledge on their potentially long-term & dangerous effects on human health.
Nicole Bijlsma notes that “Outdoor air pollution kills more people in Australia than the road toll, and indoor air quality is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air” (BITRE, 2017; OECD, 2014; US EPA, 2017). …“The Ausclimate air purifier was shown to reduce the chemical load in indoor air by 80% within an hour of use.” (ACES, 2017)
Simply put, these results prove that Ausclimate’s Winix Ultimate 5 Stage Air Purifier will actively remove many of these airborne chemicals straight out of the air in our rooms, as effectively as 80% in one hour! In the big picture, these results are just great news for people with chemical sensitivities (or just wanting to reduce their chemical exposure) because this is real evidence that our Winix Ultimate 5 Stage Air Purifier can effectively protect you & your family from many of these everyday chemical nasties that are found in the common home.
* Testing results provided by the Australian College of Environmental Studies via Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc., the creator of IAQ Commercial Survey. Prism has been performing air quality assessments to industry and environmental consultants since 1995. IAQ Commercial SurveyTM is one of the most advanced, trusted air testing products on the market today for identifying chemical sources and active mould growth. Model tested: Winix Ultimate 5-Stage Air Purifier (AUS-9500). Detailed testing results available on request.
Thank you, we hope that this information & test results have been helpful & as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Please take a look at our website to find out all about our full Ausclimate WINIX air-purifier range & feel free to get in touch with any questions that you may have. Always happy to help!
A reminder that we are also currently nearing the end of our Ausclimate Christmas Air-Purifier Competition. So please take a gander at our Facebook competition post for your chance to WIN a WINIX Ultimate 5-stage air-purifier of your own!