An Air Purifier Convert

Air purifier on the kitchen floor with a mother and daughter in the background.

Approximately 15 years ago, I decided to see an allergist and find out exactly what I was allergic to with the hope of finding a solution. The term “rescue inhaler” was not lost on me, as I’ve had allergy-induced asthma since I was a teenager. Not surprisingly, the tests came back saying I had serious Spring and Fall allergies that were related to numerous pollens and mold. I scored particularly high with the indoor allergens, dust mites, and molds. Also, I was very much allergic to cats and had only a slight allergy to dogs.

I began a regimen of allergy shots once a week for a full year, then transitioned to monthly shots for seven years. At the end of that time, my seasonal and pet allergies appeared to be cured, and my indoor allergies had all but subsided. I no longer needed my rescue inhaler. For the first time since I could remember, I could breathe through my nose when sleeping. What a relief!

In the past couple of years, however, my indoor allergies have reared again. I’m back to not being able to breathe freely, especially while in bed. I am diligent about keeping the bedroom dusted and the beddings and throw rugs clean. I even have two dog beds for Dixie so that I can always have a clean bed for her. She does smell like a dog, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, dog dander was very low on my list of allergies.

In the Fall, I purchased a Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier. I’m embarrassed to say that I hadn’t plugged it in until two weeks ago, and Spring pollen is just a few weeks away! I had a million bad excuses for not setting it up, but mostly I thought it would only make noise and not alter my situation.

No Judgment

While researching my last blog, I interviewed Michele Ann Cassalia, Director of Marketing at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded 50 years ago. Through community outreach programs, she has seen first-hand how indoor air allergens and pollutants can trigger asthma attacks.

I told Cassalia that I had an air purifier but hadn’t taken the time to set it up yet. “Everyone’s concerned about the bedding, but it also makes sense to place an air purifier at the bottom of the bed or somewhere, so it is focused towards the center of the bedroom,” she says. “One-third of your time is spent in the bedroom.”

At the end of our interview, she urged me to set up the air purifier.

In another recent interview, Dr. Feryal Hajee, M.D., who practices allergy and immunology at Metropolitan Asthma and Allergy of Little Silver, NJ, shared this with me: “Devices [air purifiers] that capture particles of 0.3 microns and greater are considered necessary for animal allergens and mold spores. Portable in-room air cleaners with HEPA filters, especially those that filter the breathing region during sleep, appear to be beneficial.”

Is That Fresh Air?

I read the directions for the Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier I had purchased, and I set it up two feet from the wall so it could get proper airflow. I placed it near the wall by the head of my bed.

The morning I set it up, I turned the unit on “high” and closed the bedroom door. There are several settings to choose from, including “automatic.” To my surprise, it wasn’t half as loud as the fan I used during the summer. A gentle stream of air flows from the top of the unit.

As I got into bed, I turned the setting to “low.” After being in bed for a few minutes, I thought the unit must have shut off because I couldn’t hear it at all. I got up to find that it was on, but amazingly quiet, flowing a gentle stream of air.

Two nights passed, and I did not give any thought to the air purifier.

On the third night, looming deadlines caused sleeplessness. As I watched the clock, I realized I was breathing through my nose. This is a massive deal for me. Then I noticed I couldn’t smell my dog, Dixie. I was smelling fresh air. You know that first Spring day, before the pollen hits when you open the windows and the air is crisp and refreshing? That’s how I felt. There were no odors or faint smells at all, and I could breathe.

Why I Purchased the Sharp Plasmacluster (PCI) Air Purifier

I was skeptical that an air purifier would provide perceptible benefits. My allergies were coming back, and if I was going to make a purchase, it had to meet specific requirements. It needed to be smart and have a built-in temperature, dust, and humidity sensors to monitor the air quality and automatically clean as needed. It needed to have HEPA filtration to remove 99.97 percent of airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns to capture pollen, dust, and pet dander. There are several models available that meet this requirement.

I didn’t want to have to remember to change a filter every three months. Unlike most home air purifiers with HEPA filters needing to be changed every few months, the HEPA filters in Sharp’s air purification units only need to be changed every two to five years, depending on the unit. The benefits of True HEPA are there, plus the benefits of PCI.

I did some digging on Sharp’s patented Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier technology, which creates positive and negative ions that fly through the air, looking for viruses, bacteria, pet dander, mold, mildew, and odors—anything they can attach themselves to. Then the Plasmacluster Ion steals the hydrogen, and floats away as water vapor, while the remains of the now inactive pollutant fall apart. Once the Plasmacluster Ions take all of the hydrogens out of a pollutant, any leftover bits normally get stuck to and whisked-away in the newly created water molecule.

I located a white paper on the PCI technology and was duly impressed.

An interesting point I was unaware of is that an air purification system can produce ozone. Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion air purifiers are CARB Certified (California Air Resources Board) because they provide an insignificant amount of ozone.

It is life-changing that I can breathe freely again!

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of certain Home Appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States.  Leading products include Sharp Carousel(R), Microwave DrawerTM, SuperSteam+TM ovens, and Plasmacluster(R) Ion air purifiers. Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally, received a 2018 Thomson Reuters TOP 100 Global Technology Leader Award, and appears on the Forbes America’s Best Employers 2017 list.1

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1 Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013; Forbes, 2017; thomsonreuters.com

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