Review: Germ Guardian Air Filter System
I’m a big fan of air cleaning systems because, for one reason or another, my house always seems to be assaulted by dust no matter what I do to try to combat it. So when Germ Guardian offered to send me a free air filter to try out in my dust-infested home, I jumped on the chance. I used it for two weeks to get a real feel for its effectiveness, but I could tell in the first day that I would like it. My husband set it up downstairs in the living room while I was cooking dinner.
Me: Hey, don’t forget to turn the air filter on!
Him: It’s already on.
Convenience of Use
I was quite impressed by how quietly the system functioned because the other air filter we have in my bedroom sounds like a plane is readying for take-off every time I turn it on. Even on the highest setting, this system is much quieter than other systems I have tried. That means I can use it at night and still hear the kids stirring in their beds, which is important to me.
When I first pulled the Germ Guardian out of the box I was a little disappointed that the system was fixed to the base since the other system from another manufacturer we have in the house moves from left to right on the base. That is, it did move from left to right on the base for about a week and then the base broke, so now it’s stationary. So, in retrospect, maybe a system fixed on the base is the smarter design.
Methods of Air Filtration
One of the most interesting features of this system is the UV light that is supposed to kill certain germs from the air. At first, I didn’t know what to make of the UV light because I was afraid the light might expose my kids to something harmful, but it turns out the light shines on the inside of the system, not the outside. It’s actually a pretty interesting concept; the air that goes through the system not only has to go through the HEPA filter but it also gets sanitized by the UV light. That’s more than my other system does to make sure the air we breathe in the house is clean.
Is my house still a haven for dust particles? Not so much. We have been using the system for two weeks now and I’ve noticed a marked decrease in the dust particles floating in the air and landing on the furniture in the room we use the Germ Guardian in. I asked my husband what he thought of the system and he said that he was in the bedroom and felt an allergy attack coming on, so he went into the living room where the Germ Guardian was running and said he felt some relief to his allergy symptoms almost immediately. Any system that can stop a sneezing attack gets a big thumbs up from me.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for an air filter, I fully endorse the Germ Guardian. It is really easy to set up and use, and it delivers on its promise to clean the air in your house. It also doesn’t have any little crevices or numerous buttons that might entice little ones to try to mess with it, although I would suggest supervising young kids around it since it’s an electronic device that is plugged into a wall outlet.
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We may actually buy another one to put in the upstairs because of how impressed we are with this system.