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This is a P.O.S!
It's not the most expensive unit but most popular would expect it to be reasonable quality for $240. If you/partner don't like any noise at night then forget having it in the bedroom at night even on low. Also the button lights need covering as they're too bright for sleeping.
Oscillating mode developed a soft knocking sound after 3 months which got worse to the point where it is too annoying to have on at night time and because it progressd so slowly that the company wouldn't honour a warranty claim 1 week out of warranty.
On top of that the...unit developed an electrical buzzing sound that come later and goes intermittnetly.... The interference type that also flickers any light that's plugged in near the unit. Originally we thought this was our old place but when we moved into a brand new house the P.O.S still does it.... This is in addition to the oscillating knocking. Finally - even though the front panel has a long air outlet on the front straight down the middle for some reason the air comes out on one side of this opening and also at an angle i.e. put your hand directly in front of the unit and U feel nothing until u move your hand around to the side ... Therefore U can't have it oscillate the way you want or even have it aimed straight at you as it has to be aimed almost pointing the opposite way. Agree that it's loud, it does not get rid of smells, it has a constant plastic air smell which isn't bad but isn't what you expect, and frankly it collects a bit of dust but hardly what you would think. It's bordering on fraudulent.... Do not listen to anyone saying this thing is worth it... Do yourself a favour and spend $70 more for something that at least does what it says and doesn't start to have issues within weeks of ownership.
Purchased in February 2014 at Harvey Norman Retail Stores - Appliances for $249.00.
I purchased this on a catchoftheday deal at a around $170. It arrived in good condition. Within 24 hours the agitator motor that swivels the unit started making a annoying noise as it turns the unit from the base and the UV light stopped. I emailed customer support 4 days ago. Not a peep from them and why would they? It's landfill and they know it. Don't waste your money.
The AR29 is great for removing dust and pollen from the air. My wife suffers from dust allergy and the unit has really helped. I have hay fever for a few months a year and it helps with this too. The filters lasted for over a year before it needed to be replaced with moderate use. Highly recommended.
Great investment and combined with a Dyson has really helped my allergies
I am highly allergic to dust, grass and pollen and bought the AR29 from Harvey Norman 12 months ago based on the positive reviews online from fellow allergy suffers.
I use this at night and it improves my quality of sleep. When I forget to use it, I don't sleep as well and wake up congested and with a blocked nose.
The noise can be annoying for light sleepers like me and I fold a small towel on top to block out the dreaded blue light but it's worth it for a better night's sleep.
This combined with a thorough vacuum with a Dyson (I use the blue allergy Dyson D29) make allergies and hay fever season more bearable for me.
Clean fresh air. But filter indicator is misleading.
Have owned one of these for 2 years, mainly used in a large bedroom. We bought it for use as an air filter and a fan, and it does a good job of both. It has quite large filters, so a lot of surface area for dust. When I start to have hayfever symptoms at night, I run this for a day and the symptoms disappear noticably. The fan is whisper quiet on low. It is noisy on high (like a rushing wind) however the air output is also quite high (more than other regular tower fans I've owned) so is good for cooling during summer. And yes the button l...ights are bright and need to be covered at night. My only other criticism is the filter-change indicator. Rather than monitoring the 'dirtiness' of the filters, it seems to just work on a set time of use - meaning that the filters aren't necessarily ready to be changed, still have some more life in them. In saying this, you can ignore the indicator and continue using the same filters. Very happy with the unit.
Is not trustworthy product
I contacted manufacturers to find out what is the air flow on diferent settings as this product has got 3 settings and answer was they do not know. This product was probably never tested properly. Big mistake that I bought it. Filtration of air that's what it goes but how much nobody knows.
Good Enough For Its Price
I purchased this purifier because the family is just passing around winter illness in circles. I can objectively say that it's doing its job as expected, and felt the much cleaner air around the room. I keep the machine on over night at its low speed. I thought the medium fan is good enough to filter air on a 20sqm bed room during the day.
Not sure of how efficient the UV light is, though. I thought the UV bulb is too small for the amount and pressure of air passing through. At night, I could hear the power buzzing when it's in oscillating ...mode. But overall, as long as it's doing its job, that's more important to me. Ergonomic & sleek design, filters air properly, cool light at night (forget the lamp shades) Power is buzzing in the silence of night
Major improvement in musty apartment!
This air purifier has made a very big difference on the air quality in my 1 bedroom apartment. There is a permanent mould problem in this building and needs constant ventilation. With all windows left open 24/7 there is still quite a musty odour. Within a day of using this product the air quality was so much better. I have been using it now for nearly a month and I am very happy with the results. The air is much nicer to breath, and I no longer wake up feeling slightly sick from breathing in bad air all night.
I have cleaned the pre-filter ...3 times, it gathers a thick layer of dust on the outside of it. Decent price, improves air quality Like most reviews I read on air purifiers: Lights are bright and will light up room at night. The manual does not mention the pre-filter and how to clean it (or replace it). No reply when emailed Homedics customer service regarding pre-filter.
Really good air purifier and decent price.
The ar29 works very well, the only comparison i have is to the Oreck air purifier XL (owned for 2 1/2 years), and the ar29 is easily better. When fan speed is on low, it is quiet, much more quiet than my box window aircon. I have a high allergy to dust, small allergy to pollen and pet dander, and after a few hours with this on at high fan speed when i first got it, my room smelt fresh and clean, and i didn't feel that sort of dirt in the air when i breathe- filters dust very well. It has an oscillation feature which is cool but you can turn it ...on or off, same with the uv-c light which kills bacteria and germs. It has a CADR (clean air delivery rate) of smoke-122, pollen-172 and dust-155. My only problem is the back-lit buttons which are bright enough to make it hard to sleep as it feels like lights are on- so basically just cover the light up when sleeping. Cheap, filters air very well. Back-lit buttons are annoying when sleeping.
They promise the world
If you really want a good purifier, spend the money and buy the best ones that have been proven by global health standards. Unfortunately you still pay a lot for a product that barely does the job. Was this worth $250 ? Certainly not. I think the air in the room is a little more dust free, I say a little, but stale odours remains and the unit gives off a plastic smell through the fan.
It is really an expensive fan that removes a little dust, nothing more. Although I don't suffer from allergies, so I cannot comment if it improves the air fo...r ones who suffer those conditions. Plus its not whisper quiet! Sorry, I'm not convinced. I mark it bad because of what you get for the price tag. Looks promising, removes a little dust, ok for a fan Doesn't deliver, is not quiet (maybe compared to a jack hammer), does not remove stale odours
I don't know what all the fuss is about. These things are useless, it is the most expensive fan I have ever bought. That is about all it does, blow air around. I bought it to get rid of musty smells in my bedroom. It just doesn't do it, I am better off simply opening up the window. On the other side however, it is a very attractive unit and I look forward to the day when the filters are clogged up with dust and I use the unit as an expensive fan in my living room. I also took two weeks to be delivered, the company uses TOLL IPec as their transp...ort company, they are hopeless to say the least. I live in Brisbane and the office of homedics is is Melbourne. I think a camel would have delivered the package quicker than that. This is the most expensive (and best) unit that homedics sell, I don't know why people are saying the other units are excellent, because this one is pretty bad. looks good doesn't do what it is supposed to do
Questions & Answers
Our house is musty, mouldy and smelly. Do we start by running it in a closed room to kill what is inside or with full window and door open. Silly question, I know, but my thinking is opening windows may cause it to be overloaded with too much air which means it wont get to the stale air. Then do you run it away from the door so it filters the stale air or as close to the window as possible to filter the air before it comes in. Again, my thinking is it may cause overload if it is dealing with high air volume near door and clean only the new air never reaching that far corner that is killing our breathing. Do you run it all day or for how long?????
They only recommend distances from door but provide no other assistance in the manual. So far, its done nothing so before we become very angry we would like some suggestions.
I have since moved out of the mouldy apartment, though when I was using it… The apartment was too mouldy to shut the windows so all windows were left open pretty much 24/7 (except in really cold parts of winter where there was no choice to close overnight). Whether windows opened or closed, we left the purifier on all the time during day/night, on highest setting or mid setting. Never paid attention to distance from doors etc, we had it, from memory, 1/2 metre from a wall, located in middle of apartment (to try and clean all air in apartment). Wasn’t close to any of the windows.
The Hepa filters needed replacing every 2-3 months as they would turn from white to dark green-grey, and you could start to smell the mould slightly from the purifier. I would also vaccum the pre-filter fortnightly (gathers layer of dust on the inside) and eventually purchased new material and cut out to size a new pre-filter as the original one tore and fell apart.
We would leave it running day/night 24/7 for the entire month sometimes, without switching off, never overloaded once. Would turn off completely when no-one was home to give it a rest… Hope that helps!
@Lissyjane, in my humble opinion the unit can only cover so much area. You may at first put the unit near a corner of your place where you think the smell and moist are more concentrated. In my case, I placed it inside my bedroom and let it run at 30 minutes (with UV switched-on) before going to bed. Aside from this, you may optionally spray the filter with anti-bacterial solution (you can get this from chemist) to assist fast killing of the airborne bacteria. Then you'd leave the unit running while you are in the room. Don't forget to clean the filter once in a while. You may want to open your doors or windows during the morning to allow the old air to come out and new air to come in. Don't trap the used air inside your home, particularly from your bedroom.
Most importantly, I'd like to make clear that molds are a product of several elements, such as
 the carbon dioxide that people exhale; warm and moist air goes up and sticks on the ceiling - this helps feed the mold
 poorly lit areas - particularly if your bedroom is not seeing the sunlight; this allows moist to stay longer and a perfect feeding ground for molds
 carpets and rugs - so much dust can stack up on carpets or rugs and moist can settle on these carpets and rugs; again perfect feeding ground for molds
 poorly ventilated kitchen or bath room - moist can come from boiling dish, hot shower, and flowing into parts of your home and settling on the bed or carpets
Keep in mind that molds are living creatures; it can make you sick so it is dangerous and sometimes fatal. Therefore, no matter what unit you buy for your home, you'll never get rid of them (molds + moist + smell) unless you get rid of the root causes and elements that assist in breeding these molds.
Hope this helps.
|Release date||Aug 2012|
- GTIN13: 0031262063755
- MPN: AT29AU
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