May 13, 2013 · filed under pretty things

airocide air purifier {sponsored post}

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A couple of months ago I was offered a chance to try out a fancy new air purifier called an Airocide if I would write about it on this blog. I’ve never done anything like this before, despite offers over the years, but this one seemed interesting to me. Maybe I’m a sucker now that I’m a mom, but I was excited about the opportunity to try it out in the babies’ room.

According to their website:

This technology, developed by NASA, clears the air of virtually 100% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) – the harmful gasses emitted by products you have around your home, like aerosol sprays, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, building materials, paints and paint thinners, strippers, pesticides and even air fresheners. This FDA approved device also completely eliminates all mold, fungi, viruses and bacteria (all major causes of allergy symptoms) that enter the chamber.

Not being a NASA scientist myself, I have to take their word for most of that. However, with all the stuff that goes into getting a room ready for a baby (paint, new rug, new furniture, etc), I’m sure there are quite a lot of chemical off-gasses in the air. Plus we have a cat, and pollen levels seem to be at ridiculously high levels. Even if the Airocide only does half of what it promises, it still sounds pretty darn good.

Airocide air purifier

{actual view of the unit in the babies’ room}

Also, here are some superficial things I like about it:

–Super easy to set up and turn on. From box to on and running in less than 5 minutes.

–Not bad looking. And oh, I’ve had some bad looking air purifiers in the past before.

–Creates white noise. We already have a white noise machine and a sleep sheep in the nursery, but I truly welcome the hum of the Airocide because I’m convinced white noise helps with infant sleep. And when the infants sleep, everybody wins.

–No yucky filters to clean.

–It was featured on Ellen, my one and only daytime TV true love.

But, the million dollar question (or, the $799 retail price question) — does it work? This is hard for me to judge because I can’t exactly ask my six-month-olds, “Hey, how much better are you feeling these days?” However, there is one major difference I can notice. Before I had an Airocide, Holden had a pretty bad patch of eczema on his head. Since I set it up, it has almost totally healed (with no fancy lotions or medicine). There were two or three nights when he slept in our room due to being sick, and the eczema instantly came back. It went away again when he was back in his crib.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell if there have been other benefits or improvements. I’m thinking next I will lend it to a family member who has eczema and see if it helps her out. I’ll report back either way, if you guys are interested.

If this kind of product seems up your alley (if you’ve got allergies, asthma, or you’re a parent of young kids, or maybe just hate germs) then you can check them out further on twitter, facebook, or their website. As a mom of two babies, I like the idea that my kids are breathing cleaner air every night while they sleep.

Disclaimer: I was given one Airocide unit to test out and write freely about. All opinions are my own.


1 Comment

  1. Carrisa
    May 13, 2013 11:27 pm

    I’m with you on the white noise. I sleep with a loud fan every night. Drowns out snores and lulls me to sleep. I have never used an air purifier before, but I would imagine I could use one. I’m in a constant state of allergy hell.