I live in a house with two dogs that shed twice a year for six months at a time, add to that a train line across the way, and the edge of the bush at the end of my street, making the dust and dirt in the air at my house is generally pretty visible.
According to Samsung research the intensity of concern about the air quality at home has increased in the past six months (following the 2020 bushfires and the coronavirus outbreak) with 31 per cent of Australians now more concerned than before.
I have never tested the air quality in my house. So when I got the opportunity to test out the Samsung AX5500 Air Purifier I was curious and terrified at the same time.
Ideal for families with children, households with pets or asthma and allergy sufferers, Air Purifiers can capture up to 99.97% of ultra-fine dust and even bacteria to help combat seasonal allergens and make old air, new again.
Some Airborne particles can actually be 70x smaller than the diameter of a single strand of hair.
On the AX5500 the front air inflow is designed to draw air in easily. After going through the purification process, a power fan then quickly distributes the clean air in multiple directions using its 3-Way Air Flow.
This enables the airflow to reach a wider area more quickly, achieving a particle clean air delivery rate (CADR) of 455 cubic meters per hour.
The AX5500 also features a numeric air quality display and a Laser PM 1.0 sensor. The sensor monitors air quality in real-time, displaying the air quality level with a 4-colour Indicator.
I used one in my main living area - where the dogs spend a lot of their time. It was super easy to set up - just make sure the filter is installed correctly, plug in, and turn on. I just put mine on the Auto settings and let it roll.
The device has a number and light that gives you instant feedback on your air quality. It was great to have the instant answer to my air quality questions, but when I maxed the machine out at 999 I was worried maybe my house was in fact too much to handle - admittedly it was after cooking and I’m pretty sure there was some back burning going on around Sydney.
However after a week of using it I discovered it actually did the trick.
My air quality was the worst when the dogs were inside (not surprising) and on hot days when we’ve had the windows closed. It also went up when I was cooking which was a little surprising. When everyone was sitting still though it didn’t take long for the machine to do its magic and improve the air we were breathing within as little as 30 minutes.
We actually ended up getting that magical number down to 3 or 4 and things just felt a little less stuffy.
After a week of using the machine - we had it on every afternoon once we got home from work but not overnight - I noticed a difference in the dust that had settled on some of the surfaces around the lounge room as well.
The before and after photos show how much less there was to be wiped off the top of the TV and the fireplace, so that was an added benefit.
At nearly $800 the machine doesn’t come cheap, but I’ve been using it ever since (we’ve now moved it to the bedroom to see if it helps there) and am keen to continue to know what the air quality is like in my home.
Words by Kristine Tarbert.
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