07/24/2013

Looking for the Right Portable Air Cleaner? AHAM Verifide Can Help

If you have allergies, finding the right room air cleaner can be a chore.The AHAM Verifide program for air cleaners makes it easier for consumers seeking relief to find one that best suits their needs. All room air cleaners that carry the AHAM Verifide mark have been independently tested by a laboratory and verified that it will perform according to the manufacturer?s specification for the reduction of three particulates: tobacco smoke, dust and pollen. The tests determine the recommended room size as well as the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR).

Additionally, AHAM also verifies that a product meets the ENERGY STAR criteria for units that have an ENERGY STAR seal. AHAM’s Director of Product Certification and Verification, Ralph Hudnall, explains that the tests include those three particulates because they are easily obtained and repeatable across all models. For example, the cigarettes used are produced by a university in Kentucky, the pollen is imported from a nursery in Canada from one particular plant, and the dust used is called “Arizona Test Dust” that is also used by ANSI and ASHRAE. He said that while people suffer from other allergies, such as to mold or pet dander, there’s not a method for testing for those types of particulate matter at this time. “Someone would have to be in a room full of cats collecting dander,” he joked.

A database of AHAM Verifide room air cleaners can be found here, and you can learn more about how to identify AHAM Verifide products here. For more information on allergies, visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s website.