Ecoquest Air Purifiers Reviewed

Price: $725-899

OVERVIEW:

While being asked to have the Ecoquest Air Purifiers Reviewed I had such mixed feelings. Even though they work very well in two specific areas of air purification there is a list of downsides. Incidentally Ecoquest is now sold under the name Vollara (hence the Ecoquest Air Purifiers have all been renamed). It has been a MLM product in each version. Before that it was Living Air. I originally knew it as Alpine Air Purifier, which i believe was it's first "incarnation".

If you're wondering why it changed identities so often it's because of the problems they had with Ozone dangers and the EPA. They also were making some pretty bold claims about what their air purifiers could help. (The recent switch to Vollara may have been financial, I'm still investigating). The name change allowed them to stay in business when the lung problems from ozone began. Too much ozone can harm lungs. For an explanation of Ozone watch the video below.

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EcoQuest Video Review

This video explains the earlier ecoquest models and Ozone dangers. ..


What I have always loved about Ozone is it's ability to clean a room and kill mold and odor. Better than anything. It won't help with dust or pollen however. I have used it effectively for mold problems, stale air, odors, and when I wanted to "shock treat" a room to make it very fresh. I don't recommend it as an everyday air purifier because the ozone can harm lungs as I mentioned. My day-to-day air purifier runs 24/7 and uses negative ions and HEPA to remove dust.

SHOCK TREATMENT WITH OZONE: Here's how I have used the Ecoquest air purifiers I have owned over the years: Every week or so I crank it up and leave it on in a room for several hours. Then I shut it off, open the door (or windows) and let the remaining ozone dissipate for several hours before I go back in. i like doing this to my bedroom, bathroom and on an occasion when I have a mold or odor problem (kitchen, garage, or basement).

UPDATE: I was happy to see that Ecoquest added HEPA and UV in with the Ozone to eliminate dust and kill germs.


Stages of Purification

Now let's take a look at the filters and technology for cleaning the air. The Ecoquest Air Purifiers use 3 to 5 stages:

Stage 1 Lint Screen with impregnated carbon

Stage 2 Ozone

Stage 3 Washable HEPA filters

Stage 4 Tio2

Stage 5 UV



Pros and Cons

Pros

1 - Best Mold Killer Available

2 - Good for cleaning smoke

3 - Good for "dis-infecting" or purifying a room

4 - Additions of HEPA and tio2/UV bring dust and germ elimination into the picture

Cons

1 - MLM makes price very high

2 - Ozone can be a problem for asthmatics and allergically sensitive people

3 - Replacement of Uv bulb and plates can make maintenance expensive

4 - VOLLARA HAS CANCELLED ECOQUEST WARRANTY WITH NAME CHANGE

5 - Loud on High, low air flow



Specifications and Technologies

Ecoquest

Retail Price: $ $725-899

Purification Technologies: 3-5

Square Footage: 20-3000 SQ. Ft.

Replacement Filter Costs: UV = $25 (6 months). Ozone Plates $30-60 (1-2 years)

Yearly Costs: $60-80

Decibel Level: (test coming)

Warranty - It was a 3 year warranty which did not cover the plates or bulb maintenance. However, Vollara has canceled warranty coverage on the former company's products even though they just changed the name.

Number of Speeds - 3

Filters - 2


"Richardson" Air Purifier Rating

1. Technologies Included: (out of of 10 technologies) 4

2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 5

3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 5 (with added Tio2/UV)

4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 9

5. Longevity/Quality 9

6. Noise Levels 5

7. Ease of Use 10

8. Warranty 0

9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) 4

10. Price Value 3

Score: 54 = Fair


Conclusion

I like the Ecoquest Air Purifiers (or call them by their aliases: Alpine, Ecoquest or Vollara.. your choice) for mold and treating a room. However I don't put it ahead of my Hepa, UV, negative Ion, Carbon air purifier. I just use it for problem areas and occasional shock treatments of rooms in my home and our offices.

If you're looking for ozone for mold and odor removal there are now smaller, less-expensive Chinese ozone air purifier models available (some for $100) which will do the same thing. The comparison chart above or via the menu offers some other suggestions.

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