The Magic of HEPA

I spend way too much time indoors…

But I’m gonna look like I’m 30 when I’m 60, so it’s worth it. 😉

As a web strategist, much of my time is spent indoors building websites and tending to an avalanche of emails. Hence, the quality of the air matters big time for me.

Did you know that indoor air is five times more polluted than the air outside?

I have always wanted to get an air purifer, but when I looked on Amazon, they all looked so friggin expensive, and I just couldn’t justify spending that much money on it.

After a conversation with a comedian friend of mine, who swore by the effectiveness of his Alen air purifier, I started researching about HEPA filters last month, more seriously in a buying mindset.

My friend said he researched air purifiers and the best one was the Alen BreatheSmart 75i True HEPA Air Purifier. He said to check out the reviews on Amazon, and not to take his word for it.

So I did just that. I researched various air purifiers, and my friend Andrey was totally right about the reviews. The one that I kept coming across with the best reviews was the Alen BreatheSmart 75i True HEPA Air Purifier.

The price? Not so great. >> $349

However, if you are truly interested in obtaining optimal health, and maximizing your energy levels, crushing it with your productivity, then that one-time cost might just be worth it. I went for it, and I am so glad I did!

I took my friend’s recommendation, and bought the Alen BreatheSmart 75i True HEPA Air Purifier which had the most positive, genuine sounding reviews.

…and I am so glad I did!

This air purifier has made a significant improvement in my overall energy levels and health.

Within a couple days of using the air purifier, I found myself breathing better, feeling better and generally very happy about the purchase.

The Magic of HEPA

HEPA is a word that stands for high-efficiency particulate air. It is a mechanical filter that forces air to trap those things that make your allergies go bonkers. It catches all those pollen particles, pet dander, dust, and even cigarette smoke.

My research showed that 99.7 percent of those particles can be trapped by a HEPA filter. Further research from the EPA shows that indoor air is five times more polluted than the air outside. That wasn’t hard for me to believe. That’s where most of my problems are from an allergens perspective.

That magic with HEPA is enough to produce long-term health benefits, or for me, relief from all kinds of indoor allergies.

The Alen Breathe Smart 75i True HEPA Air Purifier

The Alen BreatheSmart is described as the granddaddy of air purifiers in many reviews.

Its performance is exceptional, and its size is just perfect. It purifies large rooms but is very small. It also comes with a lifetime warranty which made me feel better about the cost. That feature alone is considered a big one for this air purifier. A lifetime warranty is not something you are going to find anywhere.

As far as how it is in your room, it’s so quiet that you hardly even know that it is there. This is a purifier that is easy to use and can handle a room up to 1,300 square feet. Yes, a room that size. It is said to remove 99.9 percent of allergens and has additional options for removing smoke and other odors. If it matters to you, it comes in a wide range of colors to accommodate any decor.

Features of the Alen BreatheSmart

The product itself is approximately two feet high and weighs 27 pounds. You will find the air intake vents on the sides of the unit so that you can put it against any wall when it is in use, and even when it isn’t. It comes with wheels so that you can roll it where you need to, as it is fairly heavy.

On the front, you have a panel that is customizable to meet your needs so that you can tell the purifier how much you want it to clean today. The noise level is rated at an amazing 25 decibels which is comparable to a whisper. Even at its highest speed, you may hear your refrigerator more than this purifier. This noise level is referred to as pink noise, which will also help you to sleep better.

Energy-wise you are looking at a purifier that only consumes 45 watts. Yes, that means you have light bulbs that are more energy-costly. Even so, there are features that allow you to adjust the power modes to auto to save even more power. A timer is also added into this model, which allows you to set it and forget it, or have it turn on when you are cooking.

Another feature I loved included the intuitive interface. This had seven buttons that could easily be programmed. Turn it on or off with a single button, or put it on auto. On auto, it cycles through all five settings without you having to think about it. 

Other buttons included are a child lock button, which helps if you have little ones around. They won’t be able to play with its pretty interface. The power switch is right in the center, with a circular indicator letting you know how clean the air is as it is in use. Blue means the air is clean or of excellent quality, purple is not a great color. You may even turn it on and realize that the air is already clean enough, or that it really needs a good clean based on this color.

As far as filters are concerned you have the true HEPA filter, the Fresh filter for extra absorption, and the pet and heavy filters for allergens, odors, and pathogens. You’re never going to be confused about whether this purifier is working.

To add to it, you have a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service. As intuitive as this purifier is, I still called the customer service line for help setting it up and understanding the filters and the call was quick and easy.

Start Purifying With BreatheSmart

I love that this is a smart product in that this makes it all very easy to figure out. I can easily see why this is the purifier that everybody is raving about online.

Every purifier wants to be this one. This is why it is so expensive, not because it is popular, but because it is an excellent product. Not many will tell you in advance whether the room even needs to be purified or not.

It blends in any room, and it works very quietly. And it works amazing! I’ve already started to notice a difference in my energy levels. The air in my room smells like fresh outdoor air you would smell when you are camping in the wilderness.

If you work inside like me, it’s time to start purifying! It makes a big difference with your energy levels and will make you more productive. It did for me! : )

Hope you enjoyed geeking out on air purifiers with me in this post. Tell me in the comments which air purifier you’ve found to be the best one? I’d love to hear your comments.

20 Responses

  • I need something like this my allergies are horrible! I have dogs too and I have a mild allergy to them but Im definitely not going to go get rid of my dogs! The air purifier can only help out the issue. I live in a pretty urban area so the quality of air isnt good anyway, plus theres an open park across the street that never gets mowed. Im just asking for it! I definitely want one.

  • I believe my household could benefit from an air purifier. We have several pets who track dust in from the Phoenix desert. Several years ago, I had an air purifier and noticed its ability to transform stagnant air and provides a cleaner air environment for your home. I would love to give this one a try.

  • As someone with pretty severe environmental allergies, having an effective filter is such an essential part of my life. Unlike the outdoors, the air indoors doesn’t really circulate a lot, often leading to the accumulation of toxins, harmful particles, and dust indoors. And, dust that settles is dust that gets stored in the carpet, the furniture, and every nook and cranny you can think of. That being said, just because you get a filter doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. In regards to allergies, and as a Southern California native, I’d definitely recommend a humidifier too; just remember to take care of moisture or water that settles on any porous surface!

  • Wow, I had no clue that Amazon sold air purifiers. I have bad allergies and this might change my life. This seems like a must-buy product. I’m glad you pointed out the noise level of the purifier because that’s important. Even if it did cure my allergies, I wouldn’t want it to be too loud and bother me more than my allergies. I’ve had many different purifiers over the years and have settled on a purifier that was noisy but still kept my house free from allergens. But it sounds like it’s time for me to make a switch!

  • Considering the low noise level and low power consumption, Alen is considered the granddaddy of air purifiers. Including the smart intuitive inference system, Alen offers excellent customer service. It worths every penny!

  • This definitely sounds like something I need to get. There’s been a noticeable drop in air quality where I live the past few years. The way my apartment building is situated, getting a cross-breeze to help circulate the air is near impossible; not to mention the humidity spiking in the summer due to the nearby lakes. The air I breathe is heavy and stagnant, and I’ve been more congested lately. Now that I’m working from home, an air purifier is most certainly at the top of my list of necessary office supplies. Based on your recommendation, I’m going to start by researching the one in this article.

    ~Cory S.

  • I was feeling so fatigued and had zero energy by lunchtime every day that I had to make a doctor’s appt to see what was wrong with me. Come to find out, I suffer from seasonal allergies, and this year has been especially difficult due to the increased pollen from the extreme weather conditions in the region I live in. I didn’t purchase the exact HEPA Air Purifier that you are talking about, but I did get one similar, and it’s made a world of difference in my energy. I am so much more productive now, and I don’t wake up tired anymore!

    I strongly suggest that anybody who has breathing difficulties look into an air purifier; it can really help you feel better almost instantly!

  • Pet danders are a pretty common issue faced by pet parents. For me, the Alen H13 medical-grade HEPA filter is a life savior. It removes 99.99% of air pollutants like dust, smoke, pollen, etc. down to 0.1-microns. It’s an investment worth savings!

  • Whoa,
    I had no idea about how polluted indoor air is compared to outdoor air. I knew that dust mites are really common and can create problems for children especially. However, I had no clue that our indoor air is five times worse than fresh air. This is concerning for me considering I also work from home and end up spending the majority of my time at my desk. I’ve read extensively about the benefits of having house plants for air purification, but I haven’t really considered investing in an air purifier until now. I’m really surprised by the energy efficiency.

  • Coronavirus exhorted us more time spending at home these days. EPA research shows that indoor air is five times more polluted than the air outside. A good quality air purifier can easily solve the issue and mitigate the health risk.

  • People would be surprised how much can be in their houses air. Just having old or outdated air conditioning ducts can cause you massive problems. I don’t suffer from it, but I know seasonal based allergies are bad, and a lot of people don’t realize that you don’t have to go outside for that to be an issue. Dust is another factor that can cause you problems. Air purifies like these can help combat all these things and more. I don’t personally need an air purifier, but this is a product I’d consider, even at the price. It’s a little steep, but there are some rather expensive ones on the market anyways.

  • I have never considered getting an air purifier. I use nasal spray for my allergies, but of course my allergies really only act up when I’m outside (and forget the spray). I am shocked at how polluted indoor air can be and I’m wondering whether burning candles pollutes the air? I’m not sure what makes indoor air so polluted, though it is a bit concerning, especially with so many people (myself included) working from home. I wish the purifier was not so expensive, but it seems to have a large job so it makes sense if it needs to be so expensive. I wonder what the future of technology like this will be as our air (indoor and outdoor) continues to become more and more polluted. Could we manage to scale back the air pollution in cities with massive purifiers? It’s definitely something to think about.

  • I am not sure why I was surprised to read that the inside is more polluted than the outside. It is more polluted, there isn’t enough circulation to push out the various things floating inside the house! After COVID hit, I was forced to work from home and I honestly didn’t realize how stuffy it was until I had to work at home and stay home for a good majority of the day. Thank you for the recommendation! I currently have one that was gifted to me, but I am definitely in the market for purchasing a new one. No more sneezing and having flare-ups for me!

  • An air purifier is a good little device to have around your home. I use to have an air purifier but I don’t have it anymore I loved it when I had it. It makes the air seem crisp and fresh. Thank you for sharing.

  • A Harvard health study conducted in six US communities for ten years indicates adverse effects in pulmonary functions and prevalence of community bronchitis causing by indoor pollution. The impacts on children are most acute. According to them, investing in an air purifier is one of the five ways to handle the issue.

  • I also have indoor allergies, plus dogs. Luckily I live out in the country, so my air isn’t as bad as in many other areas. Although the trees, dogs, sand, and pollen make it pretty awful. When I lived in the City, I had an air purifier, and it helped a lot. In researching air purifiers, I found there were so many different ones at different prices, and the most expensive did not always mean the best. The fine mesh located in HEPA filters helps to trap most impurities in the air. Another thing that most people who have allergies do not think of is getting rid of their carpet and installing hardwood floors instead. Instead of buying fabric couches, buy leather or similar.

  • The tropical air in Florida and things that grow on and inside the walls of homes as a result of it, make fans and air purifiers a necessity here. In our home, we currently use a Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier. Like the Alen version you’ve had so much success with, it features a HEPA filter and traps extraordinarily small particles. We just moved from a townhouse to a stand alone home so we may need to purchase a second purifier. The BreathSmart looks like it costs about $150 less, so maybe a good and less expensive alternative to the Dyson.

  • I need something like this badly. I’m glad you mentioned something like this and I ran across it because just the other day I was talking to my family about the quality of the air where I live. For some reason things that are white or absorb particles easily seem to be turning a brownish color in my place. I’ve had a cell phone case and 2 pairs of white shoes turn a brownish color, and the only thing I can keep thinking about is wondering if my lungs are like that. It has got to be the air. Something like this sounds like a good investment. I appreciate you taking the time to write posts like this. Definitely instills some education and also reminders to people out there looking for answers.

  • This thing is incredible!

    I wouldn’t call it a value-for-money product, but it’s well worth the money. We have four dogs in a single-story open design of around 800 square feet. And I immediately noticed a significant improvement in air quality just minutes after turning it on!

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