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Putting Air Purifiers to the Test: the Oreck ProShield
Written by Paul Shoberg

Monday, 28 September 2009

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The Oreck ProShield Air Purifier claims to:

Claim: Cleans and re-circulates the air in a 12' x 18' room twice every hour.
Response: No argument here, but really I don’t care how many times an hour it re-circulates the air as long as it gets it purified. Yes my room is a bit larger than this, but it also has over 10 hours to do the job.

Claim: The Truman Cell™ captures bacteria, allergens, viruses, mold, and germs.
Response: Okay, I have no clue what a “Truman Cell” is, but it claims the following: “As the air circulates through it, Oreck’s patented Truman Cell electronically charges dust, allergens, and germs and pulls them out of the air like a magnet. Then, the Odor Absorber Plus captures common household odors leaving clean, fresh smelling air.” If I can get clean smelling air, I’ll bronze the Truman Cell and run it against Obama in 2012.

Claim: Odor Absorber Plus removes household odors.
Response: You read it above, “captures common household odors leaving clean, fresh smelling air.” I know an Esplendido may not be “common”, but I will be darned if I was smoking a Macanudo.

Claim: Lays flat horizontally or on its side vertically; fits in tight spaces. Compact and portable; moves easily from room to room.
Response: A+ on this one, can lay both ways, is very portable, and you could move it around very easily.

Claim: Energy efficient: uses about the same electricity as an ordinary light bulb.
Response: I’ll have to take their word for it, as I said earlier, this is by no means scientific!

Claim: Three speed settings, including ‘Silence’.
Response: This rocked, it was dead silent on the lowest setting. I could easily see leaving it running all the time. For the test though we ran it on the highest setting all night.

The Cohiba was fantastic, in fact I just finished it. I am now turning this thing on, and will report back in the morning. Need I say I am rooting for Oreck? The smoke in here is not that bad, and I have to admit to cheating a bit on the Oreck’s side…I cracked the window a bit to help with the ventilation.

It’s the next day, and perhaps I should have knocked out a wall instead of cracking a window. I could easily smell the smoke the next morning. I didn’t need my wife’s sniffer on this one, it was pretty obvious. This was a pretty big letdown.

I am not going to bash the claims of removing allergens, but cigar odor is one allergen it does not remove. In fact, I let it run a few more days, and it took forever and some help to get my office back to “wife approval mode” for the next test. For what it is worth, if the second test goes the way of the first, it may not only be my last test, it may be my last cigar, last wife, and first divorce!






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0 # Better things to spend money one-man 2009-09-29 08:57
why not spend $3000 on a hot tub. You can smoke in the freezing cold and still be comfortable. Plus, your wife will get enjoyment out of it too.

It's a better investment than the $800 you shelled out for worthless air purifiers.

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