We live in Alberta, Canada, and this summer we had a lot of smoke come in from the British Columbia fires. It’s the most smoke we’ve had in many years, and it really affected my dad. He was constantly coughing and couldn’t get his throat clear. So, we bought the GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter for my dad on his birthday in August. We could’ve bought a more expensive one, but my dad tends to like a gift for a day or two and then never uses it again, so we didn’t want to chance it. The GermGuardian said it filtered smoke, and that was good enough for us.
He Actually Uses The Air Purifier!
My parent’s house isn’t an open concept, but the living room and dining room are together and it’s quite a big space. The suggested area for the air purifier is a closed room of 167 square feet, and the entire area definitely bigger than that. I haven’t measured it, but I would say maybe 500-600 square feet in total, so I was worried that this air purifier wasn’t going to do the trick. I was hoping that my dad might try to use it in the bedroom at night.
On his birthday, he pulled it out of the box, turned it on, read the instructions, and then told us how he was going to take care of it. He seemed to like it!
It hasn’t always been on when we go over, but he claims that he really likes it and is using it quite often. I can honestly say that their living room smells so good with that thing on. It’s obvious that it’s cleaning out the smells. It smells fresh and airy.
His cough disappeared quickly after his birthday, so there was that.
He hasn’t used it in the bedroom. Only in the living room.
Both my mom and dad say they notice a difference in the smell of the room and think it’s cleaning the air.
Could My Dog’s Allergies Benefit From The GermGuardian?
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my Miniature Pinscher’s allergies started up. He’s had allergies for about four years, since he was 10, but this year his allergies seem to be really bad. We normally give him some medication for it, but nothing seemed to be helping.
He was coughing and wheezing so much that he wasn’t even able to sleep through the night. And, at 14 1/2, he needs to get his sleep or he looks and acts like the oldest dog you’ve ever seen in your life.
We had been to the vet, and we were planning on getting him on some new medication soon.
On Thanksgiving Day, we warned my parents that he was going to be loud and sneezy. But, he went in the living room by the purifier and slept quietly most of the day.
When he came out of the room, he hacked. When he went in, he was fine.
We were convinced and bought the same air purifier from Amazon – the GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter – for us the next day.
We set it up in our bedroom the first night we had it, and Goliath (our Miniature Pinscher) slept like a log. He woke up refreshed and looked like a puppy.
It could be a coincidence, but we don’t think so. His allergies were so bad and that night was the first night he slept well.
Since then we’ve been moving the air purifier from room to room during the day. Wherever he is, the air purifier is. And he barely has any issues now.
He still gets congested when he gets upset or excited, or when the cold air comes into the house, but I would say about 95% of the problem is gone.
We haven’t had to get the new medication because he’s been so good.
What We Like About The GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter
1. It Seems To Work In Any Room
The air purifier is supposed to work best in rooms where windows and doors are closed, but that’s hard for us to do.
Our house is a very open concept. The living room, kitchen, and eating nook are all open to each other, and then the stairs lead up to our bonus room which has a view of all three of those rooms.
We’ve moved the air purifier from the downstairs living room, where we hang out after supper, to the bonus room, where I work, craft, and we watch TV, to the closed-door bedroom. Goliath seems to do well no matter which room we put it in.
2. I Love The Fresh Air Feel
I have noticed a difference in my breathing too. My nose seems to be cleaner and I really enjoy the fresh air feeling no matter where we are in the house. It feels like we have the windows open all the time, but without the freezing air coming in.
3. It Has Three Settings
This is something I didn’t notice on Amazon when I bought it. It has three settings, and we keep it on the highest setting most of the time. We turn it to the lowest setting when we go to sleep.
This is good because it’s quite loud on the highest setting and it blows cool air, which can cool off the bedroom really quickly.
The low setting seems to keep our room at a perfect sleeping temperature, even for our dogs.
4. It Was Ready Right Out Of The Box
You don’t need to do anything to make this work. You just pull it out of the box, plug it in, and off you go!
5. The Cost
Compared to other air purifiers, this one has a low cost.
I don’t know if more expensive air purifiers would work better, but I think the GermGuardian Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter is working just fine for our needs. It may not be able to clean all the air in our house at one time, but it does a great job wherever it is and it’s easily carried from room to room.
6. It’s Energy Efficient
With an air purifier, you have it plugged in and running a lot, so it’s important to be energy efficient.
There Are A Few Drawbacks
1. Extra Costs
We will have to change the filter in the future. They say it needs to be changed every 6-8 months. There’s an indicator that comes on when it needs to be changed.
It looks like you have to buy the carbon filter and true HEPA filter, which seems to work out to about $50. We will see how much it actually costs when the time comes.
I do find it worth it if it keeps my dog’s allergies down because we could spend a lot more money on vet bills, gas to get to the vet, and medication.
2. Cool Air
It’s seems to cool off the surrounding area, kind of like an air conditioner. It’s going to be great next summer.
But, now that it’s cooler and our furnace is running, we counteract the cool air with our heaters during the day, so it really doesn’t get too cool in here. If you are sitting in the stream of air coming out, though, it’s cool.
3. It’s Not That Tall
We got the 22-inch air purifier. I think there is a taller one that costs about $30 more.
Personally, I think the taller the better. It’s going to get at more air, faster. But, I’m not certain about that. It just seems like that’s the way it should be.
What I’m Not Sure About Yet
The GermGuardian Air Purifier has a UV-C light that works with Titanium Dioxide to kill viruses, germs, airborne bacteria, and mold spores. At least that’s what it says. You can turn this light off if you want.
I kind of liked this for my parents, because they are always getting sick, and if it can kill viruses and germs, then I thought it might be able to help them not get sick as often.
Turns out, they haven’t been sick since getting the air purifier, and they always have the UV-C light on.
From what I’ve read, it’s a toss up to whether or not this is a healthy or not healthy thing.
For instance, this article says it turns molecules of pollution into harmless substances, but it also releases tiny amounts of ozone into the air, which is a toxic air pollutant. They do say that it’s well within the guideline limit suggested by the FDA, but because of that, we don’t have it on much.
I’m just not convinced that it is more helpful than it is harmful, and because we try to be very conscious of things that can harm our health and our environmental footprints, it’s hard to know what to do.
If You Buy This As A Gift…
If you buy this as a gift from Amazon, make sure you get it gift wrapped unless you are going to gift wrap it yourself. We got it gift wrapped for my parents and it came in a big green bag, but when we ordered it for us, it just came in the GermGuardian box, so it was obvious to the delivery guy, our neighbors, and everyone along the way through shipping what we were getting.
I Love That It’s Helping My Dog’s Allergies
For now, it’s the most holistic way we can think of to help our dog suffer less from his allergies, so we are using it when we are home.
I know my parents were impressed by Goliath’s reduction in hacking and wheezing, so I’m pretty sure they will get us another one, probably for Christmas, which is fine by me. I notice that when I go out of the room where the air purifier is, I can feel the difference in the air. So, we can set up one downstairs and one upstairs and stop carrying the air purifier around wherever Goliath goes.
While I’m not sure about the whole UV-C light thing, I can see the results in both my parents and my house, and we bought it for results.
This has just been my personal experience with the GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer. You can learn more about it and read more reviews about it on Amazon here.