Of all air purifier components, the air filter is probably the most important. And as every good air purifier, the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 has a good filter.
First, a specially engineered 360-degree air intake system draws air into the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter from all its sides from an area up to 700 square feet. Then, the air filter cleans the air in four stages – the pre-filter removes dust, pet dander and hair, the other pre-filter gets rid of spores, mold and pollen, the activated carbon/zeolite blend removes odors , chemicals, and gases and, finally, the true HEPA filter eliminates bacteria and viruses.
As anyone who has researched air purifiers can tell you, the real expense with true HEPA filters is not the upfront purchase costs, but the cost of replacement filters combined over the course of the years. The HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter is made of sturdy solid steel material with non-toxic powder coating and is warranted to last for five years… yes, you read it right.
All you need do in order to make sure that the filter lasts that long is to vacuum the pre-filter every few months. You can do it this way – turn off the machine and run a bristled vacuum over the outside of the filter. It is really simple: just create a reminder in your calendar app and you should be set.
In addition to being well made, the unit does a pretty good job of filtering the air. It is also quite energy-efficient (80W of power on high) and has three speeds, which is nice. It is quiet on the low setting, and relatively quiet, overall.
As far as air filters go, the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter provides good quality at a reasonable price (especially given that you are required to replace them in just five years).