As a boy growing up in Reston, Virginia, I did have green trees and lakes surrounding our family home. But, it was also contrasted with the everyday amenities that we have all become accustomed to and sometimes find impossible to escape like shopping malls, cars, trucks, video games and movie theaters. I’d like to say I was in touch with nature but, unbeknownst to me, it wasn’t until I moved to Southern California in my twenties that I realized a nature that I was untapped to. Living on the beachfront, albeit in a bachelor pad, I awoken my senses to the power of the ocean air, the sounds of the seagulls each morning and that smell that carries through the wind off the coastline to fill your lungs.
I had reached paradise – or so I thought. But, once again, I discovered the beauty of nature encased in a technology driven world that I could not escape. On the other side of the homes existed a power plant with an attempt to be disguised by a large Wyland mural of dolphins. Did a true natural paradise really exist? And, if so, where?
Fast forward to me meeting my amazing wife (and business partner), Lisa. Her mom resides in Hawaii and is married to a native Hawaiian. Lisa’s love of the islands prompted us to choose this as the place where we would marry. It was through my time spent with the people of Hawaii, learning the culture and seeing how they respect the beauty around them that I finally realized, paradise does exist and we can all have it – if we just choose to respect each other and our surroundings.
The Hawaiians respect life in all forms and they are very much aware that without breath there can exist no life. Hence, the word ‘Ha,’ which means breath but also has many other meanings such as ‘sacred breath of life’ and ‘exhale.’ It seems so apparent, yet why do we take it for granted on continual bases? If there exists no life without breath, then what would a life be without a healthy breath – or the struggle to breathe? Many people today are faced with this challenge be it asthma, allergies, emphysema, COPD and more.
But, there is good news and solutions & answers do exist. First, we must tap into the knowledge our Hawaiian ancestors garnered and realize that breath is sacred. We have choices in the products that we consumer or bring into our homes that may be polluting not only our indoor air, but the air of our planet as well. We can add air purifiers into our home to absorb toxins, chemicals, odors and gases. We can supplement with plants and trees that produce oxygen into our atmosphere making the air cleaner for us – and our future generations.
However, here’s where some people sometimes get dizzied, overwhelmed or confused with question like, “Which air purifiers are the best? What should be avoided?
and Why are there so many differences?”
A first rule of thumb is knowing what to avoid and one such component is ozone. The Austin Air cleaner does not produce ozone, ions, or negative ions. Ground-level ozone is essentially smog, and is formed by a chemical reaction between volatile organic pollutants (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in the presence of sunlight. As a rule of thumb you should always avoid “ionic” air purifiers, which generate small amounts ozone. Far from cleaning the air, ozone pollutes it and can be dangerous to people’s health This is especially true for people with respiratory problems such as asthma emphysema, and bronchitis.
Second, you want to make sure the air purifier you chose has a three stage air filtration of an All True Medical HEPA filter, granular activated carbon and/ or granular zeolite filtration and a pre-filter for added protection. The Austin Healthmate contains all three types of air filtration and more. Other examples of filter systems that are in the market that offer value are electrolyzed water technology or UV light filtration. However, please note that they would still require the foundation of the three stage filtration of HEPA, granular carbon and or zeolite and a pre-filter to be effective.
HEPA filters stand for, High Efficiency Particle Arresting, and the filter was developed by the US Atomic Energy Commission to filter out sub-micron particles. All True Medical HEPA is laser-tested and must remove a minimum of 99.97% of all particulate matter greater than 0.3 microns in size. A human hair is about 300 times too large to penetrate a HEPA filter! The standard Healthmate air purifier contains 60 sq. ft. of All True Medical HEPA, making it a very strong value compared to other cleaners.
Activated granular carbon filters are effective at removing gas molecules and odors. Where as granular Zeolite is a natural mineral that has the distinct capability of adsorbing certain gas molecules. For example, Zeolite is particularly effective in adsorbing formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Each standard HealthMate unit has15 lbs. of granular carbon and zeolite, which is more carbon than some whole house air filtration systems!
The first filter in the Healthmate is the pre-filter (known as Permafilt ) which is a cotton cloth that lines the inside wall of the unit. The purpose of the pre-filter is to stop hair or large dust particles from clogging the HEPA filter. This provides for optimal filtration when combined with the other filters of the unit.
The Healthmate air purifier has been tested by some of the world’s most respected testing labs like Battelle Laboratories and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Extensive tests on flow rate, flow design, removal of vapors, gases and sub-micron particles have been performed on the Healthmate. As result of this testing, the Healthmate was chosen by the US Government to fulfill the largest deployment of air cleaners in American history and chosen by FEMA and The Red Cross to address the serious air quality concerns in post 9/11 New York.
There are so many benefits to owning the Austin HealthMate. For example, they use an energy efficient PSC motor, and running your air cleaner can use less energy than some light bulbs. The maximum draw is about 135 watts on the high setting or 1 cent per hour, average cost. Depending on the fan setting used, the noise level ranges from less than 50 to 65 decibels, or from the sound of a whisper to the sound of a normal conversation. The entire body of the HealthMate model is made of solid steel, which has been welded together to prevent any rattles. The paint used is powder coating, baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This process eliminates any odor or off-gas emissions while enhancing durability. It is one reason why it is the favorite air purifier of people who are chemically sensitive.
The overall value of the standard Austin HealthMate air purifier is $500.00 and now you have a chance to WIN this GRAND PRIZE by attending and participating at the Just Green It Book Launch Event and Raffle on August 26th, 2010 at Environment Furniture store in Los Angeles, CA. This incredible prize is must for any family looking to better the indoor air quality of their home. Does anyone in your family have asthma or allergies? Do you have pet dander from the animals in your home? Now you have a chance to win a powerful solution, with the Austin HealthMate air purifier.
There is also an additional opportunity to WIN an Austin HealthMate 200 Jr. unit in the Ha’ – “Breath of Life” & Air Purifier Contest! That’s right. YOU can WIN a Healthmate Jr. in black for your home, office or loved one just by entering our contest (no purchase necessary). Make sure to forward to your friends & family so they can enter too!
It’s worth noting that the Austin HealthMate air purifiers come in a variety of colors (i.e. Sandstone, Silver, Black and White) and models. There are two major sizes: Standard which Stand 23” tall and 14.5” wide and clean an area of 1500 sq. ft: and Jr. size units which Stand 16.5” tall and 11” wide and clean an area of 700 sq. ft. The also have specialty air purifiers outside of that standard HealthMate series (i.e. Allergy Machine, Pet Machine) and unique nursery colored air purifier models called “Baby’s Breath” that come in colors of pink and blue. They were featured on NBC’s Today Show.
While the initial costs of competing brands are comparable, over five years when you add the cost of filter replacement, the true cost of a competitors air cleaner can be almost five times the cost of an Austin Air Cleaner.
It may not be in your current budget to take a vacation to Hawaii, but that shouldn’t prevent you from experiencing the fresh air the islands in your home! Right now, each Austin Air Purifier ordered is being offered with FREE SHIPPING on GreenNest.com. Check out GreenNest.com for additional information on Austin HealthMate includng videos and downloads.
What a great opportunity to have the chance to win the best air purifier on the market! Be prepared for when the fires strike. You want the best for your family and friends. Be green, be healthy, and breathe Austin Air.
Congratulations to the Healthy Home Dream Team on their new book…I cannot wait to read it. Lisa can I get a signed copy???
Yes – this is an amazing opportunity for someone to win such a fantastic unit for their home, their loved one or themselves!! Clean air is vital to a healthy home & life. Thank you for the congrats 🙂 All signed copies of the book are available at JustGreenIt.net
I am attending the book launch in LA at Environment Furniture. I am anxious to learn more about becoming a green person. Thanks for writing the book — I’m sure it will change the world. There’s so much to be done. Lisa you’re a “Green Pioneer” of sorts. Thanks for all that you have done, and continue to do. By the way I love your website http://www.greennest.com
We hope you enjoyed the book launch event. It exceeded our expectations and everyone seemed to have a great time. What a turnout! Good news to see so many embracing the green movement and in our case, healthy homes! One lucky girl won the Austin Healthmate 400 unit there – I think she had a very good night 🙂
Wow–I have heard the Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I love this analogy…it is so true. We must become more in tune with nature. The air we breathe is at the top of that list. I have always wondered why we pay so much attention to our water quality and not as much to our air quality. I hope I win the Austin Air…my daughter has asthma and we have a cat.
Yes, if you haven’t been to Hawaii…its a must!!! Such a beautiful place and people to go along with that. Ron & I got married there in fact. Yes, indoor air quality is so often overlooked, yet linked to half of all illness! Best of luck to you in the contest – sounds like you could use one 🙂
Monique Merola says
Well, after 40 years, 20 of them being a nurse and 10 of them knowing I needed cleaner air and a cleaner life, after consulting with Lisa, I have, since June 2010, deleted all processed foods from my diet, walk/sweat more, use Tom’s of Maine deodorant to avoid the nasty stuff in anti-perspirants, since we ARE supposed to sweat! I have purchased ONLY 3M allergen air filters for our airconditioning units in the home, threw away all chemicals and now stricly use GreenNest’s All Purpose ph balanced cleaner for EVERYTHING, well, I use vinegar/water for windows and glass. I bought 2 diffusers and threw away ALL of my candles, my house smells fabulous. I’ve done several detox’s, put a water purification system on my kitchen sink and LOVE IT, put a water purifier on the shower head in the Master and my skin is very thankful, but my hair is even MORE thankful and my sinuses want to give Lisa a big hug!!! AND last, but certainly not least, I was a smoker for 28 years, yes, since age 12…..I quit, I smoked, I quit, I smoked, I quit, I smoked…..REALLY????? NEVER AGAIN………I quit at 11:20pm on August 25th, 2010 FOR GOOD this time with the assistance of all natural herbs and essential oils and I feel FABULOUS for the first time in YEARS!!!!!!! Lisa, we’ve been friends a LONG time and I love you but I really love you soooooo much, thank you……..and thank you for helping my whole family live a cleaner and healthier life!!!!! PS….that is why I couldn’t call you back last weekend……phone = cigarette and I wasn’t ready………I”M READY NOW!!! : )
Monique Merola says
Oh, one other thing, Just Green It, THE BOOK, OMGosh, it is a MUST HAVE for every household in America………it’s 2nd to my Bible……..I absolutely love it and use it almost every day to remind me of what to do with so many things!!!!! Lisa…….where would you like me to write up the book review???? : ) Love, Monique
Lisa Beres says
Thank you so much for your feedback! I know others will benefit from your input and honesty. I am so proud of you as is Ron! You are a true testament that small changes equate to large results. Big hugs to you too!!!!!! If you want to write a review, we would really appreciate it. Best site is Borders (since there are no reviews there yet as it was just added to this site:
Have a wonderful, safe, happy and smoke free (LOL) Labor Day weekend – you deserve the BEST! xo-
I am really proud of you! You are inspiring. I hope all is going well. Best wishes to you for a smoke-free and healthier life.
Just wondered if you knew that all HEPA filters are treated with the bacteriostat Microban, which not only contributes to resistant bacteria but kills benficial ones as well. I have researched high and low and found not one HEPA filter that is untreated.
We are not sure where you received this information, but our HEPA filters are NOT treated with Microban. We have verified this with the manufacturer directly. It is true some are, but rest assured, not ours 🙂
Lisa Beres says
CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Springer of Modesto, CA!!! She is the proud winner of the Austin Healthmate Jr (valued over $300.00)which will efficiently filter 700 sq ft of air in her home. Now that’s what we call a great start to the new year! Wishing you all good health for 2011 🙂
Lisa Beres says
:::This contest is now closed:::
Ron & Lisa says
Medical Research Suggests Asthma Can Be Reversed!
In a six year medical study carried out in partnership with Austin Air, Dr Mukasa found that symptoms of asthma and respiratory illness were virtually eliminated after the introduction of an Austin Air cleaner in the patient’s homes.
The study followed eight patients aged between 43 and 77, all suffering from asthma and respiratory disease. The patient’s symptoms and hospitalizations were recorded both before and after the introduction of an Austin Air cleaner.
The findings were truly remarkable. All patients noted a dramatic decrease in symptoms, resulting in medications being reduced by nearly 75%. Emergency room visits decreased by a staggering 90% and hospitalizations were virtually eliminated.
The four stage HEPA filter technology used in the Austin Healthmate, removes virtually all airborne gases and particles commonly found in the home. By removing these particles and increasing the quality of the air patients breathed, symptoms were all but eliminated.
The results far surpassed the expectations of the research team. Until now, chronic respiratory problems such as asthma have been viewed as irreversible diseases. Health professionals have for years, treated the symptoms but never the cause. This research suggests that by using effective air filtration in patient’s homes, asthma can be treated and the symptoms totally reversed.
Lisa & Ron says
Due to the extremely high pollen counts this year, Green Nest is offering a promotional discount on all standard size Allergy Machine units through the end of May. Order any color standard Allergy Machine unit by 2:45pm on May 31st, 2011 and receive $15.00 off per unit in addition to FREE shipping!! Please be sure to reference “15OFFHEGA” promotion code on all phone and internet orders to receive this discount. Visit: http://www.greennest.com/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=37