About Austin Air purifiers
Nearly 3 decades ago, Richard Taylor founded the company Austin Air Systems. Introducing medical grade HEPA air purification to residential customers.
He noticed asthma attacks were more frequent at night as hormonal changes take place and lying down causes the airways to narrow. Together these factors increase the chance of a night time asthma attack. Back then, the only advice doctors had to offer was to avoid asthma triggers like bedding and carpeting or take medication. He knew there had to be a better solution.
Clinical studies(see below) had shown that HEPA air filtration, used in hospitals at that time, was effective at removing contaminants from the environment. So he developed the first HEPA air purifier, designed for domestic use.
To this day, it is still the MOST EFFECTIVE AIR PURIFIER ON THE MARKET
The Austin Air Healthmate was born out of necessity as President, Richard Taylor, undertook the task of improving what many doctors and specialists couldn’t; his wife’s quality of life.
Since his wife, Joyce, was a child, she had difficulty breathing. An endless round of doctors and specialists didn’t make any difference; neither did medications or dietary changes. She suffered from this debilitating condition for years, until Richard realized the obvious. The air Joyce was breathing was contaminated.
Drawing upon technology used in medical facilities, Richard reproduced the only environment where Joyce had relief of her symptoms, “the hospital clean room”. Using True Medical HEPA, surrounded with Activated Carbon he created a filter that addressed all the issues related to environmental particulate contamination and chemical toxicity. Within a week Joyce was finally sleeping undisturbed through the night.
Today, at 480,000 square feet Austin has the largest air cleaner manufacturing facility in the world, producing everything in house from filter, to metal forming, to the final paint.
Austin air is extremely proud that the Healthmate is the air cleaner of choice by leading doctors throughout the United States and many other parts of the world. As a matter of fact, there is hardly a country in the world today, where an Austin Air cleaner is not hard at work cleaning the air in someone’s home.
We’re proud to be on the cutting edge of the air purification industry. Here are a few key dates in our history:
In 1990 Austin Air Systems, Limited is formed in Buffalo, New York. The flagship air purifier, the Austin HealthMate®, is released. Using True Medical Grade HEPA and granular activated carbon for air filter, it is the first domestic air purifier to remove a broad range of contaminants including chemicals, gases and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).
In 1992 Austin Air is featured in medical and health newsletters including Dr. Whitaker’s Health & Healing. Proven to remove 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns and 95% of particles larger than 0.1 microns.
In 2000 the Austin HealthMate® undergoes extensive testing along with over 100 other air purifiers at Battelle Laboratories, Aberdeen,MD.It is selected as the TOP AIR PURIFIER for chemical and VOC air filtration.
In 2001 After the 911 attack, Austin Air products are recommended by the Red Cross, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to combat the negative health effects of ash, chemicals, VOCs and other miscellaneous airborne particulates released into the air after the attack.
In 2002 following the Battelle Labs tests, Austin Air is selected by the U. S. government for the largest deployment of air purifiers in the world in order to protect residents of Anniston, Alabama during the elimination of chemical weapons.
In 2010 Austin Air receives the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board certification.This confirms Austin Air purifiers are well under the standards for safe ozone emissions.
In 2016 The Austin Air HealthMate Plus® is deployed to many thousands of residents of Porter Ranch, California and the surrounding Aliso Canyon area to help protect against the effects of the Southern California natural gas leak.
Year after year, Austin Air purifiers are chosen to filter the contaminants released into the air during the wildfire season. 2017 was a particularly brutal year for residents of California and surrounding states – the wildfire season started very early and continued through the end of the year.
Of course, there are many other important dates and product innovations that we’re very proud of. We have been developing and manufacturing air cleaners for nearly 30 years. It’s all we do. We understand the science. We understand what our customers need.
Sold in over 100 countries, we have created a line of robust, reliable, American made products that you can trust.
The Air Filter
Austin Air incorporates the only trusted air filtering technology used in hospitals and operating rooms. For an air filter to be effective, gases and sub-micron particles must be removed from the air. That’s why you’ll find True Medical Grade HEPA and Activated Carbon in every Austin Air filter.
True HEPA air filter
The True HEPA air filter was developed by the Atomic Energy Commission specifically to protect the Human Respiratory System (nose, mouth, throat, lungs) from radioactive dust particles. Austin Air takes it a step further, incorporating True Medical Grade HEPA with 99.97% efficiency down to 0.3 microns and 95% efficiency down to 0.1 microns. True Medical Grade HEPA is the most efficient particulate air filtering media on the market.
Activated Carbon in the air filter
Activated Carbon is used to remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s); noxious gases and chemicals, including smoke & smoke odor. Austin Air filters can use up to 15 lbs of Activated carbon in one filter wich is UNmatched on the market
Austin Air cleaners are powder coated not painted. This gives the products an unsurpassed finish without the harmful off gassing that painted products can produce. In fact you will find that the control knob, wheels and fan are the only plastic components we use. This is great news for the chemically sensitive. We feel that am air purifier that offers relief to allergy and asthma sufferers shouldn’t contribute to the problem.
The engineers at Austin Air concentrated on developing the most critical component of the air cleaner first; the air filter.
Austin Air’s 360-degree intake system draws air into all sides of the air cleaner, maximizing efficiency and delivering more clean air faster.
Every minute, 250 cubic feet of air is processed by a 4-stage air filter that progressively removes contaminants out of the air.
This process enables Austin Air cleaners to:
- Achieve the highest levels of performance.
- Attain superior air flow rates.
- Sustain a longer air filter life (5-years under normal residential use).
- Increase the life expectantly of the Medical Grade HEPA, the most critical media in the air filtration process.
5 year Warranty
Austin Air has taken the risk out of the buying and stands by their products (air purifiers and filters) with a 5-year warranty on the material and craftsmanship and 5-year pro-rated warranty on the air filter. Customers always have peace of mind when purchasing an Austin Air cleaner
Austin Air has made a conscious decision to keep Americans employed by keeping their manufacturing facility in the United States. We feel that every company has an obligation to carefully examine the social, economic and moral costs of sending jobs offshore. At Austin Air we believe that American workers still build the best products, that corporations can still make a healthy profit manufacturing in the United States and that the benefits of staying in America far outweigh the costs.
When a company chooses to go offshore to manufacture a product, they are motivated by one thing…greed. As a result, our economy suffers through lost jobs and money, and the American consumer is short changed. The benefits of these corporate cost savings are rarely passed on to the consumer and the product is now of a lesser quality. If this were not true, your running shoes would last 5 times longer and would never cost over $50 a pair. The next time you buy a product made in China, ask yourself, “Why is this costing as much as it did when it was made in the USA and how is this country going to prosper when our own corporations have no loyalty to us?”