Airocide Air Purifier Review
The Airocide air purifier is based on photo-catalytic (PCO) technology which is designed for the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) as well as mold spores. There is no HEPA filter or other means of removing particles so we do not recommend this model for allergy or asthma sufferers.
Leading government experts do not support this type of technology. Here is what they have to say:
“A new generation of portable standalone air cleaners relies on photocatalytic oxidation, plasma generation and microbial thermal inactivation. These technologies can generate potentially harmful byproducts, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ozone, ultrafine particles (UFP) and/or reactive oxygen species.” – California Air Resources Board
“some PCO cleaners fail to destroy pollutants completely and instead produce new indoor pollutants that may cause irritation of the eyes, throat, and nose…PCO of certain VOCs may create by-products that are indoor pollutants if the system’s design parameters and catalyst metal composition do not match the compound targeted for decomposition, particularly in the presence of multiple reactive compounds commonly found in residential settings…two studies on the degradation of 4 chlorinated VOCs found by-products including phosgene and chlorides. In addition, the PCO of trichloroethylene in air using titanium dioxide as the catalyst yielded as by-products carbon monoxide, phosgene, carbon dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and chlorine.” – EPA
Given the safety concerns this is not an air purifier we recommend however we do like the design.