The Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is a slight upgrade that’s still a solid air purifier. It adds mechanical filters to solve the Airocide APS-200‘s inability to capture large pollutants. Sounds like a big deal? Yes, let’s find out in our today Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Review, and don’t forget to read other Airocide reviews to select the most proper air purifier for your home.
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- Improved design, premium build
- Extra layers of protection
- High performance for VOCs
- Very portable
- Can be placed on desk or wall
- Low CADR per watt
- Cleans slower than others
Airocide is currently the only air purifier brand with a NASA lineage. Since 2007, the company has delivered only high-end machines, using the PCO technology to combat the ultra-fine contaminants, which is smaller than the standard of HEPA filter. The Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is the direct upgrade of the popular Airocide APS-200. In this Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Review, we will want to check if the device is worth to get your attention.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Price
Compared to the Airocide APS-200, the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5’s signature PCO filtration system is improved. Even the Activated Carbon filter in this air purifier is different from any advanced charcoal filter you can get from other brands.
These are all just tweaks though, and it was smart from Airocide to always bring the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 on sale, as that would have been a far more attractive option prior to the launch of the new Airocide APS-300.
This is the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5, which looks identical to the 2014’s APS-200 model, only with a different color coating. You might think that not a lot has changed – but it’s inside where the differences lie.
And its price is higher, too, as the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5’s launching price is at $1049. It can be found cheaper at only $999, but I suggest you to grab the deal quickly, because it is only for a limited time.
In terms of the price, the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 can cost as much as the AeraMax Professional AM 2, Blueair Classic 680i, Oransi EJ120 or IQAir HealthPro Plus. You can also look for the Airpura UV600 to get a powerful UV-C light filter, but the PCO filtration system of Airocide is still safer to use.
As the closest competitor of the PCO technology, you should read the review of the Molekule Air and Molekule Air Pro. Their PECO air filtration system is often compared with the PCO system, in terms of efficiency and performance.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Design and Size
I’ve already covered the new color option for the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5, which is red instead of orange in the Airocide APS-200, bringing an alternative look to the Airocide series. It feels more attractive and unique than anything else, especially thanks to the premium woodgrain sleeve.
Beyond that, the design of the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is familiar because it is exactly the same as the original APS-200 model. The same shape, frame and 18.7 x 6.9 x 6 inches footprint are used, and the temptation to copy and paste the last words here is high.
I shall persevere though, as it’s only fair to discuss what works on this newer and why, in its own right, it’s still one of the best-designed air purifier on the market right now – so much so that even the newer Airocide APS-300 hasn’t changed the design much.
This is the same design that gets Airocide the Gold Award of Edison for Design and Innovation in 2014. It looks like a speaker, but with a space inside. I must admit that it is the perfect way to make an air purifier “filterless”.
The air flow direction of this Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is also unique in the air purifier world. It draws in the polluted air from both top and bottom fans, then releases the fresh air from inside. So far, the device can be placed both vertically and horizontally, thanks to the advanced air flow system concept.
There are many accessories for this air purifier, like the wall mount or stand, so the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 can blends in any decoration easily.
You can find the power button from the back, and the control panel from inside the air purifier. This is the same design as the Airocide APS-200.
The Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 weighs only 9 lbs, but it is meant to stick in one place, so I don’t think you need to move it anywhere in your home.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Filters
Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 brings a new, upgraded air filtration system for the users, and with good reason: it’s one of the most powerful PCO systems in the world.
- Activated Carbon filter – Removes gaseous pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and odors. It can aid the PCO to remove VOCs.
- HEPA filter – A simple MERV-12 filter is used to remove any PM 2.5 pollutants from the air.
- PCO chamber – The advanced PCO technology made by Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is able to eliminate virtually 100% of harmful pathogens and other allergens like mold, viruses, bacteria and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Though the PCO technology is the most efficient method to handle the chemicals, VOCs and biological ultra-fine particles, Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 improves with an Activated Carbon filter to adsorb more gaseous pollutants. The company even uses a new technology for the carbon filter, called Microarray.
That may not mean much to most people, but essentially it creates substantially more surface area, as well as makes the carbon filter longer lasting than an advanced honeycomb carbon filter.
Also, we get a MERV-12 HEPA filter like the Molekule Air. While the PCO system is enough to filter any ultra-fine biological pollutants and chemicals, it can’t trap large dust (PM 2.5 things) like an actual mechanical filter. You will suffer less dust and pet hair, thanks to the power of Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5.
One might question whether this much power is really needed – and sure, if you’re completely forgetting about the PCO technology, it’s utterly wasted. PCO technology is the backbone of one Airocide air purifier, developed by NASA, to convert damaging molds, microorganisms, dangerous pathogens, destructive VOCs and biological gasses into harmless water vapor.
It uses the UV light (254-nm light) to make chemical process with the coating catalyst, in turn creates hydroxyl radicals (OH) and steals atom from the neighboring molecules (airborne pollutants), thus destroying the pollutants in the process. The process is called Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO). The result, we get only harmless byproducts like normally carbon dioxide (CO2) and water molecules (H2O).
Just like the previous Airocide APS-200, I highly recommend to change the reaction chamber kit once per year. It includes other mechanical filters inside, so you may need to change the chamber sooner, depending on the environment where you live.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Room Coverage
It’s hard to really quantify the room coverage of an air purifier like the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5, as it is built to run 24/7. If we check the actual CADR rating, the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 may be even weaker than a normal portable air purifier. However, it is still recommended to use for a large space, up to 4000 square feet, thanks to its unique air filtration system.
If you want to use the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 for a few less hours per day, I recommend to run it in a space smaller than 200 square feet.
The ACH of Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is 1X. It can exchange the air only once per hour.
The CADR of Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is measured to be only 25 cfm. That’s why the air purifier needs to run 24/7 for constant performance. In short time (like in our test), the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 shows a poor performance, even lower than the Molekule Air.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Sound
With the installment of more mechanical air filters, the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 will need more fan power, and therefore it is noisier. Even at the lowest setting, the air purifier makes a noise level of 35 decibels (db), which is higher than the Airocide APS-200.
That noise is easy to feel within the use on highest speed of the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5, as its noise level reached 60 decibels. Though it is just like the white noise of a floor fan, it is quite difficult to sleep for any light sleeper.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” In fact, air purifier must be used for a long time to be efficient. And power consumption is one important criteria to review if this air purifier is good or not.
Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5’s rated power is 60 watts, which is the same power consumption from any Airocide air purifiers.
If you run the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 for at least 8 hours per day, it would cost you $21 each year.
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Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Additional Features
Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 still features the unique Auto Mode, which is based on the current lighting. If it senses less light, the air purifier can automatically switch to the low mode.
Also, there is a LED indicator for chamber replacement, to remind you when you need to change the chamber kit.
Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 Customer Service
As the recommended air purifier brands by many reputable articles and news, Airocide would love to hear from any of your trouble. Their customer service is available at 800-687-3100 by phone, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the moment, all Airocide air purifiers are only for shipping inside the U.S. There is a 60-day risk free trial for any Airocide air purifiers, and if you aren’t satisfied, you can get a full refund (Airocide covered even the return shipping).
All Airocide air purifiers are covered with a 5-year warranty. You will need to register your product to get the warranty.
The Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 at launch was easily the best personal Airocide air purifier the company had ever made. It has a more thorough filtration system that even the later Airocide APS-300 can’t match.
But just like any other Airocide air purifiers, this device is useful at trapping the ultra-fine particles, something that may pass on the HEPA filter. But it has lower fan power, so it can’t clean the huge space as quick as any common air purifiers. It is built to run 24/7, so it costs you a lot for energy.
While I’m really in love with the concept of filterless technology, I still rely on the common mechanical filter. And the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 is really expensive, and I know it isn’t for everyone.
In short, we don’t really recommend the Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 for its overall performance, which ranked D- in our ranking list.
Just make sure it’s in your price range first. Then make sure you don’t need to clean the air quickly.