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The GC™ Series can target specific gases and chemicals.
Fine and ultrafine particles on IQAir filter fibers.
Proven performance against ultrafine particles
Ultrafine particles are smaller than 0.1 microns. By sheer number, about 90% of all airborne particles are this size. The primary source of ultrafine particles is combustion from motor vehicles, refineries, industrial plants and even cooking. Viruses are also ultrafine particles. The small size of ultrafine particles enables them to be easily inhaled, deposited into the lungs and absorbed into the blood. They have been linked to heart attacks, strokes, asthma and even cancer.
Manufacturers of ordinary air filtration systems claim only that their systems filter particles larger than 0.3 microns. IQAir is different. IQAir’s HyperHEPA filtration in the GC Series is proven and certified to filter at least 95% of all particles down to 0.003 microns – the smallest particles that exist. Independent testing by laboratories and government agencies verifies the effectiveness of IQAir technology against ultrafine particles. When it comes to protection against ultrafine particulates, IQAir is the proven choice.
Best media, superior filtration
The extraordinary performance of the IQAir GC Series begins with the highest quality, exceptionally porous, activated bituminous-coal carbon in its gas-phase filtration cartridges. This is not the lower-cost, high-dust carbon from coconut shells that many air purifiers use. That's good news for anyone allergic to coconut. Also, IQAir does not use zeolite, another less effective and less expensive filtration medium. The superior activated carbon media in the GC Series is blended with chemisorbers that target volatile organic compounds in the air, including formaldehyde. The IQAir GC Series also features pelletized aluminum oxide. The alumina pellets are impregnated with potassium permanganate, forming a powerful combination to filter a wide spectrum of gases, odors and chemicals.
Up to 100x more filtration than standard HEPA
While conventional HEPA filtration is effective against particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter, IQAir's HyperHEPA filtration technology is proven to stop the smallest, most harmful particles in the air, all the way down to 0.003 microns – the smallest particles that exist. That includes viruses, bacteria, pollution particles and other contaminants. IQAir uses nanofiber technology and innovative design to stop particles up to 100x smaller than what conventional HEPA air filters are capable of stopping.
Certified before it leaves the factory
IQAir individually tests each and every GC Series air purifier at the factory to ensure that the performance of each system meets published specifications. Electronic laser particle counters sample the air at the air purifier outlet to verify that the system is performing to efficiency standards in reality, not just theory. If the system is not performing as stated, it is not shipped. The results of each test are detailed in a hand-signed Certificate of Performance, which is shipped from the factory in the box with every GC Series system.
New Edition Technology
GC Series air purifiers feature IQAir New Edition technology that makes them more powerful than ever. Compared to previous generations, New Edition systems deliver up to 21% more clean air, 20% longer filter life and 32% less sound across all fan speeds. At the heart of the New Edition systems is the IQAir New Edition fan; the most powerful fan ever used in a commercial stand-alone air purifier. New pleating patterns and other technological advances in New Edition filters also contribute to increased airflow and longer filter life.
Four models for maximum effectiveness
With four unique gas-phase cartridge configurations, the IQAir GC Series is able to meet the specific gas-phase filtration requirements of a variety of Indoor Air Quality challenges. Currently there are four specialized gas-phase media configurations available:
- GC VOC (for control of volatile organic compounds, solvents, etc.)
- GC MultiGas (for control of wide range of gaseous organic and inorganic chemicals)
- GC ChemiSorber (for control of formaldehyde, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, etc.)
- GC AM (for control of ammonia and ammonia compounds)
The IQAir H11 HyperHEPA Pre-Filter is a critical feature of every GC Series air purifier and provides medical-grade filtration of particles of all sizes in addition to the specific gas-phase filtration of each configuration.
Smoke and tobacco control
Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, also known as secondhand smoke, significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers, as well as contributing to respiratory illnesses. The best solution is to never allow smoking in the home. Still, the best solution isn't always possible and that's where an air purifier can help. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 different chemicals, 60 of which are known carcinogens. These various elements are a mix of liquids, gases, and solid particles. An air purifier cannot help protect against tobacco smoke unless it provides a high level of efficiency against both particles and gases. The IQAir GC MultiGas offers unrivaled protection against both particles and gases.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently reported that an air purifier can be as effective as drugs in reducing asthma attacks among children in homes where one or more parents smoke. On average, the children in the study suffered 33 fewer days per year enduring severe asthma.
Size Matters Infographic
Ordinary HEPA filters
can only filter 0.3 micron particles and larger.
technology filters the
smallest airborne particles
of all airborne
Viruses: 0.005 – 0.3 microns
Like bacteria, viruses are organisms that spread airborne diseases as mild as the common cold and as serious as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) through coughs, sneezes and improperly maintained ventilation systems.
Tobacco Smoke: 0.01 – 1 micron
Sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) than mainstream smoke. And, it has smaller particles than mainstream smoke, which make their way into the lungs and the body's cells more easily.
Soot: 0.01 – 0.3 microns
Long-term exposure to urban air pollution containing soot increases the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a major study published in New England Journal of Medicine in 2007.
of all airborne
Pet Dander: 0.1 – 25 microns
Pet dander is the old skin and fur that pets shed. Animal dander is very small and can become attached to your clothingeven if you do not own a pet. Dander can be found everywhere: floors, carpets, walls, furniture, bedding, even the ceilings. Pet dander is a known asthma and allergy trigger.
Dust Mites Allergens: 0.2 – 25 microns
House dust mites are considered to be the most common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. Dust mites themselves do not cause an allergic reaction, however, their dung-pellets are an irritant to sensitive people and can cause breathing difficulties. They thrive in warm, humid, dark conditions such as mattresses, carpets, sheets, pillows, and upholstery.
Bacteria: 0.5 – 10 microns
People spread bacteria through the air when they cough and sneeze, transmitting respiratory diseases and triggering symptoms in asthma sufferers. Bacteria can also grow inside poorly maintained ventilation systems, which spread it into the circulating air.
Household Dust: 1 – 100 micron
Dust may worsen hay fever. Circulating outdoor air through a house by keeping doors and windows open, or at least slightly ajar, may reduce the risk of hay fever-causing dust. In colder climates, occupants seal even the smallest air gaps, and eliminate outside fresh air circulating inside the house. So it is essential to manage dust and airflow.
of all airborne
Mold Spores: 8 – 80 microns
Mold and fungus are commonly found in most homes and may be found in the air ducts of your heating/cooling system. They tend to float throughout the house, and form new colonies where they land. Fungus spores have been known to increase the chances of developing asthma.
Pollen: 10 – 100 microns
One of the most common allergens is pollen. It affects the nose, eyes, and mouth making it difficult to breathe. Most pollen that produces allergic reactions is from trees, grasses, and weeds.