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The IQAir Perfect 16

Advanced HVAC-based air cleaning for the workplace

Unrivaled performance

The Perfect 16 removes a minimum of 90% of all airborne particles 0.3 microns or larger from the environment.

We promise and deliver a more than 90% reduction of airborne particles, or your money back. That includes dust, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, viruses and pollution particles. IQAir sets a new industry standard by certifying your Perfect 16's performance after it's been installed in your building. If the system is installed by IQAir, the installer will use an IQAir handheld laser particle counter to ensure the system is removing at least 90% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. The system's performance is documented in your own Perfect 16 Clean Air Guarantee that the installer signs and dates.

Proven to work

Rigorous third-party testing verifies that the Perfect 16 achieves a MERV 16 rating, the highest rating possible.

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The Perfect 16 is the only air filtration system that is rated a perfect MERV 16, the highest rating possible. Intertek/ETL SEMKO subjected the Perfect 16 to rigorous testing based on the toughest industry standards and certified it as MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value)16. No other system has a higher rating! The MERV standard was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to independently verify how well an air filtration system really cleans the air. This independent test report proves that the IQAir Perfect 16 cleans the air with a minimum efficiency of 95% for particles 0.3 microns and larger, and more than 85% of all ultrafine particles down to 0.003 microns, the smallest particles that exist.

The HVAC filtration expert

When "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" needs an ultra-clean air environment for someone with health concerns, they turn to IQAir.

IQAir can help because only IQAir's HyperHEPA® technology is proven effective at removing more than 90% of the contaminants in the air, including ultrafine particles. IQAir has the technology, experience and expertise to design solutions for critical air-quality problems when lives are at stake.

Proven against ultrafine particles

IQAir HyperHEPA filtration is proven effective against particles 100x smaller than what ordinary air filters claim.

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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 is proven and certified to filter ultrafine 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.

50x more filtration power

IQAir's revolutionary "Double V" design allows for an amazing 170 square feet of filter media in the Perfect 16.

Most air filters have a single flat surface for filtration. The IQAir's Perfect 16 features a revolutionary "Double V" design that increases filter surface to more than 170 square feet of filter media! This unique design delivers up to 50 times more filtration power than that of other ordinary filtration systems. The more collection area, the better the filtration and the more air is allowed to pass effortlessly through the system.

How it works

The Perfect 16 is designed to fit seamlessly right into a building's existing HVAC system, supplying medical-grade air continuously.

Together, a building's HVAC system and the Perfect 16 clean the air in the environment up to 125 times per day. Here's how it works:

  1. Air from the indoor environment is drawn into the HVAC system return grills.
  2. The air passes through four pleated micro-fiber filtration panels arranged in a "double-V" configuration with more than 170 square feet of filter media. This allows the Perfect 6 to deliver up to 50 times more filtration power than ordinary filtration systems.
  3. Clean air is passed through the heating and cooling system and delivered back into the environment via the supply ductwork and diffusers located throughout the building.

100% Healthy technology

The Perfect 16 features only the safest, healthiest and most reliable air cleaning technology available to clean the air.

Only IQAir is proven through rigorous independent testing to effectively filter the air down to the 0.003 micron level. We do not use unsafe or unproven technologies such as electronic air cleaning, ozone generation, ionization, ultraviolet radiation, chemicals or other unhealthy byproducts. In addition, IQAir’s Perfect 16 achieves an unrivaled level of filtration without risky electrostatic charging plates that can waste energy and produce ozone that irritates your lungs. Why waste money on unproven and ineffective air cleaning technologies? The Perfect 16 offers proven protection without harmful byproducts.

Energy efficient marvel

The Perfect 16 is an energy-efficient marvel. It outperforms other air purifiers, while using no additional electricity.

The Perfect 16 has one of the lowest air restriction levels in the industry, so it keeps a site's HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently without forcing it to push air harder. In fact, the Perfect 16 actually improves the performance of a heating and cooling system when compared to conventional air cleaners. As a result, the Perfect 16 can lower energy bills while attaining a MERV 16 rating, the highest filtration rating possible.

Ultra-low air restriction

Other, lesser, air cleaners can significantly impede the air flow of a central heating and air conditioning system by as much as 50%. 

Filter fibers in the Perfect 16 are 10 times thinner than those in standard air filters. Air easily passes through the Perfect 16’s V2 filter design, even though the actual surface area contains up to 50 times more filtration media than typical filters. The result is an ultra-efficient and ultra-low restriction filter that sets a new standard for air purifiers.

Easy maintenance

Filters in the Perfect 16 last up to 12 times longer than typical HVAC filters, saving you money and maintenance costs.

Most HVAC-based air cleaning systems and filters require replacement every three months (that's 4x a year!). The extra large filter surface of the Perfect 16 translates into extra dust-holding capacity, and that means you only need to replace filters every three years with average usage. When the time comes to finally replace your filters, the Perfect 16 is a snap to open and the filters slide easily in and out. And because the Perfect 16 has no moving parts or electrical devices or connections, you can count on it performing year after year with no required service other than filter replacements.

Expert installation

IQAir professionals work with your team to install the Perfect 16 system quickly and efficiently, from start to finish.

The Perfect 16 installation process is straightforward. First, an IQAir authorized installer checks the HVAC system for compatibility and size to determine which Perfect 16 model(s) are needed. Larger buildings (more than 2,500 square feet or 232m2) usually have more than one HVAC system and therefore require more than one Perfect 16. After the evaluation is done the proper equipment is ordered and another appointment is scheduled for installation.

Actual Installation time may vary with each building, but in most cases only takes 3 to 6 hours. After the Perfect 16 is installed it will be tested and verified with an advanced laser particle counter. The system performance will be detailed in a personalized owner's certificate. Within one hour after installation, the Perfect 16 provides at least 10 times cleaner air – guaranteed!

Advanced Micro-Fiber Filtration

Thinner fibers can filter more air with less resistance, creating an almost impenetrable barrier to pollutants.

The Perfect 16 was the first HVAC-based air cleaning system to use Advanced Micro-Fiber Filtration (AMF) technology. Filter fibers are 10x thinner than those used in standard air filters. This allows air to easily pass through the filters, while the ultra-fine threads create an almost impenetrable barrier for pollution particles. 

Absolutely silent

Since the Perfect 16 does not contain electrical components or moving parts of any kind, it is absolutely silent.

The Perfect 16 does not contribute any additional sound over the existing HVAC system. And because it is installed in an HVAC closet or other location as part of your building's HVAC system, it does not intrude upon working or public spaces.

Swiss quality

Swiss Made is more than just a label of origin. It is a sign of outstanding quality, uniqueness, superior design, innovation, precision and reliability.

In an industry in which most air cleaners don't meet manufacturers' claims, we test and certify that each and every IQAir air purification system performs on the highest level.  All of our manufacturing is done in our own state-of-the-art Swiss production facility on the pristine shores of the Lake of Constance. By using the highest quality components, a dedicated team of highly skilled and extensively trained craftsmen and women, and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes refined over more than 50 years, IQAir is able to build the finest air cleaning products in the world. That’s how serious we are about quality.

IQAir and the American Lung Association

IQAir is the exclusive educational partner of the ALA for the air purifier industry. We share a commitment to helping the public connect clean air and lung health.

As the exclusive educational partner of the American Lung Association for the air purifier industry, IQAir is committed to helping the public understand the connection between clean air and good health. All IQAir air purification systems are 100% ozone free, and clean the air of particles of all sizes through safe mechanical particle filtration – the only air cleaning technology recommended by the American Lung Association. “IQAir is a natural partner that shares our commitment to protecting the public from polluted indoor air,” said Charles D. Connor, president of the American Lung Association, when the partnership was announced. The exclusive partnership combines the American Lung Association’s more than 100-year commitment to protecting lung health with IQAir’s commitment to air cleaning excellence for more than 50 years.

2-year warranty

The Perfect 16 is an investment in clean air for many years to come, and is backed by a 2-year warranty.

Each Perfect 16 is manufactured at our factory in Switzerland to the highest standards in the industry. That's why IQAir is proud to cover the Perfect 16 for commercial use in the U.S. and Canada for 2 years against defects in parts and labor (if registered within 30 days of purchase). Filters are consumables and exempt from this warranty. The Limited Warranty applies only to IQAir products purchased in North America directly from IQAir North America, Inc. (or from an IQAir Authorized Dealer).

Perfect 16® Tech Specs

Take an in-depth look at performance facts and figures for the Perfect 16.