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Cigar Aficionado: GC MultiGas best air purifier for cigar smoke

IQAir uses medical-grade technology to remove dangerous air pollution. But Cigar Aficionado found it also works well as a cigar air purifier. Learn more.

On the subject of cigars, there is no voice more expert than Cigar Aficionado magazine. The magazine regularly reviews products for nearly a quarter of a million cigar lovers with the discriminating eye of a connoisseur.

But the magazine also understands that not everyone, even in those living in a household with a cigar smoker, is a fan of the odors and smoke that come with cigars. Some love the rich smell of the tobacco in a cigar. But many don’t. The odors it leaves behind can seem impossible to remove from a room even years after the smoke has cleared.

So when it came to recommending the best cigar air purifier for “clearing away hovering clouds of smoke and lingering odors that might offend those in the household who may not be partial to puffing”―Cigar Aficionado chose the IQAir GC™ MultiGas.

Cigar Aficionado chose the IQAir GC MultiGas, the #1 air purifier for smoke, for hovering clouds of smoke and lingering odors.

Taking note of IQAir’s proven leadership in providing medical-grade air for the most demanding critical environments, the magazine concluded that the GC MultiGas might also perform wonders for the cigar smoker.

Why is the GC MultiGas an effective cigar air purifier?

The GC MultiGas features four stages of superior filtration, an exclusive 3D UltraSeal design, and 320-degree airflow. It’s designed to clean the full spectrum of airborne pollutants with the best filtration technology available at each of the four stages. 

The magazine says that the GC MultiGas is similar to other air purifiers only in that it has a pre-filter and a fan. “What comes next,” said Cigar Aficionado, “goes beyond the norm.” The editors were awed by the performance of the four gas-phase filters containing activated carbon and alumina pellets to clear the air of odors.

The GC MultiGas is similar to other air purifiers in that it has a pre-filter and a fan. What comes next goes beyond the norm.

First, air is drawn into the GC MultiGas through the bottom of the system by a powerful fan with a three-dimensionally optimized design. The fan design uses state-of-the-art aerodynamics to convert energy into more air and less noise. Then, the air is sequentially cleaned through a that ensures the purest air possible.

The four filtration stages include:

  • HyperHEPA® particle filtration: The first stage of filtration features a powerful HyperHEPA pre-filter that removes particles of all sizes, including ultrafine particles as small as 0.003 microns.
  • Cartridge-based activated carbon adsorption: The highest-grade activated carbon is used to filter volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are responsible for odors.
  • Cartridge-based chemisorption: This stage destroys harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, by an oxidation process inside a chemically active alumina pellet.
  • Post-filter sleeve: A post-filter sleeve wraps each gas cartridge to prevent media dust from being released.

In addition, IQAir’s unique 3D UltraSeal, no-leakage design prevents air from escaping back into the room without being drawn through the GC MultiGas filters. 

Finally, while most air cleaners return filtered air into the room through a small, noisy outlet that can generate annoying drafts, the GC MultiGas features IQAir’s unique EvenFlow Diffuser with 320-degree air delivery so that filtered air is quietly and evenly distributed in all directions.

Cigar Aficionado put this powerful filtration process to the test under “smokier than average conditions” in their offices on Park Avenue in New York. “The unit quickly cleared smoke out of a small office, and soon after, the traces of cigar were unnoticeable,” they observed.

If it’s good enough to battle SARS, the GC MultiGas could be just powerful enough to establish a friendly stronghold for cigar smokers on the home front.

“The reasoning goes that if it’s good enough to battle airborne contaminants in hospitals and wage war on the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong, then the GC MultiGas air purifier from IQAir could be just powerful enough to establish a friendly stronghold for cigar smokers on the home front,” said Cigar Aficionado.

Cigar Aficionado Review

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Note: IQAir does not endorse smoking indoors. IQAir views air cleaning as a means for reducing the effects of secondhand smoke only when smoking is unavoidable. In an environment where smoking indoors is unavoidable, smoking should be confined to only one room.

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