Our Story

Photo of Manfred and Klaus Hammes
1963

Imagining a better world

In Germany, brothers Manfred and Klaus Hammes introduce the world’s first residential air filter.

Their goal is to reduce indoor air pollution in homes from coal ovens that were popular at the time. Their solution: a filter that attaches with magnets to the oven outlet. Manfred, a lifelong asthma sufferer, soon notices the filter has helped reduce his asthma flare-ups during the winter months.

Photo of Swiss Moutain Range with Switzerland Flag in foreground
1981

Swiss Made

After Manfred passes away, Klaus continues to expand the business.

He selects Switzerland as the new home for the company, based on the Swiss dedication to innovation and obsession with quality. The Swiss headquarters also supports the company’s expansion into the rest of Europe and the United States.

Interior photo of Mercedes Benz
1990

Clean air for the automobile cabin

The family’s passion for clean air continues into another generation.

Klaus’ son, Frank, focuses the company on technological breakthroughs. Frank’s first focus is on a groundbreaking cabin filter for Mercedes Benz cars in North America. Klaus’s second son, Jens, joins a few years later to expand IQAir’s international reach.

Photo of IQAir's HealthPro Plus in green field
1998

Rethinking room air purifiers

IQAir rolls out the stunning IQAir HealthPro, designed by Frank Hammes

The HealthPro sets a new performance standard for room air purifiers and satisfies the requirements of critical environments.

Photo of microscopic SARS spores.
2003

Fighting the spread of SARS

A viral disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) spreads quickly in Asia.

IQAir is sought out for its expertise in air cleaning. After intensive testing, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority chooses IQAir air purifiers for 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities to help stop the spread of SARS.

Front exterior of house with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition logo.
2003

Creating the healthiest homes

IQAir partners with the award-winning ABC-TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

In their first featured episode, IQAir helps to convert a family’s home into a clean air zone and allows a 6-year-old girl with a new heart to come home from the hospital and continue her recovery. The partnership with the show continues for more than 7 seasons and introduces IQAir to tens of millions of American households.

Photo of IQAir's revolutionary P16 whole-house system installed in a residential HVAC system.
2005

Clean air for entire buildings

IQAir innovation marches on, as the company introduces its first whole-building air purification system: the Perfect 16.

The Perfect 16 shatters the performance barrier of existing HVAC filters and whole-house air purifiers integrated into heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) systems. The Perfect 16 becomes the world’s first whole-house filter system to achieve a MERV 16 rating, the highest rating for residential and commercial HVAC filters.

Photo of Beijing Olympic Center
2008

The edge for Olympic athletes

The U.S. Olympic Committee calls on IQAir to create an ultra-clean-air environment for the Beijing Olympics.

IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifiers used by the team’s athletes in their rooms in the Olympic Village, and the air in the team’s training center in Beijing, is cleaned by both portable CleanZone and HVAC-based air cleaning systems. U.S. athletes win an astounding 110 medals, the second-highest medal count for the U.S. team in more than 100 years.

Front exterior photo of IQAir experience center.
2014

The IQAir Clean Air Experience Center opens in California.

The IQAir Clean Air Experience Center opens in California.

The IQAir Clean Air Experience Center showcases clean air technology and helps spread the message of how clean air can help people live longer and healthier lives. The facility is also home to IQAir North America’s team of air quality experts.

World Air Quality Report
2019

Global Air Quality Report

IQAir publishes the 2018 World Air Quality Report in association with Greenpeace.

 It is the first report that combines and analyzes real-time air quality data from governmental and private air quality monitors to provide a comprehensive view of the state of global PM2.5 air pollution. The latest 2019 World Air Quality Report covers 98 countries and over 3,000 cities.

UNEP
2020

Partnering with the United Nations

After a study shows that IQAir filtration reduces up to 90% of particulates in classrooms, air quality agencies turn to IQAir.

Installation begins in schools in Long Beach, Calif. In the following years, IQAir is selected to install filtration in thousands of California classrooms. Forwarding environmental justice, students and teachers breathe more easily.