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Published on January 28th, 2011 | by Gbemiga

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Air-O-Swiss 2055A: A Breath of Fresh Air

For those who have lived or worked in rooms, hous­es, of­fices dur­ing dry sea­sons or have al­ler­gies and de­sire bet­ter air qual­i­ty, the Air-O-Swiss 2055A Au­to­mat­ic Air Wash­er is lit­er­al­ly a breath of fresh air in a crowd­ed mar­ket. We’ve pre­vi­ous­ly test­ed, and en­joyed, the 2055D- a sim­i­lar, if more ex­pen­sive mod­el. The main dif­fer­ence is the in­clu­sion of a dig­i­tal read­out on the 2055D, and the slight­ly loud­er and more pow­er­ful fans that up the sug­gest­ed room size from 600 to 750. If you have a larg­er space, go with the D… small­er apart­ments should like­ly go with the A.

We will start with what was our fa­vorite fea­ture of the Air Wash­er. If you have ev­er had the mis­for­tune of turn­ing on a hu­mid­i­fi­er and then notic­ing some time lat­er that there is a light but no­tice­able film of gunk that coats your TV or Mon­i­tor, your ta­bles, books, ba­si­cal­ly al­most any sur­face, you will be very pleased with the Air Wash­er. Be­cause it hu­mid­i­fies a room by evap­o­ra­tion, there is no gunk, film or buildup on your sur­faces. Al­so be­cause it hu­mid­i­fies by evap­o­rat­ing there is no need to have to buy dem­iner­al­iza­tion car­tridges.

The Air Wash­er has a pre-ion­iz­er that gives par­ti­cles a neg­a­tive charge as they en­ter the Air Wash­er, al­low­ing them to at­tach to dust, pollen and cer­tain odors and to form clus­ters which cling to the Air Wash­er’s disc. They are then re­moved as the discs turn through the wa­ter, there­by al­low­ing the Air Wash­er to, um, wash the air! This pro­cess al­lows for the wash­ing and hu­mid­i­fi­ca­tion of rooms of up to 600 square feet, as men­tioned pre­vi­ous­ly.

The Air Wash­er comes with an an­ti-mi­cro­bial sys­tem (the Ion­ic Sil­ver stick) that lasts for up to a year of con­tin­u­al use. This is es­pe­cial­ly good when the de­vice will not be used for some time but the wa­ter tank will still con­tain some wa­ter. The de­vice is easy to clean and op­er­ate- just re­move and wash the disc, wipe out the tank and you’re ready to go. It is made with fair­ly high qual­i­ty ma­te­ri­als, mak­ing this mod­el one of the qui­etest unit in its class.

One nice bonus: the fra­grance con­tain­er which al­lowed us to make our of­fice smell like any­thing we want­ed it to smell like. We al­so liked that there were no fil­ter to change, one of the worst and most an­noy­ing parts of many such sys­tems- the hu­mid­i­fy­ing discs took care of all that. It is al­so en­er­gy ef­fi­cient, us­ing on­ly 20W, which won’t add much to your elec­tric­i­ty bills.

Our main dis­like with the Air Wash­er was that al­though it cools (due to the evap­o­ra­tion) which is good for a hot room, it doesn’t heat. So it’s not meant for a cold en­vi­ron­ment. De­spite this flaw we think the Air Wash­er is a small mir­a­cle in the hu­mid­i­fi­er range and be­lieve you will love as much as we have. The Air Wash­er is avail­able on Ama­zon for $329.99, and a good deal for those in need of clean­er air, with some hu­mid­i­fi­ca­tion, and that is fair­ly qui­et.

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About the Author

In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).



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