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Published on October 18th, 2010 | by Greg


Banish that Musty Dog Odor with the FilterStream A710

Life can be challenging in the big city. Purses may be stolen, parking tickets may be issued, and air may be polluted. While the first two incidences may be hard to negotiate, luckily there’s a simple solution for the third. The FilterStream A710 AirTamer is a professional ultra-high efficiency air purifier that is extremely effective at removing odors and elements that contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as pollen, mold, and dust. Weighing 18 pounds and measuring 18 × 8 × 24 inches, it’s easy to appreciate the sleek, modern styling of the AirTamer.

The AirTamer includes 6 ceramic bearing fans that can be used for up to 32 years continuously. That’s a pretty long time. It also features three germ-odor-virus protection filters to provide extra cleaning power, and can filter about 400 square feet. While it may be louder than some other air purifiers on the market, it also is more effective at removing pollutants than many others. A big plus for me is that it can remove pet dander, rather than simply filtering pet dander, like some other purifiers do. The AirTamer specifically addresses mold, which is a huge advantage.

Another check in the AirTamer’s column is its energy efficiency. Consumers may be tempted to purchase a cheaper air purifier, only to find that their electricity usage has shot through the roof, negating any potential savings. On low speed, the AirTamer uses just 5 watts of power. By comparison, a normal nightlight uses 7 watts of electricity. At the highest speed, the AirTamer uses 36 watts of energy. The AirTamer has 5 different fan speeds, providing a variety of choices.

Yet another thing I appreciated about the AirTamer is that replacement filters do not have to be the FilterStream brand. Thus, considerable savings can be found through buying other brand filters, including furnace filters. The AirTamer features a handy filter change indicator, which signals when the filter must be replaced.

The AirTamer’s control panel is another thoughtful feature. It has LED-lit buttons that have 16 different light settings. The AirTamer also comes with three aroma cartridges, in orange, grapefruit, and lavender- the latter seemed best.

The AirTamer retails for $279.99. While it is a bit pricey, it is a solid air purifying system that is a smart investment. We’ve tested out water filtration systems and vacuums offering to improve the air quality, but the Filterstream offers a nifty solution for a common city problem. Now, if only we could buy something to resolve the purse snatching and car ticketing occurrences!

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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