Sharp Canada has introduced three models Plasmacluster air purifiers in Canada, all featuring the company’s Plasmacluster technology and True HEPA filtration, and two with built-in humidifiers.
The FPK50UW is ideal for rooms up to 250 square feet in size, the KC850U for rooms up to 254 sq. ft. and the KC860U for rooms up to 340 sq. ft in size. The two KC models also feature builtiin humidification.
Plasmacluster technology disperses positive and negative ions throughout the room, where they attach to pollutants and break them down at the molecular level. The ions then return to the air as invisible water vapour. The technology helps reduce dust, dander, pollen, mould, viruses, and bacteria, says Sharp. Ionizers use negative ions to make pollutants heavier so they fall from the air. Plasmacluster, by contrast, uses both positive and negative ions to pull pollutants apart. The pollutants are pulled into a True HEPA filter that captures 99.97% per cent of particles as small as 0.3 microns.
The FPK50UW features three manual fan speeds plus an express clean option. Energy Star-rated, it has a three-stage filter system that includes an activated carbon filter and True HEPA filter. The Express Clean mode provides an hour of high-density Plasmacluster Ion production and high-fan speed for an extra boost clean when needed. LibraryQuiet operation means it runs as quiet as 22 decibels, which is equivalent to the sound of rustling leaves. It will sell for an MSRP of $300.
Available for an MSRP of $600, the KC850U adds a temperature and humidity sensor to detect and adjust humidity. Its Library Quiet operations runs at a speed of 23-51 dB and it includes Instant On buttons for Clean Air, Air & Humidify, and Quick Clean modes. The Clean Sign Indicator shows the level of impurities in the air. Manual operation allows for choosing from three fan speeds as well as Pollen and Quick Clean modes. The machine is also Energy Star-qualified.
The KC860U ($700) covers a larger space and features all of the same features, with Library Quiet operation from 28-49 dB.