The amazing team at Levoit kindly sent me their LV-H132 air purifier to use to see if it could help my health. I was so excited to get this and unbox it ready to test out, and now that I’ve been using it for just over a week, I’m thrilled to share it with you!
In Brief : What’s It All About?
There are more pollutants in our indoor air than you may imagine, and these can aggravate health conditions, breathing problems, asthma, and allergies, as well as negatively impact your sleep. An air purifier tackles the bacteria and airborne particles, essentially filtering the air so that you’re breathing cleaner, healthier oxygen.
The Levoit H-132 air purifier targets the likes of :
- Household smells (cooking, pets, etc)
- Pet dander
- Cleaning chemicals
Inside the box you will find :
- The air purifier device
- The Three-stage Filtration filter
- User manual
- Power cable (I am in the UK and mine came with a UK 3-pin mains power cable)
Getting this bad boy set up was, thankfully, very quick and straightforward. The user guide is well laid-out with text and images that are easily understandable, available in multiple languages. Once you’ve removed the purifier from the packaging, simply turn it upside down and remove the base, where you’ll find a new filter. Taking the filter out, you can remove the plastic wrapper and reinsert it, with the filter facing the opening of the purifier. Put the base back on, put the adapter into the unit and the plug into a wall socket. Voila, all done!
It measures approx 21.6 x 21.6 x 36.8 cm, weighing in at 3kg. It’s bigger than you may initially expect, and yet I found it felt smaller and blended in far better than anticipated when I put it on my bedside table. It’s sleek, shiny white and looks ultra smart, giving it a contemporary vibe that I could see easily becoming a feature of any room. The blue light as part of the nightlight function gives a lovely vibrant glow should you wish to use this at bedtime. Overall, I’m very happy with how it looks and feels, being both sturdy and fantastic quality while retaining a distinctly modern appeal.
Main Features :
- Three stages of filtration : Fine Preliminary, True HEPA & Activated carbon filters to deal with 99.97% of odours and particles.
- Noise level of less than or equal to 50dB, which varies depending on fan speed
- Purification efficiency, aka. the clean air delivery rate : 68m³/h (40CFM)
- 2m power cord
- 25W power
- 3 fan speed settings
- Nightlight function (light can also be dimmed or turned off)
- LED indicator to signal filter replacement required
- 2 year warranty & lifetime support
- CE RoHS Certified
The Claims & How It Works
Levoit state a research study that suggests our home environment can contain 2 to 5 times, or even up to 100 times, more pollution than outdoor air. These airborne particles and bacteria in the home can cause and contribute to various health problems, affecting breathing, allergies, and even sleep.
The True HEPA filter takes on the task of filtering and trapping particles, such as dust mites, pollen and bacteria. It’s capable of filtering even tiny particles that are 0.3 microns, as well as larger particles are air pollution (PM 2.5 – the pollution rate), which makes it great for those with health conditions and allergies.
The activated carbon filter neutralises odours, such as those from pet smells, smoke and cooking, to keep your home smelling and feeling fresh. It does all of this without creating any Ozone / pollutants as there’s no ion generator or UV-C light used.
It’s recommended that filters be replaced every 6 months, which seems pretty reasonable considering the muck they’re filtering. These can be found easily enough online, such as at Amazon.
Although this purifier is ideal for those with illnesses, respiratory problems and allergies, it’s not restricted to being beneficial for those who need cleaner air. It’s not just for the elderly or for children or for those who want to rid the home of odours, either. It’s for anyone and everyone because clean air will benefit us all.
How To Use It
This is designed for smaller rooms because, as you can anticipate, air is a big thing to filter! You need somewhere to plug this in and to stand it on a solid surface where there’s 38cm of space around it to allow for the device to safely and adequately work. The longer cable is really helpful here. In terms of how often and for how long you have it turned on, I think this is up to you and what works best for your needs. If you struggle at night, maybe you want it on for a few hours before bed, or maybe turn it on overnight at a lower fan speed. If you use the room a lot in the daytime, maybe have it on during the day at a higher fan speed.
As you can see on the top of the device, from left to right, there’s an on/off button, nightlight, an icon that will light up when the filter needs to be chanced, an a button to select fan speed (1-3). These are touch buttons, and it makes using them that bit easier as only slight pressure is required to activate them. It also means the purifier is easier to wipe down with a microfibre cloth to keep it clean and shiny.
I found this very simple to get set-up, with clear instructions in the supplied leaflet. Once I found a suitable place to put it in my bedroom, it was just a case of plugging it in and touching a button to let it work its magic. In terms of looks, I was really impressed; it looks very contemporary and sophisticated in its shiny white housing and the touchscreen style buttons give it a high-tech, high quality feel. Being white, it fits in well to any decor and helps brighten my room without feeling imposing or clunky. Plus, when it comes to air purifying, you could say the bigger the better because it will filter more air. While this is perfect for smaller spaces, like a bedroom or office, many people will find great results in a larger room like an open kitchen or lounge.
Using this is straightforward and I love the small beeps when you turn it on and adjust settings, along with the lights on the top so you can see exactly what you’re doing. The nightlight is a lovely touch; you can have a gentle blue light as you sleep, choose to dim this down, or to turn off all lights entirely, depending on your preference if you use it at night.
I think I’m sceptical by nature, so while I’d hoped for good things in terms of functionality, I wasn’t 100% convinced at how this could help my health. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, so you have to try it to see for yourself how it works. After a week or so of use, my edge of scepticism has been worn away, and I have been pleasantly surprised at just how good this is.
My reasons for use : My health isn’t the best as it is, from undifferentiated connective tissue disease and a stoma, to various deficiencies and fibromyalgia, and few other things in between. I’ve also had issues with breathing since recurrent chest infections last year, which have been labelled as ‘suspected adult asthma and/or allergy undefined’ for the time being. My sleeping is atrocious. I’m exhausted. There’s no smoke inside the house but there is a cat (as sweet as he may look for photos, his hair everywhere is not so pretty), cooking smells due to an open plan downstairs arrangement, and open windows (allowing in nasties such as pollen and traffic fumes from the road directly outside). Of course, you needn’t have specific reasons and health concerns to use an air purifier and reap the benefits; simply having clean air to breathe is important for everyone!
I’ve found that this does get rid of cooking & cat smells quite well, which is much preferred to using an aerosol room spray. If I put this on, leave the room and come back, I can notice the difference because the room feels fresher. I’ve used this in the day, before bed, and during the night to try to maximise the benefits, and I’ve repeated the process numerous times to ensure the results are the same, which they are.
I do feel the air is cleaner, and I think my body has noticed, too. I’ve managed a little more sleep than I have in a while, and I haven’t felt as stuffy or congested when I’ve woken. My breathing hasn’t been as awful, either, deduced from the fact I’ve not been using the reliever inhaler as often during the night when I’ve woken up (as a result of lying down, I tend to end up coughing more). My room generally feels more pleasant and fresh.
In terms of noise, the fan does make some and that can’t be helped. That said, I use this on the fan speed setting 1 or 2 at nighttime and it’s like a gentle hum that I don’t find it at all disturbing. I actually find it quite reassuring & relaxing.
Cost & Customer Service
The brand have been incredibly responsive in my dealings with them so I have to give their customer service 10/10 for being so friendly, helpful and efficient.
In terms of cost, this is a budget-friendly air purifier. At under $100 and around £100, it comes in far cheaper than many other alternatives and yet from other reviews, and my own experience, it’s clear it’s a high quality device that’s efficient and reliable, so I think it’s a very strong contender in the market. I’d say this is a worthwhile investment that should stand the test of time while proving to be a priceless piece of technology to benefit your home and your health.
I’m really impressed by this device & my experience thus far has been incredibly positive. It looks great, it’s easy to set up, and straightforward to use. It does what it claims to do with purifying the air effectively, leaving the air feeling cleaner & fresher to positively benefit health. This is definitely one worth trying for those with health conditions and basically anyone who wants fresher air to breathe. What’s more important than that? A thumbs up from me!
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