Humanscale’s ZŌN Air Purifier Puts Individuals in a Clean Air Zone

New Technology Bests Ineffective HEPA Purifiers


Karen Brooking

New York, March 4, 2011 – Humanscale, the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic tools, will present ZŌN, the first consumer air purifier to target and deliver clean air to an individual’s breathing zone, at booth L12713 during the International Home and Housewares Show, March 6-8 in Chicago.

While a recent Environmental Protection Agency report noted that air in homes and buildings is potentially five times more polluted than outdoor air, research has shown that traditional air purification systems operate ineffectively. In a study performed at the University of Minnesota, a variety of best-in-class HEPA, electrostatic precipitator and ionizer style room air cleaners proved unable to clean all the air in a small, sealed room, even on their highest settings for eight hours.

Under real-world conditions where no room is truly sealed and new contaminants are introduced into a space through HVAC systems, open windows, open doors, regular air exchange and even room occupants, these room air cleaners simply can’t deliver clean air to the room’s occupants. They are also typically very large and noisy to operate, making them disruptive and inconvenient. Moreover, many traditional air purifiers produce unhealthy levels of ozone–a toxic gas that can harm the lungs.

ZŌN overcomes all of these issues by providing clean air in an entirely new way. The unit’s small size, nearly silent and ozone-free operation and very slow air flow allow it to be placed discretely near the user to surround them in a bubble of ultra pure air. Additionally, its revolutionary coiled filter provides far more surface area than other filter technologies to capture more pollutants over a longer period of time. When the filter is saturated, it can easily be vacuumed clean and reused or recycled with common paper products – a first for air purifiers.

“The ZŌN Air Purifier delivers fresh air directly to the breathing zone of the user, effectively surrounding them in ultra clean air while they sleep or while they sit in front of their computer at work,” said Chris Gibson, Director, Air Quality Products, for Humanscale. “It is an excellent solution for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies, but it can help anyone feel better and stay healthy by removing more than 99 percent of the pollutants, allergens, irritants, bacteria and viruses from the air which they breathe in on a daily basis.”

Consuming only 23 watts of power, ZŌN is 2.5 times more efficient than Energy Star requirements, far surpassing the clean air efficiency of other air purifiers. The ZŌN Air Purifier is now available in Black, White or Red at the suggested retail price of $299 at or directly from Humanscale at

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