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The Oreck Air Purifier

According to the EPA, the air in your house may be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside, and we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors!
Indoor air pollution is caused by mold, viruses, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander, and the outgassing of chemicals used in the production of furniture, paint, carpet, cleaning supplies, candles, air fresheners…Yep, pretty much everything in your house.

This is why an Oreck Air Purifier has been cleaning the air in our house since 2004. We have an Oreck XL like the one pictured above. It works great, it’s easy to clean, and the filter parts are easy to find and replace. Ours has three settings: low, high, and silent mode. Silent mode is good during the day and we use the low setting for white noise in our bedroom at night. Especially great for folks with allergies and asthma.

Price Oreck Air Purifiers Here


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  • I just discovered your site tonight, and I’ve been on it for over an hour. So much great info, thank you.

    We have two Oreck air purifiers, and we’re too lazy to clean them. How lame is that??

    How do you feel about the cleaning chemicals [that came with ours from the Oreck sales shop]? Toxic? What do you use to clean yours, and how often must you clean them?

    We have two cats and live in NY not too far from a highway, so I do worry about our indoor air quality.
    Thank you again, and be well!

    • We do use the foaming cleaner and rinse really well with water afterwards.
      I imagine you might be able to use something else,
      but if you try to stick something in there to scrub you can damage the unit.

  • Rebecca

    Hi Chris,

    I am so loving your site. What a wonderful resource. I am curious though as to what your affiliation is with the companies that are mentioned in the “Products I love” section. On your recommendation – I purchased an Oreck air filter yesterday. I ran it for 8 hours in the bedroom and really noticed a change in terms of no dust settling on the furniture. That made me happy. Unfortunately, I also noticed a very odd smell, somewhat akin to chlorine. (not that I think there’s chlorine in the unit)…but it got me wondering, so I decided to do some research. My bad for not doing any research FIRST and going on your recommendation alone.

    The Oreck machines put OZONE into the air…which, is a whole other pollutant that can irritate lungs and even cause damage over time.

    Which brings me back to my original question…and brings up a few more.

    Were you aware of this?
    Are you affiliated with Oreck in some way?
    The information you provide seems well intentioned and very useful….but upon digging, I find that Oreck products rate very LOW on air purifier reviews. Were you aware of this?

    Here’s a link:

    I would really, really appreciate hearing back from you on this. In the interim – I will be returning my Oreck air purifier.


  • Rebecca

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