Humanscale Displays ZŌN at HFSE 2011

New Technology Is More Effective Than Traditional Room Air Purifiers


Karen Brooking

NEW YORK, September 20, 2011 – Humanscale, a premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic tools for a healthier, more comfortable workday will display the ZŌN personal air purifier, the first consumer air purifier to target and deliver clean air precisely to an individual’s breathing zone, at HFSE 2011. Research has shown that traditional room air purifiers, including HEPA units, don’t ensure that room occupants actually breathe clean air. The ZŌN personal air purifier was designed to address this issue by surrounding the user in a bubble of ultra pure air wherever they spend the majority of their day – at work in front of a computer, in a favorite chair watching TV or reading a book, or asleep in bed. Its patented technology and innovative design provide breeze-free, ozone-free and virtually silent operation in a unit small enough to be discretely placed near the user on a desk, end table or bedside table, to virtually guarantee that they’ll breathe pure, clean air throughout the day.

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 are lacking. 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 effectively clean all the air in a small, sealed room, even when run 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 as inconvenient as they are ineffective. Moreover, many produce unhealthy levels of ozone, a toxic gas that can harm the lungs.

The ZŌN personal air purifier overcomes all of these issues by providing clean air in an entirely new and innovative way. It instantly and almost silently creates a bubble of ultra pure air directly around the user. The unit’s small size, nearly silent and ozone-free operation and ability to move large amounts of air very slowly through the unit allow it to be unobtrusively placed near the user to surround them with clean air. Additionally, its revolutionary coiled filter provides far more surface area than other filter technologies, allowing it to capture more pollutants over a longer period of time, including the smallest and most dangerous particles such as smog and viruses. When the filter is saturated, it can be easily vacuumed clean and re-used or recycled with common paper products – a first for air purifiers.

“The ZŌN personal 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 also can help anyone else 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, the ZŌN personal air purifier is 2.5 times more efficient than Energy Star requirements, making it one of the most efficient air purifiers on the market today. The ZŌN personal air purifier is now available in Black, White or Red for $299 at

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About Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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