Molekule Review: A Fresh Take on Molekule Air Pro

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Air purifier users looking for a device for larger spaces and Molekule enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the next model should take note of this Molekule review on the new Molekule Air Pro System. This impressive-looking air purifier is the latest in a series of high-performance units that incorporate the company’s innovative PECO technology.

Molekule Air Pro is designed to perform in spaces up to 1,000 square feet. Whether it’s purchased for a roomy office, medical practice, or open-layout small house, Air Pro should function equally well in every setting. As an added bonus, Molekule Air Pro’s sleek, minimalist design resembles a piece of modern decor.

Unit Design

Molekule Air Pro is the big brother to the original Molekule Air system. For comparison, Air Pro is the same height as its predecessor (23 inches tall) but is 3 inches wider (11 inches in diameter). Air Pro weighs 22.9 pounds but is easy to transport with its sturdy vegan leather carrying strap.

Aesthetically, Molekule Air Pro features a smooth cylindrical shape and anodized aluminum exterior. The unit’s white base contains the particle sensor mechanism. The substantial base also contains an integrated cord wrap, which minimizes tangling episodes and makes for a cleaner overall appearance.  

Filter Profile

Molekule Air Pro’s hybrid filter is a composite of Molekule Air’s two separate filters. Air Pro’s Pre-Filter catches three sizes of airborne particles, such as pollen and smoke. At the same time, the unit’s Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) filter destroys particulates’ molecular structures with light. Specifically, Air Pro’s PECO filter is activated by light that shines on the filter membrane. This light triggers a reaction on the filter’s surface, destroying minute pollutants by destabilizing their molecular structures.

This patented proprietary technology is a Molekule hallmark, as the majority of air purifiers utilize HEPA filtration. Molekule refined the PECO-Filter over 25 years of research and development. University research laboratories and independent testing facilities have validated Molekule’s test results.

Wide-Ranging Pollutant Destruction

Molekule Air Pro’s PECO-Filter destroys pollutants including pollen, pet dander, bacterial spores, and black mold. Cockroach allergens, tobacco smoke, staphylococcus, volatile organic compounds, and RNA and DNA viruses are also no match for PECO technology. Also, note that Molekule Air Pro is not a source of ozone emissions. Instead, this air purifying system destroys ozone.

Comparing PECO and HEPA filters

PECO and HEPA filters both capture airborne particulates as small as 0.3 microns. However, the two filters utilize different technology to accomplish this goal. HEPA filters contain accordion-like filter paper that grabs particulates and stores them for later disposal. When the filter has reached capacity, the user replaces it and throws the old one in the trash. In contrast, PECO-Filters use light to destroy the particulates rather than merely capturing them. Although the user must still replace the filter, it is cleaner because the particulates have been destroyed rather than just contained.

Unit Setup and Operation

Setting up Molekule Air Pro is a simple process. After removing the unit from its box, the user plugs the power cord into the purifier’s underside and then into a standard wall outlet. Next, the user follows the intuitive screen prompts on the touchscreen located on the unit’s top surface. After choosing the mode and system preferences, the user downloads the Molekule app and syncs it with their unit. The Molekule app operates on both IOS and Android platforms.

Fan Speeds and Auto-Protect Mode

Molekule Air Pro offers six manually adjusted fan speeds, along with Standard and Quiet Auto-Protect modes. The Quiet Auto-Protect mode is desirable for nighttime operation. When Air Pro runs on Auto-Protect mode, Molekule’s sensors will recognize the space’s particulate levels and adjust the fan speed to handle the load. The user isn’t required to perform any manual adjustments to complete this action.

Unit Control Methods

Molekule Air Pro’s controls are accessible via one of two methods. Onsite users can view an easy-to-use touchscreen on the unit’s top surface. The touchscreen contains a color-coded air quality display. Readings include “good,” “moderate,” “bad,” and “very bad” air quality.

Although Air Pro doesn’t include a remote-control device, the user can control the unit via a smartphone app and Wi-Fi functionality. The app displays the current air quality based on actual particulate levels. The user can also remotely change the unit’s fan speed via manual or automatic methods.

Purification Capabilities

Testing Molekule Air Pro was a straightforward process. The user placed the unit in a medium-sized room that measured approximately 14 by 10 inches. Before beginning the test, the user obtained a baseline air quality measurement with a professional air quality detection device. After allowing Air Pro to run for 60 minutes, the user obtained a second set of data.

Within one hour, Molekule Air Pro had removed 94.4 percent of airborne particulates from the subject room’s air. This action improved the room’s air quality by 97 percent.

Coverage Area

The no-nonsense Molekule Air Pro is configured to purify the air in spaces up to 1,000 square feet. Air Pro is Molekule’s biggest non-commercial or medical air purifier on the market. For comparison, Air Pro covers 40 percent more area than the first-generation Molekule Air. Also, Air Pro provides 75 percent more coverage than the compact Molekule Mini.

The Noise Factor

Despite its size, Molekule Air Pro isn’t excessively loud. The unit’s decibel level fluctuates with its fan speed, increasing the noise factor as the fan operates on gradually higher settings. Air Pro’s noise level stays within the 33 to 64 dBa range. This interval is minimally higher than the original Molekule Air’s noise range of 33 to 55 dBa.

Filter Replacement

The unit’s app-based monitoring software gauges the amount of useful life remaining in the filter. To keep Molekule Air Pro operating as designed, the user should replace the filter about every six months.

Consider Air Pro’s Overall Value

Molekule Air Pro has several notable advantages. First, it demonstrates superb air purification capabilities in spaces up to 1,000 square feet. This makes this large-sized unit useful for offices, medical practices, and the open-layout interiors of smaller homes.

In addition, Air Pro is the only currently available unit with six fan speeds. The user can manually choose a fan speed or opt for Auto-Protect mode. Auto-Protect mode automatically changes the fan speed according to the particulate count and overall indoor air quality. With assistance from the Molekule app, the user can view the area’s real-time air quality and adjust the fan settings accordingly. The app also enables the user to see the filter’s remaining useful life.

Molekule Air Pro is available for $1,199 from the manufacturer, and serious air purifier adherents will find that it’s worth it to access such top-tier technology and functionality.

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