Air Purifier

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  1. RuggedPro macrumors regular

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    Somewhat of a strange question but it's related to this forum.

    I'm setting up my new iMac in my living room as opposed to my office as I'm trying to spend less time back in my cave/office.

    We have a boxer, which I would love to get rid of, but my wife and children out ruled me. The dog is not allowed in my office which solves the pet hair problem but because the iMac will be in the living room, I was wondering if anyone could make a suggestion on a good air purifier for pet hair and dust. I want to keep that garbage out of the computer. I've been wanting one anyways as it compiles on my xbox, dvr, ps3, tv, etc.

    The living room is pretty big with very tall ceilings if these things are rated by size. Thanks for the help. :cool:
     
  2. chris98vf macrumors regular

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    Naturally any electronic device acts as an air purifier lol
    I would go with the ionic breeze since that has plates that attract impurities and the ion charge would be much greater than anything your iMac will put out there.
     
  3. RuggedPro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not exactly sure what you're talking about. :confused:

    As far as the ion machines. My research shows they are of limited effectiveness due to them not moving much air. I read they are best for small to very small environments. As I said, my living room is pretty large.
     
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    If you've ever opened up the back of a TV for instance it generates a large negative charge that pulls in more dust than if it just sat there. Smaller electronic devices do the same such as computers and radios.
     
  5. Meyvn, Feb 5, 2011
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    If you have a fairly powerful ionizer (like those horrendously expensive floorstanders they sell at The Sharper Image), that should help a lot keeping the dog dander out of the iMac. The design of the machine itself should help, too; the RAM door, the ports and speakers are really its only "weak spots," and Apple's frankly done a pretty good job with them as far as blocking air particulates. If you had a Mac Pro, I'd be a lot more worried; its air vents are much larger, and its fans are much more powerful. The fact that the iMac doesn't have to push as much air is definitely a help.

    Your iMac will attract some of the animal dander (as well as dust produced by your own skin, and that of your family), but if you have something else in the room that ionizes air more powerfully, it will attract the lion's share of air particulates, keeping them away from the iMac, the way the gravity of large stars tends to attract smaller stars/planets. If you have a big screen TV or other electronics in the room, this will help also. So will dusting and vacuuming regularly.

    I had an iMac for years in homes with cats and dogs who'd move freely about, and dust/dander never really got to be a problem. I understand your concern, but I really wouldn't worry too much about it. I'd be infinitely more concerned that the dog/someone else would find a way to knock it over.
     
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    just set this up in the living room ... and don't be suprised that the wife sides with the boxer.
     

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    Thanks for the information. Cleaning lady comes every 2 weeks and we keep as a clean a house as we can with 2 young kids and a dog but the only thing we seem to fight with is dust and dog hair.

    I understand mechanical similarities between an air purifier and electronics but there are machines specifically built to do what I'm looking for and tose that just do it as secondary design feature. My sister has a jack russel who's fur took her laptop down. It was stored on the ground next to the couch when not in use. When it was disassembled the hair that came out of thing rivaled chewbacca.

    I was unaware of the iMacs design feature that limits the likelihood of the same from happening to it. Thanks for that information.

    If that thing was sound proof I'd stick my children in it instead.
     
  8. chris98vf, Feb 5, 2011
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    Wow, it was just a joke lol, I was just giving some input and I got "my huge house will over power that POS"

    I've been inside iMacs that were from smokers home's and they really don't suck much into them, like an earlier poster said, Apple's done a good job at sealing those things up and they only force air where it's needed. If you have an area you can put a small compressor take it out there and blow it out. Canned air is a waste since it doesn't have the force you would want to blow blow everything out with.

    Another fun trick is to get an app that you can control your fans with, turn those F'ers on high and watch the dust fly out, kinda funny to see.
     
  9. MacHamster68, Feb 6, 2011
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    try to find a compromise and get get reptiles ,
    alligators for examples are cute too, make great pets and the kids can ride on them too [​IMG]
    , they have teeth and a tail so come close to a dog ,but they dont bark and have no hair ;)

    but then most humans lose hair too so they are as dangerous for the iMac as a dog , so i advise to shave the whole family including the dog if you want a hair free environment, just in case the alligator is not a option
     
  10. Meyvn macrumors 6502

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    Don't get me wrong; the iMac isn't perfect. It's just got less moving parts and holes physically in it than a laptop by far; the keyboard is often a big place for dust to get in on laptops. Also, I don't think you'll be keeping it on the floor, probably the worst possible place to put it re: dust.
     
  11. BobEvans macrumors newbie

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    Imac, hair and dust air purifier

    I don't agree with the advice and sorry if I'm too late. The Ionizing plate-type machines don't help hair and dust much at all. I bought myself a small HEPA and negative ion machine for my office...Being an Imac user and a geek (and maybe I/we get too involved with details) I found some particle tests on most brands at the site below...

    http://www.top-air-purifier-reviews.org/
     

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