1963 Imagining a better world In Germany, brothers Manfred and Klaus Hammes introduce the world’s first residential air filter. Their goal is to reduce indoor air pollution in homes from coal ovens that were popular at the time. Their solution: a filter that attaches with magnets to the oven outlet. Manfred, a lifelong asthma sufferer, soon notices the filter has helped reduce his asthma flare-ups during the winter months. 1981 Swiss Made After Manfred passes away, Klaus continues to expand the business. He selects Switzerland as the new home for the company, based on the nation’s renowned precision in manufacturing and adherence to the highest standards. The Swiss headquarters also supports IQAir expansion into the rest of Europe and the United States. 1990 Rethinking the automobile cabin The family’s passion for clean air continues into another generation. Klaus’ son, Frank, brings even greater expertise to the business after graduation from Cambridge University. Frank’s first innovation is a groundbreaking cabin filter for Mercedes Benz cars in North America. 1998 IQAir stands alone IQAir rolls out the stunning IQAir HealthPro, designed by Frank Hammes. This revolutionary stand-alone air cleaning system quickly receives major recognition and outperforms all competitors in one of the most comprehensive air purifier tests ever designed. 2003 Fighting the spread of SARS A viral disease known as Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) spreads quickly in Asia. IQAir® is sought out for its expertise in air cleaning technology. After weeks of testing and installation of trial systems, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority chooses IQAir systems to help stop the spread of SARS. IQAir provides systems to 150 hospitals and health care facilities in Hong Kong to help contain the virus. 2003 Creating the healthiest homes IQAir partners with the producers of an award-winning ABC-TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. A 6-year-old girl who recently received a heart transplant needs the cleanest air possible to continue her recovery. IQAir’s Clean Air Team installs HyperHEPA air filtration technology throughout the girl’s home and the episode is a hit. The partnership continues for more than 7 seasons in which IQAir provides “extreme” air purification to families with serious medical issues. 2005 Revolutionary whole-house system IQAir innovation marches on, as the company introduces its whole-house systems. The new systems shatter the performance barrier of existing furnace filters and whole-house air purifiers. The Perfect 16 becomes the world’s first whole-house system to filter the air so efficiently it receives a perfect MERV 16 rating, the highest rating possible. 2008 The edge for Olympic athletes The U.S. Olympic Committee calls on IQAir to create an ultra-clean-air environment for the nation's team. The U.S. Olympic Committee calls on IQAir to create an ultra-clean-air environment for the nation’s team. HealthPro® 250 systems are placed in athletes’ rooms, and large training areas receive portable and HVAC-based air cleaning systems. Despite the challenging air quality in Beijing, U.S. athletes win an astounding 110 medals, the second-highest medal count for the U.S. team in more than 100 years. 2014 The ultimate clean air experience The IQAir Clean Air Experience Center opens in California. The IQAir Clean Air Experience Center showcases clean air technology and spreading the message of how clean air can help people live longer and healthier lives. Now everyone has the opportunity to experience clean, medical-grade air and learn more about high-performance air filtration. 2007 Honored with top reviews The IQAir HealthPro Plus receives its second “Best Buy” award from Consumers Digest Magazine. Innovation brings recognition. In 2007, the IQAir HealthPro 250 receives its second “Best Buy” award from Consumers Digest Magazine (the streak continues unbroken — the HealthPro 250 has continually been the top choice of the magazine since 2004). Other top reviewers such as Reviewboard, Allergy Buyers Club and Consumersearch.com also award their highest ratings to IQAir. The HealthPro Series is honored as a product that delivers exceptional value for consumers and the best choice for those with serious allergies or asthma. 2008 Back to school Clean air helps students succeed and stay healthy. After a study shows that IQAir® filtration reduces up to 90% of particulates in classrooms, air quality agencies turn to IQAir. Installation begins in schools in Long Beach, Calif. In the following years, IQAir is selected to install filtration in thousands of California classrooms. Forwarding environmental justice, students and teachers breathe more easily.