Vornado PCO500, PCO300 User Manual

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Whole Room Air Purifier Owner’s Guide


Guía para el usuario del Purificador de Aire para todo el ambiente


Manuel d’utilisation du Purificateur d’Air pour Espace Entier


model PCO300 and PCO500

Designed, engineered and supported in Andover, Kansas.

Pensado, diseñado y respaldado en Andover, Kansas. Conception, mise au point et soutien technique effectués à Andover, au Kansas.


Questions or comments?

¿Prequntas o comentarios? consumerservice@vornado.com Questions ou commentaires?


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Important Instructions..............................................................


Destroy What HEPA Can’t Capture™......................................


Product Information ................................................................


How silverscreen™ Works........................................................


About The Glow.......................................................................


Advanced Filtration..................................................................


Automatic Accessory Refill Program........................................


Understanding CADR.............................................................


Control Panel..........................................................................


How to Use.............................................................................


User Tips ................................................................................


Filter Replacement.................................................................


silverscreen™ Tray and UV Bulb Replacement......................


Cleaning and Storage.............................................................






Español p. 26

Français p. 49

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This appliance has a polarized plug. (One blade is wider than the other.) To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not attempt to defeat this safety feature.

WARNING – To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not use this product with any solid state control device. Unplug the appliance from the power supply before cleaning, moving or servicing.

Do unplug your Vornado Air Purifier before cleaning.

Do clean your Vornado Air Purifier regularly. Refer to the Cleaning and Maintenance instructions provided. Never clean the Vornado Air Purifier in any manner other than as instructed in this manual.

Do Not use gasoline, thinners, solvents, ammonias or other chemicals for cleaning.

Do Not immerse this product in water or allow water to drip into the motor housing.

Do Not use near furnaces, fireplaces, stoves or other hightemperature heat sources.

Do Not block the top air vent so purified air cannot be cir-

culated throughout the room.

Do Not use this product outdoors.

Do Not use this product on wet surfaces.

Do Not use this product near a bathtub, shower, swimming pool or other water container.

Do Not operate any purifier with a damaged cord or plug. Discard purifier or return to an authorized service facility for examination and/or repair in order to avoid a hazard.

Do Not carry this product by the cord, or use the cord as a handle.

Do Not attempt to repair or replace parts, except for Filters, Bulb, and Screen Tray.

Do Not run cord under carpeting. Do not cover cord with throw rugs, runners, or similar coverings. Do not route cord under furniture or appliances. Arrange cord away from traffic area and where it will not be tripped over.

Do use common sense when using this product and/or any electrical appliance.

WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply

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with the limits for Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular

installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) his device must accept

any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES003.


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It is said that trust isn’t given, but earned. For decades Vornado has been earning the trust of our customers by offering them only the best. Vornado provides the highest level of performance, coupled with the highest level of support available. Complete satisfaction with no exceptions – this is Vornado’s promise to you. If you are not satisfied for any reason, please contact us. Knowledgeable representatives are available at 1-800-234-0604from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM CST. A wealth of additional support is also available online at www.vornado.com. On behalf of myself and the entire staff at our Andover, Kansas headquarters – thank you for selecting Vornado.


Bill Phillips

CEO, Vornado Air

Find our complete product line at www.vornado.com

Destroy What HEPA Can’t Capture

silverscreenEnhanced HEPA Air Purification

Destroys bacteria and

Destroys formaldehyde

Removes 99.97% of

viruses smaller than those

and other harmful

airborne dust and allergens

that cause the flu, common

gases commonly found

from the air.**

cold and antibiotic-resis-

in the home.*


tant infections.*



silverscreendestroys the contaminants that cause poor air quality in your home. From larger dust particles down to microscopic molecules, your air purifier provides clean air at an entirely new level. First, True HEPA filtration eliminates

99.97% of airborne particles* from the air. Next, an advanced carbon filter adsorbs household odors and harmful gases. The final step is where Vornado takes clean air to a molecular level. With silverscreentechnology, remaining harmful gases and organisms are destroyed.

*Based on multiple tests from independent labs confirming destruction of bacteria (including Staph and Strep species), viruses, mold and harmful gases.

**0.3 microns or larger.

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Product Information


Front Panel










































Permanent Pre-Filters
























Captures larger initial particles and odors passing through

















the unit.













































HEPA Filters

































Captures 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger passing




























through the unit.
















































Advanced Carbon Filter







































Adsorbs odors and gases passing through the filters.














































































Reacts with UV light to break down harmful viruses, bacteria

















and gases that HEPA and Carbon cannot capture.

















UV Bulb

































Emits UV light to activate the titanium dioxide coating on

















screen to break down harmful viruses, bacteria and gases

















that HEPA and Carbon cannot capture.

















Touch Sensitive Control Panel

































LED display and touch sensitive controls for easy and intui-
















tive operation.

8Power Cord

Convenient 6 ft. cord.

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How silverscreenWorks

Clean The Air At A Molecular Level

silverscreenexposes harmful airborne gases and organisms to a very specific spectrum of UV light and a patented titanium dioxide media. This combination causes the organisms to oxidize. This process destroys the molecular structure, rendering organisms like bacteria, viruses and more, into nothing more than simple, harmless molecules. What's more, the silverscreensystem isnon-toxicand produces no ozone.

How silverscreenIs Different Than Any Other Technologies

By applying UV light to titanium dioxide (TiO2), a chemical reaction occurs. This reaction is referred to asPhotocatalytic Oxidation (PCO). UV light can cause the TiO2 media to degrade and begin to lose its effectiveness – in some cases as quickly as 90 days. Vornado’s silverscreentechnology uses a patented coating process to maintain the life of the TiO2 screen for five years or more with no degradation in performance. You only need to change the UV Bulb once a year to maintain the peak performance of your air purifier.

About the Glow

UV light is one of the components of the silverscreensystem. You can observe a subtle glow where the purified air exits the unit during operation. The light you see is harmless and is a gentle reminder that the silverscreensystem is hard at work.

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Advanced Filtration

Vornado Whole Room Air

Purifiers Feature Precision True HEPA Calibration

Without properly calibrated airflow, products with a True HEPA Filter will not achieve their full filtration potential. Gaps, poorly sealed filter housings, and excessive air velocity all reduce the ef-

fectiveness of the product. Independent testing laboratory verifies that the precise calibration of a Vornado Air Purifier allows it to perform at True HEPA standards.

Advanced Carbon Filtration

The honeycomb design and use of carbon pellets enables the filter to adsorb more household odors and harmful gases than a traditional carbon filter.

Automatic Accessory

Refill Program

A convenient and hassle-freeway to receive regular shipments of Vornado accessories, direct to your door. Eliminate the hassle of remembering to reorder. Maintain the high efficiency of your Vornado Purifier by regularly replacing used accessories with fresh new ones. How it works: You select a plan and Vornado will send replacement accessories at the recommended maintenance interval. To sign up, visit www.vornado.com, email consumerservice@vornado.com or call1-800-234-0604.Cancel at anytime.

Part # MD1-0022

Part # MD1-0027

HEPA Filter

Advanced Carbon Filter

Part # MD1-0026

Part # MD1-0024

UV Bulb Tray


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Understanding CADR

What is CADR?

CADR stands for "Clean Air Delivery Rate," which indicates the volume of filtered air delivered by an air purifier.

CADR ratings show the effectiveness of the air purifier is at capturing fine particles. Higher CADR rates indicate improved performance in all room sizes.

Note: The PCO500 Air Purifier is suggested for use in a single, closed room up to 265 square feet. The PCO300 Air Purifier is suggested for use in a single, closed room up to 175 square feet. Portable air cleaners will be much more effective in rooms when all the doors and windows are closed.

Tested per ANSI/AHAM AC-1

National Standard.

























Clean Air Delivery Rate





Room Size

Room Changes/Hour































Source: Independent Testing Laborator y.

These values represent performance that can be expected within the first 72 hours of operation. Subsequent use may vary.

























Clean Air Delivery Rate





Room Size

Room Changes/Hour































Source: Independent Testing Laborator y.




These values represent performance that can be expected within the first 72 hours of operation. Subsequent use may vary.

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Control Panel



UV Bulb


PCO500 pictured

Advanced Carbon



Filter Replacement
















HEPA Filter


Door Ajar





















Particle Sensing


Odor Sensing

Sleep Mode



Airflow Adjustment







Automatic Light Dimming

After a short period of time, the control panel illumination will dim to not interfere with ambient environment lighting. Particularly ideal for darker rooms. Pressing any button will re-illuminatethe control panel.

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How To Use

Airflow Adjustment Particle Sensing Mode Odor Sensing Mode

To select one of the airflow settings by pressing the “+” button to adjust to a higher speed or press the “-“button to adjust to a lower speed. The LED display will indicate the selected speed. Low, Medium and High speed settings are designed forday-to-dayuse.

Note: Dust and allergens are most airborne when persons and pets are active in the room. For best results, set the unit on a higher speed setting during these times for high demand cleaning and circulation. Set the unit to a lower setting for quieter operation when activity is reduced.

Quick Clean Speed (PCO500 Only)

A high-speedfiltration setting can be used to rapidly filter the air when airborne particle levels are high. Press the (+) on the fan speed control until the Quick Clean icon (highlighted above) is displayed. You will immediately notice a dramatic increase in airflow that will allow the unit to provide maximum air filtration. Due to increased sound levels, use of this mode is recommended only as conditions require.

Particle Sensing Mode and Odor Sensing Mode monitors the air quality of the room to detect the presence of particles and gases/ odors. The unit will continuously monitor the amount of airborne particles and gases/odors in the environment and adjust the fan speed between Low, Medium, High and Quick Clean* as needed to maintain optimum air quality. Press the Particle Sensing Mode and/ or Odor Sensing Mode Button to engage this feature. The screen will display the animated Particle Sensing Mode icon () and/or the Odor Sensing Mode icon (), to indicate when this feature is active. Please note the Particle and Odor Sensing Mode is overridden when Sleep Mode is engaged to ensure the unit is providing a consistent, low noise level during nighttime sleep. *Quick Clean Speed on PCO500 model only.

When To Use: This feature allows the unit to reduce energy usage

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How To Use

when fewer airborne contaminants are present in the room. Because active people and pets tend to stir up airborne particles and odors, the unit will tend to increase speed during peak periods of activity in the room until lower readings are obtained. This feature is ideal for rooms where activity fluctuates greatly based on the time of day.

Sleep Mode Setting

This feature senses no light or low light conditions, and automatically adjusts the unit to low speed. Press the Sleep Mode button to engage this feature. The Sleep Mode icon (shown above) will display. Ideal for use in bedrooms. Higher and more powerful speeds may be used throughout the day with lower speeds and minimal noise being preferable at night.

Note: When in low light or no light, with sleep mode selected, the unit will only operate at low speed. This will override Particle Sensing Mode, Odor Sensing and high-speedsettings. In regular light, the unit will operate at the previous setting.

Filter and Tray Replacement







Advanced Carbon Filter Replacement


Equipped with an indicator light to show when it is recommended to change the Advanced Carbon Filter. Please refer to FILTER REPLACE-

MENT for instructions. This feature is controlled by time of use. The light will illuminate after 9,000 hours of run time has accumulated.

HEPA Filter Replacement

Equipped with an indicator light to show when it is recommended to change the HEPA filter. Refer to FILTER REPLACEMENT for instructions. This feature is controlled by time of use. The light will illuminate after 9,000 hours of run time has accumulated.

UV Bulb Replacement

Equipped with an indicator light to show when it is recommended to change the UV Bulb. Refer to SILVERSCREENTRAY AND UV BULB REPLACEMENT for instructions. This feature is controlled by time of use. The light will illuminate after 9,000 hours of run time has accumulated.

Note: The UV Bulb should be replaced according to the notification, even if the UV Bulb is still functioning. This will ensure the effectiveness of the UV spectrum.


Equipped with an indicator light to show when it is recommended to change the silverscreen. Refer to SILVERSCREENTRAY AND UV BULB REPLACEMENT for instructions. This feature is controlled by time of use. The light will illuminate after 45,000 hours of run time has accumulated.

Note: User environments will differ. The replacement time is based on average use situations, if you are using the Air Purifier in a more

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How To Use

User Tips

demanding environment, you may need to change the Filters or Trays more frequently. In less polluted environments the Filter and Tray life may extend beyond the notification.

Control Lock

Prevent changes to control settings by activating the Control Lock. To activate, press Control Lock until icon ( ) illuminates. Repeat to turn Control Lock Off.

Door Ajar

Indicator light shows when Front Panel is not securely closed. Refer to FILTER REPLACEMENT on page 18 on how to properly replace door.

1.Keep retail carton to store unit when not in use.

2.Use the inset handle located on the back of the unit for easy carrying.

3. For best results, position the front of the unit (side with logo) towards the center of the room, leaving at least a 6 inch distance away from walls or furniture on every side.

6 in.

6 in.

Note: For optimum airflow, air outlet should be unobstructed. Ensure curtains and other items are far enough away from the unit to not be pulled into the side inlets or interfere with airflow.

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Filter Replacement

Genuine Vornado Accessories Are Recommended

Peak performance is only realized when genuine Vornado Advanced Carbon Filter, silverscreen™ Tray and HEPA filters are used. Others may claim to be compatible with Vornado units, but the Vornado Air Purifier is calibrated to achieve a maximum purify performance, only when used with Vornado Accessories.

View filter replacement tutorial on your mobile device.


Note: PCO500 models have 2x the filters. Please replace filters according to your unit.

How To Replace Your Filters

1.Unplug unit.

2.Pull the bottom part of Front Panel (A) out first, then pull top of Front Panel (B) away from unit.

Note: The bottom of the Front Panel (B) is held in place by magnets, you will need to pull the Front Panel hard enough to overcome the resistance of the magnets.



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Filter Replacement

3.Remove the Permanent Pre-Filterby pulling on the center tabs (C). You may need to flex the PermanentPre-Filterslightly to release the tabs at the top and bottom.

4.To remove the HEPA Filter, after the Permanent Pre-Filterhas been removed, take hold of the tab along the perimeter of Filter and pull to release.



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Filter Replacement

5.To remove the Advanced Carbon Filter, after the Permanent PreFilter and HEPA Filter have been removed, take hold of tab along the perimeter of Filter and pull to release.

6.Replace with genuine Vornado Filters. Place the Filters in the unit and gently press around the perimeter of the Filter to ensure secure placement.

Note: Remove and discard the Filters you wish to replace. The Advanced Carbon Filter must be placed in the unit before the HEPA Filter. See PRODUCT INFORMATION for a detailed illustration.

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Filter Replacement

7.Replace the Permanent Pre-Filterby securing the bottom 2 tabs into bottom slots (D). Slightly flex the PermanentPre-Filterto secure the top 2 tabs into the top slots (E).


8. Replace Front Panel by aligning and gently pushing the top of Front Panel with tabs located on the unit (F). Then connect the bottom of Front Panel (G) with±magnets located at bottom of unit.




Safety Shut-OffFeature

For your protection, the unit is designed to operate only if the Front Panel is in place. Do not attempt to override this safety feature. If, after the Front Panel has been reinstalled, the unit does not operate, remove and reinstall the Front Panel to assure proper placement.

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Filter Replacement

9.To reset the Replacement notification - Press and hold the REPLACE CARBON, REPLACE HEPA, REPLACE SCREEN, REPLACE UV BULB, depending on which item was replaced, for at least 3 seconds. The light will turn off confirming the indicator is reset.

Press for 3 seconds.


Note: Do not operate the Air Purifier without Vornado Advanced

Carbon Filter and Vornado HEPA Filter in place.

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silverscreenTray and UV Bulb Replacement

Replacing Trays

1.Unplug unit and remove Front Panel. Refer to FILTER REPLACEMENT on page 15 for instructions.

2.Release the Tray door by pressing down on the tabs (A), while simultaneously pulling the door open.


3.Remove the silverscreen™ Trays or UV Bulb Tray by pulling on the Tray handle. Discard any used Trays.


UV Bulb Tray


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