Thank you for your interest in a career at IQAir. Our family-owned company was founded in 1963 from a commitment to excellence and innovation. More than 50 years later, those are still our core values. We are always interested in people with quick minds, a passion for their work and the positive attitudes of true professionals.
You'll have access to all the support and development you need to succeed at IQAir. We firmly believe in nurturing talent and challenging people to grow to their full potential.
Human Resources Manager
IQAir North America, Inc.
A 50+ Year Pursuit of Air Cleaning Excellence
In 1963, Manfred Hammes and his brother Klaus introduce a simple filter system for residential users in Germany. Their simple system consists of a filter pad that attaches with small magnets to the air outlet of residential coal ovens. As cold air rises through the oven and heats up it passes through the filter where the dust gets trapped. It is the first air purifier to find its way into household usage. The product is initially sold on the premise that it helps to reduce the black dust build-up on the walls behind ovens. Soon though, Manfred a lifelong asthma sufferer notices that the filter reduces his flare-ups during the winter months. Over time numerous users report that the filter appears to relieve their allergy and asthma symptoms.
Klaus, a mechanical engineer by training, continues through the 60s and 70s to adapt the filter for other heating systems, such as radiators, baseboard heaters and forced air heating and cooling systems.
After a heart attack, Manfred passes away in 1981. Klaus looking for suitable location to grow the company, relocates it to Switzerland. From Switzerland, international expansion begins into the rest of Europe and the United States.
Just having graduated from England's Cambridge University, Frank Hammes, Klaus' son, decides to join the family business. Having grown up with air purification all his life, he shares his father's passion for clean air. After successfully promoting a cabin air filter for Mercedes-Benz automobiles in North America, Frank turns his attention to fan-powered room air cleaners. What he finds is a large discrepancy between consumer room air purifiers and large commercial air cleaning systems. While the commercial systems are large and expensive, they are also very effective. The smaller consumer room air purifiers on the other hand turn out to be ineffectual. The decision is made in 1994 to develop a new kind of air cleaning device. It would take Frank and a team of Swiss and German engineers four years of intensive research and development to build the world's most effective line of compact air purifiers. – less