Air Purifiers would have sounded like something straight out of a Sci Fi movie when I was a kid. But due to extremely high pollution levels in metropolitan cities, it is probably going to be one of the most common appliances in homes like an AC or a geyser. Though we at Niswarth have always promoted plants as a means of cleaning out the air, we must accept that a machine will definitely outperform indoor air purifying plants. When the AQI of one’s city is as bad as that of Delhi, completely relying on these plants for air purification is not the smartest thing to do.
Air purifiers are also important for homes in highly polluted cities because more often than not, the air quality inside a house is worse than the air quality outside. Yes, it sounds uncanny. But it is true because our homes are mostly not that well ventilated and therefore they become a platform for trapping particulate matter, pollen grains, etc. that are hazardous specially for people with breathing disorders.
How do air purifiers work?
Basically, an air purifying device may use one or more of the following methods to clean out the air:
- HEPA Filter
- Activated Carbon Filter
- Ultra Violet Light
The video linked below goes into great detail describing how each of these methods work and does a great job at it!
Which air purifiers to use?
As the concept of air purifiers is relatively new to India, we sort out some of the best air purifiers available in India and their USPs so that you can decide which one you want to bring home.
The air purifiers we have mentioned below are not in order of preference.
- Mi Air Purifier 2S
Oh sweet Xiaomi! Always releasing products in sync with the needs of the Indian populace!
The best thing about the Mi Air Purifier 2S is that it can be controlled from anywhere using the Mi Home App which is super convenient! This air purifier comes with a Laser Particle sensor and has a CADR(Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 310 m^3 PM/ hr which can effectively clean a room in approximately 10 minutes. This air purifier gives a 3 layer protection.
- Honeywell 53- Watt Room Air Purifier
This one, like the above air purifier, has a 3 stage advanced filtration system and uses both HEPA and an activated carbon filter that removes microscopic pollutants and allergens above 0.3 microns including PM2.5 and pollens. It cleans out toxic gases without emitting harmful gases as a byproduct.
- Philips 1000 Series Air Purifier
This has extra thick Nano Protect HEPA that provides superior purification efficiency and protects against airborne particles. It has an alert that lets you know when it’s time to replace the filter. It has 3 auto modes: General, Allergen and Night Sense and 4 manual settings which includes turbo speed. It also has a child lock that prevents unintended changes in settings.
- Philips 2000 Series AeraSense 56- Watt Air Purifier
Another Philips product, the name of a brand which immediately brings up feelings of familiarity and trustworthiness, this air purifier is ideal for medium to large rooms. This can remove harmful particles as small as 20 nm and reduce harmful gases. In the bacteria and Virus mode, the HEPA filter effectively captures the bacteria and virus by 99.9%.
- Hindware Moonbow 55- Watt Air Purifier
This air purifier has a whooping 5 stage filtration process and a coverage area of 400 sq. ft. with a clean air delivery rate of 215 m^3/ hr. The high grade HEPA filter can remove microscopic particles such as small in size as 0.3 microns. It also has an activated carbon filter that removes harmful gases and volatile organic compounds. Plus, an UV lamp is provided that eliminates bacteria, viruses, pollens, etc, circulating in your home.
3 methods being used by one air purifier, impressive much!
Despite us recommending electronic devices, we would still urge you to monitor your electricity usage and plant a lot of plants showering them with immense love and nourishment so that they can grow and take care of the air in the long run.
Till then, go get that air purifier which suits your needs the most and protect yourself from the toxic air quality. Only when you can take care of your own health and well being, can you be an asset for the earth and fight for the environment.