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Though the Supreme Court has prohibited the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region till 1 November, pollution levels are still expected to rise at this time of the year. So an effective air purifier and a reusable anti-pollution mask are two of the smartest options you could gift someone this festive season. Lounge looks at the best anti-pollution and air-purification devices available in the market.
Also read: Where’s my fresh air?
Sharp’s latest offering is an air purifier that also acts as a mosquito catcher. The device combines Sharp’s Plasmacluster ion technology and non-toxic mosquito-catching mechanism to remove both micro- and macro-scopic pollutants. Equipped with a Hepa (high efficiency particulate air) filter, the purifier can capture particles like smoke, dust and pollen. The air purifier can cover an area of up to 300 sq. ft.
Exclusively on Amazon.in; available for Rs28,000.
Honeywell Air Touch I8 and A5
Honeywell’s Air Touch range of air purifiers comes with the company’s patented HiSiv technology, a Hepa filter, and a pre-filter. The three-layer filter combination of the air purifier eliminates large dust particles, PM2.5, bacteria, formaldehyde, harmful gases, and volatile organic compounds in the air. According to the company, the Air Touch I8 comes with a real-time ambient air pollution measurement that other air purifiers don’t offer. The Air Touch I8 has a coverage area of up to 387 sq. ft, while the A5 covers up to 323 sq. ft.
Available on Amazon, Flipkart, PayTM, and offline stores; Air Touch I8 starts from Rs20,990; A5 starts from Rs11,490.
Airoshine A-808 car air purifier
The A-808 car air purifier from Airoshine comes with a six-layer air-filtration technology that includes a pre-filter and a Hepa filtration system. There’s also an activated carbon filter layer which can remove Tvoc (total volatile organic compounds), smoke, odour and other elements. The A-808 can be plugged directly into the cigarette lighter socket of any car. Its low noise and touch buttons make the A-808 a user-friendly air purifier.
Laser Egg smart air quality monitor
Understanding air quality numbers can be a tough ask. The Laser Egg smart air quality monitor breaks these numbers down for the user in simple terms. It has a small fan at the back that pulls the air in, pushing it out from the front. This portable device provides air quality readings in real time, with measurements taken every 0.1 seconds. Apart from updated figures from the air quality index, the Laser Egg can give you readings on PM2.5 concentration, particle count, temperature and relative humidity in a room.
Available on Nirvanabeing.com; starts from Rs9,995.
RespoKare anti-pollution mask
The RespoKare anti-pollution mask contains five layers of protection—from the pollution indicator to the Active Respo layer. It filters particulate matter and neutralizes toxic gases, including nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide. The stick-on pollution indicator outside the mask doesn’t indicate only the longevity of the mask, it also indicates the level of nitrogen dioxide in the air.
Available in three sizes at Cleanairstore.in; Rs399 for a single mask, Rs990 for a pack of three.
Purafil PuraCar 11 car air purifier
You’re stuck in a massive jam, but your car windows are rolled up and the AC is on. That does not mean, however, that the air in your vehicle is clean. The PuraCar air purifier comes with a Hepa filter, a patented chemical gaseous filter and a microorganism filter. It is compact, easy to carry and effective in large SUVs and minivans. One can mount it on the dashboard, the centre console, or behind the headrest.
Available on Nirvanabeing.com; starts from Rs7,995.
This compact air purifier from Moonbow uses the Puri 5 technology, a five-stage filtration process that combines a pre-filter, a Hepa filter, an activated carbon filter, UV lamp and refreshing energizers. It cleans the air and kills almost every pollutant in the surrounding area. There’s also a PM2.5 indicator that tracks the real-time pollution in a room and displays the reading. The pre-filter is washable and captures objects such as hair strands. This helps in extending the life of the other filters.
Available on Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart and at outlets like Croma; starts from Rs36,990.
Mi Air Purifier 2
The Chinese smartphone maker’s latest air purifier is 40% smaller than the first Mi Air Purifier. Its 360-degree cylindrical filter takes in air more efficiently from all directions than other air purifiers. With a clean air delivery rate of 310 cubic metre per hour, the Mi Air Purifier 2 removes PM2.5 particles, dust, indoor plant pollen, pet fur and other contaminants. One can use any smartphone to power on, power off, or switch modes in the purifier with the Mi Home app. The app also lets you monitor home air quality in real time.
Available on Mi.com and Flipkart; starts from Rs9,999.
This N99 mask combines N95 filtering with a variety of designs so that the mask is not only pleasing to the eye, but also effective. Made with a microfibre filtration fabric which filters particulate matter such as PM2.5 particles, the Vogmask also prevents a user from inhaling other harmful elements: pollen, bacteria, germs. The mask is reusable and washable.
Available on Nirvanabeing.com and at company stores; starts from Rs2,000.