Smoke out the fireworks: Best air purifiers for home
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With bad quality air from outdoors streaming in, and indoor pollutants, the air inside your home isn’t perhaps as ideal as you may have imagined all along. These unseen pollutants are often the reason for why we all suffer from throat and respiratory ailments, and in the long run, have also been linked with illnesses such as stroke, heart disease and even dementia. While we cannot do much about outside air, there can be certain amount of damage control that can be done for the duration you are inside your home. With online stores extending offers and deals to almost all gadget genres, air purifiers are no different. We look at some of the best options at the moment.
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2
The magic formula for the smartphone ecosystem, of providing powerful specs at an affordable price, seems to be working for Xiaomi as far as indoor air purifiers go. The Mi Air Purifier 2 has a high 310 m³/h CADR (clean air delivery rate). The powerful performance is enough for this to be very effective even in fairly big 32.5-sq.metre living rooms. The air-intake from all sides, aided by the circular filter inside, assists with the performance. This purifier connects with your home Wi-Fi network, and you can control it using the Mi Home (free for Android and iOS) app.
Atlanta Healthcare Beta 350
A lot of indoor air purifiers use a variety of filters, which sometimes vary in quality, and that has a direct bearing on the efficiency. In the case of the Beta 350, Indian company Atlanta Healthcare is using the glass fibre HEPA filter, which is able to maintain moisture levels in the air. This is good news for users who tend to suffer from dry throat in winter. The Beta 350 has a fairly high 225 m³/h CADR too, and works well across most room sizes.
Eureka Forbes Aeroguard Mist
Already well-known for cleaning drinking water, and your home with powerful vacuum cleaning, Eureka Forbes also has a capable line-up of indoor air purifiers. The enticing deal at present is the Aeroguard Mist. This has a CADR of 205 m³/h, and is ideal for living room or bedrooms. The active carbon filter has a unique honeycomb design, which allows it capture more particles than what a lot of its rivals are able to.
Philips was one of the first companies to push indoor air purifier sales in India over the past couple of years. The AC4014/10 is one of the very powerful options in their line-up. It has a rated 237 m³/h CADR, and uses multiple layers of filters to capture even the finest particulate matter. At the highest fan speed, this is perhaps the least noisy of the lot.
Atlanta Healthcare Universal 450
Winters usually spell trouble for anyone who suffers from throat ailments related to dryness in the air. Which is why some air purifiers also have the built-in humidifier feature—there is a tank which you fill with water, and while the purifier is active, moisture is also dispersed into the room’s air. No more waking up in the morning with a scratchy throat. The Universal 450 has a rated CADR of 225 m³/h, and adopts a seven-stage air filtration process in each cycle.
This was one of the first purifiers in the Indian market to introduce the concept of humidifiers, and is very relevant for anyone who has breathing or throat issues. Panasonic’s nanoe technology works additionally to remove the hydrogen component from viruses, bacteria, odours and allergen, which improves overall efficiency. This has one of the most effective filters, thanks to the high-quality materials used, and the thickness.
The Sharp FP-F40E is ideal for rooms measuring 30 sq. metres, and in the automatic mode, can improve the room’s air quality by reducing the PM level to 10μg/m3 in 30 minutes (from an unhealthy 91μg/m3 of particulate matter). This purifier has one of the thickest filters we have seen in these gadgets, and that really shows in the overall performance. The Plasmacluster feature uses positive and negative ions to pick off particles from static air, such as under the sofa, which other purifiers are not necessarily very good at doing. The futuristic design will also look good in your living room.