If you are living in Delhi, the capital of India, you must be very much aware of the adverse air quality surrounding you right now. Your throat must be itching and eyes burning. In such cases, a good air purifier is what you need.
According to the AQI index, a value of under 50 is considered to be best for human while Delhi is averaging out at more than 300 across the city. There are certain areas even worse affected such as Punjabi Bagh reading an average AQI of 999. This reading indicates that the AQI index cannot test the air as it has surpassed the maximum value on its scale.
The situation is critical and there is nothing that we can do right now. However, investing in a decent air purifier is the best you can do for the moment.
Here, we have assembled a list of 5 best air purifiers so that you at least get some clean air (if not fresh) while you're inside the house.
1. Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2
Xiaomi is better known as one of the most popular smartphone brands in India. But do you know that the Chinese company has a long list of home accessories as well? The Mi Air Purifier is one of Xiaomi's best home product and is definitely a good buy. This air purifier has a minimalist footprint that allows quick and seamless installation.
Additionally, the Mi air purifier also comes with integrated smart controls that allow it to monitor the air quality and alter its own functions accordingly for faster air purification. Along with this, the air purifier can also send alerts to the user's smartphone using a nifty app that also works as a remote control.
Employing a triple-layer filter, the Mi air purifier can clean the indoor air for up to 400 square feet for about 10 minutes. According to user reviews, it needs a filter change after 150 days of heavy usage.
There are smart air purifiers and then there are purifiers that have smart features built in. The Pureit H101 from Hindustan Unilever is one such option to buy for smaller places. This air purifier has a coverage area of 480 square feet and can clean the air in a similar sized room once every 13 minutes.
As a part of its smart features, the Pureit H101 has a pollution sensor that can detect and display the AQI or air quality index every 2 seconds. In addition to a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, it also features an activated charcoal filter that removes odor and harmful pollutants dissolved in the air.
The Pureit H101 has an overall power consumption of 55 watts and has a total sound output of 49db when operational.
As a brand, Philips believes in making sensible products and the 1000 series air purifier is a good option for you to buy. This air purifier is designed to deliver the best performance without any human intervention and, therefore, it has a couple of smart sensors built into it that automatically detects the air quality and tunes its own operation for the optimal performance.
Moreover, the air purifier has also a Night mode that reduces the operational noise and the brightness of the indicator light so that you get a peaceful sleep.
This air purifier has a clean air delivery rate of 270 cubic meters per hour and its filter can remove pollutant particles as small as 0.02 microns or 100 times smaller than the PM 2.5 particles.
If you like simplicity, you are going to love what the Honeywell Air Touch A5 Room Air Purifier has to offer. In this device, a simple design has been improved with a high-efficiency filter that can remove PM 2.5 particles, as well as toxic gases and dissolved pollutants from the air.
This air purifier comes with a high-efficiency filter that has an average life of close to 3,000 hours, which roughly estimates to 8 hours of usage per day for a whole year.
The Honeywell Air Touch A5 comes with a three-stage filtration system that comprises a reusable pre-filter. You can wash this pre-filter and remove bigger impurities such as dust, hair, and etc while saving money on consumables or filters.
There are simple devices and then there are devices with multi-stage filtration system such as the H3O Air Series VE2 that offers a bit of an edge, when compared to conventional air purifiers, with its 7-stage air cleaning system.
Instead of just a HEPA and an activated charcoal filter, the H3O Air Series VE2 comes with a bacteria filter and a cold catalyst filter that basically kills or removes harmful chemicals. Then, the clean air is passed through ultraviolet light to disinfect it before it's distributed across the room.
While there is an additional cost involved with using a multi-stage air purifier, there are also a number of benefits that a normal air purifier cannot offer.
Apart from all this, the H3O Air Series VE2 also offers automatic mode change and a Child mode as well.
If you're not willing to spend money on an air purifier, there is a quick fix for you to get some clean air, provided you have an air conditioner.
If you have one, you can also buy the 3M electrostatic Air Purifying Filter for air conditioners. This is a simple fix and you can install it on your air conditioner. All you need to do is place the sheets on top of your existing filters.
After the installation, run your AC in Fan mode and it'll double up as an air purifier. Simple!
At a quick glance, this investment may not be very attractive. However, you need to think about the long-term and how critical air quality harms your lungs. Think about how an air purifier would help your lungs to be strong and healthy.
Investing in a precaution is obviously smarter than paying for the cure. Make a wise choice. Let us know which of these you consider buying in comments.