It is advisable to stay indoors as much as possible during the haze to avoid inhaling the particulate matter in the air. However it is important to understand that the indoor air quality is affected by the haze and is far from ideal, given that we don’t seal our homes completely and air trapped inside takes longer to dissipate. Senior citizens, expectant mothers, young children and those who are asthmatic or have skin conditions such as eczema are most vulnerable to the harmful effects. Air purifiers and humidifiers can help ease the discomfort and mitigate the effects.
We list some important factors to consider while buying an air purifier for your home:
1. Smart sensors – Good purifiers these days are equipped with the smart technology to detect and respond automatically to pollutants and particulate matter in the air. These machines have the capability to then purify the air by acting on the pollutants thus detected.
2. Efficient Filtration- The level and efficiency of filtration possessed by the purifier is important as some might destroy bacteria and viruses but not work on smaller allergens. Ultraviolet light, activated carbon, air ionizers and HEPA purifiers are various types of filtration systems. Some purifiers combine more than one system to be more effective in combating pollutants, for example those that combine HEPA filters with activated carbon enabling them to remove both particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.
3.Range of Circulation or Projection – Some air purifiers double up as fans in order to ensure greater range of circulation of purified air to all parts of the room.
4. Industry Standards –Finally, there are various benchmarks against which the purifiers in the market are measured. The most effective one is the POLAR test based on a realistic room size of 27sqm. The POLAR test chamber features nine air quality sensors placed around the room in order to measure the evenness of purification. Machines are tested via their automatic pollution detection function for smart sensing.
Here are some products that you can consider investing in to protect your family from the harmful effects of the haze:
Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifier – The Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifier ticks most of the above boxes. It is equipped with an activated carbon and glass HEPA filter that can remove 99.95% of ultra fine particles and pollutants in the air as small as PM0.1. Due to its high quality sensors, Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan can also precisely pinpoint concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10indoors and project these in real time to the on-board LCD screen, or to the Dyson Link application on your mobile device.
The Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan is a smart, sensitive two-in-one machine that senses air pollution, captures it, and projects purified air evenly across the room with Air Multiplier technology. When set to automatic mode, the machine constantly monitors the air for pollutants, and reacts automatically to purify the room without you having to lift your finger. The Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan is tested to POLAR test standards.
LG PuriCareTM Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) – The LG PuriCareTM Air Purifier (AS60GDWV0) is an air purifier that removes invisible air pollutants of up to PM 1.0, ensuring clean and pure air indoors. Its cylindrical-shape with Snow Flake Air Holes helps to achieve a unique 360-degree projection of the air purification enabling clean air to circulate high, low and in all corners of the room.
The design has also been recognized for its aesthetic value and has been the recipient of the Reddot Award 2017, iF Design Award 2017, International Design Excellence Award 2017 and more. Users can control the air purifier remotely via their mobile devices through the app LG SmartThinQ® app and use Google Assistant to make voice commands to check on the indoor air quality and change the air purification mode at home.
Philips Air Cleaner 2000 Series – AC2887/30 – The Philips Air Cleaner with its sharp sensor automatically monitors its surroundings and purifies the air. It comes with various settings,and can be turned down to the “silent mode”, to allow a noiseless night’s sleep.
Ion PureAir Air Purifier – P1 & P3– The Ion PureAir Air Purifier comes with a 4-layer filtration system to enable clean air. It comes with a timer and preset option of up to 8 hours.
Xiaomi Air Purifier Gen 3 – The Xiaomi Air Purifier Gen 3 is an upgrade of the classic Xiaomi Air Purifier. It is better performing than its predecessor while maintaining the same sleek look. Its Strong Air Route System cleans a mind boggling 6,660 litres of air per minute.
Xiaomi Deerma DEM-F325 Ultrasonic Air Humidifier – The Deerma Ultrasonic Air Humidifier is a multi functional device that evenly distributes water mist and purifies the air. Not only is it a humidifier adding moisture to the air, but is also a purifier ensuring cleaner air.
Philips GoPure GP 5211 Car Air Purifier– An air purifier that make your commute a breeze – the Philips GoPure GP5211 Car Air Purifier filters out harmful PM2.5 fine particles in less than 10 minutes and also removes harmful NO2/SO2 fumes accumulated from traffic.
Most of these products can be ordered online or at leading stores. Some online shopping portals such as Shopee are running promotions to make it easy on your pocket to combat the haze.