Company famous for vacuum cleaners develops system to measure and improve air quality in the home
Technology manufacturer Dyson today (March 21) unveiled a phone app-linked air purifier which it claims can automatically remove allergens and air pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from inside the home.
The Dyson Pure Cool Link combines an air filtration system with software that can be accessed from mobile phones in order to detect indoor pollution and allergen levels both inside and outside the home.
Dyson, which is perhaps most known for developing high-end vacuum cleaners, claims the new purifier fan automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens.
And, it also provides, real-time information on air quality to the user through the Dyson link phone app, which was developed by air quality data analytics firm BreezoMeter.
According to Dyson, modern buildings are often built to seal in heat and block noise, which can trap ultrafine particles as well as gases from cooking, central heating, mould, pet hair and pollen inside the homes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has previously set out guidelines on indoor air pollution, which it estimates may be behind the deaths of some 4.3 million people globally each year â€“ largely due to emissions from rudimentary biomass and coal cookstoves (see AirQualityNews.com story).
Meanwhile, an October 2015 report called for better regulation to improve indoor air quality in order to avoid a â€œpotential asthma epidemicâ€ as buildings become more energy efficient (see AirQualityNews.com story).
“We think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse. Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real time air quality data back to you” – James Dyson
As such, a team of 50 Dyson software and mechanical engineers worked on a new air purifying system which uses a patented 360 degree glass HEPA (â€˜high-efficiency particulate arrestanceâ€™) filter alongside sensors which detect changes in conditions.
The machine automatically adjusts airflow to maintain target air quality, keeping air pollutants inside the filter and projecting cleaner air around the home. It also doubles up as a fan for cooling in warmer weather.
Founder of the company James Dyson said: â€œWe think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse. Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real time air quality data back to you.â€