Air Purifiers, A Little Beneficial Fashion

This article explains why air purifiers are a little beneficial fashion and the consequences of their use for the environment, as well as the costs of their use and the consequences in the medium term.
A few weeks ago I was involved in the amazing world of the International Consumer Electronics Fair (CES), held in Las Vegas, in which the conversations revolved around the next generation of pollution meters that Who knows, maybe we have some day on our phone.

The demonstrations that I was able to contemplate invited us to speculate on what would be the next great invention in home technology. Would it be smart beds for cats? Teapots with an Internet connection? Whatever it is, the device in question will come equipped with automatic learning and will work with the indecipherable blockchain or chain of blocks.

However, if there is an issue for which consumers are particularly concerned is the quality and purity of the air, and the large manufacturers of household appliances, aware of this, have released a series of related products.

They have joined numerous startups, offering alternatives such as robots that roam around the house cleaning everything they find or curious devices inspired by nature that blow air to the leaves of indoor plants that do not look good.

In Europe these tools are not yet convincing, so the assessment that can be made of them in our continent might not be entirely correct if we look at Asia and other places in the world, where the appliances that filter the air of the home every They are more used.

If the purifiers are in the market, obviously, because there is a demand; in fact, the market could be 2023 in value over 30,000 million dollars per year.

In some aspects, indoor air purification can be a breakthrough. In a completely enclosed space, the purifiers that filter the air reduce the concentration of tiny particles harmful to the organism, especially in places with a high level of contamination, such as the center of cities such as Beijing or New Delhi.

The removal of harmful gases indoors, including volatile organic compounds derived from paints and glues, is a very different matter.

Some systems use a carbon filter to which gases adhere, but the data that point to the reliability of this procedure are still very small.

Other types of purifiers use ultraviolet radiation to accelerate a chemical reaction that converts these gases into carbon dioxide and water. However, manufacturers have not yet commented on the possibility that this process will convert relatively benign compounds into something much more damaging.

The tests carried out to filter the air outside have not shown, for the moment, great efficiency, since the atmosphere is too large compared to the size of the filtration system.

However, the balance inside is satisfactory. The houses have volumes of air that are measured from hundreds up to, in some cases, thousands of cubic meters; only with air currents and leaks, the environment inside a house can be completely recycled every hour, approximately. Therefore, there are still many cubic meters of air to be cleaned, and the end does not seem to be visible.