The air purifier market in China is estimated to be about USD 0.965 Billion in 2014. China is the abode to rising industrialization and increasing population which thereby affects the pollution in the country. Increasing number of heart attacks and other air borne disease was kind of a warning to the people of China about the depleting quality of air surrounding them. Rising health concerns, changing consumer lifestyle and increasing disposable income are boosting the adoption of air purifiers in China. The residential market for oem air purifier is one a continuous increase. Worsening air quality levels had led to a boom in the air purifier market in 2016. New entrants like Dyson and Airgle are rapidly growing demand led to a robust growth in the China market in the coming years.
According to China Air Purifier Market Overview, the China market is expected to experience a robust growth. The air filters used in the home air purifiers are one of the most important components of the product. HEPA filters dominate the air purifiermarket in terms of technology. Technology is one major plus in this market and with the leading brands spending most of their time and revenue in the R&D of the product, the air purifier market is expected to witness a surge in the coming years.
China Air purifiers were mainly used in the commercial establishments like offices, hospitals and hotels etc, but with the increasing awareness about the pollution, the air purifiers are expected to see acceptance in the residential segment as well. As air purifier is an emerging product, and China being the country with the highest potential and the country with the highest population for this market, the global players are expected to extend their business in India thereby leading to higher penetration.
The threat of new entrant is the highest in the analysis according to Porters five forces and the companies are expected to strengthen their distribution channel to increase their reach in China. The foreign funded brands account for more than half of the China market in 2014.
A greater focus on health and well-being is driving sales of products like home air purifiers, with many people thinking these devices will make indoor air cleaner.
Sales of these products are forecast to see a compounded annual growth rate of around 10% in 2015-2020, according to a 2015 report published by TechSci Research.
But health experts say the machines are mostly unnecessary unless a person has a lung condition like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They advise homeowners to take other steps to clear the air before investing in one of these devices, especially since ongoing maintenance and expense are required to ensure that the units work properly.
Adjust your expectations.
Dr. Clayton Cowl, chair of the division of preventive occupational and aerospace medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a pulmonologist, said buyers need to understand the limitations of hepa air purifiers.
“I think it’s a waste of money for people who feel that sticking (one) in their home is suddenly going to rid them of all respiratory diseases. That they’ll never be ill, and that’s all they need, and they’re completely protected. That is not the case,” he said.
Patti Solano, director of lung health for the Lung Association in Greater Chicago, said air purifiers won’t clean the entire home, either. Portable air purifiers, the most common, at best can improve a room. But for people who have lung conditions, investing in better filters for their furnace and buying a portable air purifier can help, Solano said.
She said the best air purifiers use true high-efficiency particulate air (true HEPA) filters, which are proven to trap 99.97% of particles of 0.3 microns in size.
“We’re looking at these more for patients who have asthma, COPD, anyone that might have any kind of lung disease. These do help,” she said. True HEPA filters, as opposed to “HEPA-type” filters, can trap most pollens, dust and pet dander, she said.
Additionally, some china air purifiers have carbon filters to remove tobacco and cooking smoke. Ed Perratore, senior editor for home and appliance at Consumer Reports, said that in its tests, the best-performing air purifiers were the Honeywell HPA300 ($300, 435-square-foot room) and the Whirlpool Whispure APK1030K ($349.99, 500-square-foot room). What to watch for. Solano said that, because there are so many different models on the market, buyers need to do their homework.
She said the Environmental Protection Agency’s website has a thorough review of what shoppers should consider on its Indoor Air Quality page. Perratore, Cowl and Solano said homeowners should stick to filter-type air purifiers and avoid those that use ozone to clean the air.
“It can act as a respiratory irritant. So it paradoxically does harm as opposed to actually helping,” Cowl said.
Solano said ozone is used extensively for water purification and helps decontaminate unoccupied space from certain chemicals and biological contaminants — for instance, after a fire — but she pointed out that ozone in water is not the same as ozone in air. Aside from fan speeds, Perratore said that, in its testing, Consumer Reports found there’s little need to pay more for any special features on portable air purifiers.
Fan speeds are important because portable air purifiers are noisy, and they’re usually used in bedrooms. However, Perratore said that, when the devices are used on low speeds, they sometimes aren’t as efficient. The two top Consumer Reports picks work well on high and low speeds. Solano, Cowl and Perratore said the units work best when they’re in rooms where the door is shut and are cleaned as well as possible to remove lung irritants.
The filters must be changed regularly. The maintenance and cost of these devices may make them a last resort for people without lung diseases, Perratore said.
True HEPA air purifier filters for the Honeywell and Whirlpool units are $35 and $99, respectively. Then there’s the energy cost to run the units, he added.
There are also limits to what portable air purifiers can catch. EPA notes that large particulates like dust mites and cockroach allergens may not be caught by these units. And Cowl said people who suffer from seasonal allergies may not get that much relief from having the air purifiers around.
“I don’t think any air filtration system will completely prevent that,” he said. Other options. Before buying an oem air purifier, Cowl, Solano and Perratore suggested checking out other options for cleaning indoor air. Better furnace filters can trap pollutants, Cowl said, but those must be changed regularly too.
Look for the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) for air filters. This rating (1 to 20) is a standard for overall effectiveness. The higher the MERV rating, the more particulates the filter will screen out. True HEPA filters are rated between 17 and 20. However, Cowl said, many furnaces aren’t designed to use true HEPA filters, so they may cause the furnace to work harder. Pillow and mattress encasements can limit dust mites in the bed, Solano said.
And keeping a clean home is half the battle.
“Open the windows, dust, vacuum with a HEPA vacuum; that would be the best thing. These are other things you can really do besides getting (an air purifier),” she said.
If the latest WHO report is believed Delhi might no longer be the world’s most polluted city in terms of air quality. But it is still a grim picture if you look at the daily numbers for PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles. Delhi continues to cross the annual 10 and 20 micrograms per cubic metre mark (WHO guidelines) in both PM 2.5 and PM 10 pollutant matter on a daily basis.
The only people benefiting from all this seems to be companies selling OEM air purifiers, cashing in on the near paranoia among some Delhi residents. My husband is one such person, and we now have a Philips Air Purifier in our home, which is judiciously used every night.
The china air purifier market will only grow in a place like India, given that we don’t seem to have any long-term policies to deal with pollution.
Kent is among those who have launched air purifiers in India. The company claims its new Hepa Air Purifier range will remove PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles thanks to filters that have “the efficiency to catch and trap indoor carcinogens particles like PM 2.5 particulates (removes up-to 99.99 %), Pollen, Allergens, Surface adhering Mold, Fine Dust and clinging odors like Cigarette smoke, foul smells or pet odour.”
Features: Effective Room Area : Up-to 270 sq. feet |Noise (DB) <= 60 dB (A) | CADR (CLEAN AIR DELIVERY RATE): 180 m3/h | Power Consumption: 45 W | Dimensions 350 L X 180 W X 482 H | Child Lock | Separate indicator for Air Quality
Price: Rs 16,000
So how does it work?
The Kent Aura Air Purifier uses HEPA filter technology to clean up the air in your home. Kent insists their HEPA filter can get rid of PM 2.5 particle, which are seen as the most dangerous pollutants.
The China Air Purifier also has an ioniser built-in to remove particles from the air, along with allergens, dust. You can choose to switch it on or off by pressing the button. There seems to be some dispute on how effective ionisers really are in cleaning the air. However the HEPA filter by itself is good enough for those who are particularly sensitive to dust, pollen, etc.
This Room Air Purifier is around 1.5 feet in height, 7-inches wide and can be placed easily around the house. Although if you have a bedside table, you might have trouble creating some space for this. Also note that this one doesn’t come with a remote.
The Air Quality indicator showing the PM 2.5 levels in the room.
Kent’s Aura Air Purifier also gave us an additional indicator device which tells the PM 2.5 level in your room. This device (roughly the size of an alarm clock) can be placed anywhere in your room; however this device was only given with the review unit, and is not part of the final sale kit.
In my house on some mornings, the PM 2.5 levels were listed at north of 400 in this device and that’s scary; by the evening this number was down to 200s (no air purifier used). The fluctuating levels notwithstanding, this number doesn’t look good. Also according to the indicator, the 70’s range for PM 2.5 is still in the green zone. If you want to re-evaluate your entire life-decision of why Delhi, the Air Quality indicator could be a big help.
Kent’s Aura Air Purifier is not too noisy. Given that my husband placed the earlier air purifier right next to my side of the bed, I’ve grown to hate the sound and blue light emitting from these things. This one has quite a few lights emitting from it, although you can choose the fan level. In the auto-mode, it keeps the noise to minimum, which I like. There’s also a child-lock mode button in case you are worried about children tinkering with it.
You can also set it for an 8 hour period before going to sleep at night, and the Purifier will switch off after that time.
The Air Quality indicator showed the Kent Air Purifier took around half an hour to bring the PM2.5 level down from 400 to 200 in a closed room. If the levels were lower, like say in the say range of 100-170, the air purifier worked faster, and levels would be at 20 in under 90 minutes.
So does having an Air Purifier really help?
As someone with three asthma patients in the family (father, brother, and now my three-year-old niece all living in Lucknow), I realise that clean air really matters. A severe asthma attack is never a pretty sight, and there are a variety of factors that can offset it; too much dust at home, the onset of spring, winter.
HEPA filters to some extent can get rid of allergens, pollens, dust, and might be a good idea to get Kent’s Aura Air Purifier if you or someone in your family has asthma. Air Purifiers can give temporary relief to those who do need that clean air.
But where PM 2.5 particles go, the picture is not entirely clear. Personally I don’t see an air purifier as a panacea for our air quality problems, given that we can’t spend our lives inside a closed room.
Nevertheless, with Indian cities being where they are, devices like the Kent Air Purifier can help improve the air quality, at least in your bedroom.
A University of South Florida professor’s latest invention promises to help asthma and allergy sufferers breathe easier by ridding their homes of pollutants.
Yogi Goswami, 68, a mechanical engineer at USF, says he has developed the world’s first molecular home air purifier, which not only traps pollutants in the air, but also breaks them down into natural compounds like water and carbon dioxide.
“We don’t just filter pollutants, we destroy them,” Goswami said.
Goswami unveiled his new Molekule air purifier, a sleek, 2-foot tall aluminum cylinder, Wednesday at USF. It took more than two decades, however, to get to that point.
The invention grew out of a desire to help his son, Dilip, overcome allergic reactions that would frequently trigger asthma attacks and land him in the emergency room. The family could combat his food allergies by closely monitoring his diet, but couldn’t protect him from irritants in the air.
The commercial air purifiers available in the 1980s, when Goswami began his research, only trapped microorganisms in HEPA filters, where they could continue to multiply and be released back into the air. The filters also provided ideal conditions for mold to grow.
“The problem is the very technology we use as a safeguard was now becoming the source of the pollution,” said Jaya Rao, 30, Goswami’s daughter and COO of his company. Dilip, now 35, is working as CEO of Molekule.
Hoping to use his experience as a scientist to help his son, Goswami decided to attend an annual conference for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, but was disappointed by the lack of innovation in indoor air quality. On his flight home, Goswami began thinking about his years of solar research, particularly a project where he used solar photocatalytic technology to clean contaminated groundwater.
“I just thought that maybe that technology could work indoors also, except instead of sun light we would have to use light of a specific wavelength,” Goswami said. “We just need light, the catalyst, and water, which we have naturally through humidity in the air. Everything we need is there.”
After about 20 years of research, Goswami invented a new process to detoxify air called photo electrochemical oxidation. A LED light inside the Molekule air purifier simulates sunlight to create a chemical reaction in a replaceable, nano-coated filter that quickly breaks down harmful molecules like allergens and chemicals.
“It’s a tremendous feeling,” Yogi Goswami said. “The first great feeling was when we showed we could 100 percent disinfect the air completely, but my main motivation was seeing that this is helping my son, and I hope it will help everyone else also.”
Goswami beta tested his Molekule air purifier with 30 testers across the country, all of which he said saw tremendous health benefits. The Molekule can trap pollutants about 1,000 times smaller than the smallest elements caught by HEPA filters, Rao said.
Stephen Liggett, vice dean for research at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, suffers from asthma and began using Molekule in his home about three years ago.
“I brought it into the bedroom, I keep it on all the time and I’ve really noticed a miraculous change in my symptoms,” Liggett said.
The OEM Air Purifiers can replace the air in up to 600 square feet of space twice in one hour.
Molekule air purifiers can be preordered for $499 and are expected to be shipped in 2017, when they will cost $799. For $99 a year, the device will automatically order new filters when it needs to be changed.
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According to annual report The Little Green Data Book 2015 published by The World Bank Group, The UAE topped their air pollution list, with air containing 80 micrograms of pollutants per cubic meter. In general, pollution is even worse in the home than it is outside, according to Dyson.
The UAE Government is doing what it can to address this problem. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has made efforts to improve ambient air quality. Abu Dhabi’s vision for ambient air quality management is defined in Environment Vision 2030 as “Clean Air Contributing to Safe and Healthy Living Conditions”. The UAE has a target to reach 90 per cent adherence to the WHO air quality guidelines by 2021.
Further to that, The National Strategy and Action Plan for Environmental Health 2010 is the federal strategy on indoor air quality, while the Environment Vision 2030 and the Air Quality and Noise Strategy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi provides high level direction and an action plan for indoor air quality management at Emirate level.
According to the UAE State of Environment Report 2015 by the Ministry of Environment & water, the concentrations of particulate matter with diameter less than 10 microns are measured in 32 stations. The concentrations of particulate matter are measured at residential, industrial and common stations. The concentrations of particulate matter with diameter less than 10 microns increase in certain months of the year namely summer months and decrease in other months, due to the influence of monsoons that cause dust-laden storms, particularly given the UAE semi-desert dry climate. The sources of particulate matter with diameter less than 10 microns vary; they may result from human activities or natural sources. In the case of the UAE, natural resources are the main reason for the high concentrations of particulate matter with diameter less than 10 micron.
So how do you combat that in your everyday life? An air purifier is a start.
The Dyson Pure Cool captures 99.95 per cent of allergens and pollutants in the air. The Pure Cool can capture potentially harmful ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns from household air. How small is 0.1 microns? To put it in context, a dust mite is around 100-300 microns, beach sand is over 100 microns, and particulate matter of size 0.1 microns (PM0.1) are roughly 100 times smaller than a human hair. Even if you don’t see the difference, the difference has been made.
But I wasn’t willing to vouch for this without extensively trying it. I set mine in my room for the last month, leaving it on almost constantly (which isn’t a problem energy-wise, as it uses about as much energy as a light bulb, Dyson told me).
I am noticing a drop in dust, I’m sleeping easier, and the air in my room feels fresher than it ever has before. Especially with a cat, I don’t know how I lived without this product before.
According to James Dyson, who founded the company off of his innovative bagless vacuum cleaners, “There is more to air than meets the eye. Dyson engineers focused on capturing ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns, and 450 prototypes later, we developed the Pure Cool purifier. Our unique 360° Glass HEPA filter is made of 1.1 square metres of constructed borosilicate microfibres, pleated 254 times; it means we can capture 99.95 per cent of particles, as small as PM0.1.”
Especially with summer coming, a fan that is actually cleaning your air more effectively is the kind of summer luxury I can easily endorse.