Having recently revealed its new laser-guided vacuum cleaner, Dyson is back with another clever innovation that could make your home a whole lot safer to live in. The firm’s new air purifier is not only capable of busting the dust and nose-running allergens from your living space but it can even track down and kill bugs including the H1N1 virus. That sounds impressive, but there’s another reason why you might fancy installing one of these Dyson devices in your home.
The firm says that this latest gadget will constantly monitor levels of pollutants in the room and then set about destroying them. One of the most worrying dangers that lurk in our homes is a chemical called formaldehyde.
This colourless gas, which can cause asthma-like respiratory problems and skin irritation, is sometimes released by furniture and wooden products containing formaldehyde-based resins such as plywood and fibreboard. It’s also found in insulating materials and do-it-yourself products such as paint, wallpapers, varnishes and even household cleaning products.
These harmful particles are very hard to capture as they are incredibly small but Dyson thinks it has come up with a way of making sure you don’t breathe them into your lungs.
The firm’s Selective Catalytic Oxidisation (SCO) filter continuously destroys formaldehyde at a molecular level and it’s been made to ensure precise sensing of the pollutant for the lifetime of the machine.
Its design uses billions of atom-sized tunnels which trap and destroy formaldehyde, breaking it down into tiny amounts of water and CO2 . It then regenerates from oxygen in the air to keep destroying it continuously without ever requiring replacement.
You can also constantly check the levels of pollution, temperature and humidity via an app on your phone and Dyson says its latest purifiers have been made to be much quieter than before.
Considering we all breathe up to 9,000 litres of air and spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors having a clean environment could be of serious benefit to our health.
Speaking about the new device, Alex Knox, Vice President of Environmental Care at Dyson said: “The off-gassing tendency of formaldehyde means that it can go undetected in a home for years. Dyson has engineered a machine that provides accurate and successful sensing, capture and destruction of the pollutant.
“Our solid-state sensor doesn’t dry out overtime, lasting the lifetime of the machine. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised global awareness about the air that we breathe and Dyson’s commitment to providing cleaner air through innovation and technology remains at the forefront of our mission.”
The new purifier with formaldehyde sensing will go on sale soon in White/Gold and cost £599.