Filter fan claims to clean up pollen, pollutants and smells with a new Internet of Things app for remote monitoring, connecting to its existing robotic vacuum
This article titled “Dyson launches Pure Cool Link air purifier to clean up household air” was written by Samuel Gibbs and Damian Carrington, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 30th March 2016 23.01 UTC
Dyson’s new Pure Cool Link air purifying fan promises to clean up the air in your home, but also marks the first step of the British engineering firm into the Internet of Things.
The Pure Cool Link, which comes in both desk or tower versions, is a new version of the company’s luxury fans and adds an ultrafine filter that removes dirt from the air before sending it around your room.
Tobacco smoke, cookers and fires, moulds, aerosols and household chemicals can all create significant levels of pollutants in the home.
Dyson says the new activated carbon and 360-degree glass HEPA filter – which works in a similar manner to those fitted to high-end vacuums – captures up 99.95% of pollutants in the air in the home, including dust, smells, chemicals, pollen, spores, smoke and anything else 0.1micron or larger.
The fan can clean the air in a room in 30 to 60 minutes or monitor air quality to automatically bring it back to safer levels when it degrades.
Company founder James Dyson said: “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.”
The fan could be particularly useful for allergy sufferers and has a Night Mode setting to make it quieter and dim the LED display when users are trying to sleep.
Hugo Wilson, design lead for Dyson, said: “Modern homes have been built to be more sealed against noise and trap heat, which means the pollutants we create inside the home are also trapped and build up to levels up to five times more polluted indoors than out.”
Although the impact of indoor pollution is not as well understood as outdoor pollution, a recent WHO report suggested indoor air pollution may cause or contribute to 99,000 premature deaths a year in Europe.
A 2012 study showed poor indoor air quality inside has short-term effects on asthma, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and, more rarely, long-term effects. However another report said the health effects of volatile organic compounds from air fresheners, deodorants and cleaning products were “generally minor”.
The Pure Cool Link also marks Dyson’s entry into the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) in the UK through its new Dyson Link app for iOS and Android, which has previously only been available with its robotic vacuum cleaner in Japan and the US.
The app will allow Pure Cool Link owners to monitor the air quality, temperature and humidity within the home, set air quality limits, see air quality history and start the fan remotely or on a schedule to clean up the air.
The Link app will unify Dyson’s connected devices, of which there are currently two, but the company is expected to expand its Wi-Fi-enabled product line where doing so will help a user control or understand actions taken while they’re not at home. The Link system does not currently integrate with other IoT systems such as Samsung’s SmartThings hub or Apple’s HomeKit, however.
The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan will cost £350 for a desk model and £450 for the larger tower, which place it at the high end of the market, in-line with the company’s other fans, heaters and humidifiers. The £50 filter will need to be changed around once a year when the fan is run for 12-hours a day, of which the machine will notify users through the app and display.
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