Should I get an air purifier?
If you can afford to, I would definitely suggest you get an air purifier whichever city you live in – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata. While Delhi suffers most because of its geography, most of these other cities also produce equal amounts of polluting matter. I’m no expert in Air Quality Index or Particulate Matter — but the truth is that you deserve to breathe clean air at least indoors. And India, in its current state, fails miserably in providing you with this fundamental right.
Do air purifiers actually work? I think my body is stronger than the environment.
Honeywell Air Touch Purifier Review
Honeywell Air Touch A5 – Positives
- Build – the build is very, very sturdy. It is larger than most Phillips purifiers in the same range and seems to be more powerful. The air is sucked in from the sides, purified, and then tossed out from the top. Opening the filter area was super easy. Very well designed.
- Air quality indicators – You get a quick preview of the quality of the air from red (worst) to yellow (better) to blue (finally clean!) on the screen itself
- Coverage area – Seems larger than most purifiers in the same budget
- Three stage filter – you can open the filter and see it! HEPA and activated carbon filter that removes microscoping pollutatings and allergans including PM 2.5
- Pre-filter – small mesh that you can remove and wash (especially good for the larger dust particles, etc)
- Ozone free – yippee!
Honeywell Air Purifier – Negatives
- Replacement filters – seem quite pricey at the moment. The HEPA filter costs Rs 3500 at the moment (needs to be replaced on an annual basis). The other 2 filters also probably need to be replaced – not sure how often or how much they cost! Most likely Honeywell will offer replacement filters specifically for the A5 in the next 6 months or so.
- Smell? – I don’t know if I’m imagining this or not, but sometimes (not always) the purifier releases a distinct smell. Not good or bad. But something you sense when you walk into the room after a while. I think its got something to do with the activated charcoal filter, but not certain?
My air purifier is always red. Does it work?
Honeywell vs Philips Air Purifiers
I have also used the Philips air purifier (AC 4025). I think Honeywell will win hands down – the build is much stronger and the fan seems more powerful. After a year of use, the Phillips purifier is giving off a strange burning smell. I’ve also used the Philips 1000 Series AC1215, which is also less powerful than Honeywell, but a worthy competitor. This one has an indicator, which works as well as the Honeywell purifier.
At a higher price range, I’ve heard good things about the Philips Aerasense Purifier, which will probably a worthy competitor to the higher spec Honeywell Air Purifier – i8.