The air purifier makes life better for people with allergies

  • Published 23.12.18, 5:51 PM
  • Updated 23.12.18, 5:52 PM

Gadget: Sharp FP-J60-W air purifier

Tech specs: With high-density Plasmacluster Technology with HEPA and carbon filter

Price: Rs 35,000

Best for: Cleaning up air at home

At the moment, fresh air is at a premium in many cities in India. With winter at its peak, the quality of air in the Indo-Gangetic plain — from Amritsar in the west to Calcutta in the east — is at an all-time low. In summer, the air closest to the ground heats up, becomes lighter and rises upwards, carrying pollutants — especially particulate matter — away from us. During winter, the air close to the ground — and therefore us — is cold and dense and traps all pollutants within it. Industrial and vehicular emissions coupled with biomass burning creates smog that can be fatal.

Emission cuts for industries and farms haven’t yet been enforced and controlling the levels of particulate matter with diameter up to 2.5 microns (PM2.5) is a big challenge. PM2.5 can cause anything from asthma to cancer. According to a 2016 estimate, China and India together contribute to at least 20 lakh deaths attributable to PM2.5. If you live in a city, or in the suburbs, you are breathing air that is a toxic soup of PM2.5, sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). You can’t do much about the air you breathe at work or outdoors, but you can control the quality of air inside your home.

If you think that the air inside the home is safe, you must be overlooking the dander and hair from your body, dust, mould, mites, pollen and exhaust from passing vehicles. In fact, particulate matter inside a house could range from from fine dust to odours — volatile compounds given off from cooking or tobacco smoke — in addition to the carbon dioxide (CO2) we breathe out.

Washing sheets and curtains frequently, vacuuming, and changing filters of the air conditioner may not be enough, especially on the day,s the whole neighbourhood is veiled in a fine, ashy haze.

Until recently I didn’t believe there was any benefit in installing an air purifier at home. I did not realise that purified air at home improves the quality of life for those prone to asthma and allergy. When I tested Sharp’s latest J Series (FP-J60-W), I was convinced that the 2.4 feet tall and 1.36 feet wide floor unit really gave out refreshingly clean air. There are three layers of filters — an outer to capture large dust particles, the middle for absorbing cigarette and cooking gas molecules, and the inner HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorber) filter to trap 99.97 per cent of microscopic particles, which includes allergens and PM2.5. Sharp claims its Plasmacluster Technology employs a “three-step system that sterilises and cleanses indoor air”.

However, the clean air comes at a price — Rs 35,000 to be precise. Also, you need to replace the filter (which costs Rs 8,000) roughly once in two years. But it’s worth it if you have a vulnerable family member, as the cost of medicine and suffering could far exceed the price of the purifier.

By January 15, 2019 / Reviews /  / Leave a Comment

REVIEW – With my family, it is all about air purifiers to help us with our allergies. We are doing pretty well with in-home air purifiers, but until now I have never been able to try an air purifier in my car.  Usually, when I am in my car, I become very aware that I am continuously clearing my throat to the point that it is annoying. So, when I got the opportunity to test and review the IQAir Atem Car Air Purifier, I gladly accepted.

What is it?

The Atem Car Air Purifier provides a solution for in-cabin gas and odor elimination as well as eliminating other types of pollutants that cause allergies. It combines two types of media that adsorb odors and gases, and that change pollutants to an oxidized form.

What’s in the box

1 x Atem Car Air Purifier
1 x Car Mount
1 x Belt and Buckle
1 x Car Power Adapter
1 x Quick Start Guide
1 x User Guide

Design and features

Mobile applications: iOS and Android
Display languages: automatic language selection based on phone system language: English, German, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, French and Spanish
Intelligent filter life monitor: yes (mobile app; LEDs at air outlet flash red twice when filter must be changed)
Advanced fan speed selection: yes (use the mobile app or tap on Atem logo on the unit to control fan speed; LED indicator)

On the back of the round Atem Car device, there is an interface to connect to the power port and latches located on the car mount.

The photo below shows the car mount that connects to the Atem device. It has the latches on the exterior parts and in the center is the power interface that connects to the Atem device. On the side of the car mount, there is a power port for the car DC power adapter and a release button on each side that allows you to separate the mount from the Atem Car device.

The photo below shows the car mount connected to the Atem Car device.

The web belt and buckle are used to attach to the loopholes on the car mount and secure around the poles of the car headrest.

On the entire circumference of the Atem device, there are air fins that allow the flow of air into and out of the Atem Car device so that the air passes through the internal filter and performs the purification function.


Attaching the Atem device to the headrest is quite easy. You first attach the belt and buckle of the car mount and then loop the belt around the poles of the headrest. Once secured tightly, you attach the Atem device.

Once you connect the car DC power adapter to the power port on the car mount the Atem powers on with a red LED light, and then the LED light turns to blue one it is fully operational. According to the specifications, the LED flashes red twice when the filter must be changed.

By:  | Published: January 14, 2019, 4:42 AM

Air Touch i9 is a neat-looking air purifier that makes your room pollution-free in a few seconds

Nowadays, party conversations invariably veer around the air quality in the cities we live in, especially if we are residing in metro cities. The fact of the matter is air quality has been continuously deteriorating in the country; NCR and other big cities, especially in north India, have yet again witnessed dangerous levels of pollution in recent months. Also, air quality indoors often becomes even worse than outdoors and we spend most of our time indoors.

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No wonder, the presence of air purifiers in our homes and offices does not raise eyebrows anymore. Clean air is big business too with the emergence of numerous players in this fast-growing market. When it comes to picking a new unit, the price-conscious yet value conscious Indian consumer has a strong preference for established brands and here, Honeywell seems to be the show stealer.

Take, for instance, the Honeywell Air Touch i9. Aggressively priced at Rs 22,990, it comes with a real-time PM2.5 display, highly intuitive, user-friendly touch controls, premium finish, and an ultra-durable polycarbonate body to enhance flexibility in operations. Notably, the Air Touch i9 comes with what is said to be an industry-first, real-time smart eye technology that senses indoor air pollution and operates the device automatically, thereby saving energy and filter life.

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The Air Touch I9 is ideal for room sizes up to 415 sq.ft. It has a unique drawer-like design that makes filter removal and replacement extremely simple. Switched on, the beautifully designed air quality LED display switches between red, yellow and blue, depending on the quality of air inside the room. The air purifier has been designed with an anti-fall base that protects the machine in case of an accidental fall and has a 3D zero-blind-angle airflow design for optimized airflow to all corners of the targeted area.
Coming to its core function, the Air Touch uses a multi-layered filtration process including the Honeywell patented HiSiv technology filter, HEPA filter, and a pre-filter to fight indoor air pollution in homes. Together, the three-stage advanced filtration process eliminates more than 99% of indoor air pollutants that pass through the filter. Completely ‘Ozone Free’, Air Touch i9 does not emit any harmful gases as a by-product of the filtration technology.

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Another impressive feature is the sound-restrained function in sleep mode that reduces fan speed automatically and turns off the indicator lights simultaneously. Overall, Honeywell Air Touch i9 is a combination of intuitive and user-friendly design principles combined with powerful performance that delivers pure air efficiently, a perfect fit for the modern Indian home. It is available at Croma and other leading retail stores across India.

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