As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage across the globe, most major cities have recommended, if not imposed, a stay-at-home policy restricting any non-essential movement outside our doors. While wearing masks and using sanitizing products can protect you when you go out, pathogens remain alive for hours or even days while clinging onto fabrics and other surfaces. A great solution to minimize the risk of airborne infection at home is the simple addition of an air purifier.

Philips Air Purifier lineup. Credit: Philips Hong-Kong
Philips Air Purifier lineup. Credit: Philips Hong-Kong

THE HEPA FILTER

Air purifiers often tout their capacity to circulate fresh air throughout your home through a HEPA filter. But what do they really do?

HEPA basically means “high-efficiency particulate arrestance”. They are designed to filter out 99.97% of particles sized 0.3 microns. However, a single COVID-19 virus particle ranges between 0.06 and 0.2 microns. Does it mean that HEPA filters are ineffective? Fortunately, no. In fact, according to a study conducted by NASA, they are highly effective due to the random construction of the filters, as well as the tendency of the virus to travel on irregular paths in large clusters.

PHILIPS AIR PURIFIERS - A SMART CHOICE

With a wide range of models to choose from, we found that Philips had the best lineup of purifiers to suit rooms of any size. All are equipped with VitaShield IPS technology that removes not only viruses and bacteria, but also daily air contaminants produced by automobile exhausts, factories, and construction sites. Air quality is constantly monitored via AeraSense which automatically adjusts the device’s strength to remove harmful particles quickly and effectively.

Available on select models such as the Series 2000i, WiFi-enabled purifiers connect to Philips’ Air Matters mobile app. Device functionality can be remotely managed, in addition to the capacity to view air quality in real-time.

Philips Air Purifier Series 2000. Credit: Philips Newsroom
Philips Air Purifier Series 2000. Credit: Philips Newsroom

There are, of course, many different air purifiers available on the market. Before you make a decision, it is important to understand the variable factors which can influence your choice such as room size, number of people in the household, the presence of pets, and the location of the home (especially if it’s a high-density polluted area). Do rest assured that, whatever purifier you end up buying, you are definitely ensuring a better quality of life and better health for your household.

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