A quick search online reveals a multitude of devices. From whole home air purifiers to those that just work in your personal space. And most of them come with their own app.
Some are just a waste of money, and a few will question why you even bother to breathe. There are those with HEPA filters and even more advanced ones with UV light that claim to kill germs and bacteria. Many are just vacuum cleaners without the hose and brush. For a long time, we had to rely on Blueair if we wanted a really good air purifier.
Then there’s this little bad boy that didn’t come out of a Kickstarter program.
The MoLEKULE. This air purifier was jointly developed at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. And this is the regular gadget you see at your local grocery store. Not only is it funded by traditional VC money, but it’s also funded by the EPA and the US DOD. The company also announced a $10 million Series A round recently.
So whats the big deal?
The device doesn’t rely on HEPA filters or just trap the pollutants. Instead, it uses Photo Electrochemical Oxidation or (PECO) for short. Now try saying that fast ten times.
The tech took 20 years of research and works at the molecular level to eliminate indoor allergens, mold, bacteria, viruses and Volatile Organic Compounds. It does this by oxidizing the pollutants with free radicals.
The developers of the device claim that PECO can destroy pollutants up to a thousand times smaller than HEPA filters can. It does this by disassembling the pollutants at a molecular level.
With a double filtration system, it traps larger allergens such as dust, pollen and pet dander. The second stage is where the nanoparticle-coated filter is activated by light. Breaking down the pollutants and then releasing them into the air. It uses a UVA-wavelength LED to start the chemical reaction.
The device itself doesn’t look very different from what you would normally see in the market. It is relatively small, light enough to move around the home with one hand and can purify a space of 600sqft in an hour.
Each unit cost US $799, and you are recommended to change out the filter every now and again. A supply of filters for the device will cost another $99, which should last you a year. Unless Indonesia plans to give us ten months of clean air instead of the current eleven.
The device can only be purchased at their site and isn’t available outside of the US just yet. Did we mention it comes with an app?