Molekule Air purifiers: clean air, clever tech
If you look at any news today, ‘air pollution’ is going to be in a major headline, and increasingly, we’re talking about both outside and indoors. ‘Going green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ will be there too. There’s a theme: we all want to live in cleaner air. Californian tech company Molekule is making that a reality with its green air purifying revolution.
Because of his son’s asthma and allergies, Molekule’s Chief Scientist Dr. Yogi Goswami turned to scientific research to find a better way to clean air. That was 1995. Now, more than 20 years later, the company sells one of the top air purifiers on the market, using some of the most ground breaking technology. Molekule sells two purifiers: the Molekule Air purifier is built for rooms up to 600 sqft, and the Molekule Air Mini purifier is ideal for small spaces up to 250 sqft. Not only do they look like something out of a space film, but their technology is almost futuristic.
The innovative tech is what makes these machine. At the bottom of the filters is a 360° air intake system. From there the pollutants travel up through a pre-filter, where big particles like dust and hair get collected. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs, like acetone from nail polish or benzene from paint or glue) are slowed down. They head upwards to Molekule’s patented Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) filter.
Here’s where the magic happens.
The PECO system uses free radicals: unstable atoms which have recently been found to participate in mechanisms of anticancer therapy. These free radicle nanoparticles cover the filter and create chemical reactions when light hits. This chemical reaction break down VOCs, bacteria, mold, viruses and allergens. The process creates byproducts of water vapors, carbon dioxide and nitrogen – safe chemicals which are released back into the air.
The big deal
Most air purifiers collect particles, rather than destroying them. Although this helps in the short term, it creates long time issues; when a filter becomes saturated it can perform badly. It can also release those toxins back into the air, deeming the filters redundant. Ozone is another concern – it’s a byproduct created by most filters. We think of ozone in the atmosphere, and while it’s helpful there it’s not so much in our homes. Breathing it in can cause chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and can even lead to respiratory diseases. Molekule’s filter is a big deal because it destroys particles and it doesn’t product ozone, in fact it reduces it.
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