Covid-19 Sparks Surge in Air-Purifying Devices
Consumers’ increasing awareness of how pathogens spread on surfaces and within the air is resulting in a surge of interest in air-purifying devices. Products within this category, such as the Shelly Air, are latching onto this newfound relevance and transitioning from a ‘nice to have’ to become a valued means of protection.
The rising concern of personal and environmental health is evident in recent spending, with US intelligence company Stackline finding that e-commerce for air purifiers is up 97% from March 2019.
The Shelly Air from Bulgarian IoT brand Shelly, under Allterco Robotics, is a new air-purifying unit that uses UVC – a type of waveform within ultraviolet light that dismantles the DNA of living organisms to kill bacteria and germs. UVC is currently being embraced in the fight against Covid-19, and is used to disinfect floors, buses and hospitals around the world (BBC, 2020).
The device sucks air in through a filter and sterilises it with UVC light before re-emitting it back into the room. However, the waveform of this light can be dangerous to humans, and so the purifier encases the lamps within the aluminium body to prevent any light radiation coming into contact with the skin and eyes.
The wireless and portable unit is designed for use in commercial and public spaces, such as shops, hospitals, transport hubs and factories. Going forward, it will be crucial to use products to eliminate pathogens and give cautious consumers, visitors and workers peace of mind.
Brands must reframe and adapt their smart appliances to these concerns now and beyond this global pandemic. For more on how air-purifying devices are becoming critical tools for supporting wellbeing at home, see Hacks for the Home Office.