Among Hong Kong’s myriad lovable qualities, the luxury of having pristine, rosy clean air has sadly never been one of them.
With our copious number of motor vehicles, rampant waste and growing population, this city seems to be clouded with an ever-present smog. Couple that with the recent outbreak of the coronavirus that has affected over 20,000 people worldwide so far, and the need for breathing in clean, fresh air – not only out on the streets but within the safety of your own home and any indoor spaces, where we spend on average 90% of time in – has never been more paramount.
Luckily, the market has taken note. A range of indoor air systems and gadgets are on hand to give the air in your home a big freshening up. These form-meets-function pieces boast sophisticated, sleek designs and cutting-edge technology that go a long way in removing airborne irritants, allergens and odours quickly and effectively.
Scroll through the below to see our top 5 picks currently on our radar:
The home appliance giant’s new release is set to delight its cult fans and new devotees alike with next-level personalisation that caters to the unique needs of each homeowner. The first product to boast the brand’s patented Pure Cool Me technology, the machine is able to purify, heat up and also cool down air at the same time – a much-welcomed plus for the city’s unpredictable climate.
The smart and petite machine projects air that has been filtered via a sealed filter that combines an activated carbon and glass HEPA filter, effectively capturing gases and 99.95% of ultra-fine particles, microscopic allergens and pollutants from the air. Precise and powerful streams of air is projected through narrow apertures, while smart built-in reminders work to alert you when your filters needs changing to ensure that your machine is also providing the cleanest air possible.
Available at dyson.hk
Is this the handiest air purifier we’ve seen? Coming in at the size of a water bottle, Wynd Plus Smart Air Purifier is an intelligent personal air quality system that is easy to carry anywhere with you, creating a bubble of fresh and clean air around you that is free of dust, allergens, smoke, and pollution. Operated by battery or USB-C, the lightweight gadget even boasts a detachable air quality tracker that can assess your immediate environment and regulate cleaning accordingly – all projected to an exclusive app for the homeowner's easier control .
Available at k11designstore.com
The 4-piece Olfinity system gives new meaning to how a beautifully-designed set of home appliance cannot only blend into, but also seamlessly uplift, the interiors of a space.
Conceptualised by French trio Olivier, Jean-Christophe and Nicolas, the sleek rose-gold and white exteriors hide a powerful ecosystem that tackles air quality, air purification and essential oil diffusion all on one. Air quality is accessed in real time via an air monitor that can be controlled remotely on any smart device, sending into action a purifier that captures 99.97% of indoor airborne particles and a diffuser for 20-minute aromatherapy sessions using unique essential oils that best serve a particular time of day.
Available at olfinity.com
It is one thing to look stylish—it is another to be endorsed by MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art). That is the bragging right claimed by the Molekule Air Purifier.
Featuring a cutting-edge cylinder design by Peter Riering-Czekalla and crafted in machined aluminium with all-leather accents, this purifier harnesses patented nanotechnology that not only captures but breaks down—and thus completely eliminating—allergens, mould, airborne chemicals and such 1,000 times smaller than those eliminated by traditional HEPA filters.
Available at store.moma.org
Unlike a traditional air purifier, humidifiers don’t completely eliminate impurities in the air but rather elevate its moisture content – which has been proven to help prevent the spread of airborne viruses, including influenza, by 85%, because heavy moisture combine with germs and bacteria in the air and cause them to drop to the ground, essentially preventing their movement.
Combine that with your favourite essential oils and your home will be revitalised by a boost of delightfully-smelling freshness. Take this stylish offering by French firm Esteban that fuse humidifier with aromatherapy, featuring ultrasound technology that creates invisible vibrations mix water and perfume together before being released in the form of scented mist in just a minute.
Available at esteban.fr