World Health Organization (WHO)
global pollution report for May 2016
puts 10 to 13 cities in India amongst
the 20 most polluted cities globally. WHO report
also states that 26 cities across India have the
most critical level of particulate matter (PM) 2.5
with concentration over 3 times the safe limit.
Further, Indians have the poorest lungs in the
world compared to their counterparts in Asia,
Europe, America and Africa. Even healthy nonsmoking
adult Indians have 30% lower lung
function as compared.
With health issues, especially respiratory
problems rising across India, a lot of travellers,
whether business or leisure, have been reluctant
to step out. We tend to think of outdoor pollution
as the sole culprit responsible for respiratory
problems. What we don’t count is the threat
of indoor pollution resulting from bacteria, viruses, formaldehyde,
dust, pollen, chemicals, mites, house dust, tobacco smoke and pet
dander that exposes people to risk of various ailments. In fact,
indoor pollution is deadlier and two to five times more harmful
than outdoor pollution. Known short term health dangers of being
exposed to pollutants include blocked nose and eye irritation, chest
congestion, hypersensitivity and allergies, rhinitis and bronchitis.
Hotels are going all out to combat the effect of harmful indoor
air pollution for their guests and staff by going on a green spree and
creating indoor gardens and placement of indoor plants. But the
harmful pollutants have made permanent residence in the environment
especially in closed spaces such as hotel rooms which have pushed
air purifiers to become the need of the hour. Air purification
systems are most effective in closed spaces such as
hotel rooms, restaurants and back end offices which
have poor ventilation and recirculated air. Further,
air purifiers are compact and lightweight, which
means they can be placed easily anywhere around
the hotel premises. The new air purifiers launched
in India are sleek and fits in well with the aesthetics
of a hotel and rooms which is very important.
These air purifiers capture pollutants like dust
and smoke and help to decrease the possibility of
contracting allergies and asthma. With the evergrowing
options of air purifiers in the market, it
is indeed a task to select one which matches your
needs. Premium air purifiers that quietly deliver
clean air for a wellness-seeking audience are
generally preferred by hotels.
Not just room air purifiers, hotels can also use
car air purifiers in their official vehicles to ensure
a clean healthy air for their guests as much as possible and this also
helps them to create a USP for themselves.
One must keep in mind that air purifiers should ensure upto 99.9%
virus and bacteria removal, up to 99% mold spore removal and catch
respirable PM as small as 2.5. Since one size does not fit all, the
following features are mandatory while selecting an air purifier of
choice. Also, it’s essential to clean air purifiers every two weeks,
given the high level of pollutants in the environment.
Type of Filter: There are different kinds of air purifiers
depending on the technology they employ to clean up the air. Ideally,
a combination of a good HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter
and a sound carbon filter is crucial for an efficient air purifier. One of
the best technologies in the market amongst existing technologies in
air purifiers is the Puri 5, a 5 stage purification process comprising of
a Pre Filter, True HEPA Filter, Active Carbon Filter, UV Light and
a Refreshing Energiser.
Price Point :The price of air purifiers can range from anywhere
between INR 8,000 and INR 1 lakh so as to cater to all kind of consumers.
Price range for car purifiers usually starts around INR 6,990.
Size of the room: It is a given that an air purifier should be able
to filter the air in a room several times within the course of a single
hour. Efficient filtration is possible only if the air purifier strength
matches the size of the room and different variants cater to the needs
of different-sized rooms.
Power: Considering electricity costs, it is imperative to opt for an
air purifier that offers low power consumption ranging from 4W to
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