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Air purifiers are the need of the hour for the hospitality industry in India

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 10:57 Hrs  [IST]

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 70W.

The views expressed within this column are the opinion of the author, and may not necessarily be endorsed by the publication.

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