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I learned to love air purifiers after a home improvement project earlier this year left our home covered in dust. We kicked off the renovations right in the middle of winter, so opening the windows to freshen the air in our house left my family shivering. As our contractors worked on several rooms, I found a thick coat of grime settling on the furniture and floors. A broom and dustpan—and even a vacuum with a HEPA filter—were not enough. I found it strangely satisfying each time I washed or changed the filters and saw what the purifiers kept out of our indoor air—and our lungs. I’m still experimenting with air purifiers, in search of the perfect model. But here is a solid model that is on the higher end, price wise.
This sleek aluminum, canister-style gadget, which has a handle for easy carrying from room to room, can be controlled with a touchscreen display. A few years back, I interviewed Yogi Goswami, Molekule’s inventor, who shared his story of creating this air purifier to help prevent his son’s asthma attacks. His story came to mind a few weeks ago, when an attorney I was chatting with heard one of my air purifiers in the background and mentioned how much his Molekule purifier was helping his son, who has allergies. Here’s how Molekule compares to Dyson product.
Molekule is designed to completely clean the air in a large, 600-square-foot room once every hour. It is powered by two filters: a pre-filter, which captures dust and other larger particles, and a “photoelectrochemical oxidation (PECO) filter,” coated with a proprietary catalyst that breaks down bacteria, viruses and other pollutants and, according to the company, can destroy pollutants 1,000 times smaller than a HEPA filter can. In one peer-reviewed study, researchers found that when those who suffered from allergies used the Molekule, there were “significant and sustained improvements within a week of using a portable air filtration system using PECO technology.”
As for the filters, Molekule offers automatic refills for $65 a pack. The packs include one PECO filter, which needs to be replaced every six months, and two pre-filters, which need to be replaced every three months.