The air quality seems to be at its worst in New Delhi after Diwali. The after-effects of Diwali can be clearly witnessed as citizens woke up to see thick smog cover across the city on Wednesday morning. The Indian military’s top doctor and honorary surgeon to President Pranab Mukherjee, Lt Gen BNBM Prasad said that Delhi's pollution levels are a “death sentence” for the children and the aged.
Lt Gen Prasad said that school-going children would get affected severely by the pollution and suggested them not to “venture out till there is some reduction”.
Interestingly, if the air outside is a “death sentence” what about the air quality inside the house? Several reports have cited that the air pollution level can be up to three times more indoors due to dust, pollen, smoke, etc and might be even higher inside cars.
It is advisable to wear a mask outdoors, especially in New Delhi. Having said that if you are looking to buy an air purifier for your house, here are five options to choose from.Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2. (Image: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2
At a price of Rs 9,999, the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier is among the most economical options. The appliance syncs via the Mi Home app and offers up to 400 square feet coverage with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 310m3/h.Blueair Blue Pure 211. (Image: Blueair)
Blueair Blue Pure 211
At a price Rs 22,990, the Blueair Blue Pure 211 offers a washable fabric pre-filter which traps dust, pet fur, etc outside the unit. It offers a CADR of 590m3/h for smoke, dust and pollen and can cater to room sizes of up to 540 square feet.Atlanta Healthcare Universal-450 Air Purifier. (Image: Amazon.in)
Atlanta Healthcare Universal-450 Air Purifier
The Atlanta Healthcare Universal-450 Air Purifier costs Rs 21,199 and offers a CADR of 225m3/h and is capable of catering room sizes of between 300 and 600 square feet. It comes with a HEPA filter and claims to remove toxic gases.Philips 3000 Series AC3256 AeraSense Air Purifier. (Image: Amazon.in)
Philips 3000 Series AC3256 AeraSense Air Purifier
The Philips 3000 Series AC3256 AeraSense is expensive at a price of Rs 30,000. It is capable of catering up to 800 square feet along with a CADR of 367m3/h. With a warranty of two years, it weighs less than 10kgs.Honeywell Air Touch HAC35M1101G Air Purifier. (Amazon.in)
Honeywell Air Touch HAC35M1101G Air Purifier
At a price of around Rs 28,000, the Honeywell Air Touch HAC35M1101G Air Purifier offers a CADR of 300 m3/h along with a coverage area of up to 450 sq ft. There is also a pre filter that removes larger dust particles. Another additional filter claims to remove formaldehyde, toxic gases and odour. It is powered by a HEPA grade H11 filter that removes PM 2.5 particles.