Dyson’s latest breakthrough could be a breath of fresh clean air

31 Mar 2016

Did you know that the air inside your home is more polluted than the air outside? Well, engineering supremo James Dyson has just the solution

Dyson has revealed its newest technology, the Dyson Pure Cool Link, an air purifier that it claims will remove 99.95pc of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air.

It has also revealed a new app that measures the air quality inside and outside your home.

Toxic fumes released from cleaning solvents, deodorants and scented candles are some of the most common indoor air pollutants, a study carried out by the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests.

Other major indoor air pollutants include gases from cooking and central heating, tobacco, mould, pet hair, pollen and allergens. Invisible to the naked eye, it is these ultra-fine and potentially harmful particles that can travel easily through the air that surrounds us in the home.

A key problem is that modern buildings are often built sealed in order to retain heat and block noise, which can trap these particles inside the home.

Air purifiers can help combat indoor air pollution, but existing purifiers can use inefficient filters that allow these ultra-fine particles to escape back into the room.

Utilising their expertise in fluid dynamics, filtration systems and software, Dyson’s engineers have built the Dyson Pure Cool, which indicates the air quality in your home and automatically purifies the pollutants it detects while reporting the indoor and outdoor air quality by connecting to the Dyson Link app.

Available in desk and standing configurations, the machine uses a 360º glass HEPA filter that captures these ultra-fine allergens, odours and pollutants to improve the quality of air.

More air pollution inside homes than outside

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The Dyson Pure Cool Link Desk Purifier

“We think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse,” said Dyson founder James Dyson.

“Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultra-fine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real-time air quality data back to you.”

A team of 50 Dyson software and mechanical engineers were tasked to make the problem of indoor air pollution visible.

The new Dyson Link App, developed for iOS and Android, allows users to remotely monitor the inside air via the app, even when they are outside the house.


The Dyson Link app

It also lets them set targets to defeat pollution and oversee peak pollution times, such as during pollen seasons or when cleaning or cooking.

In the summer, the air purifier doubles up as a fan to cool rooms.

Available from today, the Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan will start at £350 (€442) for the desk purifier and £450 (€569) for the tower purifier.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years