IT-K’s novel air purifier module comes at an affordable price of Rs 1,999.
Are you fed up with air pollution and expensive air purifiers in the market? Well, you can now turn your split AC into an affordable air purifier using a novel technology developed by a team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
“This winter, you can convert your AC into an air purifier without cooling the surroundings to protect yourself from hazardous air pollution. IIT Kanpur startup has launched the “Clean Air Module”, which converts your split AC into an air purifier by switching to “fan mode”, with power consumption as low as that of a ceiling fan,” Airth, a startup incubated at IIT-K’s Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre for marketing, wrote in the product description on YouTube.
The tech institute developed the handy tool that can be easily mounted on the top of a regular air conditioner and be utilized by switching on ‘fan mode.’ The institute, in collaboration with IISc Bangalore, developed “Anti-Microbial Air Purification Technology” that is used in the air filters of the AC and is capable of destroying germs and purifying the air by 99%. The technology has been proven to capture PM 2.5, PM 10, dust, pollen, allergens, and germs from the air.
“Clean Air Module has best in class HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters with germ-destroying capabilities,” according to the product description on Airth. “True-HEPA filters are coated with plant based polymers to destroy germs and purify air.”
At a time when decent air purifiers are a necessity but could be heavy on the pockets, IIT-K’s Clean Air Module comes at an affordable price of Rs 1,999. And the cherry on the top is that the electricity bill will also not be a concern as the AC consumes power equivalent to that of a ceiling fan i.e. 35W when used in ‘fan mode’.
“Clean air is affordable, but bad health is not,” Airth wrote.