Honeywell, a leader in Connected Home technologies, is spearheading a public awareness-led campaign to educate people about unknown hazards of indoor air pollution. For this, they have taken leading Indian actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on board as their brand ambassador and also added today two new indoor air purifier portfolio for Indian homes.
Today, India is home to half of the world’s 20 most polluted cities. Rapid urbanization, construction, dependence on coal for energy, vehicular pollution, and dust contribute to rising pollution levels. 10 percent of the world’s asthma patients are from India, and the country has registered a nearly 50 percent increase in premature deaths from particulate matter between 1990 and 2015. The Air Quality-Life Index (AQLI) recently developed by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago reveals that if India reduced air pollution to meet WHO air quality standards, its people could live about four years longer on average. Average lifespan could be as much as nine years longer in Delhi, and 3.5 years longer in Kolkata and Mumbai as explained by the company in its press statement.
Besides above, indoor air pollution is up to 10 times higher than outdoor air pollution and yet, invisible. The reasons for indoor pollution is cooking oily food, including on wood- or coal-fired stoves, incense, pet dander, aerosols, fumes from paints and upholstery. This is hazardous particularly for those who suffer from respiratory ailments, or are susceptible to allergies.
To address the problems of indoor air pollution, Honeywell Air Touch I8 and A5 air purifiers have been launched today which comes with the assurance of the pre-filter, HEPA filter, and the company’s patented HiSiv technology, or an activated carbon filter. The three-layer filter combination eliminates large dust particles, bacteria, formaldehyde, harmful gases, volatile organic compounds, and offers a PM2.5 removal efficiency of greater than 99 percent.
The touch panel offers features like variable fan speed, an air quality indicator, child lock, and sleep mode. These products have award-winning design and offers intuitive and user-friendly features like 3D airflow, anti-fall design, and prevents exposure to filters that have absorbed pollutants. The latest feature is real-time ambient air pollution measurement, which most air purifiers do not offer.
Speaking at the launch, Vikas Chadha, president, Honeywell India, said, “Most of us are unaware that indoor air pollution poses a serious health hazard. We want to educate people that staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean the air you’re breathing is safe. However, there are affordable technologies available now to help tackle this issue, even more for those who need relief from respiratory ailments, asthma, allergies, and other long term breathing and health problems. The technology used in our products is recommended for homes by the Indian Medical Academy for Preventive Healthcare.”
Honeywell Air Touch A5 and I8 air purifiers are priced Rs. 11,499 and 22,990 respectively and are available on e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, and PayTM, and offline channels, including large and small format retail stores.