Indoor air quality has seen a boom in popularly over the last year as homeowners demand healthier homes. Some consumers turn to an air purifier, but many of the options are ugly and loud, and some actually spew toxins, writes Wired editor April Glaser.
A device called Airmega monitors the air and can be set to automatically turn on if the air gets stale. An eco-friendly mode will also shut it down after a few minutes. If it's not set to auto, the air purifier will ping a smart phone so it can be activated remotely.
The machine has filters on two sides, so it inhales more bad air and exhales more good. This thing can renew the air in a 1,560 square foot space twice an hour. Airmega claims the carbon and HEPA filters remove 99.97 percent of the junk in the air, and the app (and a sensor on top of the device) tell you when it’s time to change them. Airmega says they’re good for a year.
These things aren’t cheap, though. The smaller model, the 300S, will cost $650 when it’s available through Airmega and Amazon later this month. The larger 400S will run you $850. But then, how much are your lungs worth?