When you think of air pollution, the most common visuals in your mind are of smoggy outdoors, petrol fumes from vehicles on crowded city streets, or factories billowing clouds of foul dark smoke into the air. It’s enough to make you want to stay indoors, where you might think you’re safe. But what you face indoors may be even more damaging.
Indoor air pollution is the degradation of indoor air quality by harmful chemicals, bacteria, viruses, mould, fungus, pollen, etc, and can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. This is because contained areas enable potential pollutants to build up more than open spaces do.
Statistics suggest that in developing countries, health impacts of indoor air pollution far outweigh those of outdoor air pollution. Poor indoor air quality is the second largest killer with 1.3 million deaths in India each year.
Modern lifestyles may have given us many conveniences, but it has also increased our exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are released by certain products in our home that we don’t even think about such as paints, furniture polish, cleaning and hygiene products, air fresheners, computers, printers, cooking and other indoor activities.
Poor indoor air quality can cause several serious health hazards. Symptoms are very broad and depend on the contaminants. They can easily be mistaken for symptoms of other illnesses such as allergies, stress, colds and flu. The most common symptoms are:
- watery eyes
- upper respiratory congestion
Particulate matter, chemicals such as phthalates and organic compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can also have a detrimental effect on the skin causing oxidative stress which leads to premature ageing.
If you notice relief from your symptoms soon after leaving a particular room or building, your symptoms may be caused by indoor air contaminants.
QNet has joined hands once again with Sharp, the global market leader in innovative air purification products to bring to our customers a state-of-the-art intelligent air purifier with humidifying function. The new SHARP-QNet Zensational Air Purifier has Sharp’s patented Plasmacluster® ion technology, an integrated humidifier, and 7 Intelligent-Detection Modes, the first of its kind in this category.
Not all air purifiers are created equal. What makes SHARP-QNet Zensational Air Purifier stand out are these unique features.
1. Plasmacluster Ion technology
Plasma is a cloud of ions (protons, neutrons & electrons) produced by an electrical discharge. The Plasmacluster Ion generating device replicates this process to release hydrogen (+) ions and oxygen (-) ions surrounded by water molecules into the air. Nature produces similar positive and negative ions to reverse air pollution— a natural air defence mechanism to purify air and make it invigorating, an effect similar to one found near waterfalls or in a forest.
Sharp’s exclusive patented Plasmacluster ion technology eliminates microscopic pollutants that traditional filters cannot trap, by replicating nature’s own cleaning process of producing positive and negative ions from water vapour in the air. These ions refresh the air without any harmful chemicals or perfumes. The effectiveness of Plasmacluster Ion Technology has been tested & verified by 28 global Laboratories.
The SHARP-QNet Zensational Air Purifier also uses a special Plasmacluster Spot mode, in which a high-density of Plasmacluster ions are discharged forward to effectively remove clinging odours, bacteria, and viruses in remote corners of the room. The Plasmacluster spot mode kills 29 different types of pathogens (H1N1, MRSA, E. coli, Cladosporium, etc.) present in the air and from various indoor surfaces.
Relative Humidity (RH) varies in different parts of the country. In coastal areas, the RH levels are generally higher compared to central and north India. The comfortable humidity range is between 45% to 60%. During winters, autumn and spring the RH drops to 30 to 40%. Usage of air conditioners also pushes down the humidity levels further. Lack of humidity and dryness in the air often causes dryness in the skin, eyes, and throat. Those with sinus issues are affected even more.
The humidifying function in the SHARP-QNet Zensational Air Purifier keeps the moisture level in your home balanced so you won’t ever have to worry about dryness and irritation of the skin, eyes, and throat. It works on the principle of Natural Evaporation, and humidity levels never cross 60%.
3. Triple Action Filtration
- Pre-filter – Sharp-QNet Zensational uses a micro-mesh pre-filter that is 3 times denser than the ones used in any other air purifiers. It captures airborne particles, including dust up to 10 microns, pollen, hair, and pet dander. This helps extend the life of the True HEPA filter. The fine-mesh PM10 filter is washable and can be cleaned by vacuuming or hand washing.
- True HEPA Filter – Commonly used HEPA filters trap particles in the fibre mesh making the filter less effective with every air passage cycle. The special HEPA filter with charged fibres used in Sharp QNet Zensational traps these tiny particles in the corners. As a result, airflow pressure stays constant, maintaining efficiency & filter life is enhanced up to 10 years. Sharp QNet Zensational air purifier’s true HEPA filtration system removes 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.
- PANDAA Filter – Haze and smog compounds of outdoor air primarily include hazardous gases (Hydrogen Sulphide, Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide, Carbon Monoxide Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene etc.) that are emitted from factories or vehicles, which none of the regular filters can handle.
Sharp’s original PANDAA Filter is inorganic-absorbent and is specially designed to decompose chemical compounds like VOC, Nitrogen Oxide, Sulphur Dioxide and other household toxins.
4. Seven Intelligent Detection Modes
The SHARP-QNET Zensational has an intelligent sensor system that monitors and indicates the dust, odour, haze, temperature and humidity conditions of the room. Based on the requirement, the sensors detect the need and automatically adjust the function accordingly. For e.g., when the air purifier senses dust or particles such as pet dander or pollen, it automatically adjusts fan speed to maximize air cleaning until particles are no longer detected, and the fan returns to low fan speed.
Also, a motion sensor detects whether people are present in the room working in coordination with a light sensor to automatically switch to energy-saving operation. A