Indian economy is growing at a rapid pace and so are the country’s demand and consumption of energy resources. Unfortunately, most fuels used today – Petroleum, Coal, etc. – are a source of air pollution. Take into account the rising numbers of private and commercial vehicles on our roads and you begin to grasp the true extent of the problem. Independent surveys have found out that India is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. What this means is, we are exposed to a number of harmful pollutants – in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Your car contains both indoor and outdoor air pollutants
While everyone knows about the pollutants emitted by vehicles, not many people are aware of pollution inside our vehicles. You can be affected by air pollution when travelling via open vehicles such as motorbikes, scooters, car and jeeps without air conditioning, but even when travelling in vehicles with windows closed, pollutants can enter your car’s cabin. Here’s how,
- The air filter used in your car’s air blower is a simple unit which keeps out large dust particles but filters nothing much otherwise.
- If you own pets and frequently travel with them, your car’s cabin may have pet hair and pet dander, some of the most common pollutants found inside homes.
- Your car can also be polluted by PM2.5 and PM10 pollutants if you reside in cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, where traffic congestion is high.
- Also, the place you park your vehicle daily can also contribute to polluting air inside your cabin – especially with foul odours and VOCs – if the surrounding area is damp or lacks cleanliness.
Therefore, it makes sense that you buy a car air purifier.
Car Air Ionisers vs Car Air Purifiers
Air Ionisers emit charged ions to freeze and remove dust and other pollutants from air. While this is one way to get rid of polluted air, there is a caveat, the ionisers release Ozone as a by-product, which makes them harmful for health and environment. On the other hand, Car Air Purifiers use a simpler but more effective purification technique; they pull in air through inlets and filter it through a number of filters to remove both fine and large particles. Also, an additional carbon filter can remove odours and VOCs from your car’s cabin. Car air purification products such as Honeywell Move Pure come with dual filters and are compact in size – taking up very little space inside your vehicle while providing all round protection from all kinds of pollutants.