With the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Singapore’s battle with the pandemic (now referred to as endemic) is far from over.
In May 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released new evidence suggesting that the COVID-19 coronavirus may spread through airborne transmission in some settings. Locally, the National Environment Agency (NEA) also released an advisory on the risk of contracting the virus in enclosed environments with limited airflow and poor ventilation.
As work-from-home continues to remain the default working arrangement for most, we spend the bulk of our time in close proximity (and unmasked) with other household members.
Now, before you scoot off to purchase an air purifier, NEA has recommended that getting natural ventilation, simply by keeping your windows and doors open, is sufficient to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
While the guidelines for residential homes are fairly straightforward and effective, some (perhaps those living in residences with a large number of occupants) might still be concerned if there’s a more comprehensive guide to improve airflow. You may wish to adopt the Guidance Note that NEA has issued for employers to implement in working spaces.
For those who still feel the need to equip your home with air purifiers, you might want to consider purchasing one with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. For those unsure, the HEPA filter is a type of pleated mechanical air filter that can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns.
Here are 5 HEPA-certified air purifiers (taken from NEA’s list of Portable Air Cleaners (For Smoke Haze) and Suppliers) for your consideration. Kindly note that the listing does not constitute or imply any endorsement or affirmation by NEA.
#1 Honeywell Portable HEPAClean Tabletop Air Purifier, HHT270W
For those who spend most of their time in the bedroom/study room, this compact air purifier might just be the perfect tabletop accessory. Retailing at an affordable price of $80, this air purifier can promote up to 5 air changes per hour in a 85 sq. ft. room. For maximum efficacy, it is recommended that the HEPA filter be replaced every 4 months. This product comes with a warranty of 3 years.
#2 Novita Air Purifier NAP200
Awarded the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand (Gold) for 7 consecutive years, the NAP200 highlights 4 features – a modern minimalist look, a 4-step purification process, an ionizer and 3 fan speeds. For those who are concerned with noise, the product produces a noise level of up to 57 dB.
#3 Tefal Pure Air Purifier PT3030
The PT3030 features a smart system that can detect your room’s pollution level using integrated pollution sensors and air quality level indicator lights which then automatically adjust its filtration speed. It also boasts other automated features such as the day and night mode and a timer with auto shut-off and delayed-start functions of up to 8 hours.
Price: $299 on Lazada
#4 Philips Air Purifier 2000 Series – AC2887
The AC2887 features three automatic purification settings – a General mode, an extra-sensitive Allergen mode, and an extra-powerful bacteria and virus mode. For those concerned with its energy usage, the AC2887’s energy efficient design allows it to run at a maximum of power of 56 W, which is equivalent to one standard light bulb.
Price: $599 on Shopee
#5 OSIM uAlpine Smart Air Purifier
For those living in a smart home, you might want to consider accessorising your residence with the OSIM uAlpine Smart Air Purifier. With the OSIM Clean & Purify App, users will be able to remotely control the Wi-Fi enabled air purifier anytime, anywhere. The sleek and modern design is a bonus for those who value aesthetics as much as functionality.
#6 POIEMA ZERO
Boasting a variety of features that include a fully automated mode, easy one-touch operation and a child-safety lock, the POIEMA ZERO is best suited for a room no larger than 40 square meters. It also has an average consumption of 0.5 unit of electricity per day while operating at full speed for 24 hours, making it the ideal air purifier for those who prefer energy-saving appliances.
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