My week with a smart home device.
You may think that the air is cleaner indoors than out. But that’s not always the case.
The things from inside your home like stoves, gas burners, scented candles, cleaning agents, and more can easily contaminate the air. Urban pollution, pollen, and other contaminants from outsided can also find a way in, and without a way out, those nasties will linger. And with the annual haze season soon approaching, an air purifier will something you won’t regret adding to your home.
Despite that, I was still a little hesitant to welcome the new Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan, a nifty new device that merges the power of Dyson’s already famous fans with air sensing and purifying technology, into my home.
This is no fault of the fan– I’m always reluctant to adopt a Dyson device, simply because I know it’ll be almost impossible to go back to a life without it. That’s definitely what happened when I purchased their cordless vacuum and standing fan years ago!
But when I was given a chance to try out the new purifying fan, I knew I had to.
Here’s how it performed.
1. As an air purifier
The Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fans claim to capture 99.95% of potential pollutants and particles. With sensors that measure air quality in real time and a fully-sealed filter system to capture pollutants as small as 0.1 microns, you get a stream of fresh clean air circulating around your space. The fan can take in and send out 290 litres of purified air per second to every corner of the room, according to Dyson.
But numbers can be hard to visualise, so here it is in action:
When Dyson engineers set out to design a purifying fan, their research concluded that to clean an entire room properly, you also need to sense pollution events automatically; capture ultrafine pollutants; and project cleaner air around the room using Air Multiplier™ technology. Only the Dyson purifying fan is designed and tested to do all of this.
– Paul Dawson, Vice President for Dyson Health and Beauty
The filter system makes use of two different kinds of filters: an activated carbon one to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. You can see on the Dyson Link app (more on that later), or on the LCD screen on the fan itself.
Watch the screen to see how the fan immediately detects the pollutants I spritzed at it:
If you want the purifier to run without the fan, there’s a diffused airflow or purification-only mode, so you can purify the air without the fan blowing cool air out– handy if you want to use it overnight with the air-conditioning on.
2. As a fan
Dyson’s bladeless fans have been around for a while now, and they’re still just as impressive. The lack of blades is wonderful for anyone who has young children (or pets) and it really does put out a solid, comfortable stream of cool air. At full blast, it’s not the most quiet fan, but with the adjustable speed setting, I managed to find the ideal setting that perfectly balanced the sound and fan strength.
If experimentation is not your thing, try the Night Mode, a fool-proof unobtrusive setting that keeps the fan and purifier running at the quietest setting and dimmer display.
3. As a smart device
The Pure Cool fan is my first ever smart device, and I am never going back.
First, it constantly monitors and logs the air quality in the space and sends reports directly to the Dyson Link app on your smartphone. So you can check what’s going on in your home as easily as you’d check the weather, no matter where you are.
As someone who thrives on data collection, this was one of the coolest features of the purifier for me. It measures the temperature, humidity, and the amount of pollutants, volatile compounds, and nitrogen dioxide in the air, and there’s even an option to set the purifier to turn on automatically if the air quality dips below acceptable levels. You can also set the fan to turn off, but keep the purifier running– handy if you want to switch on the air-conditioning.
On a day we left a window open while we were at work, we immediately noticed a big spike in the air pollution chart on the app. After a flurry of Whatsapp messages cooing over how cool our new fan was, I just hit the on switch on the app and let it do its job.
Yes, besides the handy monitoring feature, the app turns your phone into a remote control for your fan! Sure, the fan comes with its own little remote control, but there is something so satisfying about being able to control every aspect of the purifier (even the angle it faces) with my phone, anytime anywhere. No more worrying about accidentally leaving the fan on! Or if you want a room that’s nice and clean and cool the moment you get back from work, that’s not a problem.
For even lazier people like me, the app also lets you customise any number of programs. For instance, I have mine set to turn on automatically and face my desk from 9 am to 11 am every work day. (It’s breezing away right now as I write this.)That’s how I know it’s time to hunker down and work, and then it turns itself off conveniently just as I get ready to leave.
Just as I feared, I won’t be able to go back to life without it. It works great as both a fan and air purifier, but the real-time monitoring, immediate responses, and smart device capability really pushes the new Dyson Pure Cool™ over the top.