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This air purifier is FDA-approved and kills COVID-19 in 15 minutes, here’s how

This air purifier is FDA-approved and kills COVID-19 in 15 minutes, here’s how
(Image credit: Brondell)

CES 2021 is well underway and this year we’re seeing more and more announcements with clever products to improve your home and wellbeing. Known for creating air quality improving products, Brondell has made the news for its Pro Sanitizing Air Purifier with AG+ which has been proven to remove 99.9% of COVID-19 particles from the air in a series of lab tests. 

Now FDA approved, this air purifier takes just 15 minutes to reduce airborne COVID-19 particles and was found to transform ‘aerosol particles from over two million particles per liter of air to zero within 15 minutes.’ It is important, however, to note that this air purifier cannot be used as a replacement for social distancing and other precautionary measures such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands. 

Costing just shy of $650, the Brondell Pro Sanitizing Air Purifier with AG+ isn’t cheap but it differs from many of the best air purifiers because this model uses five filter layers to trap the virus particles and break them down, rather than just holding them inside the filters. Why is this important? Even if you can find an air purifier that can capture COVID-19 particles, many hold the virus in their filters which means when you come round to changing the filters, you are at risk of exposing yourself to COVID-19. 

This air purifier is FDA-approved and kills COVID-19 in 15 minutes, here’s how

(Image credit: Brondell)

How the Brondell Pro Sanitizing Air Purifier with AG+ works 

The Pro Sanitizing Air Purifier’s five filters include an anti-viral HEPA filter which breaks down COVID-19 particles, along with mold and bacteria. A pre-filter is included to capture larger particles such as dust and pet dander that are floating around your home, and a nanocrystalline filter breaks down odors and harmful gasses in your home’s air. The last two filters include a UV disinfection lamp that cleans the filters and the interior of the unit so that when it comes to swapping the filters, risks are minimized. Finally, a plasma generator creates negative ions to rid the air of any microorganisms. 

Speaking about the air purifier, Dr. Solocinski, Staff Scientist at MRIGlobal said: “The aerosolized test resulted in no detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 after 15 minutes with the air purifier in operation.”

An impressive find, this air purifier is just one of the ways you can help to improve air quality in your home. Below, we’ve rounded up some tips from the CDC on creating good ventilation at home. 

Brondell’s air purifier is currently only available directly from its site brondell.com, however, the product will soon be available to purchase at Bestbuy.com, Homedepot.com, and Target.com, to name just a few retailers.  

How to improve the air in your home 

The CDC still recommends the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus is by wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others who you do not live with, and avoiding crowded areas, among other advice including regular hand washing. However, if for any reason someone does need to come into your home or you’re in an area where Stay at Home orders aren’t in place, there are still ways to protect yourself and precautions you need to take. 

Providing some tips on how to improve the ventilation in your home, the CDC recommends the following:

All of these steps alone, however, are not necessarily enough to prevent you from getting COVID-19 so it’s crucial to follow the latest advice on keeping yourself safe. We’d recommend reading the CDC’s coronavirus advice hub, as well as the official government coronavirus resources hub. 

Sophie Bird

Sophie is Home Editor at Top Ten Reviews. Starting off her career in print journalism, Sophie then moved to digital and now specializes in lifestyle, home interiors and social media. While she has scooped awards for her journalism, Sophie likes to whip up a storm in the kitchen when she's not writing.