Although it may be more financially sensible to invest in a few houseplants, the undisputed grand dame of NASA-developed indoor air purifying technology, Airocide, has recently become available for general household use after years of succesfully destroying airborne unsavories in settings such as grocery stores, florists, food-packing plants, child care facilities and hospitals. The technology is so potent that it’s even used to protect government employees from anthrax exposure.

That being said, I can think of 101 things I’d rather spend a tax return on than an $800 air purifier. However, for those concerned about the indoor air quality of their homes and who have invested in clunky, ineffective devices in the past with no significant improvements, the NewDealDesign-designed Airocide Air Purifier may prove to a sound investment of life-improving proportions.

Described by Co.Design as the “ultimate" air purifier, the FDA-approved Airocide virtually removes all indoor air pollutants — fumes generated by air fresheners, cleaning supplies, paints, disinfectants, pesticides, and more — along with common allergy-triggers such as mold, fungi, dust mites, bacteria and the like.

The advanced, filterless technology in a nutshell:

Airocide draws in harmful airborne pathogens and forces them into a densely packed matrix of highly reactive catalysts that are activated by a high intensity 254-nanometer light. The reaction destroys these harmful pathogens on contact. Nothing is captured so there is nothing to clean. All that exits is crisp, clear air, with zero ozone emissions.
Describing the device as looking like La Grande Arche painted orange, Co.Design’s Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan goes on to explain Airocide’s sleek, user-friendly design:
The rectangular hole invites comparisons to Dyson’s Multiplier fan, but according to Amit [Gadi Amit, the product designer], the shape and form were based on a centuries-old principle of aerodynamics called the Coanda Effect. In addition to the internal fan, the design team engineered a non-mechanical way to promote the slow passage of air through the Airocide rings. The Coanda Effect dictates that a fluid jet (of air, in this case) will be attracted to surfaces near it. The trapezoidal face of the Purifier pulls air through the rings slowly, then distributes it quickly on the other side — simple physics.
Again, $800 is a sizable chunk of change to throw down for an air purifier, NASA associations aside. However, the folks at Airocide are mighty confident that those afflicted with severe allergies and asthma will benefit from the device (along with allergy sufferers, company is targeting those with sensitive newborns and stinky pets in their homes). I suppose $800 is nothing when you consider the money that some folks end up forking over on allergy-related health care costs when the "cure" can ultimately be found in a single, beautifully designed device.

Airocide comes equipped with a risk-free “Feel Better in 6 Weeks” guarantee through which consumers can return the device for a full refund if their symptoms don’t improve in that time frame. Return shipping is included. There’s also a 60-month limited warranty. Decorative sleeves, wall mounts, floor stands, and a needs-to-be-changed-about-once-a-year Reaction Chamber Replacement kit are all sold separately.

Anyone that’s used Airocide air purifying technology outside of the home care to vouch for its effectiveness?

Via [Co.Design]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Airocide: A lean, mean, airborne pathogen-zapping machine
As its name suggests, the Airocide Air Purifier is designed to annihilate VOCs and airborne household allergens using filterless, NASA-developed technology.