Although this post is about a particular line of products that are a touch out of my yearly indoor air quality/household lighting budget at $399.95 and up (plus $47.50 for replacement filters), it’s a concept I can still totally get behind. Called Purifans, they're a range of new energy-efficient, air-purifying ceiling fans. Super cool, right?

Well, mostly. Like the folks over at Unpluggd, I’m a bit iffy about the product design although I dig the concept. I wouldn’t call ‘em outright atrocious but I think for $400 (this is without a motor and light kit — that will cost you extra) Purifans could be a bit sleeker. I second the thoughts expressed over at Unpluggd:

We like the idea of circulating purified air in a ceiling-mounted form factor with the addition of lighting options, but the less than stellar, decor-unfriendly design has us hoping Purifan hires a new industrial designer to blow away the spare tire look for something more eye-pleasing.
Purifans consume a not-too-shabby 60W of power (costing about $17 annually to operate) and feature a 5-stage filter with a paper media particle filter to trap airborne particles and an activated charcoal medium to wipe out unwanted odors. Originally marketed as a secondhand smoke removal device in places like bars, bingo halls, and VWF posts, Purifans are now being geared for all-purpose home use (particularly allergy-sensitive homes) as well as schools, daycare centers, hotels, offices, and nursing homes.

Check out the Purifan website to learn more. The sheer amount of text is a bit daunting, especially the “place an order” page — you'd think you were ordering a new car or something — but I suppose it’s good that all the bases are covered before placing an order. On that note, would you invest in a Purifan or is the not-so-attractive design a deal breaker? As for me, I think I'll keep on saving up for a Dyson Air Multiplier and a few new, air-purifying indoor houseplants

Via [Unpluggd] via [EcoFriend]

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

The Purifan: Hit with the ugly stick?
The Purifan is an energy-efficient, air-purifying ceiling fan that dramatically improves the indoor air quality of homes and other settings. But are its less-th