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For 200 RMB, we’ll send you a fan, a HEPA filter, and a strap. Assemble it yourself with the instructions given or choose a pre-assembled unit. Either way, shipping’s included.
Stronger fan, lower particle counts, and faster clean air. If you’re looking to clean a larger area, check out our powerful Cannon kit. Same HEPA, just pushing more air through it.
HEPA filters are what trap small particles like PM 2.5, and they’re not expensive! We buy ours straight from the factory so we can pass the savings on to you.
What the press is saying
“A group of American expats in Beijing have come up with a novel solution for making indoor air purifiers affordable to everyone. The budget innovation has caught the imagination among residents who battle high levels of air pollution every day.”
“Talhelm’s research suggests the filter starts to lose its efficiency after three months. But, at about $15 a HEPA, that’s a lot of savings over big international brands like Philips with comparable results.”
“They’re very creative. They have found an easy way that people can accept. I think the price is the key point. It’s so cheap. It attracts normal people like me to come and listen, and then buy it.”
Introducing the Smart Air DIY Air Purifier
Average percent reductions of Original DIY Air Purifier, based on 8-hour tests in a 200 sq-ft bedroom.
Based on an 8 hour test in a 15 sq-m bedroom.
Does the Smart Air DIY Purifier work?
Short answer: Yes! Long answer: Keep reading
Let’s break down this question into three smaller questions:
1. Is the air coming out of the Smart Air DIY air purifier clean?
This is the easiest question to answer, and we do it by holding a Dylos DC1100 Pro particle counter in front of the purifier and watching the numbers drop. Here’s a video of Thomas doing just that:
Conclusion: Yes, air coming out of the purifier is clean.
2. Is the Smart Air DIY air purifier able to actually clean the air in the entire room?
Answering this question is more difficult because you need a controlled environment (for example, you don’t want to walk in and out of the room during the test), and you need to test the air for a longer period of time. But fortunately for you, Thomas is a huge nerd and does this kind of thing for fun.
To answer this, Thomas set up the particle counter on one side of his 13.5 m2 bedroom and put the DIY filter on the opposite side of the room. Here’s what our filter did in one hour:
And over the course of eight hours:
The particle counter also gives data on .5 micron particles — even smaller than the 2.5 micron reading. Here’s what that looks like over eight hours:
Conclusion: Yes, the clean air from the DIY filter is cleaning the entire room.
3. How well does the Smart Air DIY air purifier perform compared to expensive air purifiers?
Thanks to kind souls who donated a BlueAir 203/270E (3,600 RMB), a Philips AC4072 (3,000 RMB), and an IQAir Health Pro (8,000 RMB) we’ve finally been able to test the DIY against expensive brands in the same room, for the same amount of time, with the same particle counter.
To do that, Anna ran 11 overnight tests with the BlueAir, 9 tests with the Philips, and 11 tests with the IQAir. Thomas calculated effectiveness as percent reduction in particulates from the room air. Anna tested the air before she turned on the air filter, and then set the particle counter to take hourly measurements of the air in her 15 m2 Beijing bedroom. Anna used the highest setting on each filter.
All of the filters significantly reduced particulates, but the 470 RMB Cannon removed as many particles as the highest-performing big brand. Even the 200 RMB Original was only 6% behind the Blue Air on the .5 micron particles and 4% behind on the 2.5 micron particles.
Among the different brands, there seems to be no relationship between price and particulate removal:
Conclusion: You can remove particulate pollution from the air in your home and pay far less than the cost of a Blue Air, Philips, or IQAir.
4. Which purifier is right for me?
The Original DIY air purifier is good for cleaning pollution in room sizes up to 15m2. The Cannon is twice as powerful and can clean rooms up to 30m2. See our air pollution test results below:
(based on a 1-hour test in a 1 m2 bathroom with a source of PM.5 pollution. Get the full story here.)
Suitable for normal-sized rooms
Suitable for larger spaces