Air Sur launches 'designer' purification system
French company partners with Jean-Marie Massaud.
French company Air Sur is introducing a next generation air purification system to the Middle East.
Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, Airwake features advanced technology that cleanses indoor spaces of microbes and chemical pollutants. With 15 years experience in the purification of hospital environments, Air Sur has created its Airsurliving division to address indoor air quality in the home and workplace.
Air pollution has been clearly identified as a leading cause of increasingly common complaints such as respiratory allergies, headaches and rashes. Indoor air is currently 15 to 20 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Each day, the average person breathes in about 15,000L of air, and spends 75% to 90% of their time inside buildings and vehicles, where they are exposed to various pollutants.
These pollutants can generate medium and long-term health problems ranging from respiratory diseases and asthma to allergies.
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a notion that came to the fore in the 1980s, and refers to a set of atypical symptoms related to time spent in buildings, offices in particular, that cannot be clearly pathologically defined as a specific illness. People working in offices complain of irritated eyes, nostrils and throats, headaches and difficulty concentrating, without any apparent individual etiology. While the link between time spent in a building and clinical signs is indisputable, the factors causing SBS remain difficult to ascertain. These factors may be chemical, and therefore relate to the building and decoration materials selected, for example formaldehyde, solvents, glycol ethers etc. Cleaning products also contain chemical pollutants and this is a particular problem in office buildings which are cleaned regularly.
Airwake removes contaminants and chemical pollutants but has been designed with aesthetics in mind. Its dimensions – 78cm high by 25cm wide – and curved shape are reminiscent of a loudspeaker. Airwake is made of natural materials, such as ash wood from sustainably managed forests in the Jura, and is finished with soap to avoid the use of a chemical solvent-based varnish. In addition, its frame is made of steel rather than the less energy-efficient aluminium. In order to reduce Airwake’s environmental footprint, it is made in France, ensuring that CO2 emissions, particularly related to shipping, are therefore significantly cut.
Airwake is a low power appliance, using less than 100 watts, and is controlled via a simple interface. The device does not have a standby mode, which has a positive influence on electricity consumption. It is also fully recyclable and all parts, from grid to reactor, are separable. In addition, the cartridge is fully recyclable.