Dyson launches new commercial air purifier today

23 May 2023 by
Dyson launches new commercial air purifier today

British technology company Dyson has launched a new air purification system for use in shared spaces, including hotel lobbies and suites, conference rooms and open planned offices.

The new device, called Dyson HEPA Big+Quiet, launched today and hopes to tackle indoor pollution which can be up to four times worse than outdoor pollution, according to a study by Clean Air Day, a UK pollution campaign group.

A build-up of indoor pollutants can come from a variety of sources including CO2, cleaning products, cooking, plants and pets. In addition, outdoor pollutants can enter commercial indoor spaces and, if poorly ventilated, react with indoor pollutants, further reducing the quality air.

Tim Jones, a lead research engineer at Dyson who oversaw the product from conception to production, said that for the hospitality sector, poor air quality can impact on employees' and customers' well-being, reduce hotel guests' sleep quality, and lower people's cognitive abilities.

In addition, a build-up of indoor pollutants can also trigger allergies. There are now over 500 hotels in the UK welcoming dogs through their doors, but up to 15% of the population is allergic to dogs, therefore the need for purified and clean air is essential for hotels. Jones said the product was tested against a variety of such matters, and even tested against cigarette smoke to ensure its veracity: "We aggressively tested the product in cigarette smoking environments. Cigarette smoke is really sticky and challenging so when we designed the product, we tested it against such chemicals."

Jones said the Big+Quiet could be used to purify conference rooms, corridors, and hotel rooms. "No matter the environment, you can achieve filtered air," Jones added. The device is on wheels enabling cleaning staff to transport the air filter around hotel's bedrooms and conference suites.

The Big+Quiet took seven years in development and takes its name from the fact that it is the largest of Dyson's air purifiers but also one of its quietest. Jones said ensuring a low level of noise "has been at the heart of the development".

It delivers up to 90 litres of airflow per second, and a CO2 sensor provides live colour coded readings on a screen. If CO2 levels exceed recommended levels, the screen will show the reading in red, indicating the space requires ventilation. The Big+Quiet was tested in spaces ranging from a 27m2 room to a 100 m2 room. The average hotel room in the UK is 16 sq m, according to SiteMinder, a hotel commerce platform.

The Dyson HEPA Big+Quiet is now on sale from Dyson at £739 (plus VAT).

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