Finest recognized for its Wi-Fi controllers that imbue dumb room air conditioners with smarts, Sensibo has leveraged its experience to construct the Sensibo Pure, a Wi-Fi-connected air air purifier for small rooms. The Senisbo Pure can work along with Sensibo’s different merchandise to enhance air high quality, but it surely doesn’t rely upon the presence of 1.
The tradeoff for this air air purifier’s comparatively small dimension—it measures 7.68 x 7.68 x 15.28 inches (WxDxH)—is that it might cowl rooms solely as much as 173 sq. toes (e.g., a room with dimensions of about 13 x 13 toes with a typical 8-foot ceiling). A number of Sensibo Pure’s will be deployed round your own home and managed from its cellular app as soon as they’re linked to your Wi-Fi community (2.4GHz solely). A characteristic Sensibo calls Pure Enhance can enhance that protection to 294 sq. toes for a restricted time (extra on that in a bit).
The way it works
An inner fan pulls air into the decrease half of the cylindrical machine and thru three filters in sequence: A pre-filter traps giant particulate matter: Pollen and dirt particles as much as PM10—that’s particulate matter as much as 10 microns in diameter. A HEPA filter captures smaller particulate matter—all the way down to PM1.0—together with viruses, micro organism, and advantageous mud particles.
A carbon filter then absorbs odors from smoke and VOCs (risky natural compounds), corresponding to formaldehyde and gases emitted whilst you’re cooking meals, earlier than the cleansed air is launched again into the room by way of the highest of the machine. These three filter parts are housed in a proprietary unit that Sensibo says ought to final about six months below regular use. The filters, which can’t be washed or in any other case cleaned, value $35 every. You will get a nominal low cost by signing up for a subscription refill service.
The Sensibo Pure is outfitted with an air-quality sensor able to detecting particulate matter all the way down to PM2.5 (that’s 2.5 microns in diameter) floating within the air. The machine additionally makes use of what it calls “street-level air pollution companies” to watch the air high quality exterior your own home. It makes use of this info to find out when it ought to energy up and do its factor.
The Sensibo Pure may also inform you of your air high quality utilizing a multi-color LED: Blue signifies “good” air high quality, yellow signifies “reasonable” air high quality, and purple warns of “unhealthy” situations. You possibly can flip this LED off or set it to 2 ranges of brightness: “normal” and “comfortable.”
You may as well monitor air high quality by way of Sensibo’s app from wherever you have got broadband entry. And when you’ve got a suitable window or transportable air conditioner managed by a Sensibo Sky or Sensibo Air, the Sensibo Pure will set off the air conditioner’s fan to extend air circulation if the Pure’s onboard sensor detects unhealthy air high quality.
Curiously, I discovered that an AirThings air-quality sensor deployed in the identical room because the Sensibo Pure typically indicated the air high quality was decrease than what Sensibo measured. AirThings, nevertheless, doesn’t measure the quantity of particulate matter within the air (it does detect the presence of radon and it studies carbon-dioxide and VOC ranges, amongst different issues). Every time the AirThings sensor reported poor and even honest air high quality, nevertheless, the Pure invariably switched to Pure Enhance mode for 20 minutes, which improved the air high quality as measured by each sensors.
A timer button will mechanically flip the Sensibo Pure off after 4 or eight hours. You possibly can function it manually by pushing a button to toggle its fan pace between high and low, or you may choose an “auto” fan stage that can set off it to mechanically change to excessive pace when its onboard sensor studies the room’s air high quality to be poor. However Sensibo doesn’t advocate utilizing this setting until the machine will not be linked to Sensibo’s cloud-based servers; as an alternative, the corporate recommends you place the air air purifier in Pure Enhance mode, which may also regulate the fan pace mechanically in accordance with air high quality situations.
Below regular utilization, the Sensibo Pure purrs together with a minor fan whir. It’s not particularly loud even when its fan is on excessive—about 53dB (roughly equal to the common sound of a operating fridge). Pure Enhance mode, nevertheless, actually jacks up the amount; luckily, it mechanically shuts down after 20 minutes.
You may as well use the Sensibo app to program the Pure to activate Pure Enhance based mostly in your smartphone’s geolocation, so it’ll kick into excessive gear whilst you’re away from residence and received’t hear it operating at its highest, noisiest pace.
The Sensibo Pure will be managed with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered good audio system, in addition to Apple Siri shortcuts, however it isn’t at present HomeKit suitable.
The inclusion of an built-in air high quality monitor actually provides to the the Sensibo Pure’s worth proposition, as does its Wi-Fi connectivity and app management. That stated, its $199 listing worth appears slightly excessive for the protection it might present. You’ll discover numerous non-connected small air purifiers promoting for about half that a lot. Preorder one now, nevertheless, and you will get it for $159, plus transport (transport is included in case you purchase greater than separately). Sensibo expects to ship items on April 15.
The Sensibo Pure is at its greatest when paired with one the corporate’s air-conditioner controllers, for the reason that two programs will work in live performance to make sure your room has high quality air. On the draw back, these controllers solely work with room air conditioners (transportable, window-mounted items, or mini-splits—any sort of air con unit that may be managed by an infrared distant. That guidelines out most, however not all central air-conditioning programs).