Pollution is a major issue globally. Although the government has been taking several actions, such as introducing eco-friendly vehicles, nothing has helped to control pollution in a big way. And, for a country that has 7 of the 10 most polluted cities of the world, using an air purifier becomes a necessity. Recently, Clairco – a Bengaluru based air quality monitoring and purification start-up firm has developed a technology to convert any kind of air conditioner unit into smart air purifiers. `
The firm has manufactured this patent-pending air purification system with the support of Anand Subramanian, senior director, Ola Cabs. The idea was conceived by Aayush Jha, who devised a way to help his father’s poor medical condition two years back. His father, when transferred to Ghaziabad, faced a breathing problem due to low air quality. And his health became even worse during Diwali.
Then, Aayush decided to buy an air purifier for home but found it really expensive and without any proper monitoring system. This made him launch his start-up firm where he used low drag nano-tech air filters to clean the air in closed spaces like buildings, cars, etc. At that time, he was unaware that his step would come out as a solution to a major global problem- air pollution.
Generally, the indoor air becomes 5 times worse than outdoor air, and we spend most of our time indoors. Therefore, there was a need to create an air purification system to solve the issue of indoor pollution. When the special filters designed by Clairco are fitted into an air conditioner, they convert into air purifiers. Moreover, the presence of low -drag air filters in it makes it perfectly suited for low-power fans as well.
The machine created by Clairco will allow the product to detect the air quality on the hyper-local level. Also, it has a sturdy and reliable monitoring system that accurately analyses air quality data and installs their filters according to the available data. The device also helps to let users know about the time when you need to replace your filters.
As per Aayush, co-founder & CEO, Clairco “Our system can be connected via WiFi. It then sends cumulative data to a dashboard on a mobile application or a web browser. The data clearly shows the amount of particulate matter present in the air. Our device can purify and eliminate up to 2.5-micron particulate matter, which by international standards is considered the most harmful.”
Recently, the company is providing these filters on a monthly subscription of Rs 2 per sq. Ft. Also, at this time, the company is covering almost 5 lakh sq ft across four major cities- Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai. However, the company has an expansion plan for nearly 3 million sq ft across the country.
The company will also introduce Clairco for domestic spaces by 2020. The work of introducing this system in cabs is in progress.
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