Air purifiers have develop into remarkably fascinating since COVID-19 hit, out of the blue turning into a vital part to wash our (surprisingly soiled!) indoor air.
However there’s a problem. The place the heck do you set it?
Ikea has addressed this with its new Starkvind air air purifier—an air air purifier that’s additionally a aspect desk. Priced at $190, Ikea has tucked the spherical electronics of the air air purifier straight beneath the floor of a aspect desk that’s obtainable in both birch or a darkish oak. So as a substitute of placing one more factor in your counter tops, or carving out a part of your flooring plan for a standing air air purifier, you’ll be able to arrange air filtration as simply as including a small desk to your room.
A small desk, I’d level out, that’s 100% able to holding a glass of wine.
How does it carry out? Whereas it’s too early for a lab to have examined it, Ikea claims the HEPA-based air filter performs like every other, capturing 99.5% of small particles right down to 2.5 micrometers throughout a medium-sized room of 215 sq. toes. With out getting too in the weeds about virus sizes versus droplet sizes versus the effectivity of filters, know that HEPA filters can capture SARS-CoV-2 floating in the air, however the EPA suggests it’s best to nonetheless put on a masks and socially distance when potential.
Along with its HEPA filter, the Starkvind encompasses a carbon filter for capturing formaldehyde or just making your house scent a bit higher, too.
In case you don’t need a full aspect desk, Ikea can be promoting the Starkvind air filter with out the furnishings for $130. In black and white variations, it stands up type of like a speaker. This providing is on prime of the budget-friendly, $55 air air purifier that Ikea started promoting earlier this 12 months—however notice that its funds air purifier lacks a HEPA filter, so it’s extra questionable for viruses.
In any case, I’m undecided anybody would go as far as to name the Starkvind aspect desk a surprising design object, however it’s fairly sensible. And it’s proper in line with Ikea’s higher technique, to combine extra electronics into its furnishings—like its Symfonsik lamp/speaker designed alongside Sonos.
Since no person actually designs a lounge round their air air purifier, Ikea could also be onto one thing by just sneaking it into the aspect desk you already want.