From Jennifer on January 26th, 2010 in Green Remodeling
Breathing just got easier. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards have taken air filtration to new heights. As much as we’d like to believe we keep good houses, the truth is that the air in any home contains impurities that negatively impact our breathing and general health. Unfortunately, we all know that in-house air filters are usually quite unattractive. While they may help the air, they do nothing for the décor.
Lehanneur and Edwards teamed up for what was initially an art and science experiment in 2007, and came out smelling like a rose – or a houseplant to be exact. ANDREA Air uses any ordinary houseplant to transform toxic VOCs and noxious gases into fresh, clean air that actually smells like the plant of your choice.
How Does it Work?
We all know that plants naturally filter air, both outdoors and in. The ANDREA Air Filter uses that aspect of plant life and amplifies it for in-home health benefits. The invention provides an attractive air filter that houses a plant and requires no replaceable filters. Andrea uses a quiet-as-a-mouse fan to draw the air from a room into the filter. The polluted air is then drawn through the foliage of the plant into its root system. As the air filters through the root system (and also through the water that doubles as necessary moisture for the plant), the pollutants are eliminated. Air is then forced out through the filter’s side vent and back into the room.
With the water chamber feeding the plant, it’s fair to assume that ANDREA is not only purifying our air, but humidifying it as well. Another double feature is the device’s clear top. It serves as a terrarium for the plant, allowing sunlight and warmth to reach the foliage more easily.
So what makes this better than regular houseplants on your windowsills? It’s true that houseplants alone help to improve the quality of the air in a home, but ANDREA does a much better job. The science of the device gets a little complicated, but the result is a living air filter that removes 360 percent more formaldehyde from the air than a plant alone. It also removes harmful gases from the air 1000 percent faster than a standalone plant.
ANDREA Air Filters are already available for sale through: Amazon, Hammacher Schlemmer, FrontGate and Natural Mom Gear. It’s a little pricey, but not unreasonably so, and you’ll breathe easier knowing you have ANDREA in your home.