Honeywell; Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier
Air Touch i9 is the new offering from Honeywell, replacing their present model i8. The i9 brings in similar design cues from its predecessor while improving the efficiency. It has new and improved smart features which actively monitors and controls the air quality around you. The 3-layered filtration system ensures that the air 99.7% pure and odourless. The anti-fall design with added child protection improves the appeal along with the 12-month warranty. The device can put out 300cubic meters of air per hour which makes them very efficient. This purifier is for people living in areas that have moderate to high particulate pollutant levels.
Honeywell International Inc is a multinational company headquartered in the United States of America. Their business falls under four categories. The categories are aerospace, building technologies, performance materials and technologies and safety and productivity solution. Honeywell India focuses on five major business sectors. They are aerospace, buildings, electronics, homes and security.
Honeywell introduced the Air Touch i9 as one among their top of the line home air filters. Air touch i9 tries to address various problems of the present generation of home air filters. These problems being, too noisy, lacking smart features, real-time sensing among many. Air Touch i9 tries to address such issues and improve the user experience without sacrificing the performance.
Specifications of Air Touch i9
Air Touch i9 has a few design tricks up its sleeve. It has an anti-fall design which improves the chances of the device surviving after some accidental brushes. Often kids tend to play with air purifiers which can become a headache for many. Many manufacturers do not offer anti-fall design cues or child protection. The boxy design with ergonomically curved edges has a great aesthetic appeal. This design choice also improves child protection as it has no exposed sharp edges. It has touch-enabled control on the top.
The 3-dimensional air flow combined with 3 stage filtration helps to improve the air quality to a great extent. Once set up and turned on, it will take between to 5-15min to improve the air quality to 2.5PM. This is great as most of the major cities in our country is facing higher than normal pollutant level, especially after Diwali.
The Air Touch i9 also has a built-in sleep mode which reduces the operating sounds to a bare minimum in the night. In a normal scenario, the purifier produces noise which ranges between 38-63dB. In the night the purifier further reduces the sounds to provide uninterrupted sleep. We all want a good sleep, right?
The smart mode feature regulates the level of particulates in the air. It always keeps the particulates level less than < 25µg/cubic m. The device automatically goes to sleep at this point but keeps a regular watch on the particulate level. When the PM2.5 level exceeds 75 µg/cubic m, the purifier turns on automatically and cleanses the air. The HEPA and HiSiv filter along with the pre-filter keeps the particulate level low. The HEPA filter is not washable and needs replacement at regular intervals. One handy feature is that the device will alert you when the replacement is due. The real-time PM2.5 display is also much appreciated by many customers. This helps to keep tabs on the air quality around you.
Now let’s look into the various technical parameters of Honeywell Air Touch i9.
|Filtration Stages||Pre-Filter, HEPA, HiSiv|
|CADR (clean air delivery rate)||300 cubic m/ hr|
|Area coverage||39 sq. m|
|Presence of Ozone||No|
|Maximum PowerConsumption||42 W|
|Filter Life||3000 Hrs (relative)|
|Filter Replacement Indicator||Yes|
|Air Purifier modes||Smart and Sleep Mode|
|Air-Quality Indicators||Real time pollution indicator and tricolour LED indicator|
|Air Flow Type||3D circulation air flow|
|Other Features||Anti-fall design, Adjustable fan|
Unique Features of Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier
- Triple-Layered air filtration system
Honeywell included a triple-layered system for purifying the air. The air goes through a pre-filter which removes larger particles. The air then goes through HEPA and HiSiv filters. The HEPA and HiSiv filters can clean particles of size bigger than 0.3µm and gaseous pollutants. This includes PM1, PM2.5, PM10, bacteria, virus and smoke. The HiSiv filters get rid of the volatile components and keep the odours at bay.
- Smart Technology
The Air Touch i9 comes with smart technology that controls the air quality in the room with much efficiency. The smart technology always keeps the particulates level less than < 25µg/cubic m. One this is achieved the device goes to sleep but keeps a regular watch on the particulate level. When the PM2.5 level exceeds 75 µg/cubic m the purifier turns on. This decreases the need for manual operation and improves the efficiency of the product.
- HiSiv Filter
The HiSiv filter has a unique design and construction that is patented by Honeywell. It has a honeycomb design and molecular sieve with activating agents. It offers greater efficiency than activated carbon filters.
Impurities Removed by Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier
Air Touch i9 comes with a triple-layered air filtration system. The pre-filter helps to remove odour and larger air pollutants. The HEPA and highly sensitive HiSiv filters remove particles bigger or equal to 0.3µm in size. This also includes viruses, bacteria, smoke, PM1, PM2.5 and PM10. The HiSiv filter removes the volatile components in the air which helps to reduce the odour in the air.
Can Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier Remove Viruses?
The HEPA and HiSiv filters in the air filtration system can easily remove viruses. This is great as we are going through some of the most difficult times in our life. COVID-19 threat is becoming bigger and bigger. The virus saturation and overpowering air intakes is a high possibility. In such instances, proper air filtration can come quite handy. The virus removal capability of the Air touch i9 is a great option on this front.
Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier; Filter System
Air Touch i9 has a three-layered filtration system which consists of a pre-filter, HEPA and HiSiv filters. The pre-filter helps to remove larger particles from the air. It is washable which is great as you don’t need to buy a new one as a replacement.
The HEPA (High-efficiency particulate absorber) filter is made of mat and randomly arranger fibres. It is mostly made out of fibreglass and can filter particles that are bigger than 0.3µm. The filer is not washable and needs replacement at regular intervals. The purifier itself will alert you when the filter needs a replacement.
The HiSiv filter has a unique design and construction that is patented by Honeywell. It has a honeycomb design and molecular sieve with activating agents. It can absorb gaseous pollutants with greater efficiency than activated carbon filters. This helps to clean the air and keeps the odours away. The HiSiv filter is also not washable and needs replacement at regular intervals.
HEPA and HiSiv filters (Source: https://www.honeywellsmarthomes.com/air-purifiers)
Repairs and Warranty
The air purifier comes with a 12-month warranty out of the box. In case of damage, Honeywell will replace or repair your product for free during the warranty period.
The filters may need replacement within 6-12 months which largely depends on your environment. The more polluted it is, the faster the filters get saturated. The device installation and changing the filter is easy and a home user can do it. Both tasks are quite easy to do and the unit comes with an instruction manual describing the same.
Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier Price
With an asking price 23,000 rupees, Air Touch i9 is a stellar offer. It has similar features and capabilities when compared to models that come with a bigger price tag. But if you are observant then you can find offers for the product that stoops as low as 19,000 rupees. Watch out for the price drop.
Who Should Buy Air Touch i9 – Air Purifier?
Air Touch i9 air purifier is for those who live in highly polluted environments. The output 300cubic meter/hr is a big plus. If you living in cities with higher than normal particulate pollutants then this one is for you. The purifier comes with 3- layered filtration system, reduced noise. More than that it has smart features which will make your life a lot easier.
Why do we like it?
There are a lot of things to like about the Air Touch i9. Such as the derivative design which Honeywell maintained. This improves user familiarity. Well, don’t fix something that’s not broke. The smart feature combines with the 3-layered filter system to improve the air quality to a great extent.
The active monitoring of air quality and lower operating noise is a plus point which comes in handy during the night. The added 12-month warranty with intuitive controls improves the user experience further.