Gadget of the Month: The Andrea Plant-based Air Purifier

aloe plant inside Andrea plant-based air filter

The Andrea Air Purifier uses plants to filter toxins from the air.

By Dan Chapman

Do you deal with severe allergies and know the pain of bad indoor air quality?

If you’re like the approximately 50 million people in the United States who the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says suffer from nasal allergies, you’ve probably invested in an air purifier or two at some point.

Generally, these do a good enough job of filtering out harmful air pollutants in a room while keeping your allergies at bay. You don’t need to have allergies, however, to want a cleaner atmosphere in your home, as toxins emitted from household objects can be harmful to everyone’s health.

Or perhaps you’ve gone the natural route by using a houseplant such as aloe or English Ivy, which are natural air purifiers and can absorb chemical pollutants emitted from household items. Sure, both man-made and organic air purifiers do their part in keeping your space pollutant free, but what if there was a more effective gadget that combined both?

Enter the Andrea Air Purification System, which blends the power of an indoor plant and the efficiency of an air purification system for an ingenious process that filters cleaner air into your home. You could call it the Superman of air purifiers. Mathieu Lehannuer and Harvard professor David Edwards spent two years developing the product, which they claim filters air 1,000 percent better than a normal houseplant and outperforms many other air purifiers.

The process of how the Andrea works is really cool. Inside is a fan that circulates air into the apparatus that contains the houseplant of your choosing. The air is channeled through the plant’s leaves, down toward the soil and roots and finally out of the apparatus through an opening where a tray of water absorbs toxins. The fan essentially pushes the unclean air through the plant’s filtration system at a much faster rate than a normal houseplant, which is what makes the system more effective than a houseplant alone.

It’s important to note that there’s dozens of plants that you could use with the Andrea, but a few are ideal: gerbera, philodendron, spathiphyllum, pathos and chlorophytum are the most effective (prices range from $5-$50). Don’t skimp on this part of the process, as you want to maximize the filtration power of the system as best you can.

If you’re looking for a powerful air purifier with less upkeep, the Andrea is the perfect gadget for you. Unlike most others air purifying systems, the Andrea doesn’t need replacement filters — just turn it on and watch it go! Head on over to Bed Bath & Beyond ($99.99) or Amazon and give it a try for a fresher home and a healthier you.

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Dan Chapman is a content intern for NewHomeSource. You can find him on Google+.

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