Apple HomeKit Integration Molekule Review: Cleaner Air for More Indoor Spaces
Breathing clean air in the home and office should be a normal experience. But too often, indoor spaces are filled with lower-quality air. Molekule is working to fix these issues with its air-purifying units and breakthrough PECO technology. Molekule recently announced the integration of the Air Mini+ air purifier with Apple HomeKit.
Apple HomeKit now works with Molekule Air Mini+ to allow users to control the air purifier through the Home app. Along with the Home app, users can access their Air Mini+ units through Siri on iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Macs, and HomePods. This means that Molekule units can now be set up through Apple HomeKit for convenient voice control.
Jaya Rao, CEO of Molekule, noted, “The expansion of Molekule Air Mini+ to include HomeKit compatibility and availability in Apple stores brings that vision to even more people and enables us to create user experiences that meet the needs of today’s consumers.”
As noted on the company’s website, Molekule’s mission is to deliver clean air to everyone, everywhere.
Indoor Air Quality Is a Serious Concern
Clean air is more important now than ever. With issues with viruses, bacteria, and pollution on the rise, official sources have been promoting the improvement of indoor air. While many feel safe inside their homes, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization), NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and others all warn against air pollutants in homes and offices. This is a serious issue that Molekule is working to solve with air purifiers that destroy viruses, bacteria, allergens, and pollutants in indoor spaces.
Air quality can have a serious impact on health and lead to premature death. According to WHO:
Air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year. WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline limits containing high levels of pollutants, with low- and middle-income countries suffering from the highest exposures…
From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate. The combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause about seven million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and acute respiratory infections.
Many common particles in the air can cause serious health issues as well. Few realize how big of an impact these invisible invaders can have on the health of the average American. According to NEEF:
Some common indoor air pollutants that threaten indoor air quality include: lead, dust mites, mold, radon, pests, carbon monoxide, pet dander, and second-hand smoke…
Indoor air pollutants can cause immediate effects, such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches; dizziness; fatigue; and aggravated or worsened asthma symptoms among asthmatics. Long-term effects are also possible, due to chronic exposure to indoor air pollutants. These effects may include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
People in the United States tend to spend a lot of time indoors, so poor indoor air quality can have a major impact on people’s lives. Shockingly, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. The EPA notes that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”
Through this health crisis from poor air quality Molekule remains committed to providing unique air purification solutions.
“The face of today’s air pollutants is rapidly changing to include things like toxic chemicals from smoke, in addition to bacteria and airborne viruses. We believe this air pollution challenge needs new and advanced technology,” said Jaya Rao, CEO of Molekule. The company’s Air Mini+ units offer a solution with PECO technology to help improve the air quality in indoor spaces.
Molekule PECO Technology Destroys Air Pollutants
The founders and teams of scientists at Molekule have spent the past 25 years working to develop PECO technology that destroys pollutants instead of just trapping them. On a molecular level, PECO technology destroys bacteria and viruses. That same technology also helps rid the air of smoke, mold, chemicals, dust mite dander, and other particles that can impact health.
Every air purifier is powered by PECO (Photo Electrochemical Oxidation) technology, which destroys potentially harmful allergens and pollutants. The process destroys pollutants in the air, rather than just trapping the particles in a filter.
Molekule’s line of air purifiers look sleek in homes and blend with most decor styles. The units measure the air quality so that users can understand the need for running power and time. With a connection to phones, users can see the filter status or choose their fan speeds remotely.
Being available through Apple HomeKit and Apple Stores is a big step for both Molekule and Apple. Molekule has been working to expand its retail options, offering units in Canada, India, and Korea. This is the first time that Apple has ever sold an air purifier.
Molekule Air Mini+ is now available for purchase through Apple Stores. It is the second air purifier to work with the HomeKit. Air Mini+ can clean the air of spaces that are up to 250 square feet. It’s Molekule’s smallest air purifier and is ideal for closed-in spaces, like bedrooms or offices.
Molekule makes other units that are not yet supported by Apple Homekit. Air Mini, Air, Air Pro, and Air Pro RX are all optional Molekule units that do not currently integrate with the HomeKit.
Air Pro RX, like Molekule’s other air purifiers, meets FDA guidance for use during the COVD-19 emergency. The unit was granted FDA 510(k) Class II Medical Device Clearance to be used in healthcare facilities, hospitals, and other medical sites to help rid the air of harmful viruses and bacteria.
Molekule Review Notes Air Quality Improvement
Molekule has spent a lot of time testing its units and funding scientific studies to prove the effectiveness of PECO technology. However, a purifier shouldn’t just look good on paper. The experience of those who have used the units should line up with the expectations for improved air quality.
Customers rave about how different the air quality is after a short amount of time. According to Molekule reviews, the difference is noticeable. In one Molekule review, a HomeKit blogger wrote:
I actually bought several Molekules (two Mini+ and one Air) last spring after building a house to remove the… debris from the building process. It was great to see the [air purifiers] go to work and make a really noticeable difference in our air quality within a few days… When we burn dinner or our cat sheds a lot of fur, the Mini+ automatically detects what is happening and adapts accordingly.
Molekule gets solid reviews from many other happy customers.
On the Molekule website, the company showcases a wide range of reviews – most of which are glowing. There are many that express how big of a difference the filters make with even the smallest things (like eliminating cooking smells), surpassing their expectations.
With the rise of the pandemic, Molekule has become even more essential for many homes and businesses. But keeping air clean goes far beyond the current health crisis caused by the coronavirus. Air quality needs to improve all over the world so that people can breathe cleaner air.