In response to the pandemic, the professional division of Miele has announced the launch of its AirControl air purifier to minimise the spread of air-borne infections and improve hygiene efficiency within closed spaces. To help businesses prevent the spread of the viruses, the white goods provider has manufactured the AirControl in record time, making it the fastest ‘concept to production’ product to hit the market in Miele’s history.

Miele Professional has collaborated with UlmAir, an air filtration company based in Germany, to ensure best-in-class technology is instilled throughout the design of AirControl. This contains a five-stage filtration system which includes a certified HEPA H14 filter built to remove 99.9995% of harmful particles from indoor air circulation.

With droplets of around > 5 µm (micrometre) primarily responsible for transmission of the SAR-CoV-2 virus over short distance, a recent study has also identified the distribution of aerosol particles as potential virus carriers. Aerosol particles of approximately < 5 µm in size present a high risk of infection, especially in enclosed spaces, as they can remain suspended in air and can travel easily. Indirect infection with aerosol particles, which accumulate in a room over time, cannot be entirely prevented by non-medical masks.

In addition to the high-capacity HEPA H14 filter, the five-stage filtration system has been designed with a coarse filter to hold back and filter out coarse particles such as pollen, lint and small paper fibres; a fine filter which retains particles between 1 to 10 µm in size (smoke, germs and bacteria); an active charcoal filter to remove odours; and an exhaust filter to optimise air discharge, ensuring the uniform distribution of air. The capacity and performance of the air purifier is designed to allow a six-fold displacement of room air per hour.

Simon Venni, Country Sales Manager GB&I at Miele Professional said: “Covid-19 increased the urgency for a solution in the Professional environment, which meant that we accelerated our development process to get the product to market.

“With both hygiene and quality in mind, the Miele Air-Control has been designed to prevent the spread of infection through air-borne particles and will increasingly play an important role beyond the pandemic. Alongside other measures put in place to foster a hygienic environment, which is crucial as indoor spaces reopen, the air purifier can be used by a range of businesses to keep staff and customer safe”.

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