In addition to capturing 99.95% of aerosols in the air, Dyson's recently announced Pure Cryptomic air purifier can also remove and destroy formaldehyde.
While Dyson's currently available Pure Cool and Pure Hot + Cool purifiers can trap harmful pollutants like formaldehyde, they cannot neutralize them; in contrast, the recently announced Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic air purifier can actually eliminate the carcinogen from the air and destroy it.
The device does this by converting the chemical to water and carbon dioxide.
According to the company, this purifier can also capture 99.95% of ultrafine particles in your home.
While formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, small amounts of the chemical -- like the amount typically present in a home -- are more or less harmless. The American Cancer Society states that "the effect of exposure to small amounts is less clear;" On the other hand, when formaldehyde is present in the air at levels more than 0.1 ppm (possibly from press-wood products, gas stoves, or a kerosene heater), people could experience watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and general irritation of the skin, nose, throat, and eyes.
While the Dyson Cryptomic Air Purifier is available in China and Taiwan, sources indicate that Pure Cool version and Pure Hot + Cool versions will be priced at $649.99 and $749.99, respectively, when it launches in the US.