The History of Air Purifiers


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However, the first records of an air purifier can be dated back to the 15th century. The famous artist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci, can also be thanked for the assisted help for the development of the modern day air purification systems. He had the brilliant idea to use a finely woven cloth dipped in water for sailors to use while battling at sea with the many toxic materials in their weapons that they used at the time. It wasn’t until the year of 1799 that the first official respirator was developed by inventor Alexander von Humboldt that he used while he worked his job as a mining engineer for mining companies.

The air purifier, or air respirator as it was known then, wasn’t licensed for release in the marketplace until the year of 1848. Developed by Lewis P. Haslett. He named his creation the Haslett’s Lung Protector, which he built to consist of wool that was wet with water much like Leonardo’s design. However, this time it included a valve that was attached to the wool device that was made up of copper and was designed to be only one way, so that air could go in the filters and be cleaned for the user without being released back out.

Throughout the next hundred or so years, the air purifier went through a wide variety of designs and features before it became what they are known to be today. It went through the most changes in the entire 20th century, when electricity became more common and pollution became more of an issue as humans industrialized the earth. This was the century of both world wars, and it has always been known that in times of war is when the most technological advances are made. It was then, in the middle of the second world war was dominating the entire world that the U.S was able to develop the first High Efficiency Particulate Air filters, or HEPA filters as they are known today.

The 1960’s sparked the first emergence of the modern day air purifier. In the year of 1963, German brothers and engineers Klaus and Manfred Hammes were able to invent the first simple air filters that were used in homes. However, it wasn’t until the year of 1994 that Klaus’s son Frank worked with a group of inventors to make what the purifier is today. The “IQAir HealthPro Plus” as they called it, was released in the springtime of the year of 1998 in Germany, and didn’t hit the U.S marketplace until the year of 2000. Now, air purifiers are very common, and very effective as well.