As a kid, my understanding of air was that it came from trees and that we needed it to breathe. To go outside was to get fresh air, and the scientific makeup was N2, C2 and some other letters and numbers.

Flash-forward to being an adult and our increasingly poor air quality is a common topic. Now, we’re told to stay inside and to avoid breathing the air outdoors during certain weather periods. On a broad scale, poor air quality is linked to our emissions and climate change, but on a personal scale, it’s linked to everything from allergies and asthma to cancer and worse.

Growing up, I never had allergies. But now, I spend half the year with a slightly stuffed nose and irritated eyes or throat. And with the increased population of cars and buildings in the GTA, the addition of a furry pup named Piper, and many more factors I’m sure, it’s only bound to get worse.

Usher in Molekule, a sleek air purifier I first found on Instagram.

Before I got mine, I knew little about the air purifier game or what these machines really did beyond, well, filtering and purifying air. All I knew was wanted one—to combat my allergies and help make our indoor air cleaner. So I did a little research, and here’s the Cole’s notes on what I discovered:

For almost a century, we’ve used HEPA filters as our solution to allergies, asthma, sickness and congestion related to air quality. And while HEPA filters work to collect 99.97% of pollutants greater than .3 microns on filters, most pollutants that cause health problems are smaller than .3 microns. And if that’s not scary enough, things like mold and bacteria grow and multiply on the filters which can then escape back into the air you breathe.

That’s where Molekule differs. 

Rather than just collecting pollutants, it works through light-activated nanotechnology to destroy pollutants at their molecular level through a PECO filter. That’s really all you need to know or undersand, but if more scientific graphs and studies are your thing, check out molekule.com for exactly how it all works. 

But beyond doing its job (I have been breathing easier and waking up stuffy-nose free!), I’ll be the first to admit that vanity factored into my choice. After function, I want things in my home to look good. And an ugly air purifier just isn’t going to get as much use in my home as a pretty one because I know myself: I’d tuck it out of sight in a corner where it’s less efficient, or stash in a closet when not in use where I’d forget to pull it out enough times to be useful. I’m anything but embarrassed to have my Molekule front and centre with my decor. It sits pretty with a leather handle and minimal design.

I was only able to use my Molekule for a month before it got packed up by our movers where it’s now en route to the new place in BC, but I absolutely noticed a difference and can’t wait to set it up in the living room, front and center.