The global air purification systems market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.71% over the analyzed period to reach a market size of US$51.748 billion in 2026. The market stood at US$ 21.054 billion in 2019. Air Purification Systems are devices installed inside a facility or room to reduce the levels of pollution and increase the quality of air. Air Purification Systems are available in a wide range of technologies from High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA), Electrostatic Precipitator, Activated Carbon, Ionic Filters, UV Light Air Filters, and Ozone Generators. HEPA is a mechanical air filter that can theoretically remove around 99.97% of pollen, dust, bacteria, mold, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm) and an electrostatic precipitator can remove particles from a gas stream by using electrical energy. Ionic Filters uses negatively charged ions to combine with the positively charged ones, therefore, removing the pollutants from the air. While UV Light Air Filters use UV light technology to destroy the bacteria and viruses present in the air, Ozone Generators produce ozone gas that in turn helps in the purification of air.
Deteriorating Air Quality Index and Rising Respiratory Diseases:
Rapid industrialization and infrastructure development especially in the developing economies has not just been a significant contributor to the region’s development, it has also assisted the poor air quality index of the region. Poor air quality along with rising pollution has been contributing significantly to the deteriorating health conditions globally from respiratory diseases to heart diseases, etc. According to WHO estimates, nearly 7 million people die every year due to problems arising from air pollution such as chronic respiratory diseases, heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Chronic lung diseases like Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic bronchitis, Emphysema, Pulmonary fibrosis have also increased over the years and according to World Health Organization, (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide that was responsible for around 3.23 million deaths in 2019. Asthma is a major non-communicable disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the small airways in the lungs. It results in a combination of cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. According to World Health Organization estimates, in 2019 asthma affected an estimated 262 million people and caused around 461000 deaths.
The deteriorating air quality index has led to the rising cases of hypersensitivities, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, respiratory disease like Asthma, etc. The rising pollution level and global warming are expected to make the situation worse if no major step is taken in the coming years. This is expected to increase the threat of such diseases in the future which can prove beneficial for the air purification systems.
HEPA to Dominate the Other Technologies:
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) is the most widely used air filter in the facilities and is expected to dominate over the other technologies as well. This is because HEPA Filters have proved much more effective at removing bacteria from the air than other filters. Also, they remove VOCs and other gases from the air that other filters are not known for doing efficiently. Due to their ability to remove even microscopic organisms, these filters stand out from other filters and these filters are labeled HEPA only after being verified from the U.S. Military Standard 282 (MIL-STD-282). This has therefore made HEPA more trustable than other filters.
Regional and Geographical Insights
On a Geographical note, North America is expected to come out as a market leader for air purification systems mainly due to the already established health infrastructure and the rising awareness regarding healthcare management.
Besides that, the growing infrastructure investment, the rising Foreign Direct Investment, and the increasing health awareness in the Asia Pacific is expected to drive up the market for air purification systems in the region in the coming years. Also, the increasing pollution levels and the deteriorating air quality index in the region will provide a boost to the air purification systems market.
The coronavirus pandemic impacted the demand for air purification systems in a positive direction. With the outburst of the pandemic in the region, the health consciousness among the people increased significantly, making them adopt every possible option to stay away from the virus. The air purification systems play an important role in keeping down the level of pollution in a facility and the increased threat of disease on already sick people, people with low immunity, and people already suffering from respiratory diseases boosted up the demand for air purification systems during the covid pandemic.