Who would have thought that you can clean and humidify the air, get rid of pesky mosquitoes, diffuse fragrant aromas, and provide ambient lighting to your room with just one product? Or that you can use a palm-sized atomizer to repel mosquitoes while you are out camping?
To learn more about these latest inventions, we interviewed Mr Richard Yeck, the founder of GoodAire and a pioneer of multi-functional air purifying products.
“The best part about our products is that they are all natural. We draw on nature’s best resources – water and essential oils – to resolve the growing threats of mosquito and mosquito-related diseases as well as polluted air.” – Richard Yeck, Founder of GoodAire
1) What inspired you to invent the GoodAire Air Revitalizer H1?
When I developed the first generation GoodAire Air Revitalizer, I was very encouraged by the overwhelming market response to the product. It did extremely well as it was launched during the SARs period in 2003. By cleansing and disinfecting the air, my product effectively removed germs and other impurities in the environment.
After my initial success with the first generation of the Air Revitalizer, I encountered various failures in the years after. At times, I felt like giving up. As an entrepreneur, however, I knew that these setbacks were temporary. The painful lessons I’ve learned help me to soldier on with a better understanding of the complexities of the business world. I also gained a deeper appreciation of the science of using water as a purification system.
I’ve always been interested in solving the problem of mosquitoes, especially with cases of Dengue and Zika on the rise in Singapore and the region. So I spent the next ten years researching the use of essential oils against mosquitoes, while at the same time fine-tuning the water filtering technology.
The result of this research is a multi-functional, intelligent air cleansing and mosquito repelling system.
2) Would repelling mosquitoes be the main reason for inventing this new product?
My mission is quite simply to provide clean air and a safe home environment for families to enjoy and thrive – especially those with elderly parents or young children in their homes.
Although we take mosquito defence seriously, we are also keenly aware that we live in a high-density urban environment where air pollution is constantly affecting our lives.
With the rise of allergies in children (eczema, asthma, you name it) and their negative reactions toward dust-mites, pet dander (microscopic specks of skin shed by pet birds and animals), and pollen from flowering plants, it is important that we raise our standards of clean air for everyone, and make it easily attainable for families who need it most.
3) How do the Air Revitalizer H1 and Atomizer P1 get rid of mosquitoes?
The GoodAire Air Revitalizer H1 combines a water-based filtration system with nanovent technology. The nanovent technology eliminates liquid mess and slowly diffuses essential oil blends into the air via nano-porous beads.
Like the Air Revitalizer H1, the GoodAire Atomizer P1 makes use of nanovent technology to slowly diffuse essential oil into the water solution via nano-porous beads. The only difference is that it works by spraying fine mists of natural oil infused water into the air, helping to drive away mosquitoes.
Both products allow the air to stay cleaner and fresher for hours. The scent from our MozDefence nanovent cartridge series lingers in the air, and renders mosquitoes immobilized. Our lab tests show that 100% of the mosquitoes are knocked down within 2-5 minutes.
The best part about our products is that they are all natural. We draw on nature’s best resources – water and essential oils – to resolve the growing threats of mosquito and mosquito-related diseases as well as polluted air.
4) What is the most unique aspect of the GoodAire Air Revitalizer H1?
That would be the unique air and water-flow system that we designed and patented. The technology behind it is premised on the simple idea of using water and a rotating impeller to create a high-speed water curtain to “scrub” and cleanse the air of impurities.
Another distinctive aspect of the product is the use of nanovent technology to enable a slow diffusion process of essential oils into the clean air. The result is an environment that stays cleaner and fresher (and even mosquito-free) for longer periods of time. It is all natural and easy to use; just swap in a new cartridge when the old one is spent.
5) Where can the Air Revitalizer H1 and the Atomizer P1 be used?
The GoodAire Air Revitalizer H1 can be used in any rooms with access to an electrical point. They include the living rooms and bedrooms of homes, hospital wards, clinics, offices, factories, classrooms and even dormitories and hostel rooms.
Easily rechargeable using USB power source, the GoodAire Atomizer P1 is suitable for outdoor uses. You can bring it along for camping in tents, in the army barracks, in dormitories, or when you are outdoors.
6) What further plans do you have in terms of product design or R&D?
We are in the process of developing a full range of Air Revitalizer products, including a mist fan, air cooler, and humidifier. All of these can be fitted with the MozDefender nanovent series, for mosquito-repelling capability. We plan to add new natural fragrances to expand the existing range, and we are also working to create new commercial fragrances for the office sector and entertainment outlets.
7) Who would you attribute your success to?
There are many people who have sowed into my life, and many more who have helped me along the way. The one person whom I’m most indebted to would be my mother. She taught me the values that I hold dear, believed in what I did, and never failed to show me her support – even when times were tough.
“My mission is quite simply to provide clean air and a safe home environment for families to enjoy and thrive – especially those with elderly parents or young children in their homes” – Richard Yeck, Founder of GoodAire