Air Purifier For Apartments
Trying to improve air quality in an apartment can be a challenge. Whether you rent or own your apartment, the fact is that in an apartment there are things that are outside of your control. Many causes of poor indoor air quality, like mold growth on moisture from leaking pipes or soot from a poorly maintained boiler, can’t be addressed by conscientious apartment dwellers. This is why an air purifier for an apartment is a great way to maintain higher air quality.
An Easy Decision
Purchasing and installing an air purifier for an apartment doesn’t need to be an involved process. In fact, a free-standing unit can be as easy to use as a fan. Unlike an air purifier for an office building or a home HVAC system, which need to be installed in the airflow of the central heating and cooling system, stand-alone air purifiers plug into an outlet and can be operated easily.
Look for an air purifier that has a HEPA- or ULPA-rated filtration system. The air filtration in a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter or Ultra Low Particulate Air filter meets very rigorous standards. This will remove solid particulate matter like mold spores, bacteria, and viruses.1 For gaseous pollutants like volatile organic compounds, an activated carbon filter is required. An air purifiers with a carbon filter includes some type of solid particle filter with an activated carbon filter for gaseous pollutants.
Make sure to get an air purifier that is large enough for your living space. Air purifiers can only filter so much air at a time. Don’t get an air purifier for a small room and expect it to be able to clear the air in an entire apartment. Also, depending on how air moves in your apartment, you may need more than one air purifier. This is because the purifier can only treat air that it can draw into the body of the purifier. Air on the other side of a door will not be purified.
Sharing a building means making compromises about what can be done when and how. While the leaking pipe in your upstairs neighbor’s sink might lead you to want to take immediate action, there’s no guarantee that your neighbor will feel the urgency. After all, you have a moldy ceiling and your neighbor might not even know there is a problem.
This is why a portable air purifier is so great for an apartment. You can control whether or not the air gets purified in your unit without having to wait for buy-in from your neighbors.
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A high-quality air purifier benefits the occupants of an apartment just as much as it benefits homeowners and office workers.
A floor-standing air purifier can be used effectively in any indoor setting, including apartments with steam heat. The placement of the air purifier should not rely on where the radiator is located. Keep in mind that the air circulation from the air purifier may make the room feel like a different temperature than usual. If the sensation of a draft from the moving air causes you to keep the air purifier for the room turned off, consider relocating the unit so that you still get the air purifier benefits.
The answer is: you probably do need an air purifier. Even some of the cleanest and least polluted areas experience days where the air quality is low.
If you are only getting one air purifier for your apartment, there are two options for optimal placement. One option is to try to place the purifier near where you think the most pollution or air contamination is coming from in the apartment. If following this method, make sure that the intake is placed near the contamination source, otherwise you may just end up blowing the unpurified air around the apartment. Another option is to place it in a room that is occupied for the most hours per day.
Many buildings built before 1978 have lead-oxide-based paint. If your apartment was built before 1978, it is possible the walls were painted with a lead paint. It may have since been painted over, but if you do any sort of drilling--for example, to hang a picture or mount a shelf--you might release lead dust into the air. A HEPA air purifier is effective at capturing airborne lead paint dust.
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Master Air Purifier Sources:
Air quality sources: Air purification/filtration process sources: HEPA, UPLA, and MERV filter sources:
Air quality sources:https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b01236
Air purification/filtration process sources:https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-purifiers/buying-guide/index.htm
HEPA, UPLA, and MERV filter sources:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16517004/