Where In An Apartment Home Should A Portable Air Purification System Be Placed?

Where in an apartment home should a portable air purification system be placed? Learn where a portable air purification system is most effective in an apartment home. "Place a portable air purification unit...

"Place a portable air purification unit for an indoor area near the source of fresh air entry from the outside," explains Sylvia Crunk of Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning, a company based in Austin, Texas. She explains that incoming air needs to be treated before it can enter human respiratory tracts and lungs. The technical jargon for this point at which portable purification units should be placed, is known as the 'return'. However, the label matters little as long as you get the placement right! A standard portable air purification unit can cover up to 1200 square feet. Ecoquest is one of the top brands, which the Pentagon has selected after 9/11. Portable air purification units suit people who live in rented quarters for relatively short periods of time. It is important to keep in mind that parts of a house or any other kind of indoor area, which are not served exclusively with air from the unit, will continue to be dirty and full of allergens and pathogens. Another important limitation is that air purification requires a fiber filter to trap particulate matter of at least 0.3 microns in diameter, an ultra violet source to kill living microbes and a charcoal filter to remove noxious fumes and chemicals. Most portable units may have just one of these 3 kinds of filters, with resultant effects of quality of indoor air. Consumers should consider the volume of air to be treated and the kind of contaminants to be removed on priority, before choosing a particular brand or type of portable unit.


Consumer interest in portable air purification units has been arising after natural disasters and emergencies that have taken place of late. Government bodies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency have also played stellar roles in raising public awareness about the need to maintain minimum standards of indoor air quality. Rising incidence of asthma and related allergic disorders in the country are serious concerns, especially since they affect children most of all. Though fixed and permanent Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems offer more durable values, people in rented apartments make need to resort to portable units in some situations. These units can yield satisfactory performance for limited areas, provided that they are correctly placed near 'returns'. They will not be very useful if people in rooms breathe the air before a portable unit can treat it.




The US Environmental Protection Agency insists that recognizing the symptoms of poor indoor air quality, and pin pointing the nature of the contaminants involved, is central to achieving healthy and specified indoor air quality standards on a national basis. This requires a massive educational and awareness effort, as countless home owners and families which live in rented apartments are not very aware of key aspects of indoor air pollution. Recent moves to work on insulation has had a salutary effect on energy consumption, but it also serves to increase pollutant densities in controlled air circulation. It is sad but true that some tightly sealed homes may have dirtier air than the general outdoors! Children and adults alike may suffer from a variety of ailments for long periods without being able to trace their conditions to the root cause in the quality of air they breathe at home. Portable air purification units which are placed correctly at return points can often produce quick and appreciable benefits for health and wellness effects on the entire family.

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