by Alen Editor May 13, 2019
Summary: This article looks at some of the main sources of poor indoor air quality in apartments, how dirty air affects your health, and some simple solutions to make your air as pure as possible.
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Your apartment is your sanctuary—where you retreat after a long day, take a deep breath, and relax. But is the air quality in your apartment clean and healthy?
Indoor air can be up to 5x more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA. And major studies, including this one by the World Health Organization, concluded that air quality has a huge impact on your health. Is what you’re breathing at home holding back your wellness?
“The indoor air you breathe can be hazardous to your health without any telltale signs,” according to the American Lung Association.
While there are plenty of ways to keep your apartment’s air fresh and healthy, there are also many factors outside your control.
“Apartments or multifamily buildings pose unique indoor air quality challenges because pollutants may move from unit to unit,” according to the EPA.
Oftentimes you can’t control the quality or quantity of air circulating through your building. And many buildings have ventilation systems that share air between every unit in the complex.
The EPA recommends that you regularly bring in fresh air. However, that’s not always an option, especially in hot or cold weather. Throwing open the windows can invite in unwanted secondhand smoke and food smells from neighbors, not to mention noise and an array of pollutants from vehicles and construction.
At this point, you may be asking... is clean indoor air even possible?
In fact, it’s all we do here at Alen. Later, we’ll talk about the BreatheSmart 45i, our ideal solution for pure air in your apartment.
Bur first, to get a better understanding of clean air, let’s take a look at the major factors that cause indoor air pollution:
"Most of the things that cause problems are odorless," says Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. Nicholas BuSaba. "So, in many cases, there's nothing to alert you to the problem other than the symptoms these allergens can trigger—such as respiratory problems (including asthma flare-ups), fatigue and sleepiness, or even digestive issues.”
According to the EPA, the most common short term effects of unhealthy air include:
Longer-term exposure to poor air quality gets a lot more serious and can include:
Alen is on a mission to transform indoor air quality for the better because clean air is key to good health. With apartments in mind, we came up with a simple and livable solution to improve every aspect of indoor air.
Every BreatheSmart 45i removes at least 99% of airborne irritants—including pollution, dust, dander, and pollen. Sleek and compact, it has nearly all the features of our flagship BreatheSmart 75i model, just engineered especially for smaller spaces up to 800 square feet (such as studio and one-bedroom apartments).
One stand-out feature is our Smart Sensor. In Auto mode, our intelligent sensor technology adjusts purification to changing conditions in your environment. An LED indicator always lets you know the status of the air quality around you.
One of the quietest purifiers available, the BreatheSmart 45i emits a low, soothing tone that helps reduce the noticeable noise of neighbors. At its lowest setting, the unit can even lull you to sleep with pink noise—a frequency shown to help you sleep up to 25% better.
Ultimately, cleaner air is all about airflow and filtration. The BreatheSmart 45i offers best in class performance in both areas. Our proprietary three-stage HEPA filtration process is second to none. We approach your specific lifestyle needs with filter combinations tailored to unique concerns:
Alen’s patented OdorCell Technology is designed specifically to neutralize (not just cover up) unpleasant odors. It’s ideal for anyone with furry or feathery family members interested in controlling dander and other less-adorable pet attributes including:
The Alen HEPA-Fresh Filter is equipped with carbon to absorb airborne particulates. It’s especially great at keeping your apartment smelling clean and fresh—even if food smells are a frequent occurrence or if you live in an older building with that slightly musty “vintage” aroma. The Fresh Filter also excels at removing:
We believe a purifier can work hard and look good doing it. Your health is our main concern, but we don’t think style should be an afterthought. Designed to blend in or stand out, the BreatheSmart 45i’s sleek exterior is customizable 14 different ways to suit any interior aesthetic.
While finding the right purifier is the most important way to ensure your apartment’s air is fresh and pleasant, we wanted to share a few more ways to bring a smile to every breath.
At Alen, your best air quality is our top priority. Every Alen purifier is guaranteed for life and our customer service team stands ready to guide you on every step of your journey to the purest air possible.
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