If you live in an apartment, you know it's all about trade-offs. You have less of a yard, but that means you don't get stuck doing yard work (which, with all the irritants present in the air, means you get out of a chore and a stuffy nose).
You may have an HOA, but that means someone else takes care of all the mundane day-to-day details. You have less room to live in, but that means less for you to clean. Apartment living can be a boon.
But, what many apartment goers don't consider is that having less room to live in also means reduced airflow in your space. When the air has nowhere else to go, it stagnates, and you have no choice but to breathe it...and, along with it, every toxin it may contain. Here are a few things to consider about your apartment's air quality.
What's Coming Inside?
When you think of air pollution, you probably don't think about your apartment. More than likely, you picture the smog-filled city and all of the harmful irritants plentiful in its air supply including:
- Carbon Dioxide
- Particulate Matter
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Nitrogen Dioxide
With all that in the air, it's better to stay indoors, right? Wrong. The EPA has found that the air inside your apartment is even more contaminated than the air in the most industrialized cities! And with the EPA asserting that the average person spends an estimated 90% of their time indoors, this is what we're breathing.
What's Staying Inside?
As if it isn't bad enough that outdoor pollutants are making their way into your apartment, other seemingly benign forces are already there.
More than likely, your apartment's air is filled with contaminants from combustible sources like cigarette smoke, to your pet's dander and even dust mites. (Ewww!) You say you don't have a pet? Maybe your neighbor does. And in an apartment, as far as air quality is concerned, that means you basically have one, too.
What is This Polluted Air Doing?
Obviously, keeping the air in your apartment clean is important for many reasons. Polluted air inside your apartment is known to cause:
- Worsened Allergies
- Respiratory Distress
- Eye Irritation
- Asthma Attacks
What Can You Do?
We've established that keeping the air in your apartment clean is crucial but, because of the lack of airflow and shared duct work of apartments, cleaning this air also presents a unique set of challenges.
Fortunately, there are solutions. Using a top quality air filter with an appropriate MERV rating can drastically reduce the contaminants in your apartment's air. Further, changing that filter on a regular basis, something many of us forget to do, is essential to maintaining the air quality.
Why Dust Goblin?
The Dust Goblin's multi-layer fiber design is not only ten times thicker than other air filters, but has been shown to trap five times the dust of its pleated counterparts. And because it's specially designed to inhibit microbial growth, the Dust Goblin does not remove a few contaminants from your air only to create more. Further, with an easy-to-use subscription option, Dust Goblin makes maintaining your apartment's air quality virtually effortless.
We also recognize that all apartment buildings are unique and the filter that fits another apartment building's HVAC may not fit yours. That's why we offer easy ordering and simplified color-coded sizing. Still can't find what you need? Dust Goblin will be happy to create a custom-sized filter, just for you.
Now that you know what's lurking in your apartment air, you'll probably want to start cleaning it right away. Take a deep breath (or don't...your air is contaminated) and contact us to arrange a one-time purchase or to set up automatic delivery. Then breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Dust Goblin's got your back.