Does a good hepa air purifier help reduce exposure to mold? They are advertised as reducing mold spores and it seems like it would help. It is an easy intervention as well.
Hi! I was thinking about the same thing yesterday. If your apartment is not optimal then you could f.ex have a sleeping tent inside where you filter your air!
IQ air is supposed to be good
Yes, it can really help with mold problem. We have the Fresh Air Box at my parents house and it works very good. As I know, it uses innovative Alpine Air technology that removes up to 99% of all microbes, dust, smoke, mold and other harmful bacterias which surrounds us all the time. You can check it yourself at their site: freshairpurifiers.net
I looked into this and got the IQAir Health Pro Plus, which is relatively high cost, but not crazy. This is potentially overkill if your only concern is mold spores, I used to have the Rabbit Air, which is cheaper but still True HEPA. I installed it for broader VOC and small particle coverage.
This IQAIR unit has HyperHEPA which goes down to 0.003 microns, so 'technically' should work very well to remove all mold particles.
Ritchie Shoemaker does say this about Air flow in rooms which may mean you need to move the unit around to get comprehensive cleaning, and as he is focused on just mold so he recommends more portable and cheaper units if that's the specific goal:
"Here is where HEPA filtration comes in. A 0.3 micron pore size filter will remove these
particulates over time. The problem is that researchers like Greg Weatherman have
shown us that air flow within a room is subject to tremendous amount of variability due
to boundary layers. In an effort to deal with the reduced rate of air flow at the corner of a
room compared to the middle of a room I suggest that the HEPA filters that are purchased
be inexpensive and portable so that you can move the HEPA filter from location to
location within a room every single day. As an aside, this reduced air flow of boundary
layers is reason that whole house HEPA filters have limited benefit."
"for every living spore that you might find, there are going to be 499
particulates (most commonly 0.45-0.6 microns in size) that are not alive; they are simply
fragments of mold organisms or chemicals that will set off inflammatory responses."
He also has this post up on Mold and use of HEPA with some recommended air purifiers including the IQ Air: http://www.survivingmoldillness.com/hepa-filter/
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I am working on getting an IQ Air at a decent price... Does yours have a readout on the number of hours each filter has left in it? @Damien @ Quantified Body
I read online that it does that & want to know bc I plan on buying used.