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I couldn't be happier with the Coway 1512. Now when I wake up I can breathe with both nostrils! The lowest speed is basically silent unless your head is 1 foot from the device. I leave it on auto which is cool because it senses particles in the air and temporarily goes to higher speeds until the air is clear again. Funnily enough, if you fart near it, it will detect that and spin up. It also pretty thoroughly eliminates odor in general.
My only complaints are:
The only 3rd party filter I've found for it has been reviews so you're generally stuck with the first party filters which can seem expensive but they last a long time so it's not terrible
When I moved across the country, the fan became unbalanced which made the device loud. Personally I blame the movers since they broke/lost a bunch of my stuff but that still does indicate a failure mode of the device.
The light on the top is a fucking flood light that will blind people up to 5 miles away. I taped over it.
If I had a magic wand and could make one change to this device I'd want washable hepa filters but from what I've read, washable hepa filters don't exist at all so its not a shortcoming of this specific device.
Finally, I'm not affiliated with them and benefit in no way from this post. The Amazon link above is not an affiliate link. I'm just a happy customer who was surprised by the improvement in my life when I got a hepa filter.
I'd second the air purifier, although my personal rec. is this one, which is a little cheaper than the one you linked. We have a dog, and the rooms with air purifiers in them only need vacuuming like once a month for dog hair because the purifier picks all that stuff up in the pre-filter. Obviously you have to clean out the pre-filter, but that's easy and well worth it.
We have this Coway one from Amazon and are very happy with it. We have it running constantly anyway but have been using the higher setting since the forest fires.
Thanks, I ordered this one:
I have a humidifier as part of my HVAC, and the Nest says my humidity is always in the 35-40% range. No issues with condensation except when I'm cooking and boiling water.
The 1512HH is actually even cheaper than that at Amazon right now as a Black Friday special. The one I've had for a while now is the 200M, which has only cosmetic differences from this one.
Yes! Great idea. And this is the one you want.
i think i have an older version of this
off brand replacements of this don't cost too much. multi stage. it seems to work really well. i can take off the first stage or two and rinse them off under the sink to clean off the bigger chunks of dust. works pretty nice. i can also crank it to high if i'm doing a good bit of cooking. has a little indicator light which goes red every now and then if it thinks i'm making a mess of the air.
+1 to air filter, i think it's one of the easiest things you can do to help. if it doesn't help the smell, it'll at least help with the actual air quality in your apartment.
if you get one, make sure you get one that takes a HEPA filter. if it doesn't explicitly state that, it's bullshit.
i have this one and it's great
I bought this to make sure the air going into my BiPAP was clean and on the max setting it completely blocked out the noise of the BiPAP. It’s a really nice, constant white noise, much more effective than a fan:
Coway Airmega AP-1512HH True HEPA Air Purifier with Air Quality Monitoring, Auto Mode, Timer, Filter Indicator, Eco Mode https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ZM9T1NTD7CYRKD0BHXD3
This is a little pricey.
But I have one of these and it's maybe the best weed accessory I have. It has an auto-mode that kicks into higher gear whenever it smells stink.
It will not remove the smell during the smoking process but cleans it up VERY quickly afterwards.
The Mrs. has asthma and this bad boy has changed her life in our apartment.
I keep trying to link my link but Reddit dosnt like it so here you go Coway Airmega AP-1512HH True HEPA Air Purifier with Air Quality Monitoring, Auto Mode, Timer, Filter Indicator, Eco Mode https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_MAYK3SGBP9VQ4PR8PFEN
Yeah this is the one I have. I just have to clean the prefilter every once in a while, but I haven't had to replace the HEPA one yet. I'm debating getting a second one for my living room since I live with a cat+right next to a freeway
The other half of the convo is a hepa air filter. I like the Coway AP-1512HH ($200 right now on Amazon) but shop around.
For your poor kitty, you can keep them in a closed up part of the home while you open up and air out the rest, then close up and switch on your air filter for a bit before letting them out. It's a hassle, but with a good fan and air filter (maybe two of each if you live in a big space) it shouldn't take too long.
I have a Coway Mighty and live in an old apartment that has a lot of areas smoke can leak in; very fresh and clean inside. Also have two cats that shed and you'd never notice. Parents honestly currently love hanging at my place even though they have cat allergies. It makes that much of a difference.
If you invest even $150 in something decent it's worth it. Mine was pricey but has a 4 stage filtration system, only change filters once a year for around $60. Make's a hell of a difference whether it's smoker, pets, chemicals, etc.
Hello BIFL! I am moving into an apartment with 2 windows facing railroad tracks and will be needing an air purifier or 2. I came across the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier which seemed like a great option! What does BIFL think and do you guys have any other suggestions?
If you are so inclined, buy an air purifier. I have one of these at home for cat allergies, because of course my girlfriend has 3 of the furry little razor claws.. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTKAPUU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This thing is great. I have a huge living room, not sure if its quite shop sized but it might be close - and this thing will suck a cloud from above my head straight into the corner where it sits. I've chain vaped on purpose just to mess with it and it went from hotbox territory to next to nothing in just a few mins.
Seems like staying inside, trying to keep the dust off the floors, and using an air purifier is a good idea at this point. If you have a car, you can get a cheapish place on Hotwire.com and spend a night in Monterrey - where the air is much, much cleaner. If not for my family (who can't leave), I would be getting out of here myself.
FYI - this is a top rated air purifier for $205 + tax on Amazon, with prime 2 day delivery.
Reviews of several purifiers:
I swear by this one - it’s been running 24/7 for over 3 years now. Just don’t use the ozone setting because it’s not good to breathe (look it up). https://www.amazon.com/Coway-AP-1512HH-Mighty-Purifier-True/dp/B00BTKAPUU
What does those numbers mean? It seems different than the AQI.
Do you have a mask? I was wearing one inside the house today and it was helping me feel better (less coughing).
I am waiting for this to arrive from Amazon:
Top rated (small) purifier, $225.
More info on other purifiers and ratings: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-air-purifier/
I would highly recommend Coway systems. I have pretty bad allergies purchased a Coway Airmega 300 for my 850sq ft studio. I've been incredibly happy with it so far. It is extremely well designed and the pre-filters are super easy to clean.
Considering the size of your room you may want to take a look at the Coway Mighty, which is smaller but made by the same company. It currently sits at the top of The Wirecutter's air purifier recommendations.
The Black Coway Mighty is discounted down to $206 on Amazon. Looking at it's price history on CamelCamelCamel, it seems that is a reasonable discount. If you can wait a bit, it looks like it drops below $175 pretty regularly.
I have this one which I bought after reading this review from Wirecutter.
I first got one when I lived in a 600 sq ft apartment with 3 kittens, and it was a workhorse. Now I have a house and I've gotten 3 more of the same model because I think it's so efficient. I especially like that you can take it apart and vacuum out the hair and dust instead of replacing the filters. I clean it about once per month or every other month, which definitely improves performance. I got a new HEPA filter after 2 years of non-stop use.
I think the combination of baking soda in the litter plus an air filter for the dust is key. I also splurged for a Modkat box with a lid and one with top entry, and those configurations plus their liners make it easier to replace all the litter and clean the box itself every few weeks. Our old boxes got scratched up, making them smellier and harder to keep clean.
I like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Coway-AP-1512HH-Mighty-Purifier-True/dp/B00BTKAPUU
If youre poor just slap a hepa filter on the back of a box fan - thats all it is anyway
I have one of these. Seems to work well, I mostly use it for weed smoke and it really takes care of it.
We have 2 of these and they work well: https://smile.amazon.com/Coway-AP-1512HH-Mighty-Purifier-True/dp/B00BTKAPUU/
From one of the links in my first post, this Conway seems well-rated and with decently-priced replacement filters. I'm afraid I don't know anything about German import costs though. The Conway allows the ionizer function to be turned off. The reviews appear to be legitimate as well.
Get this: Coway 1512HH, put it on Auto and forget about it until the indicator lights tell you it's time to change the filters.
I run an air purifier with a carbon filter in the room with the printer(I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/Coway-AP-1512HH-Mighty-Purifier-True/dp/B00BTKAPUU?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1 ). Also, make sure you removed the plastic wrap around the carbon filter inside the printer itself(the one that plugs into it directly). Run your air conditioner as this helps ventilate the room. Open a window if you don't have one.
My printer sits directly on my desk and during printing there's a light odor. When I pull plastic cover off it's very bad for a few seconds, but I wear a mask and it's fine after about 10 seconds.
No real issues other than that for me. ABS-Like Standard Grey resin, if that makes a difference.
I bought an air purifier for my room. If it detects anything, it turns on the appropriate level to clean the air. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU?SubscriptionId=AKIAINII3XBB4YWNS5LQ&ascsubtag=556705409-16-&linkCode=osi&tag=d_2b_b_o-20&th=1 I have to admit, it works pretty well. When we purchased a new oven, it had some residual oil from the factory left in it when we purchased it. Used the oven, and it set off the fire alarms. The next time I put my Coway Air purifier by it, it turned on automatically and cleaned the air before it could get to the smoke detectors.
I’ve been a huge fan of my Coway Mighty: https://www.amazon.com/Coway-AP-1512HH-Mighty-Purifier-True/dp/B00BTKAPUU
No smoke smell or breathing issues at all in my apartment today with it running on low. It was a lifesaver during the 2020 shitshow
The wirecutter air purifier reviews constantly rate it highly and they even wrote up an extra love letter to it: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/coway-ap-1512hh-mighty-air-purifier-review/
To your first question,
No, it will not be too big.
The only time an air purifier is "too big" for a space is when it physically or visually becomes bothersome.
A larger unit is superior in every technical sense Than a smaller one, and are generally even more energy efficient (at equal CADR settings)
The unit is OK, I just got one a week ago. It's not bad, but I'm not terribly impressed, either.
The filters are flimsy, and not true HEPA, and the carbon fill is pathetic, and the whole unit is on the flimsy side. Mine has uneven legs. It's going back to Amazon.
A much better option, IMO, is the CoWay Airmega, at that price point:
A better option than either, for most purposes, would be one of these 20x20x5 filters taped to a Lasko 20" Box fan, for a total outlay of 130 bucks or so.
I've read that vent cleaning doesn't really do much. The dust in air ducts tends to be stuck there, so it doesn't impact air quality too much. See this article from the Washington Post.
If indoor air quality is poor, buy an air purifier. This is Wirecutter's top recommendation, it has worked fine for me.
Congratulations on your upcoming move! I hope you have a great time here.
Other people have already given you great suggestions: get a Clipper card, have a jacket you can take with you everywhere, shop at farmers' markets, get info on cool things to do, etc.
Here are a few other things that I wish I'd known before I came to SF:
1) Get an air purifier. I recommend <strong>this one</strong>.
Air purifiers are amazing, especially during the fire season. They can improve your quality of life, especially if you have allergies or are living in a small dorm room or apartment where smells can build up.
For whatever reason, apartments and houses--and, I assume, dorms--are dustier in SF than they are in other places. Having an air purifier means you don't have to dust all the time.
2) Opening hours for things you need are very limited.
There is no 24 hour or late-night anything in SF proper. No 24-hour grocery stores, superstores, laundromats, post office kiosks, corner stores, etc. Nothing.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, big box stores, and laundromats are closed by 9:00 pm at the very latest. That includes chain stores that are open much later everywhere else in the country.
Now and then, you can find a corner store open until 11:00 pm on weekdays, maybe 1:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Most are closed on Sundays.
You might want to take that into account when you come up with your class and work schedule.
3) Opening hours for things you need are variable.
For big box and other chain stores, opening hours usually are whatever's stated on the door or Google. For everywhere else, opening hours are somewhat flexible.
If Google says a store opens at 10:00 am, it might be worth your while to call at 10:15 or 10:30 and make sure they're actually open. And if the posted hours say a store closes at 8:00 pm, and you're trying to go after 7:00 pm, call before you go. If it's a nice day, or if business is slow, whoever's working might just decide to close at 7:15 or 7:30.
4) Online ordering is your friend.
Yes, that's true anywhere. But it's especially true here.
Try to avoid having to buy anything in a pharmacy, other than your prescriptions. An awful lot of regular, everyday items are locked in cases, and it's a pain to get someone to open them for you. Inventory is low, selection is limited, and prices are often high. As much as I want to support local businesses, I've found online ordering is the way to go for a lot of daily essentials.
5) Make sure you have a good cell phone with strong signal.
Yes, cell phones are useful everywhere. Here, they're essential.
Make sure yours is recent and works well. If you have trouble getting signal where you are, switch companies to make sure your phone works everywhere you're likely to be.
If you need a pharmacy to deliver your medication, someone to move a piece of furniture, etc., you're probably going to have to do that through an app. You'll depend on Uber at some point, too.
Having an old, clunky phone could mean you don't get services you need when you need them.
Workstation is clean but air isn't. Consider getting a HEPA Air Purifier, not just for your Mac Studio but for your lungs.
I have used the Coway for several years and like it a lot. It has definitely made a difference for me, especially when I was living out West during the fires, but also just when my lungs start to feel heavy. It is very sensitive to things in the air, and cycles up if it senses stuff or smells in the air. When I lived with my sister if she started to cook something in the kitchen at the other end of the apartment it would cycle up, and stay cycled until it was satisfied the air was clean again. This is the one I have.
Another way I keep stuff out of my face is by sleeping in a tent bed. I got it for my daughter to use when she visits, but I use it for myself now and have for more than three years. After the first year I started to notice dust start to pile up on the "roof" of the bed, dust that otherwise would have floated down into my face.
One is a Coway ap-1512hh
The other is a Germguardian
I hope this helps. :)
It looks like they've rebranded it as another airmega, this is the correct one though
Thank you for being so informative.
I'm looking at Coway Airmega's, especially for places like the family room. How often are you replacing filters would you say?
Is it this one?
Would something like this be good for a small room?
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This is the one I have and it works pretty great. Connects to WiFi too so it can notify you when to change/clean out the filter. Plus it's regularly reviewed as one of the best value for money purifiers out there
I’ve noticed them so much these past few weeks I just a few of these for the house
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
They work great
It's this one
Can anyone link to some more air filtering information resources? I have never dealt with wildfire smoke before.
We have 2 very expensive filters (meh) and two of these (woo!):
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HVHB9WE5XDD8JQQHJHKH
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I have two, one for my bedroom and one for my living room. And recently since I am working from home so often, I bought a third one for my office.
The two main ones I have are:
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode
Coway Airmega 300 Smart Air Purifier with 1,256 sq. ft. Coverage
There is a 400 version of the air mega if you need larger coverage. I think either is fine, but I think I like the 1512 Mighty better, you can independently replace the carbon and pre filters and it seems to have stronger airflow, the annoying thing about it is a really bright LED at night, but just get a quarter coin to cover it up. Both are solid buys though and I don’t regret either.
I bought the purifiers for dog smells, bad local air pollution, and indoor VOCs. I strongly recommend them.
Went with the wire cutter pick: Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_tDykFbR25JWNF
That's a shame, it would really help with the smoke/ash and air quality there- I live in California and can confirm that air-purifiers help a ton during wildfires, maybe you could buy one send it to a relative or someone you trust in North America and then have them ship it over to you in australia personally... I don't know there might be a company that can do that for you too but I wouldn't be able to give you advice on that.
You could always go to amazon or some other large online retailer for electronics that sells purifiers, look for "True HEPA 99.97%" and "Activated Carbon" those are the two most important parts of the purifier, I recommend the Coway Mighty-Air and the Winix 5500-2/5300
They are nearly identical, I think youtuber third parties testing them both found them to almost work exactly the same, with the Winix one winning out due to miscellaneous features the mightyair didn't have. The differences between the 5500-2 and the 5300-2 are also very small, one has a remote and that's the only difference I believe, so if you don't care about the small price hike thats it.
The P150-450 line is Winix's newest updated line, they use the same physical filters (in-fact I believe the 300's filter can be utilized in the 5500) and they both use "plasmawave" though since the P series is newer, that might be improved or at the very least have newer components and bulbs, According to winix and CADR/AHAM testing the P-450, it has about 50~100 higher score in each category dust/pollen/smoke but if you look at the P-300, it's nearly identical by a difference of + or - 10 points.
So for around the same price from amazon you are 'almost' getting the same product.
I live in Atlanta where we get a giant amount of pollen in the spring. Getting an air purifier has worked wonders for me.
After doing a bunch of research I purchased a Coway Airmega 300. It has been excellent, but is probably overkill for your space. There's a smaller one from the same company called the Mighty, which has been a top Wirecutter pick in the past.
I don't have direct experience with it, but Amazon has it discounted down to about $130 right now. According to CamelCamelCamel, that's the lowest it's ever been.
Probably good. https://www.missionallergy.com/ is the most commonly-recommended. I also have their comforter.
I use Coway https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTKAPUU/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 - it's won some awards, seems good. You can get aftermarket filters which are pretty affordable. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JJ42V7/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1
Make sure to clean your prefilter routinely. It'll tell you when to replace your other filters.
I have a small studio (around 350 sq ft); I run https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MXDRTKJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 continuously and it'll cost me about $20/month - I'm able to get to the upper 30% relative humidity. After I've done this for a few months I might relax it a bit and target 45% or something since 35-40% is pretty dry.
Sorry for the delay, LMK if you have any other questions.
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
i'm a huge fan of this one
I have a Coway one which always turns on after its been turned back on the smartplug.
I also have a winix one that does not turn on when power is supplied back to it so I had to make a Harmony activity for automation.
Coway Mighty Air Purifier (with True HEPA and Eco Mode; AP-1512HH)
I was not expecting this. Is the answer in affirmative?
I will just tell you the product that I have settled upon - Coway AP-1512HH
This seems to be the best choice as per this website and the price is too good to be true.
If you have the opportunity and it doesn't cause you issues in luggage limit (it's almost 16kgs) or any other botheration in your travel plans then I will be pleased as punch if you get this :)
I don't have a CC to pay outright and my purchasing power is down because I have just booked tickets for my friend from Dubai. I can pay on 23rd Oct any costs associated in getting this to any part of India.
And I will find a way to get this from Kolkata to Jaipur/Delhi (my city). Also are you a native of West Bengal? I am asking because they don't normally miss the Pujo at home.
looking to hear from you!
I have two of these and they are awesome:
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTKAPUU/