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Building Air Treatment Systems Will Be Common by 2030

Over the next decade, expect more clients to ask about a home or building’s ventilation and clean-air systems that mitigate pollution and remove germs in the air.

NEW YORK – Over the next decade, expect more clients to ask about a home or building’s ventilation and clean air systems. Some of the nation’s largest developers told The Wall Street Journal that they believe air purifying systems will be commonplace in homes by 2030.

Indoor sensors, for example, detect when air quality has dropped and automatically increase ventilation. These systems mitigate pollution or smoke entering the home and remove germs in the air. The systems come with a “crisis mode,” enabling them to run a disinfection process when needed.

Developers continue to hunt for new ways to ventilate, heat, cool, filter and purify air in an efficient and affordable way. Appliance manufacturers are also targeting hygiene during the pandemic.

Real estate experts believe that consumers will demand homes with better air quality.

“Air quality is now front of mind for our buyers,” says Elisa Orlanski Ours, chief planning and design officer at Corcoran Sunshine, a new development of the Corcoran Group real estate brokerage. Ours says the developers she’s working with are exploring how to filter and disinfect the air in both public and private spaces.

“Energy recovery ventilators” are a technology gaining steam. The ventilation systems recapture energy from hot air escaping the building and use it to return filtered, fresh air back into the home or business. High-grade air filters and systems that use ultraviolet light, ionization or other tactics are likely to become popular.

The developer of a luxury building offering multimillion-dollar condo units in New York wants buyers to be able to breathe easy. It’s being constructed with an airtight external shell and will circulate fresh, filtered air treated with ultraviolet light in each room while the same amount of used air is extracted. Through this system, residents can boost the air exchange in their unit by 120%.

Source: “Clean Air: The Next Luxury Apartment Perk,” The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 9, 2020)

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