A home’s indoor air quality has a large impact on those with allergies and respiratory illnesses, like asthma.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. So, taking steps to keep your indoor air clean is vital to being healthy. Allergists’ number one recommended solution to deal with polluted indoor air is using an air purifier.
Air purifiers are designed to directly handle the problems of polluted air caused by a variety of irritants: dust mites, pollen, mold spores, smoke, VOCs, pet dander and other toxic fumes. Whole-house purifiers, as you may have guessed, address the issue of polluted air on a whole-house scale as opposed to a room-by-room method.
Given that air does not stay in one place but rather moves from room to room, a whole-house purification system is the best option. While a whole-house air purifier is not a new technology, it is important to understand that not all systems are created equal. Some purifiers may be detrimental to the overall cleanliness of the air inside your home. As with anything, it’s very important to be as educated as possible when it comes to the safety and health of your family.
How Do They Work?
A whole-house air cleaner is integrated with your home’s HVAC system and can even be installed into your existing ductwork with relative ease. Being able to control both your home’s temperature and quality of the air just makes sense!
This means that while your air is being conditioned by your HVAC system, it will also be forced through a filtering system that will cleanse the air of allergens and other potentially harmful fumes. While on the surface, a whole-home air cleaner sounds perfect, there are things you must consider before going all in.
Advantages to a Whole-House Air Purifier
When a safe, effective, efficient, and correctly installed air purification system is selected for your home, it will offer what is known as air purification without “boundaries”. This cleans the air in your entire house not just a couple of rooms and eliminates the need to have multiple purifiers around your home. Any wasted energy being used to power multiple units will be eliminated and removes the hassle of maintaining each individual unit.
By eliminating the need for multiple units, you can have clean air without taking up valuable space in your living areas. This also means that you will no longer have to try to hide or camouflage any of those unsightly units. As a whole-house purification system is usually installed by your furnace, you will be able to properly purify your entire home at all times with little to no extra noise.
What Kind of Filters to Use?
Whole-house air cleaners can employ several different types of filters, depending the brand and type of system. It is not uncommon for any one unit to use a combination of different filters.
Some use media filters that capture larger particles in the air. Some higher-grade media filters can capture smaller particles, as well.
Electrostatic filters clean the air by charging particles in the filter to capture even smaller particles in the air.
Electronic filters use the same principle as an electrostatic filter but, instead of using charged particles in the filter, they use a mesh of wires that produce a constant electrostatic field. These are used to capture the smallest of particles.
Ultraviolet (UV) filters use UV light to purify the air. As the polluted air travels through the air cleaner, the UV light removes viruses, bacteria and odors from the air.
As you may now understand, air purifiers are an amazing technology and are essential in keeping the air in your home safe for you and your family. New Berlin Heating and Air Conditioning offers some of the best air purifiersin the industry. We will stop at nothing to ensure that you get the best service and the best products to keep your family healthy, safe and comfortable. For more information and estimates on a whole-home air purification system, call us today!