Air Filters and Air Purification Systems: Keeping Your Indoor Air Breathable
The importance of indoor air quality and proper air filters can’t be underestimated – especially in your own home. As most people spend around 90% of their lives indoors, ensuring this air is free of pollutants, dust, and other potentially harmful debris is critical to healthier living.
Some people may think that by simply changing their air filters on a regular basis they are staying ahead of the game. This isn’t the same as keeping the air in your home clean, however.
In this article:
We take a closer look at the differences between your basic air filter, which is used to essentially “catch” debris and impurities, and whole house air purification systems, which are used to eradicate these hazards from your home.
The Importance & Role of Air Filters
An air filter can help reduce any particulates that may go through your home’s HVAC system, capturing and preventing unwanted particles from being re-circulated throughout your household.
More than just filtering out pollen and dust, air filters offer defense against larger debris as well, such as insulation. If you fail to regularly change your air filter, it can hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC system. That is why it is important to stay on top of regularly cleaning or replacing your air filter.
While they are very important to your heating and air conditioning system, air filters don’t actively eliminate these particulates and clean the air you breathe. If you want a system that goes the extra mile by eliminating smaller, finer airborne particulates, you will need an air purification system.
Why Consider Investing in an Air Purification System?
According to the EPA, some of the effects of poor indoor air quality include headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, irritation around the eyes and nose, respiratory viruses or diseases, and other symptoms. Our indoor air can be as much as 10 times more polluted than the air we breathe outside our homes.
When you want to eliminate impurities like smoke, mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, VOCs, dust mites, and more, you need an air cleaner. For example, some air cleaners work by using an electronic component to send a negative or positive charge to the particulates. With a wide range of air purifiers and cleaners to select from, it is important to understand what you are looking for and what you want to protect your home from.
Types of Air Purifiers
Whole House Air Purifiers:
When compared to portable room air purifiers, whole house air purifiers may seem like the perfect solution for those who want to purify the air in their entire home. Whole house air purifying systems have become an extremely popular option and can be installed into almost any HVAC system. Whole house air purification filters out bacteria, allergens, smoke, and dust about 100 times more effectively than a standard HVAC system.
HEPA Air Purifiers:
The best HEPA Air Purifiers are the ones that have been tested by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). HEPA filters (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters) can filter our allergens that are one-millionth of a meter in size – that’s small!
Room Air Purifiers:
Room Air Purifiers are an economical and portable solution in comparison to whole house air purifier costs. The EPA highly recommends having at least one portable air purifier in your house, ideally in the room you utilize most. Check out the EPA guide to air purifiers in your home.
Curious as to what is the best air purifier what option will work best for your home? Start by talking to an our comfort specialists at Southland Heating and Air Conditioning. They can help you assess your potential indoor air impurities and recommend an indoor air cleaner or purifier that works best for your budget and health needs.
Start the New Year Fresh Today
What better way to start the New Year than with better quality air in your home! We are proud to offer top-quality air purifiers and indoor air quality systems from trusted brands like Trane and RUUD, we are also an authorized dealer of the Space Certified Technology Approved Air Scrubber Plus.
Interested in learning more? Feel free to reach out today to learn more about Indoor Air Quality and our air purification systems.