If you spend a lot of time indoors (and the average American is indoors more than 90% of the time) you might find yourself very relieved to get outside and breathe some fresh air. But why isn’t the indoor air fresh?
Well, modern homes are much less drafty than homes used to be. It helps cut down our energy bills by keeping all our conditioned or heated air indoors where we need it.
But it also cuts down on air circulation, so any contaminants in the air are kept indoors, too. Home air purifiers work to keep your air cleaner, healthier, and fresher (not to mention smelling better). Here are some great options.
While your HVAC system does include filters, that is mainly to prevent dust and pet hair from clogging and damaging your air conditioner or heater. It is also possible to add a filtration system to catch more contaminants. It’s important to use high-quality filters to trap the smaller particles and to change the filters regularly. If you have any questions about what filters you should use or how to change them, a member of our team would be happy to assist you.
UV Air Purifiers
A whole-house UV air purifier passes all the air that goes through your HVAC system through an ultraviolet light. This frequency of light is a powerful disinfectant. While killing germs with no chemicals might seem odd, it works very safely and effectively.
This type of light is intolerable to single-celled organisms. It unravels their proteins, rendering them incapable of forming the chemical bonds that hold their cells together. They can no longer reproduce or cause any of the problems they would otherwise be causing.
Some of these single-celled organisms are bacteria. They’re responsible for many illnesses, so sanitizing your air with a UV purifier will reduce the likelihood that you or your family members will contract any bacterial illnesses. Airborne bacteria that cause illness include streptococcus, staphylococcus, clostridia, legionellae, and many more.
Another thing caused by bacteria is unpleasant smells. When you detect the odor of a litter box or gym sock, that’s because bacteria from those places are actually entering your nostrils. Killing those germs will neutralize those smells.
Another type of single-celled organism is a mold spore. When these float through the air until they find places to grow and multiply, you end up with mold colonies and mildew smells in your home. When the spores are zapped with UV light, these problems can be avoided.
Electronic Air Cleaners
Another type of air purifier uses the power of electronic charges to trap contaminants. The air in your HVAC system passes through an electrical field that charges the particles. The air then moves over a plate with an opposite charge, and the particles are drawn to it and trapped there.
Indoor Air Quality Services
At Climate Experts, we take pride in providing a wide range of products and services to keep your air clean, your home smelling fresh, and your family healthier. From replacement air filters to air purifier service in Palm Bay, FL to a variety of cleaning services that prevent problems with dust or mold in your HVAC system, we’ve got you covered.
Contact Climate Experts Air and Heat today. We’re your indoor weathermen!