Air Filtration and Purification Systems:Why air filtration matters
 

More and more Americans are using air filtration systems to clean the air in their homes. These machines are particularly helpful for people with allergies and certain health concerns, but all of us can benefit from the way these machines purify the air.

Air purifiers remove these kinds of air contaminants from your home:

  • Dust

  • Pollen

  • Pet dander

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Mold spores

  • Bacteria

  • Viruses

  • Dust mite waste

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  • Fine particles from wood-burning fireplaces

  • Carcinogens like formaldehyde and radon

If you are exposed to a higher-than-normal amount of these tiny particles in the air, you could be prone to more than an allergic reaction. Studies are showing that poor indoor air quality increases your risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and low bone density.

Certain groups of people are also more susceptible to poor indoor air quality. Children have developing lungs, and they breathe in more air than adults, which increases their exposure. Older adults may have compromised breathing, and pollution makes it even more difficult to breathe. People with asthma, heart disease, or lung disease are also negatively affected by air quality.

The pros at Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. can help you select the right air purifier for your home. We will help you choose the best model based on your budget, health concerns, and room sizes. To maximize the benefits of your air purifier system, follow these guidelines:

  • Eliminating tobacco smoke from your home will improve your air quality more than any other measure.

  • Use a wood-burning fireplace only occasionally, not as a main source of heat. Don’t use it at all if you have asthma or allergies.

  • Vacuum frequently. The best air purifier cannot remove particles stuck inside carpet, upholstery, or window treatments. You’ll have to do that job yourself.

  • Change filters on a regular basis. Your air purifier will likely be running 24 hours per day. Follow manufacturer guidelines on how often to change the filter. Also make sure to change the filter on your HVAC system for maximum air quality.

 

When it’s time to select an air purifier, you have several options to consider. The most popular models purify air by ions, ultraviolet light, and filters. We can discuss the differences with you and suggest the best choice based on clean air delivery rate (CADR), room size, and energy efficiency. Energy Star models will be up to 40 percent more efficient than other models and cost less per year to operate.

 

Our technicians can modify your existing HVAC system to accommodate larger, thicker filters to capture more particles. A thicker filter inside your HVAC system will clean all the air in your home when the system is in operation. You’ll need to change the filter just as often as you would with a traditional filter.

 

If you live in the greater Akron, Canton, or Cleveland area, we can help you have the cleanest possible air for your home. Schedule an appointment today to learn how we can fit your entire HVAC system with air purifying filters.