As a homeowner, you may imagine that updating windows and doors would keep pollutants out, but the reality is, new construction materials may actually be increasing the level of pollutants in your home. oIn addition to careful areful management of your HVAC system, supplemental equipment such as an air purifier can greatly increase the healthy indoor air quality.
What Is the Difference Between Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers?
The terms air cleaner and air purifier are synonymous, both representing a category of HVAC products used to remove particulates from circulation. These include both mechanical and electronic equipment categories, each with a different approach to air cleaning. Mechanical air filters remove particulates by trapping them on material. Electronic units use ionization to charge particulates, allowing them to be drawn to oppositely charged plates. Germicidal units take the process a step farther, killing biomaterials that have been trapped.
Indoor Air Quality Concerns in Your Home
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, pollutants from a single source are not necessarily health hazards. However, many pollutants together can result in more serious conditions that can affect your health. Allergy issues, respiratory reactions, and even cancer can result from exposure to various pollutants. Possible sources include:
- Combustible materials and combustion appliances – gas appliances, fireplaces, and cigarettes are among common issues in U.S. homes.
- Construction products – formaldehyde, asbestos, and other particulates or gasses emitted from building materials can concentrate in your home, posing health risks.
- Cooking emissions – sprays, fine flours, and other materials can be breathed in.
- Household supplies – air fresheners, laundry detergent, printer ink, and cleaning sprays are among many goods brought purposefully into your home. These materials can release particulates or gasses into the air.
- Mold – one of the most commonly recognized pollutants, mold can be a problem if moisture in the home is excessive.
- Viruses and bacteria – germs that infiltrate your home because of an illness can contaminate your air supply and affect the health of family members.
While home efficiency is a priority for the sake of keeping energy costs and comfort levels under control, it is equally important to consider your indoor air quality as a health interest. Air cleaners can help with mitigating some IAQ problems.
The Benefits of Air Quality Testing
In deciding which air cleaning unit is best for your home, you may want to discuss your needs with the HVAC experts at Accurate Comfort Services. Additionally, air quality testing may help in identifying the types of pollutants affecting your home. In some cases, an air purification system is only part of the solution needed, and ventilation and humidity issues may need to be addressed. An experienced HVAC technician at Accurate Comfort Services is available to address your indoor air quality and be able to recommend the appropriate air purifier and/or air cleaner solution for your home. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.