For those of us who experience allergy and asthma symptoms, pretty much any time of the year is “allergy season” with the right conditions. And you may have the perfect conditions right there at home! What we mean is, many folks don’t realize that their indoor air quality can actually be worse than the quality of the air outside, without the right indoor air quality solutions in place.
Even if you don’t suffer from allergies or asthma, there are still steps you can take to breathe a little easier, or healthier, at home. One solution for this is the professional installation of a whole-house air purifier. Read on to learn more!
What Does a Whole-House Air Purifier Do?
A whole-house air purifier, or an air purification system, is an incredibly useful system for improving a home’s indoor air quality. They not only can eliminate “minor” annoyances such as dust and dirt, they also can provide protection against various airborne contaminants such as mold spores, bacteria, viruses, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and even pet hair and cigarette smoke.
There are different types of air purifiers, each of which impacts different components of your indoor air.
Exploring Different Air Purifiers
Not all air purifiers are created equal, and one may benefit you more than another. Additionally, you may benefit from more than one type of air purifier in your home.
The two main types of whole-home air purifiers are the electric air purifier and UV air purifier.
Electric air purifiers “charge” the particles that are floating around in your air, pulling them to a magnetic plate where they can be cleaned off later. Electric purifiers essentially draw contaminants and allergens out of your home’s air.
A UV air purifier, also known as a UV germicidal light or simply a UV light, is a bit different. It tackles contaminants, but right at the source–your ductwork. And it attacks very specific contaminants–mold, mildew, and other bacteria that can otherwise thrive in the dark and cool environment of your ductwork.
This type of UV light is completely harmless to people and pets–think of it like a black light. It’s installed inside your ductwork, out of sight, and eliminates single-celled microorganisms from the ductwork environment before they even have the opportunity to enter your indoor air.
Are Air Purifiers Really Worth It?
We think so! In addition to helping you breathe healthier air, they can be good for your air conditioner too. Sure, your AC system has an air filter inside of it. But this air filter is designed to protect the interior components of the HVAC system.
When your HVAC system’s air filter gets too clogged up, it restricts airflow and your air conditioner has to run longer to do its job of cooling your home to the temperature setting on your thermostat.
An air purifier eliminates more debris, and therefore less gets drawn into your HVAC air filter, allowing you to experience greater comfort and AC efficiency.