Indoor air pollutants are unwanted, sometimes harmful materials in the air. Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. Air Cleaning is a way to fight indoor air pollution. Air cleaning devices are intended to remove pollutants from indoor air. Air cleaning devices are designed to be installed in the ductwork of a home’s central heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system to clean the air in the whole house.
Pollutants that can affect air quality in a home typically fall into the following categories:
- Particulate matter includes dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke, particles generated from combustion appliances such as cooking stoves, and particles associated with tiny organisms such as dust mites, molds, bacteria, and viruses.
- Gaseous pollutants, such as VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), come from combustion processes. Sources include gas cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust, burning candles and tobacco smoke. They also come from building materials, furnishings, and the use of products such as adhesives, paints, varnishes, cleaning products, and pesticides.
What Type of Air Cleaner Do You Need?
Well, that will depend mostly on what types of particles you’re most interested in eliminating. And in order to figure that out, you’ll have to know what the main irritants in your indoor air are. These aren’t the same for everyone, so your own particular situation will determine which type of system is right for you.
Of course, most people need to remove a combination of both large and small particles. For that reason, it’s often worth considering purchasing an air cleaner that incorporates both mechanical filtration and air ionization and UV technology. With something like that, you’ll be able to remove both large and small particles with ease, as these types of devices complement each other quite well.
Mechanical air filters remove the larger particles from the air by capturing them on filter materials as they pass through the heating and air conditioning system. Air filters are used to reduce the amount of dust that reaches the wet coils. Dust can serve as food to grow molds on the wet coils and ducts and can reduce the efficiency of the coils.
Electronic air cleaners use a process called electrostatic attraction to trap charged particles. They draw air through an ionization section where particles obtain an electrical charge. The charged particles then accumulate on a series of flat plates called a collector that is oppositely charged. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are in this category. This is in addition to the mechanical air filters and removes the smaller particles that pass through the standard filters.
In-Duct UV Air Treatment Systems are designed to destroy those contaminants that are trapped inside your home. Mold, bacteria, viruses, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), asthma triggers and cooking odors are just some of the contaminants that negatively impact the quality of indoor air within our homes and buildings. A UV air cleaner is installed at either the air return or supply side of your heating and air conditioning system. The lamp emits UV light that greatly reduces or eliminates germs such as mold, bacteria, spores, fungi and viruses circulated by the HVAC system.
We recommend a whole-house approach to improve the indoor air quality in your home. What’s appropriate for your home depends on your budget, comfort system and family.
When you come to us for all of your indoor air quality needs, we work hard to make sure you have the best possible system for your home. We know just how important it is to keep the air your family is breathing safe and free of contaminants, and we want to help you achieve that goal. We provide full installation and repair services for indoor air quality improvement systems. Our technicians are the best in the business and will perform a top notch installation for you every time.