The short answer to this is “yes,” but we promise to elaborate more below.
When you think about the quality of the air you breathe, chances are you’re thinking about the air outside, and contaminants that can be in it such as allergens, mold, and more. But the fact of the matter is, without the right indoor air quality solutions, the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors.
And since the average American spends 90% of their time indoors, that’s a problem. It’s especially problematic if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, or any other type of respiratory condition. The reason most homes suffer from this poor indoor air quality is because they’re built with efficiency in mind—airtight. This is great news for your HVAC systems, but not so much for your overall health.
When an Air Purifier Is Worth It
Everyone wants to breathe the healthiest air possible, right? That probably goes without saying. But how can you tell when yours is subpar and that you may benefit from a whole-house air purifier? Here are a few signs to watch out for!
- Condensation on walls or windows
- Allergy symptoms or asthma symptoms flaring up
- Excessive dust building up on home’s surfaces
- Smelly or stuffy air
- Dirty ductwork
The first thing you should do when you suspect a problem with your indoor air quality is contact a professional so we can assess the situation. We’ll be able to help you make an informed decision about what products or services will help you out the most.
The Benefits of Whole-House Air Purifiers
When you find out you need an air purifier, the easiest and most affordable thing to do is to buy a small, portable air purifying unit to use in your home. This will have some impact on your indoor air quality, but you won’t get the best results you deserve.
There are a few different options when it comes to the installation of a whole-house air purifier, and each one has different benefits that a smaller, portable system simply can’t match. The best air purifier for your needs may be a media filter, electrostatic air cleaner, electronic, UV air purifier (ultraviolet), or some combination of two or more of these.
A whole-house system surpasses portable units for a number of reasons, including:
Small, portable air purifying units can only handle one or maybe two rooms at a time. Instead of investing in multiple units to have throughout your home, a whole-house system can ultimately be more cost-effective.
Additionally, you won’t have to worry about replacing the filters in and maintaining several units. Rather, there will be one system, integrated right into your HVAC system, that can be accessed and maintained by your trusted HVAC professional.
A whole-house air purifier typically can be integrated directly into your HVAC system and/or its air ducts. This means you don’t have to worry about any space being taken up by portable units, nor do you have to worry about the noise associated with portable systems.
Additionally, you’ll have uniform air quality throughout your home 24/7. While an air purifier won’t be able to mitigate serious problems like a major mold infestation, an installation such as a UV air purifier can destroy the cells that lead to mold development before they even begin to form.