Many homeowners aren’t aware of this, but the quality of a household’s indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors. Today’s homes are built “tighter,” allowing for less energy loss. This is fantastic when it comes to HVAC efficiency as it helps prevent heat loss during the winter and heat gain in the summer. This isn’t, however, so great for your indoor air quality.
Contaminants and allergens make their way into your home, and have no way out—at least, not without the help of professionally installed and serviced air cleaners. An effective air cleaner will keep unhealthy particles out the air you breathe. “But wait,” you may be asking, “doesn’t my air conditioner’s air filter do that already?” Well, no. Read on to learn why.
The Purpose of an Air Filter
There are high efficiency air filtration systems you can have installed in addition to air cleaners, but the air filter that came standard with your HVAC systems does not have the same impact. That’s because this air filter is actually in place to protect the inside components of your HVAC systems, not your indoor air quality.
The Advantages of Air Cleaners
This brings us back to air cleaners. There are two types—the electronic air cleaner and the mechanical air cleaner. If you are serious about keeping your indoor air clean (and more importantly, healthy) then it will do you well to learn about both of these air cleaners and determine which one is best for your home.
Mechanical Air Cleaners: A mechanical air cleaner is actually a filter of sorts. It’s comprised of a mesh material—typically fiberglass—that traps particles passing through it. This both impedes the particles and attracts them to the surface of the fibers, where they become lodged.
The most popular type of mechanical air filter, which you may have heard of before, is the HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high energy particulate air. The standard mechanical air cleaner for a residence won’t have this powerful of a filter, only because it can create too much blockage against airflow.
HEPA filters are most often seen in environments that have to be sterile, such as hospitals and Dr. offices. With our help, though, you can find a mechanical air filter that will successfully trap particles without creating too much air resistance.
Electronic Air Cleaners: Electronic air cleaners are different from mechanical ones, in that they do not use a filter of any kind. Instead, they create an electric field which ionizes particles that pass through them. When these particles are ionized, they’re drawn down to a pair of plates on the cleaner and trapped there.
Electronic air cleaners, as the name implies, require an external power source to run. But, they are often chosen over the mechanical version since they can remove contamination that’s too small for a standard mechanical filter to catch.
Which Air Cleaner Is Right for You?
This will be dependent on a few different factors. The best thing you can do when you decide to look into indoor air quality solutions, is to contact experienced professionals who can help you make an educated decision about what air cleaner, filtration system, or a combination of the two, is best for your household.
For exceptional indoor air quality products and services, contact Ace Air, Inc. today.