There is a lot of concern around personal and public health right now, understandably. Families are searching for ways to prevent illness in their homes and keep their household safe. In that search, we’ve seen a lot of customers look into indoor air quality products.
The right indoor air quality product can help you fight against the transmission of viruses and illnesses. Not enough is known about the transmission of the current outbreak we’re dealing with, but we can tell you that you will only benefit from looking into how to improve your indoor air quality and take a big step toward a healthier home.
After all, even without a virus in the environment, your indoor air can be worse than that of outdoors. This is true for many homes that don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.
We encourage you to consider the installation of a whole-home air purifier, but did you know you have options on which type?
What Is a Whole-Home Air Purifier?
This is a system that helps eradicate contaminants from your indoor air. Indoor pollutants can include allergens such as dust and pollen, or even more harmful particulates like bacteria or mold. The latter can make you and your family very ill!
There are different types of air purifiers, each with their own unique purpose and set of benefits. We’ve highlighted a couple of types below.
Before we continue, we do want to address a common question we get from homeowners. That is, “isn’t the air filter in my HVAC system enough?” Many folks assume this, but this air filter is in place the protect the interior components of your HVAC system itself, not your indoor air. For that, you’ll need one or both of the following:
Electronic Air Purifier
An electronic whole-home air purifier removes microscopic impurities from your indoor air. This may include dust, smog, smoke, pet dander, and even mold spores.
These particles may seem harmless—after all, you can’t even see them, right? But they actually can have a pretty significant negative impact on your health and the health of your household. This is especially true for those who already suffer from allergies and/or asthma.
We should take this moment to mention that for the best results with an electronic air purifier, you’ll need to remember to clean the plates on a regular basis. The effectiveness of this system can wear down as dirt accumulates.
UV Air Purifier
Also referred to as UV germicidal lights, this is another type of air purifier that can help improve the health of your home’s air. UV lights are installed right into your ductwork in order to eliminate biological contaminants like mold and mildew. As you can imagine, the inside of your ductwork is cool and damp, and therefore a great breeding ground for mold, which can make even the healthiest person sick.
UV lights are harmless to people and pets but deadly to those microorganisms. An added benefit is that by eliminating this mold growth from your ductwork, you can help your AC system perform better—that is, more efficiently!