A lot of homeowners don’t realize this, but the air inside their homes can be of worse quality than the air outside. At least, this will be the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality solutions in place. This is particularly true if your home was built in the last few decades. Today’s dwellings are built “tightly,” which allows for high energy efficiency since no conditioned or heated air, depending on the season, can escape.
This is fantastic news for HVAC efficiency, and will help keep your utility bills low, but it’s not such great news if you suffer from allergies or asthma symptoms. Since no air can get out, this also means that contaminants such as pollen, dirt, dust, and pet dander don’t have a way out as well. Even the healthiest individual can be negatively impacted by poor indoor air quality. So, what’s the answer? Read on as we uncover how to prioritize the health of your indoor air.
The Answer is Not Your HVAC Air Filter
This is what a lot of homeowners automatically assume, that because it’s a filter, this component helps with their indoor air quality. But this particular filter is in place for a different reason. It’s in place to protect the interior components of the actual HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other contaminants that can get inside of it.
This filter is placed at the HVAC intake, so any particles that are already in your living space get sucked toward the AC system along with the hot air from your home—but these particles have nowhere to go from there. So while this component doesn’t hurt your indoor air quality, it’s not really contributing that much to healthier air, either.
What You Need: A Whole-House Air Purifier
When you envision and air filtration system or air purifier, you might think about a small tabletop unit that you can buy at a hardware store or drugstore. These systems aren’t a bad idea for a single room, but you won’t get significant results from them.
Where you’ll actually see a change with your indoor air quality is with a professionally installed whole-house air purifier, whether it’s an electronic one, UV germicidal lights, or even both. Why is this?
Whole-House Systems are Cost-Efficient
Small, portable air filtration systems or air purifiers are great for a room or two, but if you have a multi-bedroom or multi-story house, this would mean purchasing multiple smaller units in order to get the widespread coverage you’d need for quality air filtration.
Additionally, you won’t need to worry about replacing the filters or maintaining several portable air purifiers and cleaners. Rather, you only have one system to worry about, which is conveniently integrated straight into your HVAC system
Whole-House Systems are Convenient
Whole-house air purifiers or filtration systems, as we said above, can be integrated straight into the HVAC system, typically in the ductwork. This means you never need to worry about wasting space with multiple portable units, and you don’t have to live with the noise of multiple portable systems running at the same time.