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What Type of Air Cleaner Do I Need in My Home?

Breathing air of the highest quality is just as important as cooling your home effectively during the summer season is, or keeping your home warm during the cold winter months. Not only will having clean, pure air throughout your home allow you to live more comfortably, but it will also allow you to maintain a more healthful environment in your living space. However, you must keep in mind the fact that there are various problems which can negatively impact your indoor air quality. If you hope to tackle your IAQ issues head on and successfully, then it is necessary that you have the right air cleaner in your North Seattle home. Work with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. in order to ensure that this is the case.

Air Filters, Electronic Air Cleaners, and UV Air Purifiers

The most basic way in which to cleanse the air in your home of airborne pollutants, such as dust and pet dander, is with an air filter. There is an air filter in your HVAC system, as you likely know. However, this air filter is of a low efficiency and is really designed to protect the system itself from problems stemming from the buildup of pollutants, not to clean the air throughout your household. Air filters of a higher efficiency can be installed within your system in order to remove such pollutants, though.

Many homeowners find that an electronic air purifier is a more effective method by which to clean up the air that they breathe. Unlike mechanical filters, which simply trap pollutants as air passes through them, electronic air cleaners charge pollutants and then trap them on oppositely charged collector plates. By using both air filters and an electronic air purifier, you can very effectively remove the bulk of contaminants present in your indoor air.

In order to resolve issues with biological pollutants, though, such as viruses, mold, or bacteria, simply trapping them is not enough. These microorganisms can continue to thrive once they are trapped by reproducing, after all. Destroying these pollutants with the use of UV air purifiers is a much more effective means by which to avoid the problems that they can cause. Ultimately, you will have to consult directly with an air purification specialist if you hope to effectively and comprehensively boost the quality of the air in your home. It should be noted here, though, that because UV air purifiers do not trap pollutants, they are best used as a supplement to, but not replacement of, air filtration systems or electronic air cleaners. Contact us today for more details.

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