The air we breathe contains many different allergens. Some of these allergens come from outside, like pollen. Others originate inside the home, like dust mites and pet dander. In addition to causing allergic reactions, these allergens can trigger asthma attacks. In any scenario, they can make being inside a home or building very unpleasant.
There are many different air cleaners and purifiers on the market that can reduce the presence of allergens in the air. Some are more efficient than others. Some are more effective than others, and many of the more effective air purification systems can be installed as part of a building’s heating and cooling system.
Air purifiers, sometimes known as air cleaners, use fine filters to catch particles like bacteria, pet dander, dust, and pollen as the air circulates through the system. An air purifier with a finer filter can catch smaller particles than a purifier with a less fine filter. The filter works like a net to catch these particles. Over time, these filters can become saturated with particles and less effective. When this happens, they must be replaced.
High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are guaranteed to catch 99.97 percent of particles larger than 0.3 microns that pass through them. Microns are the unit used to measure particles in the air. One micron is the equivalent of 1/25,400 of an inch. For comparison, the standard room air conditioning unit’s filter can only catch particles 10 microns or larger.
Many individuals who suffer from allergies purchase portable air purifiers in an effort to seek relief. These electronic devices can be very useful for individuals who live in rental homes and apartments and those who need to purify other small spaces they do not own, such as an office.
For a homeowner, a whole-house air purifier can be a far more effective way to reduce allergens in a home’s air. There are a few different types of whole-house air purifier available:
Speak with an experienced HVAC technician about these different options and which is right for your home.
Since 1989, Naughton Mechanical LLC has proudly served homeowners and commercial building owners in the Chicago area- South Suburbs and Northwest Indiana. Contact our team of experienced heating and cooling professionals today to set up your initial consultation with us. We can work with you to determine whether you need a new system or if your old system requires an overhaul or just routine maintenance and provide you with the HVAC and refrigeration services you need.