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Make 2023 The Year Of Better Indoor Air Quality

Air Purifiers, Sanitizers, and Filters, Oh, My!

When people talk about pollution and air quality daily, they usually discuss what is happening with the environment and human contribution to climate change, greenhouse gasses, and cows passing methane. This is an important discussion, but HVAC technicians are more concerned about indoor air quality or air pollution in an individual’s home. This can be a problem as any allergen or harmful chemical substance is much more likely to cause a reaction indoors, where it will be more concentrated. This is why even the hardiest of homeowners should be aware of the IAQ in their homes.

Air Filter Changes and HVAC Maintenance

filtersRegular maintenance is not only an important way to keep a home’s HVAC system at its most efficient, but it is also a way to improve or maintain good indoor air quality. To replace the air filters is a simple task, but it greatly affects the airflow and system efficiency. Changing the air filters regularly, at least every 3 months, also helps keep the air ducts clean and makes maintenance on the heating and cooling units much easier for the technicians that do the annual or bi-annual tune-ups. So, to sum up: 

  • Clean air filters promote better airflow
  • Clean filters make for a more energy-efficient system
  • Clean air filters improve indoor air quality by capturing more particulate matter
  • Clean filters make it easier to keep the whole HVAC system clean

What’s the Difference Between Purifying and Sanitizing? Available Choices for Home Air Quality

purifierWhile most of the discussion has been about removing allergens and particulate matter from the air, germs must also be mentioned as a concern. Especially during this time of the year, when nasty viruses travel from person to person, people tend to be anxious about sanitizing. This section covers the many available options in both air purifiers and air sanitizers. Both are highly effective for their purpose, but they must be used in combination with other devices for a complete picture of a good IAQ. The options listed below cover the major categories that are available for purchase.

  • Air Purifiers: Air purifiers are often used for bedrooms of people that have allergies and asthma along with other chronic lung conditions. These use high-efficiency particulate air filters or HEPA filters. Some use activated charcoal and the HEPA filter to catch the maximum amount of allergens and dust particles.
  • Air Scrubbers: These devices attach to a home’s HVAC system and use HEPA filters and UV light to purify and sanitize the air that goes into the home.
  • Ion Filters: These use positive ions to attract pet hair, house dust, pollen, and the like to the device, like a magnet picking up metal shavings. It works very well for particulate matter but does not sanitize.
  • Whole Home Air Purifiers: These are just special filters that are compatible with the HVAC system and are installed to make the air even purer than it would be with a traditional filter. Because the HVAC system may need to be adjusted, homeowners should consult a professional about installation.
  • UV Filters/Sanitizers: These devices have become much more prevalent since the pandemic. They do not filter particulate matter out of the air, but they use UV light to kill germs, sanitizing the air and helping prevent the spread of illness.

Cleanliness Is Next to Healthiness

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve indoor air quality is by doing something that a homeowner should be doing anyway: cleaning the house. Sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming help keep dust out of the air and out of the HVAC system.

About Air Comfort Service, Inc.

The trustworthy technicians of Air Comfort Service, Inc. in St Louis, MO have been serving the community for more than 50 years. Call them today for straightforward pricing and on-time HVAC service.