How does a whole-home air purifier work? The short answer is remarkably well. Today’s high-tech purification systems can help rid your home of the airborne contaminants that can circulate through your central heating and cooling system. Learn how these products fight indoor air pollution so that everyone in your household can breathe easy.
Portable Vs. Whole-House Air Purifiers
The best portable air filters do a good job at removing dust and other small particles from a single living space. Designed to work with your central-air HVAC system, whole-house air purification systems offer a more efficient solution. Built into your existing equipment, they keep contaminants from circulating through every room in your home. As long as the fan is running, a whole-home air purifier is constantly extracting pollutants from the air.
Types of Air Purification Systems
Whole-home air purifiers fall into three basic categories, ensuring that you’ll find a product that matches your unique needs. There are options to fit every budget as well, so you won’t have to break the bank to keep the air your family breathes clean and healthy. As a Trane Comfort Specialist, we’re proud to offer some of the best air purifiers that the industry has to offer.
- Upgraded Filters The primary purpose of most HVAC filters is to safeguard the equipment from damaging dust and debris. Replacing the filter with a pleated version offers more protection against air pollutants. Models with a MERV 4 rating or higher can capture allergens like pet dander that are between 3 and 10 microns.
- Whole-House Filters Also called box filters, whole-house filters feature an accordion-like stack of filters boxed together. Tucked into your HVAC system’s ductwork, some are up to up to six times more effective than the flat-panel filters that come with most heating and cooling systems. The best models feature reusable filters that never need replacement.
- Electrostatic Filters Advanced whole-home air purifiers use electricity to charge particles so that they’ll adhere to a specially designed collector plate. They not only capture particulates as small as .10 microns but also kill biological contaminants like bacteria and viruses. Removing as much as 99.98 percent of airborne pollutants, superior models are up to 100 times more effective than a standard filter.
Do You Need a Whole-House Air Purification System?
Multiple scientific studies have found that air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outdoors. Sources of indoor pollution range from allergens like dust mites and pet dander to chemicals off-gassed from household cleaners and personal care products. Some of the most dangerous contaminants are microscopic particulates that get inhaled deep into the lungs.
People with pre-existing conditions like heart disease and respiratory ailments are particularly prone to the harmful impact of poor indoor air quality. This group also includes the elderly and the very young. No one is immune, however. Prolonged exposure to contaminants can negatively affect the health of every member of your family.
Professional Indoor Air Quality Audits
At E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heat, we offer indoor air quality evaluations that can determine if you’d benefit from a whole-house air purifier. From ventilation systems to humidifiers and dehumidifiers, we offer a variety of products that help keep indoor air fresh and clean. For more than 30 decades, we’ve been proud to supply homes in Orlando and the surrounding communities with practical solutions to indoor pollution.
Nothing is more important to us at E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heat than ensuring our valued customers enjoy a safe, comfortable and healthy home. We’re proud of the reputation we’ve earned for providing HVAC services that you can trust will meet your indoor climate control needs. For more information, check out our indoor air quality section or call us today. We’re ready and able to help you create the healthy indoor environment you want for your family.