Improving indoor air quality is possible, especially if you work with an expert to carefully evaluate air purifiers, choosing a system with the right technology to attack contaminants that exist in your indoor air. Therefore, it’s important to know what pollutants may lead to bad air, and which contaminants, if any, may be causing respiratory problems for home occupants. Enlist the help of a professional HVAC contractor to first test your indoor air, and then work together to select the most appropriate indoor air quality solution.
The best air purifiers utilize a combination of the technologies below to present a comprehensive attack on bad air:
- Filtration – Using the highest-rated option, many types of air purifiers implement the use of a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 16 filter, moving the home’s airstream through the filtration device, using a dedicated blower to prevent airflow restrictions in the HVAC equipment. As a result, the filter removes a high percentage of tiny particles ranging from pet dander to dust mites to dust that otherwise degrade air quality.
- Ultraviolet (UV) lights – UV lights use powerful rays to zap cells at their core, destroying the DNA and rendering them incapable of reproducing. These lights are particularly effective at targeting bioaerosols including bacteria, viruses and mold. Once the MERV 16 filter and UV rays perform their powerful air-cleaning action, air purifiers may implement a final stage of purification.
- A catalyst – Piggybacking on the UV-light rays, a catalyst, sometimes constructed from titanium dioxide, works to destroy and remove chemical vapors and odors.
With a three-pronged approach to improving air quality, air purifiers that use a combination of the leading technologies ensure better control over contaminants, and greatly improved indoor air quality. At Ernst Heating & Cooling, we often recommend Lennox’s PureAir system, which comprises the three technologies listed above to promote the highest levels of indoor air quality.
Don’t remain a victim to bad air inside your home. Air purifiers take care of particles, gases and more, it you choose the system carefully. For expert advice, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling today. We’ve served homeowners throughout the Metro-East since 1951.
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