Many homeowners keep their windows and doors closed throughout the day and night as they run their air conditioning and heating systems to achieve a desired temperature and humidity level. Unfortunately, this means that you are circulating the same stale, polluted air over and over, a cycle which could lead to irritation or worsen health problems in individuals with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
Yes, your HVAC system has a removable filter intended to keep some pollutants out of the air. But is this enough to provide fresh, clean air year round? Take a look at some of your other options below.
- Mechanical Filter: A mechanical air filter is a filter that works with your HVAC system, using fibers to strain particles that are larger than 0.3 microns in size. Don’t just stick with your old model when replacing your filter every month; a HEPA filter is most effective at removing allergens, ridding your home of 99.7% of dust and pollutants. However, some gaseous pollutants may still pass through.
- Standalone Units: Standalone air purifiers may be used even when your HVAC system is not in use. These can rid your home of mold spores, dust, dust mite feces, pollen, and pet dander, all of which can lead to respiratory issues.
- Whole-House Air Purifiers: But perhaps the most effective solution is a whole-house air purification system that works with your HVAC unit. These systems use ionization or an electrostatic charge to catch most allergens and gaseous pollutants, including smoke, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and the residue from paint or some cleaning products.
Which Type of Filtration is Right for Me?
Whole-house air purification systems are the best way to target pollutants in all locations of the home and keep allergens from spreading. You may decide that this is the best way to ensure the air that blows into your home is pure, but a specialist should help you choose whether you need an electrostatic precipitator or an ion generator.
For the best filtration possible in your home, remember to change or clean your air filter every month.
Call the indoor air quality professionals at Accutemp Heating and Air Conditioning to decide whether you need a whole-home solution for air filtration in Prospect.