AIR FILTERS AND AIR PURIFIERS FOR HOME
In most homes, particularly those in the Seattle / Eastside areas, the quality of indoor air is something that needs attention and professional help. It’s a fact that indoor air quality in Seattle is even worse that the quality of air outdoors, so many residents and homeowners are concerned about their health.
Poor indoor air quality can aggravate the conditions of people with allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments. Humidity, dust, pollen and other allergens in the air, including those contributed by clogged, dirty and unmaintained HVAC systems are the usual suspects for the low quality of air indoors.
Fischer Heating and Air Conditioning technicians are fully trained to help you achieve a safe and comfortable environment indoors. If you are worried about your health due to the possibility of having poor indoor air quality, call us for an assessment. We are qualified to install, repair, maintain or replace various types of air purification or filtration system to ensure that your home will not become a health risk. Give us a call anytime as we are available 24/7, all days of the week.
Indoor air pollutants
Indoor air pollution is one of the five environmental health risks, which is why it is best to address this issue immediately. The usual way to solve indoor pollution is to eliminate or control pollutant sources and proper ventilation, allowing clean outdoor air to circulate around the home. But this is not recommended in Seattle where the outdoor and indoor air qualities are questionable. The best thing to do therefore is to have an air cleaning device installed, so indoor air pollutants can be removed.
Homeowners have a few options in devices to clean air. Some can be installed in a home’s ductwork for central heating, ventilating and air conditioning system or HVAC. This is meant to clean the air inside the entire house. For cleaning individual rooms or particular areas, there are portable room air cleaners.
Particulate matter in the air inside the house that can be removed by air filters and air purifiers include:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Volatile organic compounds or VOCs
- Smoke (including tobacco smoke)
- Particles produced by combustion appliances like stoves
Gaseous pollutants include:
- Vehicle exhaust
- Building materials
- Products like paints, varnishes, adhesives, pesticides and cleaning products
Air filters and air purifiers
Air cleaning devices fall into two types, electronic air cleaners and mechanical air filters. The latter remove particles by catching the particles on its filter materials. In this category falls the high efficiency particulate air or HEPA filters. Electronic air cleaners like the electrostatic precipitators trap particles through their ionization section where they are charged. The charged particles accumulate on a row of flat collector plates that are charged differently.
Ionizers or ion generators do not have collectors but also release charged ions into the air. These ions attach to particulates and charge them so they can attach to one another or to furniture and walls so they can settle quickly.
The other type of air cleaner is called gas-phase air filter. This type removes odors and gases with the help of a sorbent such as activated carbon, which absorbs the air pollutants. There is limitation to this type of air cleaner though, because it’s able to remove specific gaseous pollutants only. It cannot capture carbon monoxide released by various burned fuel like gas, oil, wood, charcoal or kerosene.
Maintaining high indoor air quality
Given the above, it clearly shows that HEPA filters are better at trapping indoor air pollutants. But that is not the ultimate solution for cleaning indoor air. There are definite benefits you can get from air filters. They help prevent air pollution indoors to lower the incidence of allergy and asthma attacks. Air filters can trap illness-causing allergens. They are cost-effective, too. However, to ensure that you have better quality of air indoors, a comprehensive air cleaning method is needed. It involves the help of a qualified technician to install HEPA filter, repair and regularly maintain your air purification or filtration systems. The systems should be kept clean since these are the ones that trap the air pollutants in your home. If allowed to get dirty and clogged, then they will contribute to the distribution of more air pollutants inside your home.
See to it that you call Fischer Heating and Air Conditioning, which serves the needs of Seattle residents to have good indoor air quality any time of the year. Our technicians are all professionally trained and experienced to give you top quality service. We have the right equipment to handle various issues and ensure that we leave our customers fully satisfied. Give us a call today. cient HVAC system.