Pollutants impact a home’s indoor air quality in ways we generally cannot see. Our homes often contain particulate matter, a group that includes dust, pollen and allergens. There are also chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and microbes (viruses, mold and bacteria).
If you have concerns about your home’s indoor air quality, you may want to explore the possibility of incorporating electronic air cleaners into your home comfort system. There are several types:
The power of this purifier exists in the filter. HEPA filters are uniquely designed to catch 99.9 percent of airborne particles as small as .3 microns.
This technology is a powerful agent for fighting odors, as well as some bacteria and chemicals. However, due to its toxicity, there is controversy over using it with indoor air cleaners. Most manufacturers suggest using it at low levels, and only at high levels when a space is unoccupied.
Carbon air filters work by attracting particles to their surfaces and then bonding them to the filter. While they are not effective in trapping allergens and microorganisms, they do a superb job with chemicals and odors.
Without using a filter, ionic air works by “charging” particles. When two opposing charges meet, the particles join together and fall down. While ionic purifiers are highly efficient at removing the smallest of particles, they do not work on odors. Neither do they kill germs.
Ultraviolet light (UV)
This technology uses radiation to sterilize microorganisms, which removes their ability to do harm. However, UV lights do not remove chemicals, allergens, smoke or odors.
Today, many of these technologies are used together to provide the highest quality of air purification. To find the best electronic air cleaner for your specific needs, consider which system targets your problem areas. The experts at Arpi’s are happy to answer your electronic air cleaner questions.
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