Recent years have brought indoor air quality to the forefront of American homeowner concerns. Keeping our families safe from moisture and airborne pollutants is as natural as buckling a seatbelt or installing a fire alarm: it just makes sense. Air purification technology incorporated into your existing HVAC system is a great way to support the measures you are already taking to protect your home.
Indoor Air Pollutants
We are familiar with images of industrial smog and plumes of black smoke from forest fires, but some of the most concentrated pollution is actually indoors. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air pollution is a top-five health risk. As we increase our regular use of pesticides, household cleaners, personal care products, tobacco products, fireplace soot and more, these nasty particles are trapped inside our energy-efficient homes and circulated throughout ventilation systems.
What About My Air Filter?
You may be thinking “isn’t that what my HVAC air filter is for?” Contrary to popular belief, HVAC filters are designed to protect your HVAC and not your lungs. They are built to trap large dust and dirt particles before they get sucked into the system. As a result, filters reduce wear and tear on the components and extend the lifespan and efficiency of your heating and cooling units. An unintended side effect is that some allergens are indeed filtered from the air. Unfortunately, the pollutants you should be concerned about are much tinier than pet hair and dust particles.
Purifiers are designed to target the smallest and most dangerous of offenders, like:
- Bacteria & Viruses
- Pet Dander
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Mold & Mildew
All of these can naturally occur in a home, whether brought in from outside or growing in a moist, dark place all by themselves. As air is pushed through by your HVAC system, these particles are dislodged and swept from room to room. Because they are so minuscule, you can have them stuck to your nose, skin, and clothes without even realizing it. Breathing in pathogens and allergens can lead to worsened respiratory conditions and sickness.
Who Benefits the Most
While anyone can benefit from the installation of air purification technology, there are some instances where it becomes a necessity for the health and safety of a building’s occupants.
- Workplaces that are concerned about managing the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
- Homes where occupants suffer from chronic respiratory illnesses, such as asthma or COPD.
- Homes or workplaces that regularly use products that release volatile organic compounds, such as:
- Paints & paint strippers
- Aerosol sprays
- Household & commercial cleaners
- Air fresheners
- Dry-cleaned clothing, and more.
Incorporating an air purifier into your HVAC system can have you breathing easier knowing there is an extra layer of protection built into your home. Find out more about our state-of-the-art air purification offerings here. If you’re ready to experience cleaner air, contact our team today for a no-obligation quote.