Air Cleaning Is Available in Many Different Forms for a Variety of Particulates

air filter People spend every moment of every day breathing, and in a lot of cases, Americans spend the majority of the day indoors. That means that indoor air quality is positioned to be a huge health concern. With every breath you take, you could be bringing clean, fresh air into your body, or you could be breathing air that’s contaminated by fumes, dust, mold and fungal spores, carbon monoxide and other indoor contaminants. Air cleaning is important, especially in homes that have been well-sealed for energy efficiency.

With all the air cleaning technology on the market, understanding what systems address what contaminants is the first step in taking control of your indoor air quality.

  • Air filters target particulates that are carried by indoor air. These particulates – dust particles, skin flakes, dander, pollen and more – are caught by the fiber mesh of the air filter, which acts like a net or strainer. HEPA filters can catch particles as small as viruses, but require special installation considerations so as not to become air obstructions.
  • Electrostatic air cleaners are installed inside ducts and attract particles in the air in the same way that a balloon rubbed against upholstery can attract scraps of paper or a person’s hair. Electrostatic cleaners don’t need to be replaced as fiber filters do; they simply need to be cleaned.
  • Ultraviolet lights target organic pollutants especially. By killing mold, mildew and fungal spores and bacteria, they can prevent colonies of these microbes from forming in your home. They do not, however, remove particulates from the air.
  • Reflective electro magnetic energy (REME) systems release charged streams of “friendly oxidizers” into your air. These ionized oxidizers are drawn to airborne pollutants and bind with them, increasing the particle size and making them easier to catch. The charged particles are then drawn through a filter with the opposite charge, providing high-efficiency filtration.

To learn more about how to design a whole-house air cleaning system for your Massachusetts home, call us today at Victory • Heating • Air Conditioning • Plumbing!

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