Our HVAC professionals at IBBOTSON Heating & Air Conditioning Co. know that our customers in Arlington Heights, IL use air purifiers to rid their homes of indoor pollutants such as dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). We can help you choose a room air purifier, but we can also install an air purification system for your entire residence. A whole-house system will purify all the air in your home. It’s a better option if a member of your household has allergies or a medical condition and doesn’t want to be confined to a limited area by a small air purifier. A whole-house air purifier can be installed inside your ductwork and operate in tandem with your HVAC system.
Valuable Air Purifiers in Arlington Heights
Let’s discuss the various kinds of air purifiers. There are several types:
- HEPA filters
- Electronic filters
- Ultraviolet filters
- Extended media filters
HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) air purifiers are popular because they clean the air of nearly all particles that are bigger than 0.2 microns. This includes mold, pollen, and dust. Though they are very effective, the drawbacks of HEPA filters are that they need to be changed at least once a month, and they don’t remove pathogens that are smaller than 0.2 microns. This includes some bacteria and most viruses.
Electronic filters are installed in your ductwork. They work by placing an electric charge on the particles that pass through one end. At the other end of the filter, collector plates with an opposite charge grab the particles and hold them. They are especially good at trapping the tiniest particles, such as those found in smoke. They never need to be replaced, but they do need to be cleaned now and then.
Ultraviolet filters are especially useful if you are worried about pathogens. Basically, ultraviolet light destroys viruses and bacteria and is often used in hospitals. Ultraviolet filters can be added to electronic filters.
Extended media filters are basically flat filters stacked together, which makes them much more efficient. They need to be installed professionally in your ductwork, and the pleated filters need to be replaced yearly.
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