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Air Quality Question: What is Air Purification?

Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

We get a lot of questions about indoor air quality in Sun City West and what exactly air purifiers do to protect homes and their residents against airborne contaminants. Air purification in its simplest sense is the process of removing unwanted allergens, contaminants and pollutants from your air using a combination of devices such as filters, air cleaners and germicidal lights. Here’s exactly how it works.

Types of Air Cleaners

There are three major types of air cleaners you can have installed in your home (there are some systems that contain all three components for a single air purification solution):

*  Air Filters – Filters are mechanical systems that remove particles depending on the grade and size of the filter. Most homes come with stock MERV 4-6 rated filters. There are models that offer protection as much as twice as efficient as these stock filters and there are also HEPA filters which provide best-in-industry protection against most particles.

*  Air Cleaners – Electronic air cleaners focus on a different kind of contaminant – the smoke and exhaust particles that tend to gather in homes near busy streets or in large cities. They ionize the air and separate such particles out of it to keep it clean.

*  UV Germicidal Lights – UV germicidal lights kill germs like bacteria and viruses as they pass through the ductwork or air handler where the system is installed, reducing the risk of illness in your home.

Using these Air Cleaners Together

By default, your home comes equipped with an air filter that can be easily upgraded for better protection against unwanted particles. However, the best way to ensure your air is truly purified, especially if someone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, is to have a full air purifier installed that contains all three components above. While not necessary for every home, they do wonders for those in which they are.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of having an indoor air quality system in Sun City, contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical today.

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