Everyone is thinking and talking about home comfort as the temperature skyrockets in Sun City, but are you keeping tabs on your air quality?
Air quality is about much more than just temperature. It’s about what types of contaminants and pollutants may be floating throughout your home, including dust and dander but also mold spores. It’s also about the humidity level: is it too dry or too damp?
As your local Sun City HVAC specialists, we offer a number of air quality solutions, including air purifiers, which can have a tremendous impact on your family’s well-being. Let us take you through the basics:
What Is an Air Purifier?
Semantics aside, an air purifier is an air cleaner that removes contaminants. It can do this in a number of ways. While some purifiers will use a physical medium top capture particles (also called air filtration), others will ionize particles and capture them on a collector plate. There are also combination units. Choosing one really depends upon your budget and your air quality goals.
In short, you should rely on an air purifier to clean very small particles from your indoor air. The air filter installed in your HVAC system is there solely for the protection of that system’s components. It’s not going to help you breathe better because it typically targets contaminants that are much larger than those that aggravate your allergies or your asthma.
Whole-Home vs. Portable Units
Portable air purifiers are very limited in their application. They have to be transported manually to different areas of the home, and they are often not capable of adequately purifying large areas. The good news about them is that you can order one quickly online or at your local hardware store. It may be worth giving one a shot to see if it works for you.
However, as a general rule, we always recommend whole-home air purifiers to ensure comprehensive coverage in all areas of the home and at all times while your AC or heating system operates.
A whole-home air purifier is installed within your ventilation system so that all air that passes through your system gets purified. They tend to require much less maintenance than portable units, which must be maintained on a much more frequent basis.
What to Expect after Installation
Cleaner air that’s easier to breathe, of course! For many homeowners, this will be a major improvement to the stuffy air that most of us experience during our long cooling season. Because of the temperature difference, most homeowners keep a tight lid on their homes, and this obviously allows contaminants to build up over time.
A whole-home air purifier can be especially useful to those who suffer from asthma or allergens. It’s certainly the only way to ensure that the air within the home is covered, rather than just one person’s individual room.
Contact Cool Touch to learn more about your air purifier installation options in Sun City. We want you to start breathing cleaner air this summer!