Improving Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
When on the topic of HVAC systems, it is difficult not to mention pollution. Many governments across the glove are working very hard to battle air pollution through the implementation of new and different laws and policies regarding the environment. Air cannot be considered “fresh” anymore, especially in the big cities, because so much of it has already been damaged by pollutants that come from industrial plants, vehicle smoke, and other sources. The polluted air then comes into our homes, causing discomfort, irritation, and unfortunately, health risks.
Air quality improvement is a special area of the HVAC industry. Because homes and buildings are enclosed spaces, they have the capability to manipulate the air flow and the pollutants within it, which is where air filters get involved. An air filter screens the air to remove irritants and dangerous particles such as spores, dust, pollen, and other contaminants. To be clear, HVAC systems circulate the air throughout the home. Therefore, without air filters, there are much higher risks of coming in contact with these pollutants.
Now that the importance of Kalamazoo indoor air quality has been pointed out, let’s proceed to what is out there for homeowners. There are basically two types of air filters: one, a centralized furnace or air con mounted unit that works for the whole house; and two, a portable unit that serves individual rooms. Both types offer various models with different cleaning methods and features. Choosing between furnace-mounted and portable, single room unit filter basically depends on the type of house the equipment will be serving. A condominium or apartment unit, for example, may be advised to use a single-room air filter, while a town home may be advised to employ a furnace-mounted system.
When you consult with your trusted HVAC contractor, you will be given several options on the types of air filter technologies you may use. Among the most common are media air filters, HEPA or high efficiency particulate air filters, electrostatic air filters, and electronic air filters. The first two are the most popular today for their efficiency.
Media and HEPA air filters, in a nutshell, both employ pleated media to remove particles. Both are proven to eliminate 99 percent of irritants. The difference, however, is that the former is more efficient in screening very small particulates like bacteria, viruses and dust than the other. Media and HEPA air filters are cost effective Kalamazoo indoor air quality enhancers in as much as the screening media are replaced only once in every one or two years.
In these times when the world becomes more industrial and urbanized, it is important for homeowners to protect themselves from health risks brought by air pollution. Air conditioners, furnaces, ventilators, and other heating and cooling systems should be accompanied by necessary air filtering devices to ensure the household’s health and safety. Call your HVAC contractor today and inquire how you will further improve the house’s indoor air quality.