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"Why is there so much dust in the air when I have an air filter in my furnace and air conditioner?" you may be wondering. Well, the answer to this question is pretty simple. That basic air filter in your HVAC systems is not really intended to improve the indoor air quality throughout your home. Instead, it is primarily there to protect the HVAC systems themselves.
In order to improve and maintain your indoor air quality throughout your house, you can use designated air filtration and air purifier systems, though. These systems must be a good fit for your existing HVAC system, however, and should be selected carefully with your unique situation in mind. Hire Area Heating & Cooling, Inc. to install and service your air filters and/or air purifiers in Vancouver, WA and you can count on that.
Choosing Your Air Filter
Sometimes, homeowners make the mistake of thinking that the most efficient air filter is the best one for filtering pollutants out of the air in their home. The trouble with choosing the most efficient air filter on the market is that it is probably going to overwhelm your HVAC system.
Using a HEPA filter that would be appropriate in a hospital setting, for instance, won’t really serve your home well. Pay attention to the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of the filter that you’re considering, and be sure to ask our team any questions that you may have.
Is an Air Purifier a Better Option?
Air purifiers are the next logical step up from air filters. Air filters, as you probably know, simply collect pollutants on a filtering media as air passes through the filter. Air purification systems, on the other hand, take a much more active approach in cleaning the air in your home. There are 2 general categories of air purifiers that homeowners usually use. These are electronic and UV air purifiers.
- Electronic air purifiers come in a few different varieties, but generally operate similarly to one another. Air is brought through an ionization chamber, where the pollutants in that air are given an electric charge. Those pollutants are then trapped on collector plates, which are oppositely charged and can be easily removed for cleaning as needed.
- UV air purifiers differ from both air filters and electronic air purifiers in that they are not actually used to remove pollutants like dust and dirt from the air. Instead, these air purifiers are used to kill biological pollutants such as viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. They do this by using ultraviolet light, which is confined to the ductwork and is completely safe for residents/pets.
Let Us Install Your Air Filters and Air Purifiers
There is little point in investing in the best equipment on the market if you are not also going to invest in outstanding services for those systems. When you are ready to choose your air filtration/purification systems in Vancouver, WA, or you need any such system repaired, tuned up, or replaced, we encourage you to give us a call. With over four decades of experience behind us, our IAQ technicians have what it takes to help you breathe more healthful air.