The flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, summer is in the air.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, those words may chill your soul instead of warming your heart. It’s an especially troublesome time of year for families with asthmatic children, or elderly parents who may not be breathing as easily as they used to.
What makes matters worse is that you may think you’re locking out pollen, mold spores, even germs and dust by keeping windows and doors sealed. But you could be creating an even worse environment for those with allergies, asthma or upper respiratory problems. Sealed windows are great at keeping air from getting into the house but they’re also great at keeping anything from getting out, and that includes allergens, bacteria and other particles that can contribute to breathing – and feeling – badly.
If you’re concerned about the health or wellness of your family, young or old, you’re not alone. Nor are you helpless to do anything about it. With a good air purification system, you can exponentially improve the quality of your indoor air and have everyone breathing easier and feeling healthier quickly. Here’s how an air purification system works and how it can help you.
Single Room Air Purifiers Vs Whole House Purifiers
If you’re looking to clean up your air, you may be tempted to purchase a small unit to place in specific rooms. Maybe you’re thinking of putting one in the kids’ bedroom, or even in the basement playroom. While these can be a good way to lower pollution from cigarette smoke, dust and pollen, they vary greatly in their effectiveness. Some are pretty good and others do almost nothing.
The other concern with room units is that even the really good ones are usually good at one thing, but they don’t address multiple sources of pollution. A unit that’s exceptional at removing odors may not be removing germs and bacteria effectively. Or one that removes bacteria may not be removing chemical vapors.
The truth of modern living is that pollution comes in many forms, not just from the outdoors. Chemicals from carpets and furniture can continue to filter through your home long after they’re purchased. Fumes from paint and even cleaning supplies linger in the air with nowhere to go now that our windows are so well-sealed.
If you love cooking, there are odors and particulate from that steak you’ve put on the griddle. If you have pets, then you’re no stranger to dander, especially during warmer months as they begin to shed their winter fur.
Most importantly, room units don’t address pollutants that circulate throughout the rest of your home. Only a good whole house air purifier has the ability to effectively remove pollutants from all sources and do it for every room in the house.
How Whole House Air Purifiers Work
Much like room units, not all whole house air purifiers are created equal. A good one will vastly reduce allergens, eliminate 95% of airborne particulates, keep mold and bacteria at bay, significantly reduce odors from pets, smoking or cooking, and address each of the three main sources of pollution, including chemical odors and vapors.
For those especially sensitive to allergens, look for a unit that does not generate ozone, which is typically used as an odor-reducer but can also be an irritant.
Whole house purifiers are typically composed of multiple components. Media filters capture particles like pet dander and pollen, and remove them from the air. Ultraviolet lights installed in ductwork are designed to kill airborne bacteria and prevent mold from growing on air conditioning coils. In better models, as the air is recirculated throughout your home it will contain a catalyst that breaks down odors and chemicals and kills bacteria, even on surfaces.
If you’re serious about improving your home’s air quality, consider a system that includes fresh air recovery. It may sound counterintuitive, but instead of keeping outside air out, you can improve your air quality by letting some in.
With our homes becoming ever more energy efficient, they are increasingly sealed against fresh air. That means indoor air becomes stale and stuffy and contaminants continue to be recycled throughout the home. A fresh air ventilation system periodically exchanges stale air for fresh, and filters it before it enters your house so the allergens stay outside where you want them.
So whether you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma, or if you have elderly family members who require fresher, filtered air, or if you’re just tired of battling germs every time the kids come home from school or summer camp, consider a whole house air purification system.
It won’t do the housekeeping for you, but it will go a long way to eliminating the particles, odors and contaminants that plague your health and comfort.
If you’d like to learn more, contact us online or give us a call us at (732) 316-5554. We’ll visit your home for a free consultation and estimate and show you how to breathe easier.