A Homeowner's Guide to Whole-Home Air CleanersWith modern-day super viruses and pollution levels on the rise, maintaining healthy indoor air quality is more important than ever. A whole-home air cleaner is a powerful weapon against indoor contaminants. Use this guide to help select the right system to serve your needs.

Electronic Air Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners remove airborne particles and microorganisms using electrostatic attraction. As airborne contaminants are pulled through the electronic air cleaner, they receive an electrical charge. The charged particles flow past thin metal plates with opposite electrical charge and stick to the plates like glue.

The metal plates should be cleaned regularly to remove the accumulated contaminants. Additionally, electronic air cleaners don’t restrict airflow to the furnace blower nearly as much as conventional air filters. This saves energy and reduces wear.

UV Lights

Ultraviolet (UV) light systems are effective at destroying microorganisms, bacteria and germs by emitting low-level radiation. UV lights are installed and sealed inside the ducts, and they’re completely safe to use. Since UV lights destroy contaminants and don’t capture them, you’ll still need to use a media filter to remove particles.

UV lights should be professionally installed by your HVAC tech. Location of the lights is key to their effectiveness and protecting the furnace and A/C from mold and bacterial growth. UV lights may be installed in the return ducts before the furnace, or you may choose to install the lights at the evaporator coil and condensate pan, which is where mold and bacteria grow.

HEPA Filtration

True high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are the most effective residential air filters available. They’re very thick and dense, and other air cleaners, HEPA filters are installed in the return duct before HVAC equipment. If someone in your household suffers respiratory ailments and needs very clean air, HEPA filtration is worth looking into.

For professional help choosing the right air cleaner for your Traverse City area home, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today. We’ve served residents of Grand Traverse County and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air cleaners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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