Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or you’re just interested in improving your indoor air quality for better overall health, investing in an air cleaner for your Grand Traverse County home is a good way place to start. This guide will outline the types of air cleaners available to help you choose the right system for your home.
Mechanical air filters
The most common of all air filters, mechanical ones are actually small fiber-filled screens through which air is blown. Particles of like smoke, allergens and pollen are trapped within the fibers, keeping your air cleaner. HEPA filters are highly-effective mechanical filters that trap 90 percent of airborne particles that are at least 0.3 microns in size.
Electronic air cleaners
These portable units use an electrostatic charge to trap particles. There are two types of electronic air cleaners:
- Electrostatic precipitators draw air into the unit and give the particles an electrical charge. Collection plates in the unit are given an opposite charge, causing the particles to adhere to the plates.
- Ionizers disperse ions into the air to charge particles, which then fall to surfaces in the room to be removed by dusting and vacuuming.
Electronic air cleaners create small amounts of ozone, which is a known respiratory irritant. While the levels of ozone produced are very low, those with severe allergies and asthma may be affected.
Whole-house air cleaners
Installed in your HVAC system, whole-house air cleaners use filters to trap particles from your air. These can be expensive to install and operate, but if you’re investing in an air cleaner, this option will significantly improve your indoor air quality.
For more expert advice about investing in an air cleaner, contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We keep Grand Traverse County area residents comfortable year-round.
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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