Air PurifiersIf you are a homeowner who suffers from allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity or other respiratory-related symptoms, you may want to consider an air purifier, also known as an air cleaner.
Whole house air purifiers are installed in the ductwork of your heating system and wired into your home's electrical system to remove dust and smoke particles from the air in the entire home. Some use a high-efficiency filter, while others use an electronic precipitator.
With electrostatic precipitators, an electrical charge is applied to the particles pulled into the device. The particles are then captured on oppositely charged plates. These collection plates must be cleaned often, so this type requires more maintenance than filter-based models.
Filter style air purifiers use a fan, which pulls air through filters made of pleated fabric that are attached to forced-air systems. The filters must be replaced periodically, but are available at a variety of price points.
When buying a filter, look for the minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV, which indicates how effectively it will remove particles from the air. The higher the MERV rating, the fewer airborne contaminants pass through the filter. MERV ratings range from 1 to 16. Some of the common particles related to MERV ratings are pet dander, insecticide dust, smog, dust, viruses, wood, tobacco smoke, spores, bacteria and pollen.
If you would like to clear the air in your home, call the professionals at Ibbotson Heating & Air Conditioning Company. You can rely on them to help you choose a solution that's best for you.