Indoor air pollution is a silent killer. In fact, a lot of people get sick even when they just stay indoors. As the quality of air falls, so does the levels of people living inside the house. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is estimated to be around 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. That’s why HVAC systems are recommended to be fitted with air purifiers and cleaners.
On the other hand, it can be quite confusing to choose between different models and brands of air purifiers. The process is never simple and you need to read the fine lines and specifications to understand that a certain unit is capable of. This article will help enlighten homeowners on what they need to buy and why.
Here are some tips on buying air purifiers and cleaners
Whole-house air purifiers and portable models
It’s quite common to see different types of air purifiers. However, they are basically divided into two categories. Single-room units and whole-house units make up the two categories. As for single-room units, they are usually smaller and can only efficiently function in a single room. Their size limits the amount of air they can filter. However, they are portable and can be transferred from one location to another with ease. Single room units also have two categories namely table-top and console.
A whole-house air purifier has more capacity but it needs to be connected to the North Myrtle Beach HVAC for it to work. An HVAC technician is also required for the installation of the unit.
Different kinds of home air purifiers
There’s an entire spectrum of home air purifiers in the market. Each one is marketed differently. If you don’t know what the labels mean, you might make the mistake of purchasing an inefficient kind of purifier. To get rid of the confusion, here are the different types of air purifiers that may work well with your heating and cooling system:
HEPA – these are the filters that are the most effective. HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Accumulation filters removed around 99.97% of particles in the air with the size of .3 microns.
ULPA – these types of filters are commonly used in hospitals and in certain parts of manufacturing areas where the air is required to be as clean as possible. ULPA or Ultra Low Penetrating Air filters can trap 99.99% of particles with the size of .1 microns.
HEPA-type – these types of filers are made for self-contained cooling or heating systems and HVAC systems. These filters have not been tested rigorously as with HEPA filters but can still function similarly to the real thing.
Electrostatic air filters – these types of filters create a static charge that traps particles in the air. They need to be replaced at least four times a year. However, there are types that can be cleaned and reused. If you are finding it hard to choose the right type of air purifier for your HVAC system, call NMB HVAC Pros for more information on compatible purifiers for your system.
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