If you’re looking forward to the beautiful spring in the Fayetteville area, but you’re not excited about the accompanying pollen and other allergy triggers, learn how whole-house air cleaners can keep your home’s air clean and fresh this season and all year long.
Whole-house air cleaners
Airborne pollutants can aggravate respiratory issues, make your home smell bad and even increase your cooling and heating costs by encumbering HVAC performance. Whole-house air cleaners target one or more of these contaminants:
- Particulates: pollen, pet dander and dust.
- Micro-organisms: viruses, bacteria, dust mites, fungi and mold spores.
- Odors/gases: cleaners, solvents, cooking and pet odors and vapors released from building materials.
Whole-house air cleaners are installed inside the duct system, which, as the name indicates, cleans the air throughout a home, unlike portable cleaners, which are significantly limited in scope and effectiveness. These are popular whole-house air-cleaning systems:
- Electronic air cleaners use a process of capturing and charging particulates. After the particulates have been charged, they drop out of the air stream. Electronic air cleaners remove both large and microscopic particulates.
- UV light systems are one or more ultraviolet lights installed in the return duct near the air handler/blower. UV lights neutralize micro-organisms that would otherwise accumulate and grow. They do this by destroying the micro-organisms’ DNA.
- HEPA filtration systems capture particulates and micro-organisms down to 0.3 microns in size (1,000 times smaller/thinner than a human hair). HEPA filtration systems are often paired with gas-phase carbon filters for odor removal.
- Gas-phase filters target one or more common household odors using a carbon sorbent. Gas-phase filters, like UV lights, do not capture particulates or micro-organisms.
Many homeowners are opting for whole-house air purification systems. For more information about the system or combination of systems that are right for your home, contact Blanton’s Heating & A/C. Make sure you also schedule an indoor air quality test. We serve homeowners in greater Fayetteville, and we’re committed to helping you keep your home both comfortable and energy efficient.