Originally published Dec. 28, 2019, updated Jan. 24, 2022.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air pollution is a big problem. In fact, it ranks among the top five health hazards affecting Americans. You can protect your indoor air quality from this silent enemy by using air purifiers in your Easley, SC, home.
Filter-based Air Purifiers
Some purifiers use filters to improve your indoor air. As fans pull air through the filter, the filter traps dust, pollen, and other airborne pollutants. The best filter is a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance). HEPA filters can capture contaminants as small as 0.3 microns, which means they handle 99.97% of pollutants. (For reference, a dot (.) equals 615 microns.) However, most home HVAC systems are not built to accommodate HEPA filters, as they restrict the inflow of air. You should check your HVAC manual or give us a call to help you determine the highest MERV-rated filter that your system will allow.
Ultraviolet Light Purifiers
UV light purifiers work by infusing the area with ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation does not harm your family members. When viruses, bacteria, or fungi encounter ultraviolet light, they are either destroyed or become sterile and cannot reproduce. Because of their effectiveness in destroying these microscopic organisms, UV light purifiers are ideal for those who are prone to infection or have compromised immune systems. A UV light is usually installed in the air handler near the coils where condensation is likely to encourage bacteria build-up.
Whole-house Air Purifier
Whole-house purifiers, also called central purifiers, work alongside your HVAC system. They can incorporate filters and/or UV lights. Depending on the type, you can install whole-house purifiers in your air ducts, at air intake points and in your furnace, or as a stand-alone unit in an attic.
Other Indoor Air Quality Options
In addition to air filters and ultraviolet lights, Easley homeowners have other options when it comes to improving the quality of their indoor air. Ventilators, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers all play a role in ensuring your family members breathe clean air. Through an air quality audit, our comfort specialists can help you determine which product best suits your needs.
To learn more about how good indoor air quality can improve your health, check out our air quality solutions at Palmetto Heating & Air LLC or call us for more information.