Bay area HVAC installation and repair contractors know the importance of keeping the air inside your home as clean as possible. You may not know it, but the air inside your home is far more polluted than the air outdoors! Pet dander, dust mites, mold, pollen and other airborne contaminants can make your family sick – especially those with asthma or who are prone to allergies and other respiratory problems. Below we’ll discuss the types of air cleaners available today to help remove contaminants in the air your family breathes.
Portable air cleaners
While whole-house air cleaners are preferable, portable varieties work well when you need cleaner air in one particular room, or simply can’t afford a whole-house cleaner. If you burn wood, you know how dusty it can make your living room. Pets have dander that floats through the air. Even your furnace can blow contaminants through the air you breathe. A portable air cleaner will clean the air in one room. If you choose this type, be sure to consider the size of the room and check for a high rating, which means more pollutants can be removed.
Whole-house air cleaners
Even though large dust particles are trapped by the filters in a forced-air heating system, these filters are not designed to purify the air in your home. Upgrading from a regular filter to one with a high MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating will give you cleaner air, but it won’t restrict the airflow of your heater.
When you have someone in your home with serious allergies or asthma, consider a HEPA filtration system or even an electronic air cleaner. UV lights are another option that’s good when you want the cleanest air possible in your home. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are used in most hospitals and can remove even the smallest pollutants from the air.
As trusted Bay area HVAC maintenance and installation experts, we want to help you achieve cleaner, healthier air inside your home. Have questions about any of the air cleaning methods we mentioned, or others related to heating and cooling your home? Call Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today, we’re happy to help.