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Choosing the Right Air Purifier

UV-air-purifier-bulbQuick: What is the most important factor when it comes to your home comfort? If you said your air conditioner, that makes a lot of sense considering the heat and humidity we experience here in Georgia. But what about where comfort and health meet head-on: indoor air quality? For many homeowners throughout our area, maintaining great indoor air quality is a battle that they may not even fully understand that they are losing.

While keeping your home comfortable during our long hot summers and generally mild winters is important, maintaining high indoor air quality is equally important. Your indoor air quality ties directly into your comfort, and letting it slip affects both your comfort and health, as well as the condition of your property. We recommend using an air purifier in Dallas, GA to guarantee the protection of your air quality. Of course, this leads to the question of which air purifier(s) will benefit you the most.

Signs of Subpar Indoor Air Quality

Okay, so you’ve taken our message seriously and decided to do something to protect the quality of the air you breathe in your home. But how do you know if it’s something that you actually need to do? We’ve got some tips to help you recognize the need for an indoor air quality system/air purifier.

  • Increased level of dust or dirt in the air or settling in the home.
  • Increased instances of allergy/asthma flare-ups.
  • Increased instances of illness in the home.
  • Signs of mold. (Note: if mold is present you need to contact a qualified remediation contractor)
  • Presence of pets or smokers in the home.

Types of Air Purifiers

An effective air filtration system is an excellent first line of defense for a home. You can solve a lot of problems simply by filtering pollutants out of the air before they enter the air distribution system. If you’re concerned about pollutants making it past a filter, an electronic air cleaner is a good initial step.

Electronic air cleaners take a more active role in protecting and improving indoor air quality. Rather than simply trapping pollutants on a filter media, they give pollutants an electric charge through an ionization process. Those charged pollutants then adhere to oppositely charged collector plates. These plates are easily removed for cleaning.

Biological pollutants require an even more advanced method of removal. In fact, they must be destroyed in the process! The reasoning behind this is the fact that, because biological pollutants are living entities, they can continue to thrive and reproduce even when they are trapped on a filter or air cleaner collector.

UV air purifiers use UV (ultraviolet) radiation in order to kill biological pollutants. This is the same type of light wave that will give you a sunburn at the beach or light up your clothing on an amusement park dark ride. These air purifiers are safe for people and pets in a home, and its rays are confined to the air handler/ductwork. For biological pollutants, however, their effects are devastating.

Schedule your IAQ services with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.

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