These days, many homes are being built more airtight than ever. This makes it even harder to eliminate airborne pollutants. While proper heating and AC maintenance are important for good indoor air quality, they may not be enough. To keep air pollutants out of the air circulating in your home and help you and your family breathe easier, you’ll want to invest in an air purifier.
Air purifiers get rid of smaller airborne contaminants that your filtration system may not capture. Keep in mind that indoor pollution can have a serious impact on your family’s health. Indoor pollution may include allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), cooking odors, and smoke, among other things.
In this post, Cool Zone Air Conditioning & Heating, a leading provider of top-quality HVAC services, discusses the importance of air purifiers and why you should get one for your home.
Why Is an Air Purifier Important to Your Health?
Just because you’re inside your house doesn’t mean you no longer have to deal with air pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air quality is an important health factor to consider, especially since most people spend nearly 90% of their time indoors.
Poor indoor air quality can also result in adverse health effects. Even a single exposure to airborne allergens and other contaminants may lead to eye or nose irritation, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. These symptoms may be treated, but they’ll continue to bother you if the cause isn’t pinpointed and addressed immediately. Adding an air purifier to your existing HVAC system helps a lot in reducing respiratory issues by improving indoor air quality.
What Are the Benefits of Air Purifiers?
Having an air purification system installed in your home by a certified AC repair contractor has its benefits. We highlight five of them here:
Cleaner, healthier air. The ideal HVAC air purification system should eliminate up to 99% of the common flu virus as well as mold and bacteria growth that may be present in your home. When one family member catches the flu, chances are that the rest of the family will get sick as well. This typically happens because everyone is breathing the same air.
For this reason, you should consider investing in an air purifier that utilizes HEPA filters. Such filters can capture all kinds of bacteria and viruses to keep yourself and your family free from airborne diseases. Be sure to discuss your options with our HVAC experts to help you find the right type of air purifier to fit your needs.
Get rid of odors. An average household will encounter a wide variety of odors and smells, including those from cooked food, mold, household products, pet odors, and tobacco smoke. An air purifier can remove all of them from the indoor air you and your family breathe in, but only a certain type can do this: specifically, one that has a carbon filter is capable of getting rid of such smells.
Here’s how it works: airborne pollutants get pulled towards the air purifier, then the carbon filter absorbent pellet adheres to the odor compounds through chemical adsorption. The air purifier releases the air once the odors are trapped by the filter.
Reduce pet dander. Pet dander is a common issue that many homeowners with furry companions deal with every day. Warm-blooded animals shed tiny flakes from their skin called dander, which may trigger an allergic reaction in humans. When your pet dog or cat scratches themselves, they release a lot of hair and dander into the indoor air, which may be circulated through your house via the HVAC system.
Even if you’re not allergic, you don’t want to spend a lot of time dealing with fur balls and persistent pet odors. While most HVAC systems’ air filters will remove some dander from your home’s air supply, you’ll need a quality air purification system to tackle the rest. With a good air purifier, you won’t be able to tell by the smell that the litter box needs to be cleaned.
Relieves symptoms of asthma. Did you know that one in twelve people have asthma? Since people with this respiratory issue have inflamed bronchial tubes, pollutants such as pollen or dust mites may irritate the airways, which can cause breathing problems.
Pollen particles may enter your home through open windows, while dust mites thrive in humid indoor places. They feed on dead skin cells and multiply quickly on your bed, carpet, and upholstered furniture. While vacuuming can eliminate these pollutants, some may remain circulating in the air, increasing the chances of asthma attacks. Fortunately, air purifiers with high-efficiency filters can capture all these pollutants so you can breathe clean air.
Improves sleep. The presence of allergens such as bacteria and fungi in the indoor air can disrupt your sleep schedule. Hay fever, in particular, may cause a runny nose that can last up to several weeks. Some common allergic symptoms, including frequent sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose congestion, can make sleeping difficult and uncomfortable.
Without adequate sleep, you may feel drowsy the next morning, which will affect your productivity at work. The best way to avoid sleep disruptions is by investing in an air purifier. It helps ensure a better night’s sleep for you and your family, as it effectively filters most allergens out of your room.
Adding an air purification system to your home can be extremely beneficial, especially if you or any of your family members have allergies or any respiratory conditions. As a Carrier® Factory-Authorized Dealer, Cool Zone Air Conditioning & Heating offers quality air purifiers that work to get rid of allergens and odors and ensure better indoor air quality overall.
Expect our team of NATE-certified technicians to help you achieve a better, more livable home by providing other exceptional services, from indoor air quality assessments, heating, and cooling system tune-ups and routine HVAC maintenance. You can count on us for your heating and AC replacement and repair needs as well. Call us today at (623) 777-3881 or fill out our contact form to upset an appointment.