Air conditioners control the temperature and remove excess humidity, but they don’t improve your indoor air quality. Standard fiberglass filters remove a limited variety of pollutants. Their main job is to protect your HVAC equipment from large airborne particles like pollen, dust and carpet fibers. They’re not designed to protect you. If you want to breathe healthy and clean indoor air, you don’t have to rely on a portable HEPA filter. A whole-house purifier is a better alternative. Whether you’re interested in allergy relief or creating a healthier family home, here are a few reasons why customers in Fort Pierce choose whole-house air cleaners.
1. Removing Household Dust
Household dust is one of the most common and diverse indoor pollutants. It’s also the bane of every home keeper’s existence. Approximately, two-thirds of dust comes from outdoor sources, including plant pollen, minerals and dirt. The other third is comprised of dead skin, pet hair, paper and lint.
Dust ranges in size from 10 microns to one-tenth of a micron, so it’s difficult to find a filter that can collect dust in all its shapes and forms. Small particles slip through most filtration materials, and large contaminants settle on indoor surfaces before they’re removed. While standard AC filters only capture 20 percent of mid-sized dust, air cleaners eliminate 99 percent of similarly sized particles.
2. Controlling Indoor Pollutants
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, mechanical air filters effectively collect dust, pollen, pet dander and some mold spores. If you want to remove a wider range of contaminants and allergens, an electronic air cleaner is a better choice. These products ionize incoming particles so that they clump together and stick to the collection media. Negatively charged materials then bind to the positively charged filter. This elegant solution lets the system capture the smallest pollutants. Best of all, these filtration products don’t affect your air conditioner’s efficiency.
3. Avoiding Illnesses with Germ-Free Air
When it comes to airborne pollutants, what you can’t see can hurt you. Bacteria, viruses and mold spores are some of the smallest and most harmful contaminants that you’ll find indoors. Capturing these particles isn’t enough. Whole-home purifiers go a step further by using electrical currents to inactivate germs and damage their DNA. The Trane air purifiers that are available through Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning disable up to 99 percent of germs, including those that cause the flu and the common cold. They can also eliminate odor-causing bacteria to leave your home smelling clean and fresh.
4. Relieving Allergies and Asthma
Allergists have long recommended portable air cleaners. While these products are effective on a small scale, you shouldn’t be confined to one room in your house. Whole-home purifiers are up to 100 times more effective than standard AC filters. Unlike portable units, they filter all of the air in your home up to eight times per hour to provide continuous relief. They’re ideal for removing dust mite allergens, pet dander and other microscopic particles that cause airway irritation and itchy eyes.
5. Using Air Purifiers to Create a Healthier Home
According to the American Lung Association, particles smaller than 2.5 microns can deeply penetrate the lungs because they aren’t filtered by your respiratory system. This is one reason why first-, second- and third-hand smoke is so harmful. Trane’s line of air cleaners can successfully capture contaminants as small as one-tenth of a micron. Even smog and smoke from cooking or tobacco use don’t stand a chance when you have a powerful filtration system that works in sync with your air conditioner or heat pump.
For more information on improving your indoor air quality, get in touch with us today by calling 772-208-9892. We can assess your home and air conditioning equipment to provide personalized recommendations. If you’re ready to get started, check out our air conditioning services.