May 8, 2023
Modern homes are tightly sealed. While this minimizes air leakage to boost energy efficiency, it does have downsides for indoor air quality. Dust, pollen, pet dander, microscopic particles, chemicals, vapors, bacteria, and viruses can become concentrated indoors and re-circulate through your HVAC system. A whole-home air filtration system has many benefits. Knowing these can help you decide whether to hire an HVAC contractor to install one.
People spend 90% of their time indoors on average. Allergens, irritants, and organic pathogens can be several times more concentrated than outside. Standard HVAC air filters aren’t as effective at filtering the smallest airborne particles and don’t capture pollutants before they get into your home’s air supply. A whole home system is beneficial because it can:
Air filters are rated by their minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). A MERV 8 filter can remove pollen, dust, dust mites, and pet dander, while a MERV 13 filter can remove smoke particles, microscopic particulates, bacteria, and viruses. A MERV 16 filter is the most efficient for residential use and is highly effective at removing the smallest of particles. With a high-efficiency whole home filter, you may notice less dust, and stuffy air can be a thing of the past.
Cooking grease, chemicals from cleaning products, tobacco smoke from a nearby neighbor, and many other sources can unleash unpleasant odors in your home. These smells often accompany allergy and asthma symptoms. A whole-home air filtration system eliminates the source of common odors. It can purify your home of smells from aerosols, mildew, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, cat litter, and other pollutants.
Several different purification technologies are effective. Depending on the system, it may use ionization, activated carbon, or HEPA filtration. Others, such as the Pure Air filtration system installed by Service Champions, use ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy microorganisms and prevent them from reproducing. A photo-catalytic oxidation process breaks down tiny particles from annoying odors and harmful vapors.
Sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes aren’t the only problems an air filtration system can relieve. Viruses cause a range of airborne illnesses and many, such as coronavirus, can be found in the air in our homes. Many air purification systems can filter out very tiny particles, so the air you breathe doesn’t make you sick.
Eliminating air pollutants before they enter your home prevents dust and other particles from clogging up filters, fans, and other HVAC components. These won’t collect in your ductwork, either. In addition to preventing the re-circulation of contaminants, a whole-house air filter lets your AC run more smoothly. For one, this prevents issues with climate control. Reduced strain can also mean fewer repairs and a longer equipment lifespan.
Cleaner indoor air reduces the risk and severity of eye, nose, and throat irritation. Your risk of respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer may be reduced as well. But improved indoor air quality also improves your comfort. And if the air is easier to breathe, you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep, which is crucial for health, restfulness, and productivity.
Our skilled team is known for high-quality air conditioning and heating services across Southern California. They can also install a Pure Air filtration system in your home. Other solutions include an air scrubber that removes 99% of indoor air contaminants, a Biogaurd filtration system in your HVAC unit, and a biocide chamber that kills bacteria, mold, and other organic pollutants with UV light. Each of our technicians is trained, screened, and background-checked to ensure your satisfaction with our services. To get started, book an appointment online or call us at 800-800-2417.