You may have heard people talk about indoor air quality, air cleaners, filtration systems, and the like before. You may have even checked out the indoor air quality portion of this site. Still, it can be hard to grasp why air cleaners are so important if you don’t know what’s lurking in the air you breathe every day.
The average home contains millions of microscopic airborne contaminants, including dust, pollen, dander, germs, and mold spores. Every time you take a breath in your home, you are inhaling these contaminants. Now, they’re often in low enough concentrations that they don’t cause immediate harm. However, over time these contaminants can cause all sorts of things like allergy attacks and asthma. An air cleaner is the best way to rid your home of airborne contaminants, and protect your health. Let’s take a look at some of these air cleaner types.
An air filter is a fiber mesh that is installed in your home’s ducts. Air can still pass freely through the mesh, but contaminants that it carries will become caught in the fibers. The filter needs to be cleaned every few months to get rid of the contaminants.
Ionization purifiers generate clouds of magnetically charged particles during operation. As contaminants come into contact with these particles, they gain their own magnetic charge. The particles are then attracted to metal plates inside the purifier, which can be removed and cleaned to get rid of the contaminants.
UV Germicidal Lights
UV germicidal lights are basically lightbulbs that give off ultraviolet light. Viruses, bacteria, and mold spores are often sterilized or completely destroyed upon contact with high levels of UV light. So a germicidal light protects you by removing infectious agents from your air.