Air cleaners make a difference in air quality in your home by removing pollutants such as dust, pollen, chemicals, and mold spores. For some people, using an air cleaner can help to relieve the symptoms of asthma or allergies. However, not all air cleaners work in the same way. It is essential to understand the different types of air cleaners so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
Mechanical air filters: A mechanical air filter cleans the air by removing particles of smoke, dust, pollen, or other allergens. These filters are very effective at removing particles larger than 0.3 microns in diameter, but they can be quite noisy and generally use a lot of electricity to run.
Electronic air filters: These filters use electrically charged plates to attract airborne particles, thus removing them from the air. One downside of these air filters is that they may create ozone, which irritates the airways and can worsen asthma.
Gas phase air filters: These filters are effective at removing odors and gases from the air. Granules of activated carbon soak up the gases to prevent them from circulating in your home. The disadvantage of gas-phase air filters is that they need to be frequently replaced.
Germicidal air cleaner: Also called UV light systems, these kill bacteria, mold, and viruses using ultraviolet lights. There is some evidence that they are effective at reducing the spread of infectious diseases, but they are less effective at relieving symptoms in people with asthma or allergies.
If you use a forced-air heating or air conditioning system in your home, you can incorporate a whole-house air cleaner to improve air quality throughout the house. Many HVAC systems include air filtration systems to remove larger particles, which can be easily upgraded to remove smaller allergens.
Lennox offers most of these filtration systems, including high-efficiency mechanical filters, electronic purification systems, and UV light systems, with some combining the features of multiple systems.
To find out more about choosing an air cleaner for your New Jersey home, please contact us at Pipe Works Services We provide quality HVAC and plumbing services in Morris, Union, Somerset, and Essex counties.