We Need Clean Air
We all know a little about outdoor air pollution. Smog, cars, factories, all of the nasty stuff in the air, but there is another type of air pollution that gets to us too. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. There are plenty of unwanted air pollutants in our homes and businesses that can do everything from just annoying us to actually harming our health. Sometimes this is alleviated by venting in clean air from the outside. This is an attempt at limiting or getting rid of the source of the pollutants. However, this can sometimes backfire if there is a high level of pollutants in the air from outside as well.
An Air Purifier Can Help
As an alternative, you can use some sort of air cleaning device, or air purifier, to help expel the contaminants in an interior space. These can come in different sizes and shapes, and some can even be placed in the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) unit of a home. There are many different devices that can be used to clean up your air. Each one works to alleviate certain pollutants, and each one has its limitations.
A Brief Breakdown of Air Cleaning Technologies and Their Limitations
Devices That Clean Up Particle Pollutants and Their Limitations
Air Filters – These are great for smaller particles, and definitely good to have in your home, but they can’t get everything. Larger particles will settle before they even reach these filters.
Ozone Generators – These purport to cleanse particles, gases and biological pollutants. However, they can be unsafe, and ineffective at removing pollutants. They are sometimes sold as air cleaners, and will produce a lung irritant called ozone.
Devices That Clean Up Gas Pollutants and Their Limitations
Gas Phase Filters – These aren’t frequently used, and they may not work for long before having to be replaced.
PCOs – These use a UV lamp and a catalyst that reacts with the light to remove certain pollutants. But currently they aren’t designed to remove enough pollutants to be effective in a home.
Devices That Clean Up Biological Pollutants and Their Limitations
UVGI – These are great additions to any system, as they help get rid of many biological pollutants. But they don’t get them all. Without more light and longer exposure time – which isn’t always possible – they tend to miss bacterial and mold spores.
What you really need is a combination of a few systems. A high MERV rating filtration system added to a UV system and a fresh air ventilation system and you will notice a difference in your air quality.
The EPA has some great information here: EPA
Max Mechanical offers Lennox PureAir™ systems as well as Goodman whole house HEPA systems and can create a custom indoor air quality solution for your new or existing home today.
Let us show you your options today!
Or Call 817-459-4100 or 972-233-1637