The Benefits of an Air PurifierMay 01, 2018
From springtime pollen to summer dust and mold, air purifiers effectively capture and kill contaminants circulating around your home. Poor indoor air quality can be much worse than outdoor air. An air purifier can help you breathe better if you have asthma, allergies, or a chronic illness. Some people install air purifiers when they are pregnant or live in an environment with lots of dust, mold, pollen, or pet dander.
Gray particles that settle on surfaces in your home are known as dust. The composition varies based on several factors, such as the number of people who live there, the outdoor environment, or how food is cooked. Dust ranges in size, but the dust we see is considered quite large. An air purifier will help trap these particles, even the ones that are smaller than the eye can see before they settle on a surface. Cleaning will be much easier, and you will see a reduction in dust mites in your home.
For people with seasonal allergies, grass, trees, and weeds can be triggers during the spring and summer months. Pollen enters your home through windows or attaches to clothing, shoes, and hair. Air purifiers can filter most airborne pollen floating around your home.
Molds like Alternaria, Aspergillus Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys can feed on wood, insulation, drywall, and more. Inside the home, mold likes places that are warm, damp, and dark. Certain air purifiers can effectively filter mold spores found in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Do you have a cat or a dog? Maybe a ferret, a hamster, or a bird? Many pet owners develop allergies over time and need an air purifier to alleviate the symptoms. Microscopic dander peels off your pet’s hair, fur, or feathers. All types of animals emit dander unless they are hypoallergenic.
Most air filters filter out varying levels of pollutants. Chemicals can infiltrate the air from materials around you. Formaldehyde is a common chemical, found in paint, chemical fumes, finishes, or treated fabrics. Cleaning or personal care products can also fill the air with particles you do not want to breathe in. Smoke may also become present in your home if you, a family member, or even a neighbor smokes. Living close to an area prone to forest fires can also bring smoke into the home.
Viruses & Bacteria
Poor air circulation creates a favorable environment for airborne viruses and bacteria to spread. When someone sneezes or coughs, mucous droplets fly into the air and can be inhaled by another person in the space. Some microbes can stay afloat in the air for hours, while living on a surface for another 24 hours. Good hygiene helps prevent the spread of the flu or the common cold, but air purifiers can effectively reduce the number of germs circulating in the air.
Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating is a proud supplier of Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, who provides air purifiers with a MERV rating of 13-16, trapping particles ranging between 0.3 – 1 micrometers. These filters can also be found in hospitals and help extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment.
Nu-Calgon iWave-R Air Purifiers are also an option through Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating. These self-cleaning, no maintenance air purifiers are installed in your air ducts. Ions actively purify the air as it flows through it, killing mold, bacteria, and viruses.
Improve the quality of the air you breathe by installing an air purifier today.
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