As we get deeper into the holiday season, we often think more about what we are grateful for, and health is at the top of the list for most people. An important factor in overall health is the air we breathe, especially indoor air. As a homeowner, it makes sense that you want to do whatever you can to keep the air in your home clean and healthy. If you want to improve your home’s indoor air quality, read on for how you can benefit from an HVAC air purifier.
The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
When you think about getting some fresh air, you probably don’t imagine finding it in your home, and you’re not wrong. According to the EPA, concentrations of pollutants in indoor air can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air. Considering Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, mostly at home, taking care of indoor air quality is essential to good health.
What is an HVAC Air Purifier?
Air purifiers do what their name implies; they clean the air in your home. There are many different types of air purifiers, and depending on the type, they remove dust, pollen, volatile organic compounds, mold spores, smoke, dust mites, viruses, pathogens, bacteria, and more from your home.
For healthier indoor air, you can use a whole-home air purifier that attaches to your HVAC system or a stand-alone (portable) air purifier. But that’s not where your choices stop. When it comes to air purifiers, you have many options including, HEPA filters, electronic air cleaners, carbon air purifiers, ultraviolet air purifiers, ionic air purifiers, air-to-air exchangers, and more.
The Benefits of an HVAC Air Purifier
Before getting into the details of which air purifier is the right fit for your home, it’s useful to understand how an HVAC air purifier can benefit you, your family, and your home.
Arguably, the most important benefit of a whole-home air purifier or a stand-alone air purifier is that it creates healthier indoor air in your home. Not only do some air purifiers clear the air of allergens and pollutants, they also clear the air of germs, bacteria, and viruses that can harm your family.
With a good air purifier, the chances of getting sick at home are reduced. And if one member of the family catches the flu or a virus elsewhere, an air purifier reduces the chances of it spreading to other family members.
Reduced Asthma Attacks and Symptoms
Air purifiers are more useful for some homes than others. For example, if someone in your home suffers from or is susceptible to asthma attacks, then an air purifier can help. Asthma triggers like dirt, dust, dry skin cells, household cleaners, smoke, paint products, perfumes, hairsprays, pollen, mold spores, and more can be found in most homes.
An air purifier can help remove these particles from the air in your home so that everyone can breathe easy.
No More Pestering Over Pets
If you’re a pet owner, there are particular pet-related HVAC tips you should follow. We know that your pets are part of your family, but we also know they can be a lot of work. With a whole-home air purifier, pet care gets a little easier.
An air purifier can help significantly reduce allergens from pet hair and dander, as well as unwanted odors that pets can bring into your home.
No More Unwanted Odors
Pet odors aren’t the only unwanted odors an air purifier can help eliminate. An air purifier can also help reduce unwanted odors from cooking, smoking, trash bins, and more. This can be especially useful if you live in a condominium, townhouse, or another type of attached living space.
Less Dust (and Less Dusting)
Air purifiers help remove dust from the air in your home, which has more benefits than one. Less dust in the air means healthier, allergen-free air for your family to breathe, and it also means less dusting too.
With an air purifier, there will be less dust in the air in your home, so less dust will buildup on your home surfaces. You’ll still have to clean your home routinely, but dusting will likely become an easier and faster chore.
So Long Smoke!
Hopefully, no one in your family smokes indoors, but if they do, an air purifier can help keep others safe from this harmful habit. But this isn’t the only type of smoke an air purifier can help with.
If you tend to stay nice and toasty during the winter months by using a fireplace, this smoke can also linger in the air and negatively affect indoor air quality. An air purifier can help clear out any fireplace smoke.
Air purifiers make indoor air quality safer through all of the benefits mentioned above, but they also make your home safer by removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are chemicals that are emitted into your indoor air in the form of a gas. VOCs can be produced by building materials, furnishings, consumer products, smoke, and more.
VOCs can have several adverse health effects, including irritation, headaches, liver and kidney damage, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and more.
Air purifiers can also help remove other harmful contaminants such as asbestos particles, radon, and more. With an effective air purifier, you can rest assured that you’re doing your part in keeping your home and family safe from these harmful compounds.
Move Over, Mold
Having mold in your home can have negative impacts on your health, and having it removed can be a costly process. With a whole-home air purifier that removes mold spores from your indoor air, you can help minimize mold growth.
Extended HVAC LifeSpan
Repairing or replacing your HVAC system can be a costly process, so we don’t blame you for wanting to get the most out of your HVAC system. An effective air purifier can help make this easier.
A whole-home air purifier will capture contaminants that would otherwise get trapped in your air filter, making your HVAC system work harder than it needs to. With a whole-home air purifier, your HVAC filters last longer, and your HVAC system works more efficiently, resulting in an overall increased lifespan.
Breathe Easy With AirXperts
If you need help with improving the indoor air quality in your home, the team at AirXperts is here to help. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs!