Keeping your home’s air clean is a good priority to have, but with the amount of filters and purifiers on the market it can be a daunting project. Don’t be concerned if you’re unfamiliar with the technologies or terminology that you encounter in your research. Call Leslie Heating & Cooling for more information about our services for air cleaners and purifiers in Naperville, IL. Our staff of professionals is familiar with all types of home air filtration systems. We’ll share our knowledge with you, so feel free to ask us anything. We’ve put together a brief guide to help familiarize you with some of the air quality products on the market.
Media filters (or air cleaners) are non–electronic option for whole house air cleaning. They work simply by filtering out impurities, pollutants and particulants from the air as it passes through the same way a strainer lets water pass through without letting solid objects pass. The media filter is installed between a return air plenum and your furnace or air handler, and it cleans the air filtering through your duct system. These filters are much more effective at filter impurities out of the air than stock furnace filters, making them a cost–effective and easy way to maintain higher air quality in your home.
Electronic Air Cleaners
Electronic air cleaners are more complex than media air cleaners. Electronic air cleaners use electrostatic attraction to trap charged particles, effectively removing them from the air inside your home. Electronic air cleaners are divided into two categories, electrostatic precipitators and ion generators.
Electrostatic precipitators contain an ionization section and a collecting plate section that are both powered externally. When particles are drawn into the ionization section, they become electrically charged and are trapped on the collector which has an opposite charge. Ion generators disperse charged ions using a corona discharge or UV light. These ions attach to particles and charge them, causing them to stick to nearby surfaces. These cleaners are less complicated than the electrostatic precipitator models.
HEPA Air Cleaners
High–efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems are extremely effective air purification systems. They can filtrate at up to 95% efficiency for particles and bioaerosols as small as .3 microns. True HEPA filters are generally used in industrial or medical settings, not in residential housing. However, filters with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating between 7 and 13 are nearly as effective as HEPA filters, and filters with a MERV of 14–16 may mistakenly be identified as such. The installation of an actual HEPA filter into a preexisting residential heating and cooling system would likely require a professional to modify the system.
Ultra–Violet Air Purification
Some air cleaners are not content to merely trap pollutants. UV light technology can be used to destroy pollutants in the air. UV germicidal cleaners use ultraviolet radiation to destroy viruses, bacteria and other allergens in your ductwork. They do not filter pollutants out of the air, though, so they should be used in conjunction with other air purification options.
Naperville Air Cleaner Specialists at Leslie Heating & Cooling
The best way to ensure your home’s air is the best quality it can be is to have one of our Naperville indoor air quality experts come to your home and evaluate your specific needs. Leslie Heating & Cooling will work with you to design a personalized indoor air quality system. Call us today to figure out what combination of methods will best benefit your home.