The best ways to address poor indoor air quality is to open the windows and doors and let clean outdoor air inside. Unfortunately, Florida’s hot, humid climate often doesn’t lend itself to opening the windows. That’s why it’s smart to run an air cleaner in your home.
Contact us today to request an estimate on adding an air purifier to your Bradenton or Sarasota, FL home.
What Are Air Cleaners?
Air cleaners are designed to remove pollutants from the air you breathe within the walls of your home. They come in a variety of different forms, including whole-house air cleaners that integrate into your HVAC system and portable units that clean the air in one room at a time.
Whole-house air cleaners are recommended if you’re looking for cleaner indoor air throughout your entire home. These units are especially useful in homes where furry pets and allergy sufferers live together. Hospitals use very similar technology to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.
What Types of Pollutants Do Air Cleaners Remove?
A wide variety of pollutants circulate throughout your home every day. The two most common types are particulate matter and gaseous matter.
Examples of particulate matter include:
- Soil and dust
- Pet dander
- Liquid particles
- Viruses and bacteria
- Pollen and mold spores
- Dust mites and cockroach remnants
Examples of gaseous matter include:
- Carbon monoxide fumes
- Tobacco smoke
- Vehicle exhaust
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
For the cleanest indoor air possible, Arctic Air Services recommends the Guardian Air by RGF. This air cleaner’s advanced technology allows it to remove both particulate and gaseous pollutants from the air. The unit mounts to your air conditioner and ventilates through the duct system.
Benefits of Air Cleaners in Florida
- Reduced asthma and allergies: By removing the pollutants most likely to cause allergies or an asthma attack, your symptoms decrease to a much more manageable level.
- Better long-term health: Exposure to high levels of VOCs and even very little concentrations of carbon monoxide can be very dangerous to your health. You can avoid many chronic health conditions by keeping the air you breathe clean and pure.
- Less mold growth: Mold spores are everywhere. A damp surface is all they need to grow into a mold colony. By running an air cleaner, you remove many of the spores from the air and decrease the amount that ends up landing and growing.
- Enhanced equipment operation: Dust and dirt enters your HVAC system every time you turn it on. If these particles are allowed to settle on the heating and cooling equipment, they could degrade efficiency and put extra strain on certain system components. An air cleaner eliminates this problem and helps your equipment perform at peak efficiency.
Some air cleaners are actually ozone generators sold as a way to purify the air. Manufacturers suggest that the ozone gas reacts with chemical and biological pollutants, transforming them into harmless substances. These manufacturers often distribute information about how ozone generators are always safe and effective for cleaning indoor air.
However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, ozone is a known lung irritant. Exposure to it can cause asthma attacks, couching, nasal irritation, chest pain and other adverse health effects. For this reason, we recommend only choosing air cleaners that do not produce ozone as a byproduct of the air-filtration process.