Indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks.
–U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Homes, commercial businesses, and offices can benefit from the advantages of cleaner air with the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Air cleaning and filtering devices are designed to remove pollutants from indoor air.
Indoor Air Pollutants
The quality of the indoor air we breathe can be affected by:
- Cleaning products
- Dust Mites
- Gaseous pollutants
What to Look for in Air Purification
Whether you opt for in-room or whole-house air purification, look for two things:
- High efficiency – Choose HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters.
- No ozone – If the air purifier doesn’t use HEPA filters, it may produce ozone, a gas that is bad for respiratory systems.
Whole-House Air Purifiers
Whole-house systems are more cost-effective because they cover more square footage than in-room units. They can also increase your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system’s lifespan and energy efficiency.* Whole-house air filters are usually integrated into your air conditioning system, so they are less noisy and out of sight. They can also be programmed through your thermostat.
Room Air Purifiers
Room air purifiers are great for smaller areas. They are usually programmable and portable, which is convenient. You can use them when you need them and store them for later use if you have seasonal allergies. If you need more than one in-room air purifier, you may save money with a whole-house system.
You may want one just to have when you need it. It’s always a good idea to use or rent a room purifier when:
- One room is a high-traffic area for pets
- There are high-allergen or city smog days
- You have a dampish room where you combat mold
- You live in a wildfire-prone area
- You’re painting, remodeling, etc. one room
- You’re using a wood stove or fireplace
Never overlook the importance of indoor air quality, and remember: one of the best indoor air filtration systems can be found in potted plants! Call Bradbury Brothers Cooling, Plumbing, & Electrical, 281.651.5484, 936.271.2030, or contact us online to discuss indoor air quality solutions in Northeast Houston.
*With proper maintenance