The last couple of years have left many homeowners increasingly aware of their health, particularly when spending time indoors. The truth is too, long before that time indoor air quality actually suffered in many homes–in fact the indoor air quality of a home can be worse than the air quality outdoors, without the right products and services in place.
One of these products is an air purifier. Depending on the type of air purifier, this system can help eliminate particular contaminants from the air, to help ensure that your household stays as healthy as possible. Read on to learn more about the different types of air purifiers we install and service!
Types of Air Purifiers
There are a few different types of air purifiers. At a very basic level, an air purifier is a system designed to clean the air circulation through your home due to HVAC use. Rather than using a fiber mesh to trap pollutants like an air filter does, an air purifier draws particles out of the air. Unless it’s a UV air purifier… which we’ll get to.
The two main types of “air purifiers” are the electronic air purifier and the ionization air purifier. These systems charge unwanted contaminants and draw them into the system, but do this in different ways and work for different types of contaminants. Our technicians are happy to go over the differences with you!
There’s also the UV air purifier like we mentioned above. The thing about electronic and ionization air purifiers is that they don’t protect against all the contaminants that can enter your home, like mold or mildew. This is where the UV air purifier shines. Also called UV germicidal lights, this system is actually a lamp that sends out low-frequency ultraviolet radiation, hence its name.
This is the same type of radiation that comes from the sun, and is harmful to the cells of organic tissue since it disrupts cellular function, killing cells and making them incapable of reproduction.
“So, Are They Dangerous Then?”
No, not at all! We understand, after reading above, that you might think so. But, the amount of radiation that’s present in a UV air purifier does not create any health concerns for you, your household, or even your pets. In fact, the lights won’t even be visible in your living space, since they are installed and integrated directly into the air ducts, where mold and mildew flourish if given the right conditions.
What a UV purifier is powerful enough for is killing microbes and other tiny organic pollutants moving through your ductwork. This means that any microorganisms that may be lurking in your air ducts will be effectively eliminated before they have the opportunity to enter your airflow.
Remember, as with any indoor air quality product or service, professional installation and service is vital. Our team of experienced technicians can make recommendations for you based on your home’s specific needs. You might find that you’ll benefit from a combination of indoor air quality solutions!