When you think of filtration in your HVAC system, you may just think about the return intake filter that you change every month. But while that filter is an essential part of your HVAC system, it can only do so much to remove particles and allergens from your home’s air.
That’s especially true because using higher-MERV intake filters can significantly decrease the air flow through your system, which reduces efficiency and can damage your HVAC. If you want to really effectively filter the air without a big reduction in air flow, what you need is a whole-house air cleaner with filtration.
These products, such as the PristineAir Polarized-Media EAC, often use a safe, low current of electricity to create an electrostatic field. This allows the filter to capture smaller particles with less reduction in air flow.
This kind of filtration can remove potentially harmful particles and allergens including dust, pet dander, dust mite feces, and mold spores. Filtering out these particles will help to keep your air and home cleaner, as well as your HVAC system.
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Whole-house air cleaners use a variety of methods to clean the air, including ionization and UV light. Some incorporate filtration as well.
Air cleaners that use UV light, such as PristineAir Germicidal UVC Lamp, harness the power of the sun to destroy microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, mold, and algae. Installed inside your HVAC unit, these cleaners can not only reduce the pathogens in your home, but also help to control the growth of mold and mildew on your coils.
Other types of air cleaners, like the Reme Halo, using ionization to kill bacteria, viruses, and mold while also helping to reduce other airborne particles like dust and pollen.
The major benefit of these air cleaners is the reduction of potentially harmful pathogens in your home. Viruses and bacteria can cause diseases, such as pneumonia, sinusitis, and the flu. Mold spores and pollen can cause allergy symptoms and worsen the symptoms of asthma. And mold growth inside of your HVAC system can reduce efficiency and lead to foul odors in your home.
Here in the Tennessee Valley, we know just how sticky and humid our summers can get. Controlling the humidity of your home with a whole-house dehumidifier can both increase comfort and protect your home from damage.
Warm air feels even warmer when the humidity is high. That means you can be comfortable at a higher thermostat setting if your humidity is under control. So a whole-house dehumidifier can make the summer months more comfortable and help you to save money by setting your thermostat higher.
High humidity isn’t just uncomfortable. It’s also bad for your home and health. High humidity can damage wood flooring and furnishings in your home, causing them to swell and buckle.
Plus, mold thrives under humid conditions. In fact, the CDC warns that indoor humidity higher than 50% encourages the growth of mold. Remediating mold can be difficult and expensive. It’s much better to prevent it from growing in the first place.
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