Before adopting the Gregorian calendar, February was the month of purification because it was the last month of the year and the ancients wanted to start the new year with a clean slate. Obscure as February’s origins are, it’s nonetheless a good time to think about indoor air purification for your home.
February is the middle of winter and indoor air quality (IAQ) tends to suffer. Air contaminants build when doors and windows are tightly closed. High IAQ is an important component of your health, and if you suspect it could be better, consider taking steps to freshen and clean it.
Purifying the Air
A number of ways exist to improve IAQ using your HVAC system and supplemental equipment.
- UV lights. Ultraviolet lights installed in the ductwork or blower compartment will alter the DNA of organic particles that pass by them, leaving them unable to reproduce. UV lights eliminate bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and render volatile organic compounds (VOCs) less harmful. They’re energy efficient, silent and require little maintenance.
- HEPA filtration. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters trap nearly every airborne particle through filtration. They’re used in clean rooms, surgical suites and other places where air has to be nearly sterile.
- PECO (photoelectrochemical oxidation) filtration. This type of air purification devices uses HEPA filtration and light to eliminate harmful airborne pollutants, including pet dander and pollen.
- Ionic air purifiers. These air purification devices do clean the air, but it may come at the cost of ozone production. Ozone is known respiratory irritant and high levels do more harm than good.
How to Choose
The best type of filtration or cleaning system depends on the extent of the IAQ issues you face and the size of your home. Stand-alone units like HEPA and PECO filtration work well for spot cleaning. UV lights combined with effective HVAC system air filters will improve IAQ throughout the home.
Tackling indoor air purification results in a healthier home, especially during the winter. For expert advice to help you choose, contact Cool Power, LLC., providing trusted HVAC services for Long Island homeowners.
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