Indoor air quality is a major problem throughout the country today. The reason is that as insulation improves on buildings to help raise energy efficiency, it also restricts the amount of fresh air able to move through the buildings. This creates a situation where contaminants build up, and the indoor air becomes stale and stuffy. Homes suffer from this problem as much as commercial buildings, since household products and construction materials are significant sources of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds and chemicals.
Your home doesn’t have to suffer from low indoor air quality. There are solutions available, and the two most common are air purification and air filtration systems. You’ll need the assistance of experienced IAQ professionals. Baxter Comfort Solutions has the team of experts to serve you in Baxter, IA and throughout the “golden circle” between Ames, Des Moines, Newton, and Marshalltown.
The air filters you can find in hardware and home supply stores are not designed to improve air quality; they are to protect furnaces and air conditioners from damage. IAQ air filters are different, and to find the right type to meet your household needs requires a professional.
The strength of the filter (which is measured as MERV) must be powerful enough to stop the pollutants moving through the ventilation system, but not too powerful that it restricts the airflow and lowers comfort and energy efficiency. You can rely on us to see that you have a set of filters that hits the right middle ground for your HVAC system and air cleaning needs.
There are pollutants so small they slip right through the mesh of fibers in a filter. The answer isn’t to go with a stronger weave of filter that might congest airflow, but to pair a filter with an electronic air purifier, a.k.a. an air cleaner. These devices work through a number of different methods, but the most common is ionization. The air purifier creates an electrical field inside the air ducts that positively or negatively charges unwanted particles. The charged particles then either clump together and fall from the air or they move down to a set of charged plates on the purifier, where they’re trapped. The right combination of filter and purifier can clean more than 99.8% of airborne contaminants.
Among the most harmful of pollutants that can enter a home’s air are the organic ones: mold spores, viruses, germs, and various microbes. Eliminating these sometimes takes a special type of air purifier that uses ultraviolet radiation. A UV air purifier consists of ultraviolet lights that send out a low amount of UV radiation. It’s not harmful to people or pets in the house, but it disrupts the cellular structure of organic pollutants so they become inert and harmless. A UV air purifier scrubs out the ducts of the most unpleasant intruders, without leaving behind any chemicals.
To find out more about what type of air filter or air purifier will get the job done in cleaning out your house’s air, contact Baxter Comfort Solutions. In Baxter, IA and the surrounding areas, we’re the experts to rely on for home comfort.