The Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental health risks in our country. Because the modern design of our homes attempts to create an insulated indoor climate to maximize energy efficiency, this can also lead to problems in ventilation. Without the natural air to move pollutants out of your home, contaminants such as dust and other allergens can buildup. Fortunately, there is a variety of air cleaners on the market today that have the express purpose of helping to alleviate this natural ventilation problem. We’d like to review some of the kinds of air cleaners available to you. Call the Denton, TX air cleaner experts at PRK Services if you are concerned about the air quality in your home.
- Mechanical air filters: This is probably the most common type of air cleaner on the market. For larger airborne particles that circulate through your house, these types of cleaners work fairly well. The filtering medium removes pollutant particles as they enter through the device, which is integrated into your AC system. The air filters are rated according to the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) scale; the higher the number, the better the particle capture rate.
- Electronic air cleaners: Electronic air cleaners use ionization to charge pollutant particles, and then capture them on an oppositely charged plate collector. This sophisticated technology is often good at capturing small particles, but may not be as effective as a mechanical air filter in capturing large particles.
- UV germicidal lights: Ultraviolet germicidal lights use the power of ultraviolet radiation to kill microbiological organisms before they are allowed to enter your living space. They are typically installed directly inside the air handler, or within the ductwork itself. They require very little upkeep beyond changing the bulb and tend to be very effective in most applications. For homes where microbiological organisms is an issue, UV lights are a great air cleaning solution.
Make sure your home has the best possible indoor air quality with a Denton, TX air cleaner. Call PRK Services today!