Now more than ever, it's important to closely monitor your family home's air quality. According to the Washington Post, the thin, flimsy filters that come with many HVAC systems aren't enough to keep your home's air clean, especially if you're not changing the filters often.
A 2010 study from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Indoor Allergen Committee found that air cleaning and filtration in the home might relate to the reduction of disease progression. With the prevalence of airborne diseases and springtime pollen circulating, an air purification system is a prudent investment.
There are five main types of air purification systems: filters, ionizers, ozone generators, adsorbents and UV lights.
Two common filters are HEPA and ULPA. HEPA, or high efficiency particulate air filters, stops particles greater than 0.3 micrometers from circulating in the air, and UPLA, or ultra-low penetration air filters, are even more restrictive. HEPA and UPLA filters are so effective that they are used not only in households but also in the nuclear power industry, according to How Stuff Works.
Ionizing air purifiers use corona discharges to create ions. Large particles like dust and dander are larger targets for the electrons of corona discharges, and are therefore more likely to become ionized. Charged metal plates within the purifier attracted these ionized particles to them, thus removing them from the air.
Ozone generators, similar to ionizing air purifiers, convert oxygen in the air into ozone and then expose them to corona discharges or UV light to create free oxygen and disinfect the air. However, the health benefits of this type of purifier have been questioned by the scientific community due to ozone's toxic and corrosive nature, according to How Stuff Works.
Adsorbent purifiers remove odors, fumes and chemicals from the air through the process of adsorption, which involves trapping something on the surface of something else. A common example of adsorbents is activated charcoal, which is often used as a cleaning agent for the body and home.
UV light can be used to sterilize the air since UV radiation can kill microorganisms. UV light purifiers "bathe" the air passing through it in UV light to disinfect it.
Depending on whether or not your home is set up with ductwork and a forced-air system, you may need to go with a portable unit rather than a whole-house system. Houses with radiators and window-unit AC can't support a whole-house air cleaning system, so those homeowners will have to opt for portable purifiers for individual rooms.
However, when considering the cost of air purification, this may not be an entirely bad thing. According to the Washington Post, whole-house air cleaning systems cost upwards of $2,500, plus installation fees. Meanwhile, portable air purification units can cost anywhere from $200 to $700, with replacement filters ringing up between $20 and $200. You also have to consider the cost of electricity required to run the machine or system.
Don't let concerns about price stop you from protecting you and your family from allergens and airborne contaminants in your home. Contact Aqua Finance today to learn more about how we can work with you to develop a financing plan that allows you to keep your family safe and healthy with your budget in mind.