18 Feb Indoor Air Quality & the Ann Arbor Area Homeowner
Even if there are no family members living in your home who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions, you know good indoor air quality is essential. No one wants germs, dust, pet dander, and other allergens floating around in the air! Regardless of how poor indoor air quality impacts your health, it also impacts your HVAC system. Good air filtration contributes to a more efficient running system, which saves you energy – and therefore, money.
You already know it is important to use a quality furnace filter, but should you also consider an air cleaner? Air cleaners are capable of removing microorganisms, odors, and tiny (microscopic) particles most filters simply cannot capture. Having an indoor air quality strategy in place is important, but is an air cleaner, high-quality filter, or combination of both best for your SE Michigan home?
Air Cleaners – There are small, portable air cleaners available, however, they are not as efficient as whole-home air cleaners. For superior IAQ, there are different technologies that are installed on your HVAC system. This include:
- UV or ultraviolet lights which destroy mold, viruses, and germs
- Electronic air cleaners use electrostatic attraction to capture small microorganisms and particles; like UV lights, electronic varieties will not impede airflow or result in increased energy use
- High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are extremely dense, using impaction to trap contaminants
Air Filters – these filters essentially remove contaminants from the airflow, which prevents particles and debris from building up on components of your HVAC system such as the heat exchanger, blower, ductwork, and evaporator coil. By using high-quality air filters, the functionality and efficiency of your HVAC system are improved.
So, which will it be?
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. If one or more family members suffer from respiratory issues, you’ll want to consider a combination using an air cleaner and high-efficiency filter for optimal results. If you are not worried about germs, mold, or allergens and everyone in your home is healthy, it is still vital to protect the components of your HVAC system by using a high-quality filter.
Need more information about indoor air quality, or help deciding which method is best in your situation? Contact the heating and cooling professionals at Haley Mechanical today.