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Do I Need an Air Purifier for My House?


This is a good question, and you’ve come to the right people to ask it. We work with different indoor air quality installations for homes, and if you want an air purifier in Smyrna, DE, we can outfit your ventilation system with one. But as to whether you need one or not, that depends on other factors. The best way to find out for sure is to schedule IAQ services with our team. 

However, we can help out in this post with some facts about when air purifiers are the most useful as well as how they work with other indoor air quality solutions. Follow us below for some air purifier data…

Air filters are usually the starting point

If you have concerns about the quality of your household air and don’t have an air filtration system in place yet, that’s one of the best places to start. The air filter that’s on the HVAC cabinet doesn’t count, since that’s only there to protect the interior HVAC components. A professional air filtration system consists of a powerful media filter that our technicians integrate into the ductwork (they won’t fit in the slot where the HVAC filter is). These filters can trap particles down to .3 microns in size, and sometimes smaller, which will take care of the majority of common pollutants: dust, dander, lint, dust mites, pollen. 

But filters have a limit in homes. Although there are extremely powerful filters that can stop particles under .1 microns, these are for commercial and industrial use only; they will choke off the airflow in a residential HVAC system. And that leads us to…

The air purifier in action

Although there are a range of types of air purifiers, they share basic characteristics: they’re electrically powered and they do not place resistance against airflow. They instead use properties such as ionization, oxidization, and ultraviolet radiation to remove harmful particles from the air. The right air filter will catch whatever slips through the filter: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odor molecules, smoke, chemicals, bacteria, microbes, etc. The right combination of air filtration and air purification systems can remove more than 99.8% of unwanted airborne pollutants from circulating through a house.

Finding the right air purifier

This is where you’ll find our experts most helpful: they can find out what type of air purifier (or air purifiers) are the best fit for your home. One of the standard types of air purifiers is the ionization air purifier, which gives particles a negative or positive charge and then pulls them down from the air to be trapped on two sets of plates.

We install the APCO-X™ UV light for homes that want to eliminate organic contaminants such as bacteria, mold spores, and microbes. Using UV lights is a safe and effective way to destroy or neutralize the most harmful of pollutants. 

No matter the situation in your house, we’ll find the best way to give you clean, healthy, and fresh-smelling air. 

At Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. “We Take Pride in Your Comfort.” Call today to find out more about our indoor air quality options.

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