For those who suffer from severe allergies or asthma, you depend on the air quality in your home to be excellent in order to live comfortably. However, allergens such as pollen, bacteria, dust, dander, or mold spores can all severely reduce this air quality, leading to frequently coughing, sneezing, scratch throat, and numerous other issues. If you find that the air inside your home is just as poor as the air outside, you could greatly benefit from the installation of a key piece of equipment in your HVAC system: an air scrubber.
An air scrubber is a device that removes microscopic particles from the air that could otherwise cause severe discomfort or negative health effects. These devices are remarkably simple, generally inexpensive to install and yet could make a tremendous difference if you find you’re suffering from poor air quality in your home just as much as outside.
Now you might be thinking “Wait a second… isn’t my air filter supposed to remove that stuff? Yes, it is. However air filters are far from perfect, and microscopic particles sneak their way through all the time, particularly if the filter isn’t rated to take them out, or the filter itself has become dirty, which causes them to lose effectiveness. The best way to truly clean and filter your air is to combine a high-quality filter with an air scrubber, like the following.
An electronic charge system uses the power of electrostatic attraction to clean the air in your home. Once the air is heated or cooled, your blower system forces the air through an ionizer, which disperses charged ions into the air, which attach themselves to pollutants of all types. These ions will by default attach to things such as the walls or furniture more naturally, making them easy to clean up and preventing them from floating around in the air. However, these don’t necessarily remove the contaminants, and once they lose their charge, they could become dislodged and re-enter the air again. These systems also don’t neutralize living pathogens like bacteria or mold spores, so they don’t remove the health threats they can provide.
Ultraviolet light scrubbers are another popular option, particularly in extremely humid climates like a Texas summer. Bacteria and mold spores tend to thrive in moist, warm air, so combatting them at the source is important if you are sensitive to air quality. An ultraviolet (UV) scrubber system is essentially a lamp that is mounted inside your HVAC system near the intake vent which produces a specialized type of light that’s invisible to the human eye. Pathogens like bacteria and mold cannot survive in UV light, which means they are neutralized within seconds of passing by the bulb, rendering them completely harmless. If you find you’re suffering from mold issues in your home, installing one of these scrubbers can help eliminate the problem and help prevent it from returning.
However, on the downside, these scrubbers are useless against dust, dander, and other non-biological irritants. The bulb must also be cleaned periodically and replaced every two years at the maximum in order for it to maintain effectiveness—over time they become less and less powerful, meaning pollutants may be able to sneak through unharmed and continue causing problems.
If you need help installing an air scrubber in your home, discuss your options with a knowledgeable Lewisville air conditioning expert from Cold Factor Heating & Air Services, LLC. We have helped numerous customers solve their indoor air quality issues utilizing cost-effective and high-quality strategies. We are upfront and honest about all our services and our pricing so there are no surprises in the end and you are completely satisfied with the result.
If you need to install an air scrubber, call Cold Factor Heating & Air Services, LLC at (214) 814-8388 to obtain a free estimate!
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