The air in your home may seem clean, fresh, and empty, but it almost certainly isn’t. The average home’s indoor air is teeming with microscopic contaminants. Dust, pollen, germs, mites, and mold spores are just a handful of the many different kinds of pollutants that you are probably breathing right now. These contaminants are responsible for allergy attacks, coughing, sneezing, and even illnesses like the flu. Fortunately, you don’t have to just accept that your home has low indoor air quality. By installing an air purifier, you can remove a lot of these contaminants and improve your health. Read on for a list of a few different air purifiers that can improve your indoor air quality.
An air filter is a fiber mesh that is designed to capture airborne contaminants that come into contact with it. As air flows through the filter, any particulates that it carries will become snared in the mesh. The air is allowed to flow through unimpeded, now devoid of its contaminants. There are many different ratings for filters, with each measuring how finely woven the mesh is. HEPA filters, which are often used in hospitals and server rooms, are so finely woven that they can capture individual germs.
Electronic Air Purifiers
Electronic air purifiers are devices that generate an electromagnetic field during operation. When airborne particles enter this field, they are given a negative charge. They are then attracted to the nearest positively charge surface, which is a metal plate inside the purifier. The plate can then be removed and cleaned to get rid of the contaminants.
UV Germicidal Lights
Most germs that can be found in your home are susceptible to ultraviolet light. If exposed to too much of it, they become sterile and die. A UV germicidal light is basically a special light bulb that exposes the air to ultraviolet radiation. While harmless to humans, it will kill off many of the germs in your indoor air. This will do little for non-infectious agents, but it can certainly lessen the likelihood of you getting sick.
If you’d like to know more, call Sound Heating. We provide indoor air quality services throughout Tacoma, WA.