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Want Allergy Relief? Your Quick Guide to Air Purification

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When it comes to air purification and filtration, modern filtration systems work to purify your air. That’s both maintenance, and preventative in nature.

Air filtration also works to “undo” the fact that the average house has a build-up of contaminants.

That’s because we can have excess moisture in our homes, or we can have heating and cooling systems that end up circulating dust and bacteria in the home. Many of us have pets that contribute to poorer air quality, and smoking also adds toxins into the air we are breathing. When we open doors or even windows, pollen and other allergens are then introduced and “trapped” inside the home.

Ask any homeowner if they want clean and healthy air, and not surprisingly, you will hear, “Yes!” Here are 4 types of air purification to know about for your home.

1. Ionizing Purifiers

Ionizing purifiers use corona discharge to create molecules that are called ions. Molecules that pass through this electric field are ionized. When a particle in the air is charged, it will then attract to something of the opposite charge. The purifier then works to attract the particles, causing them to cluster together and settle out of the air.

2. Adsorbents

Adsorbent material can be found in many air purifiers; the process is what it sounds like, helping to get rid of fumes, chemicals or odors we have in the air. Adsorption, not to be confused with absorption, is where one substance is trapped on the surface of another. In this way, substances can be separated.

3. UV Light

UV light is a part of some air purifiers. The UV light makes certain microorganism sterile, eliminating certain airborne virus and bacteria in the process.

4. Filters

Air cleaners are filters that simply work by passing air through a filter to remove particles. This works to remove particles from the air and it also prevents damage or lack of efficiency in the furnace.

Just like there are many air purifiers, there are many subcategories of air filters. A catechin filter is a filter that many people are interested in, and it works to ensure the air in your home (or building) is just that: clean, fresh, and as healthy for you as possible. The upside to it all is that the catechin filter doesn’t require the maintenance that filters did in years past.

Catechin pre-filtration starts as a large pre-filter collects odors that exist in your home. What also comes during so-called pre-filtration is the inactivation of viruses and bacteria in your home. That’s where the word “catechin” comes from. The pre-filter contains catechin, which is an element found in green tea that acts as an antibacterial and also a deodorizer.

People like to call this filtering method natural air filtration. Not only is it natural, the filters are easy to remove and they are long-lasting.

Filters can actually be quite complex, and this is just one sub-category. Keep in mind there are also filters designed for odor removal, such as Platinum Deodorizing filters. Remember that maintenance of any filter is required, and an integral part in the process of working to get the cleanest and purest possible indoor air. 

Did you know that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks we have in the US? (Source: EPA.) Since most of us spend 90 percent of our time indoors, the good news is that we can do something about it thanks to air cleaners/purifiers and advanced filters we have available.

Ask us about air filtration or purification that can help you fight to minimize your allergies, no matter the season.

indoor air quality facts

11 Facts You Didn’t Know (But Should) About Indoor Air Quality

1.  Indoor air quality can be defined as how our inside air is affecting our comfort, our health and well-being, and our ability to work.

2. “Good” indoor air quality is an environment that has comfortable temperatures and humidity, adequate ventilation, adequate exposure to fresh outdoor air, and a lack of pollutants.

3. Indoor air quality can be as much as five times worse than outdoor air quality.

4. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to asthma, allergies, lung issues and cancer, heart problems, and skin irritation.

5. Steps to improve your indoor air quality include HVAC maintenance, air duct cleaning, proper ventilation, and mold or other dampness/sources of moisture remediation and prevention. Greater Comfort has many solutions that can work to manage and keep the air inside your home fresh, comfortable and clean.

6. The average person today spends as much as 90 percent of our time indoors, so the air quality is important.

7. We inhale about 15,000 quarts of air per day, showing you just how important it is to “breathe easy.”

8. 80 percent of households are using pesticides of some kind inside and outside their home, which can impact indoor air quality.

9. Polluted air can contain chemicals that age the skin.

10. Sources of indoor air pollution include combustion sources, building materials, chemical products, outdoor sources, and things such as pet dander, dust mites, mold or viruses. Surprising sources of indoor air pollutants also include certain paints, upholstered furniture, new carpet, certain electronics, glues and adhesives, and more.

11. Stale air can also be a problem that contributes to poor indoor air quality. While some people think the solution can be to open a window or a ceiling fan (and in many cases this is true), this also can waste energy and can also increase your utility bill when your heating or cooling system is on.

Ask us about a ventilation system that can improve air circulation and also reduce particle concentrations in your home.