Should You Install an Air Purifier?
The simple answer is yes, yes you should.
The air you regularly breathe is polluted with a wide variety of airborne contaminants, including mold, dust, pollen, dander, bacteria, and airborne viruses. These contaminants have the potential to harm you to varying degrees. Some are allergens and lung irritants (particularly to allergy and asthma sufferers). Some are more dangerous and potentially infectious, capable to making you seriously ill. Removing these contaminants from your home's air is vital to having good air quality for you and your family. Regardless of the type and size air conditioning system you have, it is a good idea to install an air purification system.
With indoor air full of the contaminants listed above, the fact that the contaminants are diffused throughout the whole house is one of the only reasons homeowners are not constantly sick or dealing with allergy symptoms. Typically, it is only when one's immune system is compromised or there is an atypically large concentration of the bacteria or contaminate released that you might start to notice your body's response to your home's poor air quality. Unfortunately, it's not difficult to end up breathing in a fairly substantial amount of pollutants.
Based on how the air conditioning system works and the fact that we live in south Florida—what feels like the Humidity Capital of the World sometimes—the air ducts throughout your home are breeding grounds for mold and other allergens. When you turn on the AC or heating system, a build-up of these toxins is blown into your home all at once and immediately decreases your indoor air quality.
In addition to regularly having your duct system cleaned by professionals, the best way to help prevent these pollutants from affecting your family is to install an air purifying system that is designed to remove contaminants from the air. Once you've made the decision to install an air purification system, the next step is to determine the best type for your needs and budget. Options include UV lights installed within the AC system to neutralize any germs using ultraviolet light or electronic air purifiers that capture airborne particles using electric fields. Also, you can choose between whole-house purifiers or a system, like a portable air purifier, that only cleans one room. Less expensive options include using a HEPA filter alone or in combination with activated carbon filters or pre-filters. No matter your needs or budget, there is a system that will work for you to ensure the best air quality possible in your home.
If you have questions about your indoor air quality or the options available to you, call American Air Cares. We service and install air purifiers throughout Martin and St. Lucie Counties.