Until six months ago, I wasn’t very concerned with air pollution. With stricter regulations on harmful emissions and its effect on the air in recent years, I thought we were in the clear. However, I now know something to the contrary.
What You May Not Know That Could Hurt You
Most people have no idea that the indoor air quality in today’s homes is often more polluted and hazardous than the air outside. With the advent of dual pane windows, moisture barriers, and all of the other things that seal our houses from the outside air has come highly polluted indoor air. We have effectively sealed in all the dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, animal dander, wood, pesticide and gases that used to get clumped together and dropped to the earth by positive and negative ions occurring naturally. Thus, many people have begun to experience problems with breathing, a sore throat and runny nose, and intensified allergic reactions to toxins in the air. Many still have no idea why.
What You Can Do To Clean Your Air
While you can’t stop breathing, you can stop breathing in polluted air. An air filtration system can help you trap those harmful particles so that you can safely dispose of them, keeping your rooms smelling nice and clean. A whole house air cleaner will do a great job of removing all the small particles and pollutants within the air, and the filter does the important job of keeping the air particles in place and out of the air circulated within the house. You might consider asking friends and family for the kind of filter that they use inside their home.
Which Air Filter is Right for You?
Electronic air cleaners use an electrical field to trap charged particles. They are often referred to as electrostatic precipitators or charged-media filters. Electrostatic precipitators collect particles via a series of collection plates inside the device and Charged-media filters filter out particles through the fibers in their filters.
HEPA is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA air filters are widely used in air purifiers as this technology does an efficient job of making indoor air more breathable. Even some of the recently popularized ionic air purifiers can’t hold a match to HEPA technology. HEPA filters have been shown to be about 99.97% effective at trapping particles 0.3 microns and larger, under normal living conditions.
Having any air filtration system is probably better than not having one. Your indoor air is often much more polluted than the air your breathe outside. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and buy a good air purifier. Make sure you ask about how often you will need to clean and the replace filters inside your purifier and factor that into your decision.
Article By Michelle O’Connor, Electronic Air Purification Systems