Do Air Purifiers Work? Research, Best Practices, and More
A whole-home air purifier is an effective way to clean and purify the air in your home. While small, room-size air purifiers can work in an enclosed space, they are not as efficient or effective as units meant to clean the entire house.
Clean air is important for everyone, but very young individuals, the elderly, or those who have existing heart or lung issues are more susceptible to poor air quality. Western Washington, including Puyallup, has experienced an increase in wildfire smoke over the past several years. This smoke is devastating to local air quality. At Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of creating a comfortable and healthy home, and one way to do that is by improving the air quality.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
One common reason why a home may have poor indoor air quality is due to the quality of the air outside. Even newer homes that are designed to be highly energy-efficient allow some outdoor air in. When the air quality outside is affected by such things as wildfires, the air inside can become uncomfortable as well.
Homes are also a good place for many common allergens to thrive. Not everyone will be affected by these, but they do reduce indoor air quality. Common indoor allergens include the following:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
Of course, there are plenty of other things inside the home that can also negatively affect air quality. Cleaning products, cooking fumes, and even carpets and mattresses can release irritating compounds into the air.
Studies indicate that air purifiers can help by removing particulate matter from the air, and respiratory experts recommend using air purifiers to manage allergens in particular.
How a Whole-Home Air Purifier Cleans the Air
A whole-home air purifier, like the REME HALO(r), removes bacteria, mold, viruses, smoke, pet dander, pollen, volatile organic compounds, and more from the air. Thanks to REME’s proprietary Reflective Electromagnetic Energy Technology, the REME HALO can neutralize bacteria and viruses while cleaning the air throughout your home.
The REME HALO works alongside your existing HVAC system, cleaning and purifying the air while running so quietly that you won’t even notice it working. The installation process of a whole-home air purifier is simple, and its location alongside your existing HVAC system means you don’t give up any living space for cleaner air.
Signs That Your Home May Benefit From an Air Purifier
The most common sign that the air quality in your home is less than ideal is breathing issues or respiratory discomfort. Those with asthma, allergies, or preexisting heart or lung issues are most likely to experience discomfort as the result of poor-quality indoor air.
How often do you have to dust your furniture? Does it seem like there is always a light buildup of dust, no matter how frequently you clean? Then your home could benefit from a whole-home air purifier. The pollen and dust will be trapped in the filter as the unit cleans the air and cuts down your chore list.
Does your home smell less than fresh? The odor might be most noticeable when you return after being out for a while. You might even struggle to pinpoint exactly what the smell is. A whole-home air purifier will help with this.
Best Practices for Your Whole-Home Air Purifier
A whole-home air purifier installed by our technicians at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning will make your home more comfortable and may help ease allergy symptoms. Working with a professional ensures that your whole-home purifier is the correct size and style for your residence. The combination of total square footage, airflow, and existing air quality issues is used to determine the appropriate air purifier.
Location is important when installing a whole-home air purifier. Working with our experts at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning will give you confidence that your air purifier is placed for maximum efficiency. The professional installation of a whole-home fan ensures that it works seamlessly with your existing HVAC unit.
Once your whole-home air purifier is installed, keep it working its best with a regular maintenance schedule. Routinely cleaning or changing air filters and using HEPA or high MERV-rated products allows the purifier to work as it’s designed to do and extends the life of the unit.
In addition to regular maintenance for your air purifier, have our pros at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning check out your heating and air conditioning systems regularly. Having your heating system checked in early fall and your air conditioning system checked early in the spring ensures they are running properly when you need them, extending their life and allowing your air purifier to work properly.
Our experienced technicians at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning can recommend and install the ideal whole-home air purifier to meet your needs. We also offer ductwork design and installation and both heating and air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repair. Learn more about how to improve your air quality here!
Get in touch with us at Puyallup Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information about air purifiers in Puyallup.Tags: Air Purifier, Indoor Air Quality