Living in Wichita often means high winds that can make it difficult to breathe properly. Dust, mites and spores can cause allergic reactions outdoors, but indoors as well. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that half of all illnesses are caused or irritated by poor indoor air quality. That means maintaining indoor air quality is essential and can promote a happy and healthy lifestyle all year long.
Homeowners may believe these problems are worse in the summer months but there are a number of airborne contaminants indoors that can affect your breathing and overall heath during the colder months as well. Mold, mildew, pet dander, cigarette smoke and other airborne particles can all settle in your lungs and cause respiratory problems. You may be able to improve your indoor air quality dramatically simply by installing the proper air purification unit.
There are a variety of air purification devices designed to handle your specific air purification needs:
- Mechanical Air Filters. These filters are good for large airborne particles such as dust, pollen and allergens,
- Electrostatic Precipitators. These disperse charged ions into the air, which attach themselves to airborne particles, charging them so that they will cling to nearby surfaces.
- Ultraviolet Cleaners. These units emit ultraviolet radiation form UV light sources that can destroy viruses, molds, and other biological pollutants that cause .
- Gas Phase Filtration. These filters use substances called sorbents that target and absorb gaseous pollutants and remove them from the air.
All of these air filters have their strengths and weaknesses so it is advised that you contact a professional and they will help you decide which unit is right for your home.
Lastly, no matter which system you choose, prevention is always the best method of reducing pollutants so it is important that you regularly clean your linens, furniture, and filters to reduce airborne contaminants in your home.
For more expert advice about air filtration and maintaining the comfort of your Wichita home, please contact our friendly customer service representatives at Comfort Systems. Our technicians have been servicing the Wichita area since 1953.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.