If you were listing factors that contribute to a person’s health and well-being, you would certainly include things like a nutritious diet, moderate exercise, and drinking plenty of water. But did you put indoor air quality on your list?
The air you breathe can impact your life in a lot of ways, and the air quality inside your home is within your control. You can’t always eliminate all the causes of air quality problems, like the smoke from distant forest fires, for example. But you can make sure that contaminants are addressed when they enter your home. If you have questions about air purifiers in Albuquerque, NM, we have answers for you.
Why Purify My Air?
Depending on your home’s location, age, and inhabitants, there are a wide variety of contaminants that may be present in your air. These can include the following:
- Sand from living in a dry area
- Dust and dirt from nearby construction
- Dust mites and dust mite feces
- Pet hair and dander
- Particles from agricultural activity such as pesticides and fertilizers
- Fibers from deteriorating insulation
- Bacteria, viruses, and mold
Some of these can cause irritation to the respiratory system or even worsen conditions like asthma. Some can cause significant allergic reactions. Some can cause serious illness. Some smell unpleasant. And they all contribute to the film of dust that develops on surfaces in your home… and the time you spend cleaning.
Why Purify Rather Than Just Using a Filter?
The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is there to protect the system from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside. While it definitely helps a little with your indoor air quality, it’s not enough to truly clean your air.
With a purifier, the most dangerous particles–things like viruses and bacteria– are actually neutralized. UV light or an electric charge is used, so the air that passes out of the purifier has actually been sanitized. The particles trapped in the filters are less hazardous, because the bacteria, viruses, and molds are dead.
What About Portable Air Purifiers?
A portable air purifier unit can be great, especially in a small space that doesn’t have an existing HVAC system. If you’re trying to improve the indoor air quality in a studio apartment or a dorm room, a portable unit is the way to go. To purify the air in a larger space, several units would be needed.
Are Whole Home Air Purifiers Really Best?
With a whole-home system, your air purifier is a single unit, out of the way, connected to the ductwork of your existing HVAC system. This means there are no portable units to lug around, no cords to trip over, and no worries about where to plug them in. A whole home air purifier can even extend the life of the other components of your HVAC system. With cleaner air flowing through them, there is less wear and tear. You will likely find you don’t need to change your air conditioner’s filter as frequently. And most importantly, you and your loved ones will be breathing freely and avoiding risks to your health.
Contact us today to learn about your air purification options.