Home air purification is no longer considered optional in most Greater Cleveland-area homes. As we seal air leaks to make our homes more comfortable and conserve energy, contaminants get bottled up inside our homes — without air purification systems, our indoor air becomes far more polluted than the air outdoors.
A comprehensive home air purification system addresses a variety of indoor pollutants on a continual basis. It has to: the typical household contains more health hazards than many people realize.
Among the common culprits people tend to overlook:
- Mold and mildew. If they’re found anywhere in the house, they can be cycled into the HVAC system, where spores can proliferate and be circulated through the rest of the home.
- Allergens and pollen.
- Fumes from household cleaners, air fresheners and pesticides.
- Particles and fumes from building materials, carpets, paints and varnishes.
- Pet dander.
- Airborne viruses, bacteria and microorganisms.
- Household dust.
Just as there are a variety of contaminants, there are a variety of ways to capture them. Effective home air purification systems often include HEPA filters, which are capable of trapping 99.97 percent of particles as tiny as 0.3 microns. This includes odor molecules, dust, microorganisms and other hazards. In many home air purifiers, an additional filter is employed to capture the larger particles, such as dust, leaving the HEPA to do the more delicate work and prolonging its life span.
Home air purification systems can be installed with existing HVAC equipment, working with the equipment itself to continually cleanse airflow as it passes. Air filters should be checked monthly, to ensure they’re not too clogged to do their jobs.
Getting to the source of indoor air pollution may require a home performance assessment to isolate air leaks and other potential problems, such as dirty or inefficient ductwork. To learn more about home performance assessments or home air purification, contact P.K. Wadsworth. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.
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Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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