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Air Purification: When All Else Fails, Try the Best

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 04:01 PM

The quality of the air in our homes has a direct effect on our comfort and our health. The best solution to the problems presented by indoor air contaminants is a high-quality air purification system.

Air PurificationAir purification systems remove particles, fumes, gases and microorganisms from your home's indoor air. They usually serve as whole-house air purifiers, which means they treat and clean all the air that flows from your heating or cooling system into your home.

When searching for an air purification system for your home or business, look for one that can affect the three most bothersome categories of indoor air contaminants:

  • Small, physical particulates that can be inhaled - A high-efficiency filter will remove most of these particulates. A high-efficiency filter will have a high MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value), which is a rating of how well the filter captures and holds particulates ranging from 0.3 to 10 microns in size. The better air filtration systems will usually contain filters with at least a MERV of 16. Filters of this quality will remove 95 percent or more of particles of 0.3 microns or more.

  • Microorganisms such as mold spores, viruses, bacteria and germs that can cause physical harm and disease - Look for an air purification system that includes ultraviolet (UV) light for additional air-cleaning power. UV light is a strong disinfectant that can kill living microorganisms and prevent them from spreading. In addition, the MERV 16 filter will remove up to 90 percent of bioaerosols and microorganisms of 0.01 microns or more

  • Odors and fumes that can trigger respiratory reactions and irritate your respiratory tract - Filters that effectively remove fumes and odors usually contain activated charcoal or other substances that absorb and neutralize odors. A MERV 16 filter can eliminate up to 50 percent of household odors and vapors within 24 hours.

P. K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling provides top quality HVAC service, maintenance and repair for customers in Greater Cleveland and the surrounding northern Ohio communities. Contact us today for more information on air purification and for expert help choosing an air purification system that will work best for your needs.

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Paul WadsworthPaul 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.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: filters, air filters, Air Purification, high-quality air purification system, ultraviolet (UV) light, MERV

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