What Are the Benefits of an Air Purifier?

According to environmental experts, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air. Many homes have countless sources of contamination that can be harmful to you and your family. The installation of an air purifier is one solution to combat the contaminants in the air and improve indoor air quality.

In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of having an air purifier installed in your home. If you decide an air cleaner is something you’d like to add to your Indianapolis HVAC system, give the heating and cooling experts at B&W a call today.

Benefits of Air Purifiers

One of the most common questions we hear is: “Do air purifiers really work?” They certainly do, and there are several advantages of having one installed to improve the air in your home. Some of the most beneficial reasons, include:

Makes breathing easier

Pet owners often complain about pet odor, urine and dander; others have issues with family members who smoke. All of these are indoor air contaminants that affect people with allergies. Unfortunately, vacuuming doesn’t help remove all of these pollutants.

Installing an air purifier can resolve this issue. A quality air purifier removes all sources of germs, dirt and airborne particles that may collect in your house such as dust particles, pet dander, smoke, allergens, mold spores, etc.

This results in a healthy environment in which you can breathe easier. Those suffering from asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions should seriously consider having an air purifier installed.

Helps in skincare

You may not know this, but air purifiers can actually help improve the health of your skin. Who doesn’t want better skin, after all? Pollutants and bacteria inside a home can be harmful to your skin. An air purifier filters out bacteria, which can lead to a reduction in acne, skin rashes and dryness.

Improves the effectiveness of your beauty products

Many people report the ineffectiveness of skin products they use, not realizing that dust mites and bacteria present in their rooms interfere with the performance of the skincare products. An air purifier can enhance the effectiveness of your beauty products by removing all that unwanted bacteria from your home.

Prevents allergies

If you’re faced with skin allergies, air pollutants can result in sore skin and skin rashes. The expensive medicated lotions you might need can hit your pockets hard, too. An air purifier that cleans the air of these harmful contaminants can both protect your skin and save you money.

Slows down the skin aging process

Cigarette smoke carries carbon particles that emit polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons when burned, which causes your skin to age quickly. An air purifier removes these free-flowing radicals that arise from smoke, slowing down your skin’s aging process.

Different Types of Air Purifiers

There are several types of air purifiers on the market to choose from. Let’s discuss some of the most popular ones and how they work.

In-duct air purifiers

In-duct air purifiers, which can also be referred to as whole-home purifiers, are installed directly into your home’s existing HVAC system. The top models can cover up to 3,000 square feet of space.

In-duct air purifiers are great at filtering out asthma and allergy triggers, including pollen, dust particles, mold spores and pet dander. They can also work against bacteria and viruses.

Media filters

Media air cleaners are about five inches thick compared to traditional HVAC filters, which are about one-inch thick. These cleaners can provide up to 40 times efficiency than a traditional filter and traps particles as small as 0.1 microns. Media filters can capture 98 percent of airborne particles, including mold spores, dust particles and bacteria. These filters can provide coverage for your entire home or business.

Fresh air exchangers

Fresh air exchangers work with your existing heating and cooling system to ensure your home has continuous fresh air. The system works by circulating – or exchanging – polluted and stale air from your home and replacing it with fresh air. Exchangers use one fan and vent system to blow the indoor air outside and another to bring in the fresh air.

UV air purifiers

UV air purifiers also work directly with your HVAC system. The big difference is these units use a UV light to incinerate contaminants and particles as they pass through your home’s HVAC system. HEPA UV air cleaners can filter out up to 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns are larger.

Electric air cleaners

Electric air cleaners use electrically charged filters to filter out particles and contaminants. When air passes through the HVAC system, the unit traps the larger particles in a pre-filter. After that, a electrically charged filter traps the small particles such as pet dander and dust to prevent them from recirculating into your home’s air supply.

Contact B&W for Air Quality Solutions

Airborne particles such as pet dander, dust mites and mold spores can ruin your indoor air. If you have more questions regarding air purifiers, give the NATE-certified technicians at B&W a call today. We’ll be happy to help you decide whether an air purifier is a smart choice for your home and what the available options are.

B&W has served the entire Indianapolis area for more than 50 years and is the most trusted HVAC company in Central Indiana. Contact B&W today to learn more about our indoor air quality offerings.