How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that the air you breathe indoors can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air? An air purifier can help you clear the air indoors, which reduces your exposure to carcinogens, allergens, and other harmful pollutants.

How to Choose an Air Purifier

There are lots of different kinds of air purifiers out there, but the two primary types are portable air purifiers and purifiers designed to work with your existing HVAC system. Many of these are filter-based, relying on HEPA filters to remove small particulates from the air. While any purifier will help, choosing between a portable option and one that is installed with your HVAC system comes down to your needs.

Portable air filters work best for single rooms or smaller areas. You can move them around as needed, so you can place it in a bedroom during summer months, or move it elsewhere as needed. In order to choose one, you’ll need to pick one size for the room that you will be purifying—larger purifiers for larger rooms.

Purifiers that can be installed as an add-on to your HVAC system are designed to work with forced-air heating and cooling systems. This is the more efficient option compared to portable purifiers, though it may cost you more to install. However, for that added cost, the purifier will clean the air throughout your entire home rather than just a room or two.

Benefits to an Indoor Air Filter

Indoor air purifiers have a lot of science-backed benefits. This makes them well worth the investment if you want to improve the air quality in your living space.

  • Purifiers can help with symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions by removing irritants from the air.
  • If pollen, dust mites, or pet dander is an issue, an air purifier can reduce these particulates in the air, thus improving allergy symptoms.
  • Air purifiers are great for households with children because they reduce airborne particulates and thus reduce the chances of a child developing asthma, allergies, or another issue.
  • In kitchens, or around tobacco usage, air purifiers help clean smoke from the air, leaving your home fresher without those harmful irritants.
  • Radon gas is sometimes present in homes, and it is known to lead to lung cancer. This gas comes from building materials, and an air purifier can help you reduce radon levels in your home.

There are many good reasons to install an air purifier—and if you’re thinking of whole home air purification, then let A/C Designs help. We can improve your indoor air quality in a variety of ways, not just by installing a purifier but also through duct cleaning, filter changes, and other methods.