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Guide to Choosing Air Cleaners in the Home

In Duct UV light (blue tube)From allergies to heart health, indoor air contains pollutants can negatively affect you and your family’s wellbeing. Some of these pollutants come from outdoors, and others come from indoor sources and activities.

To improve the indoor air quality of your home you can start by reducing the use of products that contain pollutants, such as certain cleaning solutions, hair sprays and secondhand smoke. You can also ventilate with clean outdoor air using fans and open windows.

Portable Air Cleaners vs. HVAC Filters

Another way to significantly reduce indoor air pollutants is by using a specialized filtering system – either through a portable air cleaner or by relying on the filtering available in your air conditioning system. Either way, it is important to note that pollutants fall into two categories – particles and gasses. Many filters are designed to filter either particles or gases and others contain two filters, one for each.

  • Portable Air Cleaners: To filter particles with a portable air cleaner, choose one that has a clean air delivery rate (CADR) large enough for the size of the room or area in which you will use it. The higher the CADR, the more particles the air cleaner can filter and the larger the area it can serve. Most air cleaner packaging will tell you the largest size area or room it should be used in. To filter gases, choose a portable air cleaner with an activated carbon filter or other filter designed to remove gases.
  • HVAC Filters: Air conditioning system filters for homes are usually designed to filter particles. If you decide to upgrade or use a higher efficiency filter, choose a filter with at least a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13 rating, or as high a rating as your system fan and filter slot can accommodate.

When selecting either one of these methods, keep in mind that while both reduce indoor air pollution, they cannot remove all pollutants from the air.

Removing Pollutants from the air with Advanced Active Purification

  • Advanced active purification systems are the best way to make a big difference in your indoor air quality. These systems include UV lights in ductwork, other kinds of filtration and new technology.

Custom Climate Concepts’ professional HVAC technicians can help you determine the best method and the highest efficiency filter that will work for your system and your home. Call us today at (941) 955-COOL.

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