For Louisville, Kentucky, homes with asthma sufferers or family members with severe allergies, an air purifier can help with IAQ. Before you buy an air purifier, learn how they work with your HVAC system and lifestyle to remove particulates from your air.
Use a Purifier When Other Tactics Fail
An air purifier should be only one weapon in your line of defense against home allergens. You need to vacuum with a HEPA filter, wash your textiles in hot water, and clean regularly to minimize the allergens in your home. An air purifier is most effective when used in addition to other measures because it can filter the allergens your other tactics miss. Otherwise, it’ll be too overwhelmed with allergens to get them all.
Go for Filtered Air, Not Ozone
Some air purifiers create ozone, which zaps particles and kills bacteria. While the idea of antibacterial air is great, the reality isn’t. Ozone is a gas that can trigger asthma attacks and irritate people sensitive to allergens. Instead of an ozone air purifier, get one with a HEPA filter inside it. These air purifiers have filters you can either remove and replace or remove and clean.
Air Purifiers Work in One Room
The small air purifiers you buy at the store are only capable of filtering the air in one room. They have tiny motors and can’t suck up the volume of air your HVAC system can. Use an air purifier along with a good HVAC filter. Put it in the room you spend lots of time in. If you have kids with allergies, use a purifier in each child’s bedroom.
Don’t rely on an air filter to solve big IAQ issues. For that, a One Choice Mechanical technician is your best bet. Schedule an appointment with us so we can look at your system, examine your IAQ, and implement solutions like maintenance or repairs that will clean up the air in your home. Call us at (502) 242-8204.
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