At Comfort Flow Heating we know that the quality of the air in your Cottage Grove home is every bit as important as the temperature. That’s why we offer a great line of air cleaners to help you get and maintain the highest air quality possible in your home. There are a few different types of air cleaners on the market, and of course there are many different concerns about the air in your home that you may have. If you’re wondering which air cleaner is best for your specific concerns, call the indoor air quality professionals at Comfort Flow Heating today. We’re happy to share our knowledge and expertise with you to help ensure that you have clean, pure air to breathe in your home. Here is a basic rundown of the air cleaners available today.
Mechanical Air Filters
Mechanical air filters are the simplest air cleaners out there and are the kind that most people are likely familiar with. As air passes through a mechanical air filter pollutants are trapped on a filtering material. A drawback of mechanical air filters is that the particles they are designed to trap often settle before they reach the filter.
The efficiency of mechanical air filters is measured on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale. This scale ranges from 1-20, with 20 being the most effective rating. HEPA filters fall into this category with ratings between 17 and20, but at this level of efficiency so much airflow restriction is caused by the mechanical filter that they are generally not used in residential systems.
Electronic Air Cleaners
If you are looking for additional, more high tech ways to remove pollutants from the air in your home there are many electronic options to choose from. Some, such as electrostatic precipitators, use electrostatic attraction to trap pollutants. They give particles an electrical charge, and a collector plate with an opposite charge attracts and traps the pollutants. An ion generator works in much the same way, though without the collector unit. In this case the charged particles simply adhere to surfaces in a room, removing themselves from the air.
If you are concerned with biological pollutants such as allergens and bacteria you may want to consider the installation of UV germicidal lights in your Cottage Grove home. These devices use safe amount of ultraviolent radiation to destroy biological pollutants unaffected by other air cleaners. This adds another element to the purity of your air.
If you have more questions about the types of air cleaners available in your area or the operation of any of these devices, call the indoor air quality experts at Comfort Flow Heating. We’ll make sure that the air in your home is as clean as possible.