Indoor air pollution irritates health problems, including allergies, asthma and respiratory problems. Many homes have poor air quality and would benefit from an air cleaning system. One effective way to clean your home’s air is with an electronic air cleaner.
How they work
Electronic air cleaners attach a charge to particles in the air, causing them to stick to surfaces. They remove many unhealthy particles, including:
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
There are two types of electronic air cleaners, ionizers and electrostatic precipitators. Both types are efficient and fit nicely inside your HVAC system.
Ionizers release ions into the air. The ions attach to unhealthy particles, giving them a charge. The particles then stick to each other and to surfaces in your home, such as curtains and floors. Simply put, ionizers cause debris in your home’s air to settle quickly. The main drawback of ionizers is that you might need to dust your home more often.
Electrostatic precipitators suck air in and give particles in the air a charge. The particles then stick to oppositely charged plates inside the air cleaner. Some people prefer electrostatic precipitators over ionizers because they do not cause as much dust to settle on surfaces around your home. However, owners of electrostatic precipitators have to remember to clean dust off the charged plates to keep them from getting too full.
Who should get one
If you have poor indoor air quality, an electronic air cleaner is a must. A cleaner is also a good idea if you suffer from allergies or have mildew in your home. Many Pasadena area homeowners use air conditioning and seal up their houses in hot weather, and an air cleaner helps remove the pollutants that get trapped indoors. If your family suffers from frequent colds and the flu, consider an electronic cleaner that also comes with UV lights to help sterilize the air. To determine whether you need an air cleaner, consider professional air quality testing.
For help choosing and installing an air cleaning system in the Pasadena area, contact the experts at Air-Tro Inc opens in a new window.
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