While essentials like food and water are vital to living a healthy life, you can go far longer without either of these than you can go without air. Air is the most crucial component of life, meaning that healthy air is the most important aspect of a healthy life.
It makes sense, then, that you should work to make the air in your home as healthy and pure as possible. Overlooking this important process could put you and your family at risk for a variety of serious health conditions. To fully show all that purifying your Anoka home’s air can do for you, here is a guide discussing what it is, how it’s done, and why it’s important.
What Is Air Purification?
Air purification is the process of using various mechanical, chemical, and electronic means to remove contaminants from the air. In the case of a whole-home air purifier, a component is added in-line with the rest of your HVAC system. The air purifier is placed at the end of the return before the air enters the main blower and furnace. This ensures that only the cleanest, highest quality air is being fed to your HVAC system.
One challenge of purifying air to a high degree is that it can restrict the airflow to the rest of the HVAC system. This can put a strain on your HVAC system that could require attention from Liberty Comfort Systems. Fortunately, many air purifiers contain their own built-in fans to augment the air handling capabilities of your HVAC system.
How Does an Air Purifier Work?
An air purifier uses multiple methods to remove contaminants from the air. Each technique is necessary since no single method is able to remove all types of contaminants.
The first type of contaminant elimination is mechanical removal. This method involves pulling the air through a HEPA filter that traps larger contaminants in the fibers of the filter. Some HEPA filters can remove contaminants down to 0.3 microns or smaller, depending on what the filter is rated to remove.
Generally, a mechanical filter can remove contaminants such as pet dander, pollen, pet hair, tobacco smoke, and dust mites. Essentially, if you can see the contaminant floating in the air, it can be removed by a mechanical filter.
The second type of removal is electronic removal. This method simply refers to the electricity that’s supplied to a UV light embedded in the filter housing. This UV light is used to kill viruses and bacteria in the air, typically down to a size of 0.01 micron.
Since these types of germs are living organisms, the best way to render them ineffective is to kill them rather than to catch them in a filter where they still have the chance to reproduce. UV light, in the correct wavelength, is especially effective at killing up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, thus reducing the risk of seasonal cold viruses and seasonal allergies and allowing you to keep your family healthy.
The third type of contaminant removal is chemical removal. Chemical removal is the method that involves the most variation between purifiers, depending on what the filter is designed to remove.
Some filters are equipped with an activated charcoal filter, which is good at removing contaminants such as carbon monoxide, but it may struggle to remove some types of odor-causing chemicals.
Other filters, such as the Lennox PureAir sold by Liberty Comfort Systems, are equipped with a titanium dioxide catalyst which, when exposed to UV light, releases hydroxyl radicals that can break down these odor-causing contaminants into harmless carbon dioxide and water. By the end of the filtering process, you’re left with clean, healthy, and fresh air that’s safe for your entire family.
Why Is Air Purification Important?
First and foremost, air purification is a crucial part of protecting the health and comfort of your family. Your home should be a fortress in which you can shelter your family from the stresses and dangers of the outside world. One way to do that is to ensure you and your family have safe and clean air to breathe.
Many people who install whole-home air purifiers from Liberty Comfort Systems report a major drop in common illnesses such as colds and the flu. Even better, though, people with autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions report fewer hospital visits and a better quality of life when they have air purifiers in their houses. It makes sense because, just as a fish depends on clean water to remain healthy, a human who “swims” in the air needs clean air to remain healthy.
Additionally, the extra comfort that an air purifier can provide is a priceless benefit of these devices. Unpleasant odors can reduce the relaxation that’s experienced in your home, especially when you’re not feeling well or you’re trying to go to sleep. With these odors gone, though, you can more easily focus on other things that truly matter.
Beyond the health and comfort of your family, an air purifier is good for your home as a whole. The removal of dust and other large particulates from the air will help to protect your HVAC system, which can be bogged down by large amounts of dust that get sucked into the system.
At Liberty Comfort Systems, one of the biggest parts of the maintenance we provide is simply cleaning dust in HVAC systems from areas where dust shouldn’t be. This reduction in dust will also help your system to run more efficiently, which can help to lower your utility bills.
Plus, less dust in the air means less dust on your furniture. This will lead to time saved because you won’t have to dust as often. In addition, if you have antiques or other collectibles around your house, the major reduction in dust will help to preserve their beauty and value.
Why Choose Liberty Comfort Systems?
At Liberty Comfort Systems, we fully appreciate the benefits of whole-home air purifiers. Because we know how much good they can do, we want as many people as possible to be able to have them in their homes.
That’s why we offer affordable pricing on air purifiers, including the aforementioned Lennox PureAir, along with the BreatheClean, Premier One, and Honeywell UV air purifiers. These purifiers are state-of-the-art and feature multi-stage filtration to keep your home free from odors and contaminants.
If you desire to keep your current HVAC system, we at Liberty Comfort Systems can install a new air purifier in your existing ductwork. This can give you pure air at a fraction of the cost of replacing your entire HVAC system.
If your HVAC system needs to be replaced, though, we offer a full line of excellent products, each backed by our expertise in installation, repair, and maintenance. Whether you’re interested in a heat pump, ductless mini-split system, or traditional central HVAC system, we can help you with your needs.
We also do solar installations to help make your home more energy-efficient and affordable to power. Plus, we can take on commercial projects with the same commitment to service as our residential work.
On top of everything, we offer 24/7 emergency service and come highly recommended through dozens of five-star reviews from satisfied customers. If you’re ready to breathe cleaner air in your home, give us a call today at Liberty Comfort Systems.