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How Air Purifiers Work to Clean Your Home’s Air

UV-air-purifier-lightIndoor air quality: people are often surprised to discover how serious a problem this is. The air inside buildings can be three to four times more polluted than the air outside, which is exactly the opposite of what many people assume is true.

If you have problems with pollutants in your home’s air, and standard indoor air quality air filters aren’t adequately solving the problem, you may need a Fenton, MI air purifier installed. That’s where we come in. We’ll find the right purifier to do the job, and match it with the right set of filters. (Purifiers almost always work in conjunction with filters, with the filters handling the larger particles and the purifiers targeting the ones that slip through the filters.)

Ionization purifiers

These are the most common types of air purifiers used in homes, and often the first option that IAQ specialists will look into. This type of purifier creates an area of electrical discharge, known as a corona discharge, within the ventilation system. This causes particles in the air to either gain or lose an electron, developing either a negative or positive charge. The charged particles are then pulled down from the air toward a pair of metal plates, each with an opposite charge, which can later be removed and easily cleaned off. The differently charged particles in the air will also clump together and fall out of the air. These purifiers are effective for dealing with smoke, odor molecules, chemicals, volatile organic compounds, and much ore.

Ozone purifiers

This type of purifier turns molecules of oxygen in ozone using a similar electrical discharge to the ionization purifier. Ozone helps to deodorize the air and eliminate unwanted particles as it reacts with other molecules in the air. These purifiers take a more active approach toward dealing with contaminants, spreading out through the house. However, they can sometimes lead to oxidization issues in the household, so make sure you work with professionals before making a choice for an ozone purifier.

UV air purifiers

These are sometimes called UV germicidal lights. They are specifically designed to eliminate organic contaminants that can circulate through the ventilation system: bacteria, mold spores, viruses, germs, and various microbes. The lights of the purifier send out ultraviolet waves, which are destructive to the cellular structure of organic contaminants. The lights render the cells inert or destroy them outright while posing no danger to the rest of the household. Not only do UV air purifiers eliminate some of the most unhealthy air pollutants, they can help an AC/heat pump work more efficiently by keeping mold off of the indoor refrigerant coil.

There are multiple options available when it comes to improving the indoor air quality for your house so you and your family can enjoy a more healthy and comfortable environment. In addition to installing and servicing air filters and purifiers, we also work with humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and energy recovery ventilators. Contact us today to learn more.

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