Just because it’s cold out and some traditional outdoor allergies are at abeyance for the winter doesn’t mean you won’t have indoor air quality problems. In some ways, winter indoor allergies can be more of a challenge due to swirling dust from forced air systems and an inability to throw open a window and increase ventilation. You also may have concerns about infections, as winter is the purveyor of some very nasty bugs. So what can you do to better manage winter allergies and colds? Consider the installation of an air filtration system in Vinings.
Air Filtration Options
When it comes to adding an air filtration system to your home, you have a couple of choices, namely between an electronic air filter and a mechanical one. Mechanical filters use media to capture contaminants while electronic ones use negative ions. To better understand your choices, it’s good to have some basic knowledge about how the different types work.
When people see the words “air filtration” they are more likely to think of a mechanical filter than an electronic one, simply because we see them more. Mechanical filters use a fibrous media that is stretched across a square frame to capture contaminants like dust, dirt, mold spores (not all), bacteria (some) and viruses (some). Mechanical air filters have a rating system called MERV; the MERV scale runs from 1 to 20 and the higher the MERV rating, the stronger the filter. It is important to note that home air filters shouldn’t exceed a MERV of 13 as filters with a high MERV rating can restrict air flow.
There are two types of electronic filter: ion generators and electronic precipitators. Each uses electricity to capture contaminants, but each does it slightly differently. Ion generators create and then disperse negative ions into your home’s air; these negative ions attach to the contaminants in the air and land on the surfaces of your home due to mutual attraction. The contaminants are removed when the surfaces are cleaned. An electronic precipitator draws air into it where contaminants are pushed into an ionization section and charged; as the charged particles move through the precipitator, they are collected on oppositely-charged metal plates.
As you can see, there you have some options when it comes to installing an air filtration system in your Vinings home.
For help with choosing and installation, call the people you can count on: South Air Inc. Contact us today!