Choosing the right air filter can have important consequences. There are several choices; the differences between each are the amount of pollutants they remove from the air.
- Box or 1″ Pleated
Although not specifically designed for improving indoor air quality, they do assist in protecting the integrity of your equipment. They require no electrical hook-up. It is recommended that they be replaced every month.
These air cleaners remove particles by electrically charging them and then attracting those particles to an oppositely charged plate. The allergens and pollutants are then trapped in the filter and do not get released back into the air. Electrostatic filters are considered highly efficient, affordable to operate and easy to maintain.
- HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Arresting
Considered to produce the best results, HEPA filters require a separate blower and replaceable media, making the initial investment higher. However, they remove a larger percentage of pollen and many asthma and allergy causing pollutants. The key to the HEPA air cleaner technology is a paper filter that has very small holes that limit the size of any particle than can pass though it.
Please speak to a Northeast Heating & Cooling technician to determine which filters are the best for you needs.
Energy Recovery Ventilation
Several manufacturers make Energy Recovery or Fresh Air Ventilation systems that remove stale, used air from the home, while bringing in clean crisp air from the outdoors without a loss in heating or cooling efficiency. These systems can also be zoned to allow you to choose which rooms receive priority ventilation.
A whole house dehumidification system can control the moisture in the air and result in a more comfortable home environment. Managing the in-home humidity levels can minimize the spread of airborne pollutants and allergens. Moisture in the home can cause various problems such as mold, mildew, dust mites and bacteria.
In the colder winter months you can experience a loss of needed humidity in the air, causing your home’s air to become dry. There are many options for humidifiers, which can reduce dryness and static electricity in the air.
UV lights are excellent for reducing bacteria, fungi, and microbial growth on wet indoor cooling coil surfaces. They are ideal when used with other indoor air quality products.
Call us at (800) 691-0122 to speak about improving your home’s indoor air quality.