How an Air Purifier Works to Improve Your Cincinnati Home’s Indoor Air Quality
by Greg Leisgang on May 22, 2014
Posted in: Indoor Air Quality
In a single day, the average human inhales approximately 3,400 gallons of air – air that's teeming with a wide variety of airborne pathogens and pollutants. From fabric fibers and pet dander to mold spores and viruses, heavy indoor air pollution poses a threat to not just your overall home comfort, but also to those who suffer from asthma, allergies and other respiratory ailments.
With the help of a reliable air purifier, you can restore your home’s indoor air quality and breathe a little easier. An air purifier works by capturing airborne particles as air flows through the device, cycling clean air into the space it’s filtering. In addition to trapping most forms of household dust and airborne debris, these remarkable devices are capable of capturing and destroying up to 99.9 percent of common fungi spores, bacteria and viruses, including human and avian influenza.
There are many types of air purification devices on the market and each has its own way of trapping and destroying airborne allergens and irritants:
- Many air purifiers rely on ionization to electrically charge and trap airborne particles, as well as destroy viruses and bacteria.
- Some air purifiers use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. A true HEPA filter can capture up to 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns.
- Other purifiers generate ozone gas to control airborne pollutants. This method may not be the best when it comes to improving indoor air quality, as ozone gas is a lung irritant.
- Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) air purifiers rely on ultraviolet radiation to neutralize airborne viruses and bacteria.
- Gas-phase air purifiers utilize a sorbent such as activated carbon to capture gaseous pollutants from your home’s indoor air.
You can always depend on JonLe Heating & Cooling for your home comfort needs in the greater Cincinnati area. Contact us if you’re ready to make your home comfortable through improved indoor air quality.
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