Indoor air quality is increasingly becoming affected by contaminates such as mold, bacteria, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. Particulate matter can include dust, pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke and particles that result from the combustion of appliances such as cooking stoves.
Air-cleaning equipment that is installed into the central ductwork of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a home is available, or there are portable air cleaners. The most common way to utilize the ducts that already exist in your home is to purchase an upgrade to the filter that is usually already in place. There are many types of air filters that can be installed in your furnace, so it’s important to investigate what is best for your home.
Portable air-cleaning equipment is designed to filter one room, not the entire house. The units can be moved. It is important to purchase a system that includes a fan. Portable air-cleaning equipment may use a variety of cleaning devices to clean the air.
The primary considerations in purchasing air-cleaning equipment are the efficiency, effectiveness and cost. There are tests that can be applied to air-cleaning equipment to help the consumer discern how well a device performs. Understanding the terms MERV — Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and HEPA — High Efficiency Particulate Air will be helpful. HEPA filters are air filters that meet certain standards of efficiency set by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The experts at Riteway Ventilating Co. are available to help you with any questions you might have about air-cleaning equipment. Our knowledgeable staff can help you make selections that best fit your household’s needs and budget.
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