Home Air Filtration

What is Home Air Filtration

Home air filtration is the process of removing airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and toxins from the air through the use of an air filter. This air filter is installed on your furnace or air conditioner and traps these particles before they can be sent through the duct system and into each room of your home.

At Express Tech Air, we take home air filtration seriously, because we know just how important your family’s health is. There are two primary options for cleaning the air inside your home: electronic air cleaners and media-based cleaners. Both offer high-performance removal of significant amounts of dust, dirt, bacteria, pollen, and more, and they continue to deliver results season after season with little maintenance, upkeep, or effort.

There are also many benefits to having a home air filtration system, regardless of the type that you choose. Some of these benefits include:

  • Has been proven in some cases to increase life expectancy: Indoor air pollution can affect your respiratory system, cardiac system, and even neurological systems. A home air filtration system traps these dangerous particles to provide you with better air quality.
  • Helps remove harmful radon: Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is emitted from various building materials. Radon is harmful because it attacks the cell linings of your lungs, which can potentially lead to lung cancer. An air filtration system will work to trap these radon particles and gas to protect you from the harmful effects.
  • Can improve your sleep: Certain indoor allergens such as fungi, dust mites, and various bacterias can trigger allergy symptoms. Frequent sneezing, congestion, coughing, and a sore throat can disrupt your sleep and in turn affect your productivity the next morning. A filtration system will filter out these allergens from your room and give you a better night of sleep.
  • Helps to relieve asthma symptoms: When you have asthma pollutants such as pet dander, and pollen can cause difficulty breathing and a filtration system will help to reduce the presence of these pollutants and ease your breathing.
  • Helps to neutralize unpleasant odors: Chemicals called Volatile organic compounds - or VOCs- are commonly found in paints, some upholstered furniture, or air fresheners can cause a sort of off gassing odors that can cause nausea and breathlessness.
  • Works to eliminate asbestos particles in the air: If you live in an older home we highly recommend the installation of a home air filtration system because of the chance of asbestos particles floating through the air is extremely high. Breathing in these particles can cause lung disease, tissue scaring, loss of appetite, and swelling of the neck and face. An air filtration system will capture these particles and help protect you from asbestosis particles and the harm they can cause.
  • Helps to reduce the chances of various airborne diseases: Airborne diseases, such as colds, the flu, and even COVID-19 are spread through small pathogens floating throughout the air. When one family member get sick, the rest of the family tends to follow simply because they are all breathing the same bacteria infected air. A home air filtration system will work to capture this bacteria from the air and work to keep you and your family healthy.
  • Works to eliminate harmful indoor chemicals: Just because you are inside your home, doesn't mean that the pollutants from outdoor air are shut out. If you live in an area that has high traffic pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide can easily find their way into your home. It has even been shown that exposure to these pollutants increases the changes of dementia and Alzheimer's.

Why Home Air Filtration is Necessary

Having quality air filters working to take care of your home air filtration services helps to eliminate contaminants, pollutants, and allergens out of the air you are breathing in each and every day. Not only will it help to do that, but how air filtration services also work to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system as well.

There are numerous amounts of pollutants inside of your home and these pollutants fall into two different categories. The first category is particulate matter and the second is gaseous pollutants.

Particulate Matter

Particulate matter refers to particles that are generated from combustion appliances and particles that are linked with small organisms such as:

  • Pet dander and pet hair
  • Viruses
  • Pollen
  • Bacteria
  • Smoke (this includes tobacco smoke too)
  • Dust mites
  • Mold and mold spores

Gaseous Pollutants

Gaseous pollutants on the other hand are formed from the combustion process in gas stoves, vehicle exhaust, and tobacco smoke. Some examples of these gaseous pollutants include:

  • Paints
  • Furnishings
  • Varnishes
  • Building materials
  • Pesticides
  • Adhesives
  • Cleaning products

Installing a good quality air filter into your furnace or air conditioner is essential for your health and our team at Express Tech Air is here to help! Your health and your family’s health are extremely important to us and a home air filtration system helps to ensure you are healthy year round.

However, when it comes to deciding which home air filtration system is best for you there are a few things you should know.

Electronic Home Air Filtration Cleaners

These units are most often incorporated into the air ducts of your home. The process of home air filtration with this type of filtration system works by producing a high-voltage current that puts an electrical charge on particles as the air passes through. At the other end of the system, are these collector plates that are charged oppositely and collect these unwanted particles like a magnet.

People will often choose an electronic cleaner for their home air filtration needs because of its ability to trap smoke particles as well. Electronic filters never have to be replaced, however, the collector plates will have to be cleaned in soapy water every few months.

Electronic air cleaners are the most efficient and easy-to-use systems on the market, but many homeowners opt for more affordable but also highly efficient filter-based systems otherwise known as media-based cleaners when it comes to their home air filtration needs.

Media-Based Home Air Filtration Cleaners

Media-based home air filtration cleaners consist of deeply pleated, paper-like material that is then housed within a metal cabinet. It is placed in the return air duct of your system and as air passes through your HVAC system, the media air filter will then trap these air particles within the filter so they can not enter your home.

Because media filters are compressed and pleated, if stretched out the filter can reach up to 75 square feet. This large area allows the filter to trap particulates without having to be changed frequently and often times only need to be changed every few years.

When it comes to deciding between the two for your home air filtration needs there really is no wrong choice. Both provide you and your family with peace of mind that the air you are breathing is free of dangerous particles.

Our team of trained technicians will work with you to determine which filtration is best for you and your home and will work with you to determine a plan for upkeep. We want you and your family to feel safe and breathe easy knowing that you are keeping the air around you clean with a home  filtration system that is perfect for you. Contact us today for more information about our air filtration systems!

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