Staying healthy can be hard during the winter. Flu season is in full swing, the cold is usually going around, and the air in your home is trapped with viruses and bacteria. If you’re looking to beat the odds and not get sick, you’ll need a little help from an air purifier. Air purifiers are great for taking out harmful particles in the air, but there are so many to choose from. Here are some common air purifiers that you’ll find. Knowing what they do to remove harmful particles can help you find the right one for your home.
HEPA, High Efficiency Particulate Air, purifiers are the standard and often the cheapest. Similar to air filters, these air purifiers use a filter to make your home healthier. However, the HEPA purifiers use specialty filters to trap smaller particulates, such as bacteria, germs, and allergens. Filters for your HVAC units are designed to keep the unit safe as well as your family, which means the filter is most often only capturing larger particles to not backup the air. Many families have used HEPA purifiers in addition to their HVAC filter to keep the air in their home healthy.
Electronic filters, electronic air purifiers, and electrostatic air cleaners are all descriptions of similar products. These filters assist your standard air filter by trapping the smaller particles that your air filter can miss. The filter static charges the air going through it so that the particles become charged and stick to the filter, which has the opposite charge. The air moves through the rest of the filter without those particles, making the air cleaner. It is great for removing allergens and dust from the air.
Ultraviolet air purifiers use UV light to target bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens to turn them into molecules of water or carbon dioxide. The light breaks down their cellular or genetic bonds into cleaner air. While this is great for getting rid of sicknesses, this air purifier does not remove larger particles, like allergens, out of the air. This type of purifier is commonly set up with other air purifiers to remove the other particles it misses.
Air purifiers from iWave use ionization. These purifiers create ions in the air making charges on the particulates on an atomic level. Once the ions come in contact with viruses, bacteria, mold, smoke, or dust, the charges pull away key molecules, like hydrogen. Once the hydrogen is pulled away from harmful particulates, they break apart and die because the energy is lost. While it may sound dangerous, iWave only uses ions found in nature. The air that pulls away is proven to be cleaner and healthier for your family. Learn more about how iWave can help your family by checking out their products on our website, or go to their website for more information.
Using air purifiers to remove allergens, bacteria, viruses, smoke, and more out of the air in your home can help your family stay healthy while bundled up in the winter months. If your goal is to stay healthier this year, Twin City Heating and Air is happy to help with the purchase and installation of an air purifier. Contact us today to find out more about how you can make your home healthier.