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You’ve scrubbed, polished, dusted and vacuumed your home into the cleanly oasis you look forward to every spring. Unfortunately, your annual deep cleaning only gets your surfaces spotless. If your goal is to provide a truly clean dwelling for your family, you need to address the dirtiest part of your house – the air.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, poor indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. The common pollutants found circulating throughout your home include dust, pollen, dander, mold, bacteria and viruses, as well as gaseous pollutants from cleaning products. These are triggers for respiratory ailments and allergy attacks.

In order to remove these pollutants from indoor air, homeowners should consider an air-cleaning device for their home. There are several types of air cleaning devices, each designed to remove certain types of pollutants.

Particle removal

Two types of air-cleaning devices can remove particles from the air: mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners. Mechanical air filters remove particles by capturing them on filter materials. Electronic air cleaners have an opposite process by drawing air through an ionization section, where particles obtain an electrical charge. The charged particles then accumulate on a series of flat plates that is oppositely charged.

Gaseous pollutant removal

Gas-phase air filters remove gases and odors by using a material called a sorbent, such as activated carbon, which absorbs some but not all pollutants. An AirNow Cooling & Heating technician can help you review and identify which option is best for you and your family to ensure optimal indoor air quality.

Meanwhile, to contact AirNow Cooling & Heating for a service call, a free quote on a new HVAC system or further information on any of its services, please call 334.285.7065 or email service@airnowhvac.com.

Compiled by Terry Barrett | AirNow Cooling & Heating, Millbrook, AL