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Indoor Air Quality
Air Filtration Service with Raleigh Heating & Air
The air filtration experts at Raleigh Heating & Air know that the quality of the air in your home is an important part of home comfort. There are a number of factors that can affect the quality of air in your home. The surrounding environment, climate, condition of your home, pets, proximity to construction, and many other factors can impact indoor air quality. For residents with allergies or asthma, improving indoor air quality can reduce symptoms associated with these health issues.
If you have any concerns about the air quality in your home, call Raleigh Heating & Air. Our indoor air quality specialists can help you choose an air filtration system to help improve your indoor air quality. We carry a number of air filtration products and are happy to help you find the one best suited to your indoor air quality needs.
Media filters are the simplest air filtration option. Your air conditioning and heating system has an air filter built in, but these are not designed to improve air quality like a true HEPA filter, which are more effective at alleviating serious indoor air quality problems. Media air filters remove particles from the air as it passes through the filter material, trapping them there. It is important to clean or replace these filters regularly for optimal filtration performance. Media air cleaners are more effective at trapping larger particles, but may not be as effective at filtering smaller particles from the air.
Electronic Air Cleaners
Electronic air cleaners also work by removing particles from the air. Electrostatic devices pull air through a section and ionize particles in that air. These newly charged particles are then trapped on a "collector" which has an opposite charge. You can also opt for an ionizer. These devices emit ions into the air, which then attach themselves to particles in the air, thereby charging the particles and causing them to attach to surfaces in the room. This process removes the smaller particles from the air circulation effectively, but may not remove the larger particles that a media air cleaner is designed to catch.
Choosing a Filtration Option
Now that you have some information about the various air filtration systems, how do you judge which is the best option for your home? There are a few different ways in which filtration products are measured. The effectiveness of media filters is measured on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale. This rating ranges from 1–20, with higher ratings being the most efficient. Lower rated filters will be efficient at removing larger particles from the air, but medium efficiency filters, rated 5–13 on the MERV scale, are recommended for a good balance of price point and airflow rates. As the MERV rating gets higher, the more airflow resistance exists. Gaseous pollutant removal systems do not have an efficiency rating, nor do electronic air cleaners. The best way to ensure that you are purchasing a filtration device appropriate for your home and personal needs is by discussing it with a professional.
Raleigh Indoor Air Quality Experts
At Raleigh Heating & Air, the indoor air quality experts are ready to work with you to improve the indoor air quality in your home. We service Raleigh, Wake Forest, Cary, greater Wake County and the surrounding areas.