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How Do Whole-House Air Purifiers Work?

air purifier installation massachusettsWith temperatures outside reaching arctic levels at this time of year, you’re probably spending much more time indoors. An alarming statistic from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that air indoors is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air!

Your ducts and air vents can circulate bacteria, viruses, debris and other pollutants, negatively impacting your respiratory health, eyes, skin, and even the finishes in your home. Air filters can catch some of these impurities but not nearly all.

When our customers in Framingham, Dover, Newton, and other communities in Middlesex and Norfolk Counties ask us for indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions, we often recommend a whole-house air purifier.

How an air purifier works

Air purifiers are an excellent remedy for those battling indoor air toxins, allergens and debris. Unlike oil diffusers or humidifiers, which add particles to your air, air purifiers sanitize it!
The particular impurities that an air purifier removes depend on the product you select. Here’s a basic breakdown of how they work:

  • Some air purifiers use filters to trap particles as air runs through them.
  • Some air purifiers neutralize particles with UV light.
  • Negative ion-emitting air purifiers attract positive ion particles in the air and neutralize them.

An IAQ specialist from Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling can help you identify an air purifier that meets your home’s specific needs.

Improving your indoor air quality with an air purifier

While not all air purifiers can catch every pollutant, this IAQ solution is generally pretty comprehensive. Here are some of the significant benefits of an air purifier.

1. Eliminating mold, bacteria, and allergens

All of these airborne toxins can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. This is especially true for infants, older adults, and anyone with asthma. When toxins circulate through your home, you’ll experience sneezing, coughing, and dry skin at a minimum — and prolonged illness at worst.

We recommend pairing your air purifier with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for the best results.

2. Reducing the spread of viruses

Whole-house air purifiers can lower instances of the common cold, plus more significant illnesses. Additionally, the EPA suggests they can help reduce airborne transmission of COVID-19.

4. Promoting a cleaner home

An air purifier can lower the amount of dust, debris, and sundry microorganisms that cycle through your rooms and accumulate. It can also neutralize mold and bacteria that create unpleasant odors. All this means less housecleaning!

5. Better heating and cooling efficiency

All the airborne pollutants that flow through your ducts eventually find their way to your HVAC equipment. This can clog essential components in your furnace or air conditioner. In the end, you’ll need more energy to keep your home comfortable. A whole home air purifier is a great tool to improve your HVAC performance — plus extend its life.

Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling will help you breathe easier!

Our IAQ experts are ready to help you determine the best solution for air quality issues. This may be as simple as a new air filter, or it could mean getting an air purifier, installing a whole-house humidifier or upgrading your A/C equipment.

Whatever your indoor air quality concerns, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get started.