Interest in clean, fresh air in the home has always been high, but starting in March 2020 trends show that Google searches increased by 50%, increasing all the way up to 120% as of January 2021.
Of course, it’s no surprise to anyone what event might have sparked the sudden surge of interest.
So is clean air just as important today as it was at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? I would suggest that it’s even more vital now than ever.
But how do you get your air clean? With an air purifier of course. But what air purifier should you buy and do they really work?
To answer these questions, let’s dive into the facts and benefits of air purifiers.
What are Air Purifiers?
While this might seem like a simple question, the answer is not so clear. At it’s most basic sense, an air purifier is a product that cleans the air, removing and deactivating pollutants, allowing the air you breathBenefits of Air Purie to be cleaner and fresher.
But what exactly is an air purifier?
A quick Google search will result in something like this:
This is a small appliance purchasable on Amazon and elsewhere with questionable effectiveness. It has limited range, lacks the hardware the be truly effective, and requires constant upkeep.
So what is an air purifier?
The type of air purifier we’re talking about is an add-on for your HVAC system that purifies the air in your entire home. It works in the background, taking up no additional space, with no added noise. It’s also proven to be effective and our customers report they’ve noticed an immediate difference.
They look something like this:
How Do Air Purifiers Work?
Depending on the type of HVAC air purifier that you install in your system, they will function a little differently.
A UV Air Purifier, like the APCO-X produced by Fresh Aire, works by shining a specific frequency of UV light onto your air as it passes through your filtration system, deactivating viruses, bacteria, and pollutants in less than 2 seconds. The clean air is then sent back into your home while bad is removed and passed through the filter.
An ionization unit, like the Phenomenal Aire Plasma Generator, creates billions of ions and pushes them out through your ducting and into all the rooms in your home. These ions then attach to the pollutants in the air and perform a variety of tasks.
For viruses, ions render them useless by killing the infection. For pollen and dander, the ion makes the particle too heavy to float in the air, allowing your HVAC filter to catch it more easily. And for odors, the ions break apart the molecule into harmless components such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.
Now that you know how they work, what are the benefits of air purifiers?
Benefits of Air Purifiers
1. Eliminates 99.99% of viruses, including COVID-19
The primary benefit of air purifiers is that is eliminates COVID-19. Months of testing ensued following the start of the pandemic and the results were that air purifiers do work against COVID-19 and are a great way for you to protect your home against this deadly virus.
2. Relieves Symptoms of Asthma and Allergies
Pet dander, pollen, dust, and more can trigger the symptoms of asthma and allergies. With an HVAC air purifier, you can effectively say goodbye to those common ailments.
Using the processes outlined above, air purification systems are capable of eliminating or neutralizing the particles that aggravate these conditions.
How would you like to be able to breathe again in your own home? With air purifiers, you can.
3. Reduce Odors and Chemicals in the Air
Be it cleaners, pet byproducts, smoke, or other odors, air purifiers may be the solution you need. While air purifiers don’t eliminate the source of the odor, they do deactivate the smells in the air by breaking down the particles that make up those odors.
Air that has yet to be filtered through the system may not be affected, and odors may linger where the source is the strongest, but air purifiers will certainly help in reducing the strength of the smells.
4. Improves Sleep
Who doesn’t want a better night sleep? Science has proven that a good night’s sleep provides all sorts of benefits like more energy, easier time with weight loss, happier moods, etc.
Getting 8 hours of sleep simply isn’t enough for “a good night’s sleep. Your HVAC system controls your sleep more than you realize. Did you know that the ideal temperature for sleep is 65 degrees?
In addition to temperature, the quality of the air you breath while you sleep strongly affects the type of sleep you have. Allergens in the air can constrict or disrupt your airways, making it difficult to breathe and reach that REM sleep.
Cleaner air does indeed give you a better night sleep.
5. Removes Radon and Asbestos From The Air
What is Radon? It’s a gas produced when certain radioactive substances, like uranium, that are used in building materials begins to break down. This colorless, odorless gas leaks into your home from cracks in the floor or walls and is one of the leading causes of cancer.
The EPA estimates that 21,000 deaths annually are related to lung cancer caused by radon gas.
Asbestos is a similar compound that was also frequently used in the building of older homes. Use of asbestos has since been banned, but that doesn’t mean your home doesn’t have it. In much the same way as Radon, asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.
One of the benefits of air purifiers is the elimination of Radon gas and asbestos from the air, keeping you safer and healthier.
6. Increases Life Expectancy
All of the bullet points above affect the health of our body. If we’re constantly sick, suffering from allergens, or exposing our body to harmful chemicals, all of these things combine to wear down the overall health of our bodies.
By breathing fresh air and taking better are of our lungs, we give ourselves the best chance we have of living a long and happy life.
Ready to Install an Air Purifier?
Now that you understand the benefits of air purifiers, perhaps your ready to get one installed in your home? Precision Temperature is here to help. We service all of San Diego County.
Give us a call today at 619-588-5321 and one of our friendly staff will be able to assist you.