Air Cleaners Target Pollutants That Aggravate Breathing Ailments

While urban South Florida has relatively good air quality, a person suffering from a breathing ailment, such as asthma,?chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or allergies, may not agree, especially in the spring months. As part of your regime for encouraging healthy, comfortable breathing, consider a home air cleaner to clear some of the pollen, pollutants and particles out of the air you breathe.

Where do pollutants come from?

In the course of daily life, airborne chemical and biological pollutants from pets, mold, traffic and smoking are carried into your house and settle on everything from your carpet to your pillow. Whenever you walk through your house or lie down at night, those microscopic particles are released into the air.

How does an air cleaner work?

Using a fan or electrostatic charges, air cleaners draw in airborne pollutants that aggravate ailments, trapping them in the filter. Other filters capture gaseous particles using special materials that absorb the gas.

What are my choices?

There are many?different types?of air cleaners available for home use, including mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners. It’s important to know that if your goal is to help alleviate breathing troubles, not all air filters are recommended (such as ozone-generating filters).

Here are some types recommended for individuals with breathing problems:

  • High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can be either mechanical, electronic or a hybrid of both. Mechanical filters use a fan to push particles into the filter trap. The electronic filters use?electrostatic attraction to capture particles on special plates. These filters work very effectively for particles that are already air borne.
  • Gas-phase air filters use a sorbent to capture gaseous pollutants. These can be attached to other mechanical or electronic air filters to capture some gaseous pollutants, but their lifespan will be short in terms of their effectiveness and must be replaced often.

Air cleaners are not the complete solution to alleviating breathing problems, but they can capture particles that aggravate breathing ailments. For more information or advice on choosing the right air cleaner for your home, contact the professionals at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We proudly serve homeowners throughout?eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).?

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