What Are Electronic Air Cleaners?
Did you know that the air inside your home can be significantly worse than the air outside? Indoor air quality generally suffers due to poor ventilation. Additionally, high levels of humidity may also contribute to a reduction in your home’s air quality. According to the EPA, people spend around 90% of their time indoors, whether at home or work. This means that we are highly susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. In particular, young children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic health conditions may be most at risk.
While your home’s heating and cooling system typically have their own air filters, these will only go so far. Standard air filters only catch larger particles, while smaller pollutants and contaminants will still make their way through and into your home. If you are worried about indoor air pollution or suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions, you may want to consider installing an electronic air cleaner in your home for more comprehensive air filtration.
How Do Air Cleaners Work?
Electronic air cleaners rely on several mechanisms to clean your air, including physical filters, ionization, and ozone generation. As air moves through each mechanism, different pollutants and contaminants are removed and eliminated. Electronic air cleaners are relatively easy to maintain, and typically, filters only need to be cleaned twice a year. Once filter plates are cleaned, they can be replaced in the machine. Due to their functional design, most homeowners can complete this cleaning process on their own.
To learn more about how electronic air cleaners work, review our blog post here.
Are Electronic Air Filters Worth the Investment?
Electronic air cleaners are generally installed in your home’s ductwork. From there, they work to clean and maintain the air quality across your whole house. As an appliance, they represent a relatively significant investment in your home. However, after the initial purchase and installation, operating costs are minimal. Because filters can be removed and cleaned, you do not have to buy replacement filters. Additionally, having an electronic air cleaner in your home can make your property more attractive to potential buyers.
Breathe a Little Easier
The number one benefit to electronic air cleaners is their potential to support your health. Electronic air cleaners can reduce and remove a wide range of pollutants, significantly more than the standard air filters on your heating and cooling system. If you often wake up feeling congested, are allergic to the family pet, or struggle with respiratory issues, an electronic air cleaner can help you feel more comfortable in your home.
Common household pollutants that are removed by electronic air cleaners include:
- Animal dander
- Gaseous pollutants
- Mold and mildew
Electronic Air Cleaners & the COVID-19 Virus
Electronic air cleaners’ ability to remove harmful bacteria and viruses from the air is another reason why many homeowners decide to install them. While they cannot eliminate all risk of airborne transmission of viruses (such as the COVID-19 virus), the EPA states that air cleaners do have the potential to reduce transmission risk, especially when used as part of a larger risk reduction plan. They are also more effective than standard air filters as they can remove much smaller particles than basic physical filters.