Everyone deserves to breathe in clean air every day, but unfortunately, achieving clean air is not always easy. The air in your home may have a number of particulates like dust and pollen or bioaerosols (living organisms) like bacteria. But how do you know whether these are a problem in your home? And doesn’t your air filter already help to trap these and keep them out of the air? We’ll answer those questions in today’s guide.
Your filter may not take care of everything
The home AC and heating filter was not originally designed as an air cleaning device. Air conditioning engineers included the filter as a means of keeping larger particles out of the air handler so that it would not have to sustain damage. As an additional feature, today’s filters are designed with varying degrees of effectiveness, which you can determine by looking at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of the filter.
But a filter can only do so much. Most home filters are incapable of trapping the smallest of particles as a certain amount of airflow must still get through to the air handler. You can consult a technician to find a better filter, or ask about installing an electronic air cleaner, which charges particles so they can collect on a set of plates or the surfaces of your home.
Do family members have allergies or other respiratory conditions?
One of the ways to tell if contaminants are a big issue in your home is by looking at how the people in your house are affected. If you notice illnesses cropping up more frequently, or if those with allergies and asthma are sneezing and coughing, it’s time to seek the services of an indoor air quality expert.
The indoor air quality professionals at Air Mechanical, Inc. offer air cleaner and air purification services in Andover, MN. Call our team of experts today!