The unseen contaminants that fill indoor air can be detrimental to one’s health. Second-hand smoke, dust and microscopic carpet fibers are among the pollutants that can aggravate the symptoms of allergy and asthma sufferers and lead to coughs, headaches, eye irritation and other complaints. Contaminants exist in residential and commercial structures; children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the effects of these impurities.
The Carrier and Bryant air purifiers and cleaners offered by our Comfort24-7 dealers will help you make sure your indoor air is as clean as it can be. Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, so it is essential to make sure the indoor air quality is fresh and pure.
The terms air purifier and air cleaner refer to the same thing: a device that removes impurities and contaminants from indoor air. Air purifiers can be portable or attached to the HVAC system in a home or business and are categorized by the technology they use. The best air purifier uses HEPA (high efficiency particulate arresting) technology. A HEPA air purifier traps up to 99 percent of airborne impurities and captures particles as small as 0.3 micrometers. The MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value), which ranges from one to 16, measures the effectiveness of an air cleaner. A higher MERV rating means the air cleaner captures more particles.
Types of Air Purifiers
The air purifier you need depends on the air quality issue you are facing and the size of the area to be cleaned. Our Comfort24-7 dealers are experts in air purification technologies and will recommend which Carrier and Bryant products meet your needs. Following are the air cleaning technologies available through Carrier and Bryant:
- Electronic air cleaners work by generating an electrical charge that captures and destroys airborne pollutants. They are good for capturing pollen, dust, dust mites and pet dander.
- Mechanical air filters capture airborne contaminants as the air is forced through the filter. They are also good for capturing pollen, dust, dust mites and pet dander. HEPA filters are the most effective mechanical air filter.
- Ventilators draw fresh air into a structure during the cooling season and expel stale air and contaminants out during the heating season.
- Ultraviolet lamps sterilize the air as it passes by the lamp. UV lamps are good for killing bacteria, viruses and mold on ductwork and the evaporator coil and drain pan in an air conditioner or heat pump.
In addition to these air cleaning methods, you may want to consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is invisible and odorless. Household appliances such as water heaters, central heating systems and boilers can be a source of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide alarms do not purify the air, but they do alert you when your indoor air becomes contaminated with carbon monoxide.
When you consider that indoor air pollution is among the top five health risks facing Americans today, ignoring the quality of your indoor air can be risky. Using our directory to find a Comfort24-7 dealer in your local area will help you breathe easier — literally and figuratively.