As houses have become more airtight and weatherproof, another concern has developed. Once contaminants like pollen, pet dander or dust are introduced to the inside environment, they can’t get out. To remove these particles from the inside air, it is important to keep your house ventilated and clean, but that may not be enough, especially for people who suffer from allergies or asthma.
One of the best, most efficient ways to clean the air inside your home is to use whole-house air filtration in your HVAC system. Some types of filters do not require any additional energy use and are always working, as long as your HVAC fan is running. There are 4 different types of whole-house air filtration systems. Some of them can work together to provide even better air filtration results.
Flat Air Filters:
- Standard part of most HVAC systems
- Made of matted fiberglass
- Need to be changed once a month
- Some of the better ones have pleated filters and even have an electrostatic charge that attracts particles. These higher-quality options don’t have to be changed as often
Extended Media Air Filters:
- These are similar to flat filters, but they are much thicker
- Require installation by professionals because the ductwork has to be changed
- Only have to be changed once a year
Electronic Air Filters:
- One part of the filter creates an electric current to charge any particles in the air
- The other end of the filter has aluminum collection plates that collect the charged particles
- Filter does not need to be replaced
- Collection plates need to be washed with soapy water several times a year
Ultraviolet Air Filters:
- Can be added to an electronic filter to get rid of bacteria and viruses from the air
There are also many portable air filtration products to choose from. Talk to one of our HVAC professionals at JLK Mechanical Heating & Cooling to find out what air filtration option is best for your home or business.