What is dust?
There’s a commonly quoted statistic that it’s mostly made of dead skin, but that’s a myth. The dust floating around your home contains a small percentage of dead skin, but it’s mostly a mix of pollen, hair, paper and textile fibers, soil minerals, and cosmic dust particles.
The average U.S. household produces 40 pounds of dust each year, and your best defense against those particles is finding a way to keep the air in your home filtered or purified.
Today we’re going to look at air filters and air purifiers, and how they can help you win the battle against dust in your home.
Whole house air filters
A whole house air filter works in concert with your home’s forced-air heating or central air cooling systems and, in most cases, is a wonderful choice for people dealing with asthma or severe allergies. If the fans are running, the air in your home is being filtered.
These filters come in four varieties:
Forced-air furnaces contain a matted fiberglass filter, which should be changed at least once a month. When the filter becomes clogged with dust, it puts strain on your system. These filters are designed to keep out large dust particles, but don’t block the infinitesimal particles that irritate the respiratory system.
A pleated filter costs a little bit more, but does a somewhat better job catching dust, and doesn’t need to be changed as often.
2. Extended media filters
These filters use an accordion-like filtration system, and are more effective than fiberglass filters. They require professional installation, and should be replaced once a year.
3. Electronic filters
Also known as electrostatic precipitators, these units are incorporated into ductwork. When air passes through the ducts, a high-voltage current puts an electrical charge on dust particles, while an oppositely charged collector pulls the dust in like a magnet.
Electronic filters are a far more effective whole house air filters than flat filters, and will never need replacing, although the collector plates will need to be cleaned every few months.
4. Ultraviolet filters
UV air filters are like bug zappers, only in this case the bugs are airborne viruses and bacteria. They’re an ideal whole house air filter for people concerned about germs.
Portable air purifiers
You might be reading this and thinking “My house doesn’t even have central heat or air conditioning. How can I get rid of dust?”
Fear not. The portable air purifier is here to help. These units typically use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters.
Other portable air purifiers, known as ion air cleaners, use electrostatic precipitator technology, and are quieter than HEPA units.
If you’re looking for ways to clear the air in your home, All Seasons Comfort Control can help. Our air purification products include the Air Scrubber Plus, powered by ActivePure technology and designed to reduce up to 99.9 percent of the contaminants in your home.
When it’s installed, you’ll be able to take comfort knowing that you’ve made your home cleaner and safer for you and your family just by switching on the fan.
We also carry the American Standard whole-home air cleaner, which removes up to 99.9 percent of airborne allergens from your home. Contact us today, and we’ll get started on helping you make your home a little more dust-free.