Spring is usually the worst time for allergy sufferers – whether it’s pollen, dust, pet dander, mold or anything else – air purifiers and air filters can make all of the difference in the world for those affected. There are many different options for improving the quality of air in your home and combating allergies, including home HEPA air purifiers, HEPA filters, whole home air filters, and air ionizers.
Air cleaners can be very effective in removing allergy irritants that are as small as .01 microns from your home’s air. To put the size into perspective, that’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin! Air cleaners are rated based on Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) – the high the number, the more efficient the air cleaner is at removing pollutants like bacteria, mold, and pet dander. Our Air cleaners range from MERV 10 to MERV 15. However, if your family has relatively severe allergies or asthma, your best bet is likely our Whole House High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filtration systems.
HEPA air purifiers work differently than air cleaners. They remove almost 100% of pollutants that are larger than .3 micrometers. Unlike air cleaners HEPA air purifiers don’t just block large particles from coming through – they also have minute strands that the tiniest particles will cling to as they move through the purifier.
Air ionizers actually distribute ions with a negative electrical charge into your home. This is because the pollutants that are causing your allergy symptoms have a positive electrical charge and, well, opposites attract. Once the ions and the pollutants combine, they actually fall out of the air.
At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we have seen firsthand how the right air purifier or air filter can improve our customer’s quality of life. Do not hesitate to contact us today if your family is suffering from springtime allergies!