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Do Indoor Air Purifiers Really Work?

Most of us are thinking more about the quality of the air we breathe now more than ever. As fall allergy season swings into full gear, and coronavirus continues to bear down on us, many are wondering about purchasing air purifiers for their homes and businesses. We understand people have questions because we get a lot of them:

Are air purifiers really effective?

Is buying an air purifier unit or installing a system on my HVAC really worth the investment?

Is it all hype or do air purifiers really work?

We want to answer your questions, and let you know if an indoor air quality system or product would actually benefit you and your family.

Should you invest in an air purification unit for your home or business?

The Basics of Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants and threats to indoor air quality can help reduce your risk of health concerns. The really scary thing is that health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or even years later!

“Indoor air can be as much as 100 times more polluted
than outside air.”

~Environmental Protection Agency

Primary Sources of Indoor Air Quality Problems

Indoor air can become polluted just like outdoor air, even more so because indoor air becomes trapped in buildings, leaving it to cause more damage to inhabitants. Pollutants are typically released into the air in the form of gases or particles. Poor ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough fresh air to dilute emissions and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the building.

There are many sources of indoor air pollution. These can include:

  • Fuel-Burning Combustion Equipment
  • Tobacco Products
  • Building Materials & Furnishings
  • Deteriorated Asbestos-Containing Insulation
  • Newly Installed Flooring, Upholstery or Carpeting
  • Cabinetry or Furniture Made of Certain Pressed Wood Products
  • Household Cleaning and Maintenance, Personal Care, or Craft Products
  • Central Heating and Cooling Systems, and Humidification Devices
  • Excess Moisture
  • Radon
  • Pesticides
  • Outdoor Air Pollution Trapped Inside
  • Bacteria, Mold & Viruses

Some sources such as building materials, furnishings and products like air fresheners, can release pollutants more or less continuously. Other activities like smoking, cleaning, remodeling and redecorating, or doing hobbies release pollutants intermittently. Unvented or malfunctioning appliances, or improperly used products, can release higher and sometimes dangerous levels of pollutants indoors. Some pollutants can remain in the air for long periods after some activities.

What Do Air Purifiers Actually DO?

This is another common question we get asked. An air purifier’s job is to attack, trap, and collect any airborne contaminants that may be floating around your home or business. These pollutants can be in the form of gases (vapor, smoke, fumes) or airborne particles.

Indoor Air Purifiers do this in one of two ways:

  • By cycling air through an internal filtration system, trapping pollutants and dangerous particles, then cycling out clean air.
  • By sending out charged particles into the air that latch onto, and killing, pollutants.

Air purifiers essentially work by sanitizing the air, which may include pollutants, allergens, and toxins. The exact particles removed via an air purifier ultimately depends on the type you choose. Certain versions are made with filters to trap particles as air runs through them, while others may neutralize other particles in the air without filtering them first.

Do Air Purification Units Actually Work?

The short answer is yes, air purifiers are extremely effective at cleaning the air around you indoors.

Dust and particles are not the only culprits making you sick indoors. Other airborne contaminants such as germs, viruses, gases, and odors have a very negative impact on your health and your HVAC equipment performance and lifespan.

Can My HVAC System Spread Indoor Pollution?

We’ve received a lot of inquiries about the role HVAC systems, particularly ducted systems, may play in spreading indoor air pollutants, particularly the coronavirus. Your HVAC system and duct system can contribute to spreading unwanted pathogens (viruses, bacteria, germs) in the air, but they are not the cause of it. This in an important distinction. If the air in your home or business has become contaminated with COVID-19 from someone bringing it into the building, your HVAC equipment can further circulate it. Installing an air quality device on your HVAC system, or using a portable air purifying unit, can stop the spread of pollutants and pathogens inside your home or business.

Gelinas can solve your indoor air quality concerns!

At Gelinas, we care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our customers. In addition to keeping your plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment in tip-top shape, we also offer a selection of indoor air quality products to keep you healthy indoors.

Our Installed Units work with your existing ductwork. Their high-output UVC lamps sterilize airborne viruses, bacteria, germs and other dangerous particles that are traveling through your HVAC system and recirculating through your home. They disinfect your air 24 hours a day naturally, without adding any chemicals or sprays into the environment.

We also offer a Portable Unit with technology originally developed by NASA for the International Space Station. These units are the only product on the market that uses an exclusive combination of technologies. An ion generation, better than HEPA, filter, Photocatalytic Oxidation, and a proprietary ActivePure Technology. These units clean up to 2,000 square feet of living space quietly and efficiently.

Call us to receive a FREE indoor air quality evaluation of your home or business: (207)885-0771