Like many residents, you may be surprised to discover that the air inside your Denver, CO home can actually be far dirtier than the air outdoors. With residential building envelopes becoming increasingly tighter, living spaces are far less ventilated than they once were. Efforts to keep cool, conditioned air trapped inside keep contaminants locked in as well. Fortunately, you can remove even the smallest of airborne particulates by having a whole-house air purifier installed. Read on to discover some of the outstanding benefits that air purifiers provide.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Entire HVAC System
Your HVAC air filter offers a limited range of indoor air quality (IAQ) benefits. Although neglecting HVAC air filter changes can make your IAQ go down, even a brand-new air filter cannot eliminate all indoor allergens and contaminants on its own. In reality, these components are designed and installed by HVAC equipment manufacturers to protect heaters and air conditioners. They keep dust and other particulates from coating the sensitive, interior components of furnaces and ACs to limit the risk of overheating, icing, and fires.
Understanding that your HVAC air filter isn’t built to protect you, having an air purifier installed to improve your IAQ makes good sense. Whole-house air purifiers also give heaters and air conditioners a secondary layer of protection. Air purifiers are capable of capturing and retaining airborne particulates that are small enough to slip through standard filter mesh. After you’ve had an air purifier installed, less buildup will occur at the interior of your heating and cooling system. This could mean having fewer repair issues to contend with throughout the lifespan of your HVAC system as well as longer lifespans for its components.
Lower Your Home Energy Bill
Less dirt, dust, dander, and other grime at the interior of your heating and cooling equipment results in less HVAC system stress. Your heater and air conditioner won’t have to use as much energy to establish and maintain the indoor conditions you want. Buildup of debris inside heaters, air conditioners, and HVAC ductwork gradually inhibit airflow. Moving air through clean, high-functioning equipment is both less taxing and far less costly. Moreover, when there are no airflow issues, HVAC equipment becomes noticeably better at regulating humidity.
Prevent the Spread of Illness
Surprisingly, air purifiers can pick up the micro-fine particulates that are released when a person sneezes. These include the germs, viruses, and other pathogens that are regularly found in sneeze aerosols when building residents are sick. When you have an air purifier in your home, you won’t have to worry about having a single individual’s illness rapidly spread from person to person. As your indoor air cycles through your HVAC system and passes through your air purifier, it will be thoroughly cleaned.
Keeping your indoor air clean can also shorten the duration of communicable illnesses. Recuperating from an illness in stagnant, contaminated air is a lot more challenging for anyone’s body than recovering in a clean and fresh-smelling space that isn’t riddled with germs.
Get Rid of Harmful Volatile Organic Compounds
One of the many reasons why the air in building interiors is often far more toxic than the air outside is that buildings themselves are constantly introducing new contaminants. If you have a consistently low IAQ, your home could be the greatest reason why.
Flooring and furniture adhesives, paint, unsealed particle board, and many other building materials are always off-gassing harmful chemicals. Also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), these chemicals can be responsible for symptoms like headaches, chronic fatigue, muscle pain, and respiratory distress. Just as air purifiers can pick up the germs in sneeze aerosols, they can capture and retain these chemicals as well. They can also remove the residual chemicals from cooking, burning scented candles, using plug-in air fresheners, and spraying store-bought pesticides and cleaning solutions.
Protect Residents With Compromised Immunity and Chronic Respiratory Issues
Some people are more sensitive than others to changes in indoor air quality. For instance, if there is anyone living in your home who has asthma, COPD, or allergies, keeping your indoor air clean is of the utmost importance. Increases in mold, mildew, dust, pollen, or toxic chemicals and compounds could worsen their symptoms. An air purifier can reduce the frequency of allergy and asthma attacks, labored breathing, and other frightening events by clearing out common triggers. Having an air purifier can also be helpful for seniors, those living with terminal illness, infants, and people with compromised immune systems.
Breathe Easier and Sleep Better
Your air quality could be having a marked impact on your sleep quality. It’s difficult to drift off and enjoy deep and restful sleep when your nose is stuffy, your throat is irritated, or you’re constantly sniffling, coughing, or sneezing. If breathing troubles are keeping you up at night, having an air purifier put in could be the perfect, noninvasive and wholly convenient solution. You may find that you snore less, sleep longer, and wake up feeling truly refreshed after your indoor air has been cleaned.
Get Rid of Pervasive, Persistent, and All-Around Unpleasant Odors
Air purifiers minimize and eliminate unpleasant odors in a variety of ways. By capturing and cleaning odor-causing bacteria, air purifiers prevent some foul odors from ever forming. You’re less likely to come home to a house that smells like dirty laundry, mildew, or mold with an air purifier that’s always running when your heater or AC is on.
Air purifiers also get rid of odors that already exist. For instance, if you host a dinner party and one or more of your guests smokes inside, you can count on your air purifier to eliminate most or all of the resulting smoke smells. If you fry fish, boil cabbage, or prepare any other pungent dish, your air purifier will remove any offending odors even while you’re still cooking. Denver residents with air purifiers can enjoy living environments that stay fresh-smelling and inviting.
Limit Your Housework
Installing an air purifier could eliminate the need for frequent HVAC air filter changes. You’ll certainly find fewer lint-like build-ups of dust and other debris at your HVAC air registers, grilles, and vents. You’ll also find that you have a lot less dusting to do overall. With an air purifier picking up all the particulates that pass through your air filter, you’ll have less dirt and other allergens settling on your counters, ceiling fan blades, and other indoor surfaces. You won’t have to sweep, vacuum, or mop as often, and the interior of your home will still look as good as it feels and smells.
We’ve been proudly serving residents of Denver, CO and the surrounding communities for nearly 20 years. We offer heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing services. We also provide ductless mini-splits, indoor air quality services, and preventive maintenance plans. To learn more about whole-house air purifiers or to set up an appointment, contact our team at Summit Heating & A/C now.