Give Indoor Air Quality a Boost with an Air Purification System

Published on: July 31, 2012

There is no question that the quality of the air you breathe directly affects your health. Even if you do not suffer from asthma or allergies, poor indoor air quality can still lead to illness and respiratory problems. Further, a number of recent studies have shown that poor air quality can be a contributing factor in the development of cancer and pulmonary infections. Since most people spend the majority of their time indoors, it is important that the air in your home is free of dust, allergens, mold and other debris. According to studies cited by the EPA, the indoor air quality of many people’s homes is worse than outdoor air quality, even in the most industrialized areas.


If you would like to improve your indoor air quality, one of the best ways to do so is to use an efficient air filtration system along with an air purification system. While high-quality air filters are able to remove most dust and debris from the air in your home, they are not able to kill mold spores, viruses and bacteria. This means that even with the best air filters, you still can improve your indoor air quality with an air purification system. This is why many hospitals and medical facilities use a combination of air filters and purification systems.


The best air purification systems are those that are installed to work with your air conditioning system and the ductwork in your home. This ensures that every room in your home has clean and high-quality air. When your air conditioning system turns on, it blows the air through the filters and kills bacteria and other organisms. Afterwards, the air filters in your air conditioning system ensure that any left over debris is removed before it the air is blown out of your vents.


Purification systems are able to eliminate small particles, allergens, mold, odors and chemicals from the air in your home. These systems are also able to remove over 95 percent of particles that are 0.3 or larger micrometer in size. Additionally, within 24-hours of installation, most purification systems are able to remove up to 50 percent of odors and chemical vapors in a home, and they can also destroy ozone, which is an irritant and product of pollution.


The majority of air purification systems use a variety of methods of removing particles from the air and improving indoor air quality. Some of the most common methods are Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), activated carbon and ionizer purifiers. This ensures that the largest number of chemicals and detritus are removed from the air in your home.


UVGI works by sterilizing the air that passes through UV lamps, and this method requires high-quality filters to remove dead organisms from the air before it is blown out of vents. Activated carbon is a porous material that is able to absorb chemicals and is often used in commercial settings because it is one of the most inexpensive ways to absorb chemicals. Ionizer purification creates electrically charged gas ions by using charged electrical surfaces. Once ions are created, they become attached to particles that are then attracted to a charged plate, removing them from the air.


To ensure that the indoor air quality in your home is at its highest level, you should look into installing an air purification system. Even the best rated HEPA air filters are not FDA certified to improve indoor air quality, and they cannot kill living organisms, such as viruses and bacteria. By having one of these systems installed in your home, you can reduce the frequency of illness in your house, along with reducing allergy and asthma symptoms.