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Whole-House Air Filtration or Cleaning: 4 Types

Mar 4

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3/4/2014 12:33 PM  RssIcon


The air in your Indianapolis-area home carries pollen, dust and other contaminants throughout your house. A whole-house air filtration or cleaning system within your furnace’s ductwork helps eliminate these before they lodge in your family’s lungs. 

Ultraviolet Cleaners

Whole-house air filtration can be as powerful as ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI). Ultraviolet (UV) light disrupts the DNA of small organisms such as viruses and bacteria. UVGI is not a filter; it purifies your air by killing germs. Used in medical applications and clean-room technology, UVGI is not a do-it-yourself installation. Your job? Changing the UV bulb biannually. 

Electronic Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners, like UVGI, are not filters but help to rid your household air of particulates:

  • volcanic ash
  • animal dander
  • human skin cells
  • sand
  • food crumbs
  • insect parts

Besides organics killed by UVGI, these are all part of the ocean of air in your Indianapolis home. An electrostatic precipitator (ESP) sends a high-voltage charge through the air in your ductwork, charging particles and causing them to electrically stick to a collector. ESPs work on smoke particles, while UVGI and mechanical filters do not. While a whole-house air filtration system using ESP needs professional installation, portable models exist at a fraction of the cost. The portable units, however, emit ozone, a lung irritant. 

Thin Filters

The thin, rectangular filter most people associate with furnaces is either pleated or flat and requires at least monthly changing to be effective for whole-house air filtration. Your furnace is designed to operate efficiently at a specific airflow. Clogged filters sharply affect furnace efficiency and increase fuel costs. Pleated thin filters are better than flat filters. 

Thick Filters

Imagine five or six pleated filters stacked and shoved into the airflow inside your ducts. A thick filter, some 8 inches of pleated medium that needs annual replacement at roughly 12 times the cost of a single pleated filter, must be professionally installed into the return air plenum of your ducts. It does an excellent job intercepting airborne contaminants. 

For more help finding the ideal whole-house air filtration for your Indianapolis-area home, contact us at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning

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