Living with allergies can make it difficult to remain comfortable, especially in the Bay Area, where the weather can often be unpredictable. A chilly day can quickly change as the San Francisco fog rolls away, becoming a warm sunny day and irritating your allergies. As the seasons change, this can become even worse with pollen, dust, rain, wind, etc., adding to already varying weather conditions. Coping with allergies can be tough, but by reducing allergens in your home, it can certainly make things easier.
An air filtration system is a great way to maintain a cleaner air flow in your home. However, it’s important to know if you’re looking for adequate relief of your allergies, an air filtration system works in conjunction with maintaining a clean house. Air filtration systems can also be especially beneficial in homes that aren’t very well ventilated. Certain types of air filters are designed to block or trap particles including allergens like pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Here are some specific types of filters:
- HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). These filters meet the Department of Energy regulations for removing particles in the air. This filter needs a specific amount of air to flow though it depending on the size. HEPA filters are also used by the nuclear power industry.
- Ionizing Purifiers. These air purifiers use a method called corona discharge. This process attracts atoms and adds an additional positive or negative electron to each particle. As the particles pass through the corona discharge, they will become attracted to anything with the opposite charge. There are two metal plates in the purifier, one positive and one negative, which cause the particles to clump together.
- Ozone Generators. This works similar to the ionizing purifier, but it’s designed to change molecules of oxygen into ozone. Ozone deodorizes and disinfects the air, however, ozone is also known as a toxic gas. It can also react with other molecules in the air due to its molecular instability.
- Absorbents. The most commonly used absorbent is activated charcoal, which traps molecules using the pores in the material.
- UV Light. Some air purifiers use a UV light that cleans the air of bacteria and viruses.
An air filtration system can help you and your family breathe easier, cleaner air and help you stay healthy. This can even reduce flare-ups in people with asthma. Air filtration systems are also designed to greatly reduce unwanted smells, irritants, and pollution from coming into your home. Filters should be checked about once a month and changed when they’re dirty. An air filtration system will help you and your family breathe easier cleaner air and help you stay healthy during sudden weather changes and season to season. Depending on the ventilation in your home and your allergy symptoms, we recommend consulting with someone at our office before making a purchase.
At Absolute Air we believe that clean air is essential to living comfortably, especially if you’re someone who has allergies. We have served Contra Costa County’s residential and commercial heating and air conditioning needs for over 10 years.
We will be happy to help you find the right solution for you and your family to breathe easier, just give us a call at 925-228-8490.