If you have portable air purifiers in every room in your home, there’s probably a pretty good reason for them to be there. In most cases, the inclusion of these air-cleaning machines is based on respiratory problems, whether you suffer from allergies, asthma, or chronic issues like colds that won’t seem to go away. And adding air purifiers may be a last-ditch effort to correct the problem. If you’ve already conducted mold removal procedures, you’ve removed any plush surfaces that could harbor dust and dander, you’ve quit smoking, and you clean your house like a fiend (with green cleaners, no less), air purifiers may be your final effort to avoid medication or surgical procedures to correct your respiratory woes. And even if you’ve sealed your home tight as a drum to stop outdoor allergens from getting in, you’ll find that the air in your home becomes stagnant and polluted if you don’t have a system for ventilation and purification in place. However, you may want to skip the portable units and opt for a whole-home system instead. Here are some benefits to be gained.
- Whole-home systems deliver on the promise of their name. A whole-home air purification system hooks into your central HVAC. What this means is that any room in your home that gets central heating or air conditioning is going to benefit from the inclusion of this equipment in terms of improved air quality. Instead of relying on the limited range of smaller, portable units you can hook up your whole house to a system of purified air that draws and traps pollutants before they can be recirculated throughout your home.
- Easy maintenance. Many air purifiers feature HEPA filters that are designed to trap miniscule particulates (as small as 0.3 microns), including dust and dander, amongst other pollutants. And all you have to do to ensure that your system is operating at optimal levels is clean it and replace the filter at regular intervals, say 1-2 months, although it depends on the system, the filter, and the level of pollutants in your home.
- Reduce contaminants. No matter what kind of pollutants are in your home (and there are plenty in the average home), a whole-home air purification system can significantly truncate the presence of potentially harmful particulates in the air. Of course, it helps if you address the source of the problem, especially if you smoke or your house is plagued by mold and mildew problems. But you may not be keen to get rid of your furry friends, and there’s not a lot you can do about eliminating dust, even if you vacuum daily. Luckily, your system is designed to deal with these contaminants in order to keep your interior air cleaner.
- Improve health. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses, installing a whole-home air purification system could definitely help to improve your health issues, allowing you to breathe easy – literally.
- Save money. Installing a whole-home air purification system is not cheap, but it could help you to cut back on other expenses, so it’s worth considering. After all, you wouldn’t buy a furnace without first comparing the differences between multi-speed vs. variable speed furnaces. And you shouldn’t set up an air purification system without first knowing the potential benefits. But when you weigh the amount you’ll spend installing a whole-home system against the cost of portable units and paying hospital bills related to respiratory ailments, you’re likely to find yourself in the black before long.