We’ve previously discussed the importance of air quality in your home. Indoor air pollutants can pose a number of health risks to you and your family, especially young children, older adults, and those with underlying health problems. To help preserve the quality of air in your home, you may want to consider purchasing an air filtration system.

What Is an Air Filtration System and How Does it Work?

An air filtration system is a device that is designed to remove contaminants and pollutants from the air. It works by drawing in air from the surrounding environment and passing it through a series of filters or purification mechanisms, which trap and remove particles and pollutants such as dust, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses.

The filters used in air filtration systems can vary in size and efficiency, depending on the specific application and the level of air quality required. Some filters are designed to capture larger particles such as dust and pet hair, while others are designed to capture smaller particles such as pollen and mold spores. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are one of the most effective types of filters, as they are able to capture particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Air filtration systems can be installed in a variety of settings, including homes, offices, hospitals, and industrial facilities. They can be standalone units that are placed in a single room or integrated into a building’s HVAC system to filter the air throughout the entire space.

What Are the Benefits?

Air filtration systems offer several benefits for both residential and commercial settings, including:

Improved Air Quality

Air filtration systems remove contaminants, pollutants, and allergens from the air, improving overall air quality and reducing the risk of respiratory problems. They also reduce the amount of dust and debris that accumulates in HVAC systems, which can help extend the lifespan of the equipment and reduce the need for frequent maintenance.

Health Benefits

By removing harmful particles from the air, air filtration systems can help reduce the risk of respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma attacks.

Odor Control

Air filtration systems can remove unpleasant odors and help keep indoor spaces smelling fresh and clean.

Energy Efficiency

By improving indoor air quality, air filtration systems can help HVAC systems operate more efficiently, reducing energy consumption and saving money on energy bills.

What Are the Different Types of Air Filtration Systems?

HEPA Filters

HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are designed to remove 99.97% of airborne particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. They are effective at capturing a wide range of particles, including pollen, dust, and pet dander.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters use an electric charge to capture particles, rather than relying on physical filtration. These filters can be effective at capturing smaller particles than HEPA filters, but they may need to be cleaned or replaced more frequently.

UV-C Lights

UV-C lights use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses in the air. While they may not be effective at removing other types of particles, they can be useful for improving air quality in healthcare settings.

Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon filters use a porous material to absorb odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. They are less effective at capturing particles than HEPA filters, but they can be useful for reducing odors and improving indoor air quality.

Ozone Generators

Ozone generators use ozone to remove odors and kill bacteria in the air. 

Mechanical Filters

Mechanical filters are the most basic type of air filter, and they work by trapping particles in a physical filter. They are less effective than HEPA filters, but they are an affordable option for improving indoor air quality.

How BDL Heating and Cooling Can Help

BDL Heating & Cooling offers the installation of various air filtration solutions, including the iWave air filtration system, which has been proven to have a 99.4% reduction rate when tested against COVID-19. Contact us today at 508-643-5114 to learn more.