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How’s Your Indoor Air Quality (and How Can It Improve)?


Many homeowners throughout the Portland area don’t quite know how to answer the question “how’s your indoor air quality?” This is because they don’t actually know!

The fact is, without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, the average home in our area has worse air quality than the air outside. This is because our HVAC systems can bring in particles and contaminants, and if they have no clear way out, then it just keeps collecting.

Poor indoor air quality can lead to allergy and asthma symptoms, illness transmission, and overall less comfort. The good news is, however, there is something you can do about it! You can talk to our team to start exploring what indoor air quality solutions might be best for your home.

One possible solution? The whole-house air purifier. Read on to learn more!

What Is a Whole-House Air Purifier?

An air purification system helps to eliminate contaminants and unwanted particles from the air. Indoor air pollutants can include allergens such as dust and dirt, or even more harmful particles such as mold and other bacteria, which can make your household ill.

There are a few different kinds of air purifiers as well, each with its own unique benefits and purposes. We’ll highlight these below.

Before we move on, however, we also want our customers or potential customers to understand the limits of a standard HVAC air filter. Many folks believe that the standard HVAC air filter is enough to protect their indoor air quality. On the contrary, however, this air filter is actually there to protect the HVAC systems themselves, and doesn’t do much for indoor air quality. This is why you need something more powerful for your home, such as an:

Electronic Air Purifier: This is one type of air purifier on the market today. The electronic air purifier eliminates microscopic impurities from the indoor air, which can include things like smoke, dust, pet dander, smog, and even mold spores.

These particles might seem harmless enough–after all, you typically don’t even see them floating through your air–but they really can have a negative impact on the health of your household. This is especially true if anyone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma already.

We should mention too, that for the best results with your electronic air purifier, you’ll want to remember to clean the plates on a regular basis. The efficacy of this system will wear down as dirt accumulates, but fortunately, all it takes is a quick wipe-down to get it back to shape.

UV Lights: Also referred to as UV germicidal lights or a UV air purifier, this system can make your home a lot healthier. UV lights get installed directly into your air ducts, eliminating biological contaminants like mildew and mold.

As you can probably imagine, the inside of your air ducts is cool and damp, and therefore makes a great breeding ground for mold, which can make even the healthiest person sick.

UV lights are not harmful at all to people or pets, but they effectively destroy single-celled organisms.

Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning is your trusted local resource for all things indoor air quality. Contact us when you’re ready to install an air purifier in Portland, OR.

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