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Air Purifiers That Can Help You This Summer

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Indoor air quality tends to drop during the summer, as people shut their doors and windows to aid in climate control. This traps a lot of airborne contaminants inside, causing a wide range of issues from allergy attacks to the flu. The best way to combat this issue is to install an air purifier in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular air purifiers on the market.

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Why You Should Install an Air Purifier This Summer

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Staying cool is one of the top priorities for most people during the summer. However, it shouldn’t be the only priority. There are plenty of other factors that affect your comfort level, one of which is indoor air quality. Let’s take a look at how your indoor air quality can drop during the summer, and how an air purifier can help restore it.

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Why it’s a Good Idea to Install an Air Purifier in Your Home

Monday, April 6th, 2015

You may not have been aware of it before now, but your home is actually infested with all kinds of airborne contaminants. Dust, pollen, mites, dander, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and many other kinds of pollutants are present in every breath intake. Some of them are lung irritants and allergens, while others are infectious agents that can make you seriously ill. So, why are you not sick all the time? Because of the method by which these contaminants move through your home. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry, though. Read on to discover more about these contaminants, and why it’s a good idea for you to install an air purifier in your home.

Airborne Contaminants

As mentioned above, the air in your home is full of all kinds of airborne contaminants. The only reason that you’re not having allergy attacks or getting sick all the time is because in most cases, these contaminants are fairly well dispersed throughout the house. It is only when your immune system is weakened, or if there is a large concentration of these contaminants, that you will start to see a substantial effect. Unfortunately, it is rather easy to dose yourself with a large amount of these contaminants.

The ducts in your home serve as a haven for these pollutants to hide in, isolated from any cleaning efforts you may undertake. This allows them to build up in your ducts, until you turn on your heater or air conditioner. When that happens, all of those contaminants are blown around the house at once, making it much easier for you to experience ill effects.

Air Purifiers

The best way to prevent this from happening is by installing an air purifier in your home. These devices are designed to remove contaminants from your air, improving your air quality and your health. The type of purifier will differ, depending on your individual needs. Electronic air purifiers use electric fields to capture particles, while UV germicidal lights sterilize any germs in the air using ultraviolet light. What is important, however, is that you take steps to ensure that your air quality is as high as you deserve.

If you have questions about your indoor air quality, call Switzerland Air. We provide air purifiers throughout Lake Jackson, TX. 

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The Differences Between Mechanical and Electronic Air Purifiers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The quality of the air you breathe has a lasting effect on your health and your comfort at home. So if you don’t have a quality filter to help keep particles and harmful pollutants out of the air that cycles through your home, you may risk aggravating allergies or asthma or exposing family members to potential illness. That’s why experts recommend mechanical filters or electronic filters for many homeowners, both of which are described here.

Understanding the differences between a mechanical and an electronic air filter is fairly simple, and we’ll provide plenty of explanation in this post. However, deciding which type of filter is right for your home may be a bit more difficult. At Switzerland Air, we believe the best way to find the right type of air cleaner for your home is by contacting a professional. Give us a call when you need a professional air purifier service in Freeport, TX.

Mechanical Filters

The filter that comes with your HVAC system is a type of mechanical filter, although your current model may not be very effective at removing allergens from the air. Filters work with your HVAC system to strain out dust, dander, and other allergens from the air as a blower fan sucks in air from your home to heat or cool it. However, your current filter may not be effective at removing a wide range of contaminants from the air, which is why experts recommend a filter with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) of 14-16 or a HEPA (high efficiency particle air) filter, in some cases.

Electronic Air Purifiers

Electronic air purifiers work through the use of ionization. There are two types of electronic air purifiers: electrostatic precipitators and ion generators. Electrostatic precipitators suck in particles to give them a charge. These ions then collect on plates in the air purifier, which you’ll have to clean every few months or so. An ion generator instead charges ions in the air all around a room so that they cling to surfaces like walls or drapes instead of moving through the air.

You cannot be certain which type of air purifier is right for you without the help of a trained technician. Call Switzerland Air to find the right fit for your home and learn more about choosing an air purifier in Freeport, TX.

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What Contaminants Will Air Purifiers Remove?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Having good indoor air quality is as important to your comfort and well-being as moisture control and proper temperature maintenance. A great way to achieve good indoor air quality is to install a whole-home air purifier in Angleton, TX. There are a number of air cleaning products available, and each works differently and has different capabilities when it comes to particle removal. As such, it is important to know which air cleaners are effective at removing which particles. To help understand this, the indoor air quality specialists at Switzerland Air have put together some information describing the different particles that common air purifiers remove.

Factors That Affect Particle Removal

The removal of particles by any kind of air cleaner/air purifier depends on a few factors:

  • Airflow rate
  • Filter efficiency
  • Size of the particle(s)

Mechanical Air Filters

Mechanical air filters are typically used to remove particles that cause problems for allergy sufferers. This would include:

  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Some mold and mildew spores

Depending on the MERV level of a particular mechanical air filter, some biological contaminants (in which mold and mildew are included), can be captured. The issue lay in the size of biological particles: viruses, bacteria and spores tend to be smaller than particles like allergens; as such, they can be harder to trap. If allergies are the main reason for wanting an air purifier, a mechanical air filter is a good choice.

NOTE: Mechanical HEPA filters can capture many biological particles in addition to particles that cause allergy problems, but these filters are so strong they can restrict air flow. If you are interested in installing a HEPA filter to your system, speak with a professional first.

Electronic Air Cleaners

There are two types of electronic air cleaners: ion generators and electronic precipitators. These types of air cleaners use electricity to charge particles and capture them, although each does it a little differently. Electronic air cleaners can capture many types of particles, including biological ones. However, an electronic precipitator uses metal collection plates to capture particles, and it’s necessary to clean these plates every 3 months in order for the cleaner to remain effective. With ion generators, particles land on the surfaces of your home, and are removed when these are cleaned.

UV Germicidal Lighting

UV lighting is an air purifier designed to specifically target biological contaminants. UV lights use the radiation from UV-C rays to destroy the DNA of cells, as well as the life-sustaining proteins inside them. These actions stop the cell from reproducing and surviving. UV lights do not draw contaminants to them; the particles have to come within the space of the radiation, and UV lights are not effective on particles other than biological ones.

Choosing an air purifier in Angleton, TX will depend on your needs. If you need assistance, schedule an appointment with one of the indoor air quality experts at Switzerland Air.

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How Do Air Purifiers Clean the Air?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a big concern in many households. By reducing dust and other particles in the air, an air filter helps your family breathe better – a big concern for people with asthma, allergies or babies at home – as well as reducing strain on your heating and air conditioning systems. Whole-house air purifiers make an excellent solution for anyone looking to improve their indoor air quality, and here in Brazoria TX, air purifier systems can be installed by a number of reputable companies. But how, exactly, do air purifiers clean the air? We’ve provided a quick summary below.

An air purifier is basically a “super filter system,” adding a series of air filters into your air conditioner. They’re usually made of solid-yet-permeable materials that capture dust, hair and similar contaminants while letting the air pass through. By using multiple filters, the system cleans the air far more thoroughly than the single filter normally included in your air conditioner.

In some cases, you can add a UV germicidal light to the system. The UV light lies beyond our ability to see, but as germs and bacteria pass through it, it “deactivates” their DNA. When they attempt to replicate, it kills them. That prevents the spread of communicable diseases in your home: something to seriously consider if your family includes small children, the elderly or anyone suffering from conditions such as asthma.

Generally speaking, you need an HVAC expert to install such devices because they need to work in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning system. Because the air in your house all passes through that system, it makes an ideal centralized point to ensure that it all passes through filtration.

Many filters are designed to be replaceable, which means you need to check your air purifier system regularly in order to keep it clean. A maintenance service can also change out the filters as part of their prescribed session. Give us a call today for more on how air purifiers clean the air, and whether such a system is right for you. Our specialists here at Switzerland Air can professionally install and maintain air purifier systems and we also offer other HVAC services in Brazoria, TX.

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3 Ways That Air Purifiers are a Good Idea

Friday, March 7th, 2014

An air purifier acts as a “scrubber” for your household air: killing bacteria, trapping dust and otherwise improving your indoor air quality. Here in Freeport, TX, air purifier technology is a fairly common sight in household interested in keeping the dust and humidity at bay. Air purifiers can cost a bit to install, but in most cases they provide excellent value for the money. Here are 3 ways that air purifiers are a good idea.

  • They reduce allergens and illness
    Cleaner air is healthier air, devoid of dust and germs that could cause you or your family members to become ill. This is of particular concerns if your household contains children, the elderly or someone with a history of allergies or asthma. An air filter will help everyone stay healthier and reduce the risk of an illness.
  • They make the home more comfortable
    Even if you don’t have anyone in the house vulnerable to health concerns, filtered air is more comfortable air almost by default. By reducing pollens, dust and allergens in the air, breathing is cleaner and the whole house feels fresher than it might otherwise. Considering how humid our Texas summers can get, that’s no small feat.
  • Lower cleaning costs
    Dust blown through the air can coat your furnishings and increase the frequency with which you have to dust. Over time, it can cause your furnishings to face or even increase their overall wear and tear.

Investing in your indoor air quality in Freeport, TX, is a good idea regardless of your individual circumstances. Our rough and tumble Texas climate may keep the tenderfoots out, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with a less comfortable house. And if you decide that an air purifier is right for you, then the professionals at Switzerland Air are here to help. We can install a new filter to work alongside your existing HVAC system, and we take pride in doing our jobs right the first time, every time. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

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