When it comes to your home, you expect that you are providing your family with a healthy and safe environment. What you may not realize is that as many as 72 trillion airborne particles enter your home each day. These particles, some as small as .1 microns in size, include things such as allergens, dust, viruses, and bacteria which can be harmful to your health—especially to those with asthma or allergies. Already this spring is shaping up to be the worst allergy season on record2, and those susceptible to allergies are already feeling discomfort. Air purifiers are a great way to clear the air in your home of irritating contaminants, but choosing a system can be especially difficult. Your reliable Tempe air conditioning company can help you get a better understanding of what to look for.

Testing procedures and rating systems have been developed to help users understand the ability of an air purifier/filter to remove particles from the air. Two such methods are the MERV and the CADR. The Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) focuses solely on the efficiency of the filter of the purifier and its ability to remove particles of varying sizes. Based on testing results, a filter is given a rating based on a scale of 1-16, with 1 being the least efficient and 16 being the most efficient. Other systems use the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). This method rates the system’s efficiency based on its ability to remove three specific particles: tobacco smoke, pollen, and dust. This method also takes into effect the rate in which the purifier can provide the space with clean air.

Whole home systems are ideal because they connect to your ventilation system and work in conjunction with your furnace or air conditioner to deliver clean air to every room in your home. A Tempe indoor air quality specialist can describe the systems available and their benefits.  Are you interested in learning more about our indoor air solutions? Call Honest Air in Mesa today to speak with one of our trained sales representatives.

 

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2ABC News; http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AllergiesSeasonal/spring-2012-worst-allergies/story?id=15930328#.T4WYKtV2N6N