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So you were told you needed to improve the indoor air quality in your home with a whole house air purifier. Now you might wonder, is that true? Will it really improve the air quality in your home?

Indoor air pollutants are unwanted, sometimes harmful materials in the air. Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. Usually the best way to address this risk is to control or eliminate the sources of pollutants, and to ventilate a home with clean outdoor air. The ventilation method may, however, be limited by weather conditions or the levels of contaminants contained in outdoor air.
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This question varies from household to household because there are different circumstances in each home.

One might wonder why they would even consider having a whole house air purifier in Pratt, Kansas. It comes down to air quality. Indoor air pollutants are unwanted, sometimes harmful materials in the air. Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. Pollutants that can affect air quality in a home fall into two categories: particulate and gaseous.

Some particulate pollutants include:

  • Dust and dust mites
  • Smoke
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Mold
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses

Some gaseous pollutants include:

  • Gas cooking stoves
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Cleaning products
  • Pesticides

Usually the best way to address this risk is to control or eliminate the sources of pollutants, and to ventilate a home with clean outdoor air in Pratt, Kansas. The ventilation method may, however, be limited by weather conditions or the levels of contaminants contained in outdoor air. If ventilation measures are insufficient, a whole house air purifier may be useful. 

WHEN OPENING A WINDOW JUST WON’T DO

There are different types of whole air house purifiers. Let’s take a look: 

  • Filter-based units that are installed in HVAC furnace systems and air intake points
  • Duct-based units that are installed into air duct path, before or after the air handler in a central HVAC unit
  • Stand-alone systems installed into closets or attics, followed by installing additional air intake and exhaust into the home

Regardless of the purification method, they all follow a general pattern. When you turn on your heating or cooling unit, fans bring air into the vents. Air flows through the ductwork in your home as it undergoes the heating or cooling process, or when you simply run the system fan. As the air passes the purification device, pollutants are removed. The air then circulates back toward the vents and is blown into each room in your house, thus purifying the air throughout the entire home in Pratt, Kansas. 

THAT SOUNDS GREAT AND ALL, BUT …

Yes, there are some disadvantages to having a whole air house purifier that go along with the advantages. The disadvantages may be worth the advantages that you’d receive if air quality in your home is an ongoing battle in Pratt, Kansas.

Advantages include: 

  • Healthier air
  • Odor elimination
  • Less dust buildup

Now some of the disadvantages:

  • Can be expensive to maintain
  • Require more energy to run 
  • Require expert installation

SO DO I REALLY NEED A WHOLE HOUSE AIR PURIFIER?

This question varies from household to household because there are different circumstances in each home. For example, for those with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions in Pratt, Kansas, a whole house air purifier could definitely improve their quality of life. The system helps reduce symptoms by removing antagonistic air pollutants like dust and pollen. This results in less frequent and less intense allergy and/or asthma attacks.

For those living in urban areas with moderate to severe traffic, whole-home air purification can be well worth the money. When hundreds or thousands of cars are traversing the highways, they release chemicals that react with sunlight and form ground-level ozone. And for those living in regions with turbulent weather conditions, a whole-home air purifier could be a sound investment. If you live in a wildfire prone area, whole house air purifiers can reduce toxins produced by wildfires. It all depends on your circumstances.

If you are considering a whole house air purifier, the best course of action would be to talk to a professional about the air quality in your home to see if it would benefit you, your family, and your home. At times air quality is impacted by a source that can be remedied without installing a whole house air purifier, such as if mold has started to spread and remediation is necessary or there is buildup of dust and other substances in the air ducts of your home and they need to be cleaned. 

If you have a new, old, or on-going issue with the indoor air quality in your home in Pratt, Kansas, please give FreshCo Cleaning and Restoration a call. We provide services including air quality tests and other services that can impact air quality, such as air duct cleaning and mold inspections. We’d be happy to come out and give you an assessment right away.

“It was great. I have had other services before but theirs was superior.”

— Teresa S. in Sterling, Kansas

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