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Air Quality Filtration Systems

Air Quality Filtration Systems

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in your home or business could have up to 5 times as many pollutants as the air outside. Poor indoor air quality increases the risk of health issues like headaches, asthma, respiratory illnesses, and cancer.


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Bailey Brothers offers several options to help you improve the quality of the air in your home or business. Whether you call it an air cleaner, air purifier, or air filter, a whole-house air filtration system can remove pollutants like dust, smoke, pollen, dirt, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses. The most efficient way to clean indoor air is with filters in the ductwork of your forced-air heating or central air-conditioning system.


Four Types of Whole-House Air Filtration:

Flat filters

These are the rectangular filters you typically see in a forced-air furnace. Matted fiberglass filters only block large particles, and they get clogged quickly. They’re the most inexpensive types of filters, but most experts recommend changing them every month, so the cost adds up over time. Pleated filters are worth the slightly higher price, because they block smaller particles. Electrostatically-charged pleated filters attract allergens such as pollen, and you only need to change them every two or three months.


Extended media filters

These look like a box of filters stacked on top of each other. They’re more effective than traditional fiberglass filters because of the layers of filtration material inside, but professional installation is required. Bailey Brothers can install the filter holder into your ductwork. The filter box only needs to be changed once a year.


Electronic or filters

This is another type of filter that’s installed into the ductwork of your home’s HVAC system. These can be called electrostatic precipitators, or charged media filters. They both use a process called ionization to trap tiny particles: Pollutants are electrically-charged, and then collected by something with an opposite charge. In an electrostatic precipitator, there are collection plates that trap the particles. The plates never need to be replaced, but you will have to wash them from time to time. In a charged media filter system, the particles are collected by a filter which has to be changed periodically. Electronic filters are an effective method for filtering smoke particles, but they do produce small amounts of ozone, which can irritate the lungs.


Ultraviolet filters

If you want to kill germs and bacteria in your home’s air, adding a UV light to your HVAC system is a good option. These are often used with an electronic filter. Ultraviolet light is known for its germ-killing power, and it can clean your home’s air by getting rid of odors, viruses, bacteria, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Contact Bailey Brothers to add germ-killing UV filtration to your heating and cooling system.


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