Air cleanliness is a top priority for all of our Pittsburgh area customers, so as well as providing ductwork repair services, Boehmer Heating & Cooling frequently sit down with customers to discuss what air cleaners would be the best fit for their homes.
It can be a tricky process choosing a single brand of air cleaner. After all, no two cleaners are alike. Some excel at removing smoke from the air while others are built to filter out actual physical particles like dust and pollen.
To select an air cleaner, you must determine if a mechanical or electronic model is best for you. Each option has a variety of features that sets it apart from the others, the effects of which largely depend on your choice.
Mechanical Air Cleaners
A mechanical air cleaner works with a HEPA filter to target and remove particles larger than 0.3 microns from the air. Most filters in this category are more than 99.9% effective at reaching these levels of filtration. That does not mean they cannot remove smaller particles; just that when those particles become smaller, some may get through the mechanical filter.
Along with being easier to maintain, mechanical air cleaners are less expensive to operate because they use less electricity but require a new filter occasionally.
While the majority of the pollutants captured by a mechanical air cleaner will be dander and allergen related, these with the addition of UV germicidal light filters can also capture many types of bacteria and viruses that go airborne, helping to reduce the impact of disease on your home.
Electronic Air Cleaners
The other type of air cleaner that we offer is the electronic variety. These devices work by creating an ionized charge to attract unwanted particles. As particles pass through the filter they are charged. They are then attracted to specific elements in the filter that are designed to pull in that type of electrostatic charge.
While mechanical air cleaners are a good option for those homes with frequent recurring large pollutants like dander and pollen, electronic air cleaners work best for extremely fine pollutants like smoke.
Choosing the Right Air Cleaner for Your Home
If you don’t already notice the pollutants in your home, it might be hard to determine which solution will be best. That’s where the Pittsburgh area air cleaning experts at Boehmer can help. Our team of trained technicians can help you test and monitor air quality for different types of pollutants and find the perfect solution for your particular needs.
In some cases, it might even be that a combination of electronic and mechanical filtration will be best. In other cases, we may find a leak or a seal problem that can be repaired to reduce the impact of certain types of pollutants. Whatever the case, you need information to make your decision and we can help. With our large inventory of brands, models and sizes, and a long history of expertise in the air filtration field, we can provide the much needed insight you need to make an educated decision that will benefit the health of everyone in your home for years to come. Call us today for more information or to schedule a meeting and estimate for your home.