Most homeowners have heard of indoor air quality by now, and equate the quality of the air inside their Kansas City homes with the amount of household dust, pet dander, allergens, or germs that may be floating around.You probably already know the importance of clean air if someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues. Even when no one in your household suffers from these issues, air filtration is important. Why? Cleaner air helps your heating and cooling system work more efficiently, which saves you money.

Air filtration basically involves the use of a high quality filter in your furnace, but you may want to consider using an air cleaner in addition if you want even better indoor air quality. Air cleaners are capable of removing even microscopic particles from the air, particles that are much smaller than air filters can effectively capture. You may be uncertain as to whether you should use air filtration alone, an air cleaner, or a combination of both in order to have the freshest, healthiest air possible – and help your HVAC system function better, virtually extending its life.

Air filters.

As a homeowner you’re likely familiar with air filters, and know they should be changed or washed regularly depending on the type you use. Air filters essentially help remove contaminants in the airflow, which prevents these particles from accumulating on the components of your HVAC system, potentially causing issues with your system’s efficiency and functionality. The filter on your furnace serves a purpose, which is to protect the heat exchanger, evaporator coil, blower, ductwork, and drainage from the growth of mold and build-up of debris.

Air cleaners.

There are various types of air cleaners today designed to clean the air throughout your entire home; these systems use various technologies, and are effective for improving indoor air quality. Installed inside your HVAC system, these include:
-UV lights which destroy mold, viruses, bacteria, and other germs using ultraviolet bulbs
-HEPA filters, designed to capture contaminants on impact through their design, which is extremely dense
-Electronic air cleaners use electrostatic attraction to capture particles, dust, and contaminants in the air

So, which should you choose – air filter, or air cleaner?

It all depends on whether your home has more allergens, contaminants, and pollutants, and your personal preference. For instance, if you live in a dusty area (such as on a dirt road), have family members who smoke inside the home, or have pets, you’ll definitely want to consider a combination. This is also true if someone in your home suffers from serious allergies or asthma. However, if your home is clean and you don’t have sources that contribute to poor indoor air quality (such as smokers or pets), you may want to stick with a high-efficiency air filter.

Need help making the best decision for your home? At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, our Kansas City HVAC technicians can help. Call us with your questions, or to learn more about the products and service we offer!