Air Purification for Residential and Commercial Spaces
The air we breathe is so critical to our health and well being that it is understandable why air purification technology has become such a hot topic within the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Average Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, and according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than fresh outdoor air.
Most of that indoor time is spent in our Round Rock homes or at work. Our team at AiRCO Heating & Air Conditioning is well versed in improving indoor air quality for both residential and commercial buildings. Here are some questions for you to ask regarding your air purification needs:
How concerned am I about my home’s indoor air quality?
Although almost everybody appreciates clean, fresh air, not everyone is willing to extend the effort and expense required to purify their air to the fullest extend possible. If you live in a well-ventilated home where your windows are frequently opened and you spend a great deal of time away, you may simply need a reasonable air filter in your HVAC system.
On the other hand, you may want to invest in a higher degree of air filtering if any of these factors describe your situation:
- You have a tightly sealed, energy-efficient home with little air exchange, or a business with areas which have little air flow or stagnant areas.
- You or a family member work from a home office.
- You care for an elderly family member or serve vulnerable populations at your business location.
- You, a family member, or co-worker suffer from respiratory health issues or allergies.
- You have pets living in your home or in your place of business.
What are my air purification options?
Many different air purification systems are available on the market today. A wide variety of technologies address multiple air pollution problems, and it is important to understand the strengths of each technology.
HEPA filters are fiberglass filters that trap 99.97 percent of all particulates that are 0.3 microns or larger. This makes them perfect all-around filters for capturing dust, mold spores, pollen, and other allergens. HEPA filters are an excellent choice in Texas homes where family members suffer from allergies or asthma. Most commercial buildings would also benefit from HEPA filtration systems.
Ultraviolet light technology, usually found in hospital or health care facilities, are excellent at killing viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. This technology has also been adapted for use in homes. Elderly populations especially benefit from systems which employ UV technology, and many business use this technology to help keep both employees and visitors more healthy.
Carbon filters, on the other hand, work well to eliminate odors and smoke. If you have a smoker in your home, do a great deal of cooking, or have pets, you may want check your air purifier to see if it uses a carbon filter. Commercial businesses such as restaurants often see benefits from the use of carbon filtration in their systems as well.
Do I need a whole-house or whole-facility air purification system?
Today’s HVAC technology allows the addition of systemic air purification tools within the central heating and cooling systems. For example, the REME HALO® technology we use helps purify all the air that your HVAC system processes. This next-generation technology handles particulates, microbial elements, pollen, mold spores, dander, and dust as well as viruses such as MRSA, e-coli, and Norwalk. The REME HALO also helps remove common odors from the air using a reflective electro magnetic energy technology.
These are not the only solutions. Other air purification or air scrubbing systems can be integrated into a central HVAC system. Many humidification or dehumidification systems can help regulate the level of moisture present in the air; humidity plays a critical role in indoor air quality as well.
We have answers for you!
Give us a call to learn more about air purification systems today. Call our team at AiRCO Heating & Air Conditioning in Round Rock, TX. We’d love to share the latest technologies available to help you manage both your residential and commercial air purification needs. Call 512.537.1234 or schedule your appointment online today.