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Air Purification Systems: Mechanical Vs. Electronic

Last updated 4 years ago

By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor, 

The Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental health risks in the United States. With that in mind, if you live in or near a city, it's a good idea to use an air-purification system, along with good indoor ventilation, to promote effective indoor air quality. 

The long-term benefits of good health generally outweigh the expense of installing an air purification system.

The two main types of air purification systems are electronic and mechanical, and they work in the following ways.

  • Mechanical systems catch particles such as dust, mold and animal dander through a high-efficiency filtering device, helping to alleviate allergies and lower respiratory distress. These types of systems are generally installed in your home's ductwork. To ensure maximum effectiveness, they should be inspected and cleaned by a professional on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are operating efficiently.
  • Electronic systems, also called electrostatic precipitators/attraction, trap particles through an ionization process, which charges particles and then forces them to settle on plates that hold the opposite charge, similar to how magnets work. Another type of electronic system, the ion generator, operates on the same principles of ionization, but the particles are charged in the air and then drop on the home's surfaces -- instead of inside the air purifier.

Both systems are highly effective at reducing indoor pollution levels in your home, and if you live in a place with high outdoor air pollution, installing one in your home will make a noticeable difference in the quality of air you breathe, and your everyday health and comfort.

Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling proudly serves homeowners in Ventura and Santa Barbara county areas, and we welcome your calls! Contact us today to schedule a free home consultation to discuss the best air purification systems for your home needs.

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