systems pull mold, pollen, dust mites, and other particulates out of household air.
The best systems use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorption) filters that have
multiple pleats that trap tiny particles. This filter can be installed professionally in
the duct next to the furnace fan. They also are available as portable room units.
Another kind of unit, the electronic cleaner, is especially good at sweeping mold
and pollen particles from the air. They catch them on an electrically charged plate.
The type of air cleaner known as an ionizer makes electrically charged ions that bond to
particles in the air and causes them to cling to walls, ceilings, and drapes.
Filter systems improve air quality by removing pollutants. HEPA systems can be up
to 99.9% efficient in removing floating particles from the air. Compare this with
regular furnace filters. These are only 10% efficient in removing lint from the air.
For a filtration system to be fully effective, it needs to run 24 hours a day.
Health benefits. A good air-filtration system can make a difference for people with severe allergies
or asthma. It’s not as necessary for the average person. Keep in mind that studies
have not proved that any filters dramatically reduce allergy or asthma symptoms. The
best possible benefit may come from HEPA filters. So before you invest a lot of money,
make sure you take other steps first. In general, families with allergy problems should
first look for and eliminate or control the source of the problem like pets, rugs,
dust mites, and moldy areas in the home.
systems need to be strictly maintained. Changing the filters according to the
manufacturers' instructions is key to the success of the system. Also, these systems
no substitute for good indoor hygiene. If you have a cat, dog, or old rugs, if your
house is dusty, or if you leave your windows open, the filtration system can't do
Some systems with smaller motors are noisy, especially for the bedroom. They don't
turn the air over as quickly and as well as larger units.
In the case of ionizers, the particulates that were sent clinging to your walls, ceilings,
and drapes fall off in a few days. Then they are back into your breathing environment.
It is important to note that some electronic filters like an ionizer can produce ozone.
Ozone is a lung irritant.