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It’s Allergy Season – What Type of Indoor Air Cleaner Should I Use?


If you are one of the millions of people affected by seasonal allergies, you have an ally in your fight against attacks: indoor air cleaners. While seasonal allergies originate in the outdoors, it only takes the temporary opening of a window or door to allow them into your home and HVAC system. One of the benefits have having an HVAC system is that you can upgrade it to include indoor air quality components, including air cleaners. But which type of air cleaner should you use? Let’s take a look at what types are available.

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Mechanical Air Filters

Mechanical air filters, also known as just air filters, are the kind of air filter you see frequently: a square metal frame with filter material in the frame. Your HVAC comes with a standard air filter, but this filter isn’t there to help capture allergens; it is there to stop debris and excessive dirt and dust from entering your system. Depending on the type(s) of allergies you have, you’ll want to match the air filter’s capability to your particular needs. The filter’s MERV rating can help with this, as well as your IAQ specialist.

Electronic Air Cleaners

There are two types of electronic air cleaners from which to choose: electrostatic precipitators and ion generators. Electrostatic precipitators draw your indoor air into a chamber where particles are negatively charged; these particles are then collected on oppositely-charged metal plates. Ion generators disperse negative ions into the air where they attach to particles; the particles then attach to a surface, such as your home’s walls or tables.

Which Is Best for You?

Determining which type of air cleaner will be best for you needs is something to work out with a trained specialist. Our IAQ experts can help you find the right product so that your indoor air is as allergy-free as possible. Call us today and schedule an appointment for your home in New City, NY.