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Suffern Air Quality Tip: Air Filters and Cleaners


When it comes to improving indoor air quality a good air filter or electronic air cleaners is a great tool to have. The Suffern indoor air quality experts at Design Air have some information to share with you about these devices. We believe that to properly clean and purify the air in your home we believe you must be properly informed. Review the information below and call Design Air if you have any further questions about the air purification options available in your area.

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Particle Removal Options

Mechanical Air Filters are one of the most basic – yet most effective – air cleaning options available. Mechanical air filters remove pollutants from the air as it passes through by using a filtration material. Mechanical air filters’ efficiency levels are measured on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale. The scale ranges from 1-20, with 20 being the most efficient option. Flat or panel air filters awarded a MERV rating of 1-4 are often used in residential settings. They mostly offer protection to HVAC equipment from dirt and debris buildup. They are not designed directly to improve indoor air quality. Pleated, medium efficiency air filters rated 5-13 on the MERV scales are more efficient at removing a larger size range of pollutants from the air in your home. High efficiency filters rated 14-16 can nearly as efficient as true HEPA filters, which boast a MERV rating of 17-20. HEPA filters are rarely used in residential settings as the air flow resistance they create is too much for residential systems to handle usually.

Electronic Air Cleaners use electrostatic attraction to remove particles and pollutants from the air. By pulling air through an ionization chamber electrostatic precipitators give the particles a charge. They then are trapped on a collector that is oppositely charged and can be cleaned of the collected pollutants. Ionizers work similarly, but they do not use collection plates to trap the charged pollutants. Instead the ionized particles simply attach themselves to walls or surfaces in the room, leaving your indoor air cleaner and purer.

Biological Pollutant Destruction

Removing airborne pollutants is a great way to improve indoor air quality in your home, but if you wish to target biological pollutants including allergens and bacteria in your ducts consider the installation of a UV germicidal light system. By using small, safe amounts of ultraviolet radiation UV germicidal lights are able to kill bacteria and other biological pollutants that can grow and thrive inside your HVAC system. In addition to improving indoor air quality these systems can help improve heating and cooling efficiency by keeping your HVAC equipment clean.

Hopefully this information has been interesting and informative to you. Call Design Air if you have any questions about these indoor air quality options in Suffern. We’d be happy to help you start living more comfortably.