Your air conditioner can serve as the foundation for improving your indoor air quality because it is easy to upgrade with air-cleaning components. Your AC already removes humidity from the air as part of the cooling process, but there are several other things you can do with your air conditioning to help improve the quality of air in your home. We understand how important it is to have clean indoor air, which is why Cal-West Air Conditioning offers comprehensive indoor air quality services.
Types of Air Cleaners
There are a few types of air cleaners from which to choose, but they fall into one of three categories:
- Mechanical air filters
- Electronic air cleaners
- UV germicidal lights
Mechanical Air Filters
Mechanical air filters are the most common types of air filters. Set in a square frame, these filters typically fit into the space where your standard air filter resides (but not always). The job of your AC’s indoor air filter is not to improve indoor air quality; rather, it helps keep dust, dirt and debris from entering your system. Mechanical filters are made to improve the air in your living space, and as such, are manufactured with better materials and tighter weaves, and they have higher MERV ratings. HEPA filters are also mechanical filters, but HEPA filters are made in a specific way so that their effectiveness rate – which is 99.97% – is very high. Some HEPA filters can restrict air flow in your system, so it’s advisable to speak with an expert before installing a HEPA filter to your air conditioner.
Electronic Air Cleaners
There are two types of electronic air cleaners:
- Ion generators
- Electronic precipitators
Ion generators disburse ions into your air space that charge the particles in your air. These newly-charged particles are attracted to the surfaces in your home, such as walls, counters and tables. This attraction pulls the particles from the air, and they are removed whenever the surfaces are cleaned.
Electronic precipitators also charge particles, but do so via an ionization section that the precipitator creates. Particles pass through this ionization section, become charged, and are then attracted to oppositely-charged metal plates that are part of the precipitator. These plates capture the particles, and need to be cleaned approximately every 3 months in order to fully remove the particles.
UV Germicidal Lights
UV lights do not capture particles, nor do they filter particles; instead, UV germicidal lights purify the air around them by destroying biological contaminants. UV germicidal lights employ the use of UV-C rays. These types of rays destroy the DNA of cells, as well as the life-sustaining proteins every cell needs to survive and replicate. As such, UV lights not only destroy biological contaminants: they also destroy the ability of the cells to reproduce.
How does your air conditioner help with air quality? Each of the above products is for whole-home use, and can be easily installed as part of your air conditioning system. This allows for better indoor air quality without the hassle of room-by-room appliances that need constant monitoring and manual operation. Want to know more? Call Cal-West Air Conditioning today and schedule air conditioning service in San Diego with one of our air quality specialists.