The air in a typical Fort Myers, FL, home is two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Some of those pollutants include bacteria, viruses and allergens that trigger or worsen respiratory diseases. Read on to learn how air purifiers can help clean your home’s air and lower your risk of respiratory illnesses and breathing problems.
1. Trap Germs
Most air purifiers have a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These filters have tiny pores that are able to capture bacteria and viruses. They do not catch all of the viruses, but they do remove some of the airborne germs from coughing and sneezing. HEPA filters capture 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and smaller. Some air purifiers have disposable HEPA filters that need to be checked monthly and replaced every two to three months. Others have a reusable filter that must be washed monthly.
2. Inactivate Bacteria and Viruses
Viruses are tiny, and some of them will easily pass through the pores of a filter. Air purifiers with UV lights are able to inactivate those bacteria and viruses that slip through the air filter. The UV light is contained within the purifier, so it won’t hurt people or animals. It kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and fungi. This lowers your risk of common respiratory diseases including influenza, pneumonia and the common cold.
3. Capture Allergens
Air purifiers use electrostatic or pleated filters in order to capture particles from your home’s air. By capturing dust, pollen, pet dander and other particles, the purifier lessens your allergy symptoms. If a member of your household has asthma, COPD or another breathing disorder, their symptoms may be less frequent and milder because of the reduced allergen exposure.
At Gulf Shore Cooling, Inc, we’re the trusted source for indoor air quality solutions in Fort Myers. We’re also available to provide you with quality heating and cooling repair, installation and maintenance. Fort Myers residents turn to us for attic insulation, home automation and duct services. Call us today for more information or to make an appointment.