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Air Filters Versus Air Sanitizers


Something that many Cedar Rapids area homeowners fail to realize is how the quality of their indoor air can actually be worse than the outdoor air. At least, this is the case without the right indoor air quality products and services in place. The right air filtration, purification, and even humidity balance can help improve the overall comfort of your living space, and therefore improve your quality of life! Contaminants in the air can cause a number of problems, both in comfort and for your family’s health.

At this point, you might be wondering if you really need anything more than the standard air filter that comes with your HVAC systems during manufacturing and installation. The answer is probably yes! The thing is, the purpose of this air filter isn’t to improve your indoor air quality. Rather, its purpose is to protect the interior components of your HVAC system from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its components.

Read on to learn about more powerful options that are designed to improve your overall indoor air quality.

What Does An Air Filtration System Do?

Okay, we just said that a standard air filter doesn’t protect your indoor air quality. But what about an air filtration system in Cedar Rapids? This is also an air filter, but a more powerful one, that is specifically designed to protect and improve the quality of your indoor air.

Electronic air filtration systems use a process called ionization to capture any particle, no matter how small. This ensures that your home and family are protected from contaminants. This is especially helpful for homes with occupants that suffer from allergies and asthma or occupants who have low immunity like newborns or the elderly.

What Does An Air Sanitizer Do?

The UV air sanitizer that we sell and install here at Dalton is an air cleaning system in Cedar Rapids that eliminates potentially harmful particles before they even have the chance to enter your indoor air! Great news, right?

UV (ultraviolet) radiation is released in the right amount to be harmless to people or pets, but kills single-celled microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and mildew. UV air sanitizers can actually eliminate 99% of the bacteria that can live in your ductwork and in the air that you breathe.

Which Is Best for My Home?

The answer to this is, “it depends.” And actually, both might be the right option for your home. As we highlighted above, a UV air sanitizer impacts contaminants before they even have the chance to enter your indoor air, whereas the right air filtration system, installed by an experienced team, gets other contaminants and particles that have already entered your indoor air. This can include dust and other particles.

If you’re unsure of which is best, or if you need either the air filtration system or the air sanitizer, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’ll help you make an educated decision!

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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