Installing an indoor air cleaner is perhaps the best step you can take to improve the health of the air in your home. If you don’t have an indoor air cleaner, you might be wondering, “What’s the point of installing an air cleaner if my air conditioner already uses an air filter?” To address that question, today we’re going to talk about the effects of different airborne particles in your home and why installing an indoor air cleaner is the perfect way to protect your air conditioner and purify your air!

How the size of airborne particles affects our air conditioners and our health

The air in our homes contains all sorts of particles. Although all of these particles are very small (most are invisible to the human eye), they come in a range of sizes when they are compared to one another. Because the particles and contaminants in our air are so small, they are measured using a tiny unit called a micron.

The largest particles in our air are between 1 and 10 (or larger) microns in size. These are the particles that pose the biggest threats to our HVAC systems because they can easily build up and cause inefficiencies and/or system breakdowns.

The smallest particles in our air are smaller than 1 micron in size. These are the particles that pose the biggest threats to our health because they are responsible for spreading illnesses and aggravating symptoms of asthma and allergies.

The limitations of standard air filters

In general, standard air filters are only designed to protect our HVAC systems. Even the filters with the highest MERV ratings (such as extended surface and pleated filters) are only able to remove particles that are larger than one micron in size. Although high-efficiency filters can remove some of the largest allergens from your air, they are not nearly as effective as an indoor air cleaner.

An indoor air cleaner offers advanced protection

Unlike standard air filters, an indoor air cleaner can remove the tiny particles in your air (smaller than one micron in size) that affect the health of you and your family. Using advanced technology, an indoor air cleaner can capture nearly all of the harmful airborne particles in your home without hurting your system’s airflow. Best of all, indoor air cleaners are also extremely effective at removing large particles from your air, so they do a fantastic job at protecting your air conditioner as well!

If you have any questions about an indoor air cleaner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your St. Charles air conditioning company. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Weldon Spring, Wentzville, and Winghaven.

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