When I first started looking into improving the indoor air quality of my home, I had no idea how many options are on the market.
There are dozens of manufacturers that put out a long list of whole-home air quality accessories.
Most of these models are compatible with all styles of central heating and cooling system. They operate quietly, require only yearly service and positively impact the health and cleanliness of every cubic foot of air reached by the furnace and air conditioner. The decision was a bit overwhelming. Because the weather in my local area is hot and humid in the summer, I knew a dehumidifier would be helpful. However, we deal with overly dry air in the winter, so a humidifier would also prove beneficial. The weather extremes make it necessary to seal up the thermal envelope to prevent energy waste. The elimination of natural ventilation traps allergens inside and can create a very musty indoor environment. I considered a ventilation system to introduce fresh air into the home without energy waste. However, after a lot of research, debate and consulting with an HVAC professional, I invested into an in-duct air purifier. The air purifier sends out positive and negative ions that disrupt the DNA of pathogens and render them harmless. Plus, it causes particles such as dust and dander to clump together, making them easier to filter out. The air purifier is effective against odors, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, smoke particles and all sorts of contaminants. I no longer need to vacuum or dust as often. Cooking smells don’t linger as long. Even the air filters of the furnace and air conditioner don’t require replacement as often.