Air Scrubber Installation With Sanks Mechanical
Indoor Air Quality
Clean the Air in Your Home
Sank Mechanical has more than a decade of experience helping homeowners in the Greater Philadelphia area breathe fresher and healthier air, and we recommend air scrubber technology to all of our customers because it eliminates more than 99% of all pollutants and contaminants from the air but also surfaces! We also install, service, and repair whole-home air filters, UVC air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers. If you’re interested in ensuring that you and your family breathe the cleanest air possible, Sanks is happy to perform an in-home consultation through which we’ll assess your indoor air quality, answer any questions that you may have, and help you explore your indoor air quality equipment options.
What Is an Air Scrubber?
An air scrubber is a type of air cleaner that was originally developed to maintain optimal indoor air quality aboard the International Space Station, and it remains in use aboard the ISS. That technology was then adapted for terrestrial applications and is now in use in medical facilities, homes, and businesses throughout the world. Air scrubbers feature two core components. One aspect is the use of ultraviolet light to destroy microorganisms that pass through the scrubber. The other is a catalytic process designed to mimic the natural scrubbing that occurs in nature. As contaminants pass through the device, they are turned into powerful oxidizers that then eliminate airborne and surface pathogens.
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Are Air Scrubbers Worth It?
An air scrubber can remove 99.9% of the pollutants in your home, and whereas many air-cleaning technologies only eliminate airborne pollutants, scrubbers eliminate surface contaminants too. That means that it helps to keep your counters, tables, doorknobs, and so forth cleaner. This technology is designed to be integrated into and work alongside your existing HVAC system, and that helps to minimize the cost compared to some other whole-home systems. Air scrubbers also keep your heating and cooling systems cleaner, which reduces wear and tear and extends the life of your equipment.
The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality
The EPA includes poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health in the U.S. A component of this risk is the air pollution found in metro areas like Philadelphia. However, indoor air pollution is often two to five times greater. That is because modern construction techniques result in tightly sealed homes. Ventilation systems are often inadequate or poorly maintained, and you must also consider that indoor air can never be cleaner than outdoor air without some form of air filtration. High concentrations of indoor air pollution exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, trigger respiratory irritations, cause poor skin and hair health, and lead to headaches and chronic fatigue. These environments are also prone to mold, bacteria, and viruses, which make residents ill more often.
Signs That Your Home May Need an Air Scrubber
If you notice dust accumulating in your home faster than usual, then that is an indication that the overall air quality has dropped. This is true with bad smells as well. If you dust regularly and still cannot eliminate unpleasant odors, improved air quality may be what you need. High humidity and any evidence of mold are serious concerns, and if your allergy or asthma symptoms are particularly bad, then it’s likely that they are being exacerbated by the high concentration levels of contaminants.
Other Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Your Home
Sanks recommends an air scrubber to all of our customers as it is among the best ways to improve air quality in a home. But it is not the only solution available, and we actually advise a layered approach in order to ensure the purest air possible. Other options include air filters, UVC air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers.
Mechanical air filtration can be used in tandem with an air scrubber and is a great way to remove particulates from the air. HEPA filters can eliminate 99.9% of particulates down to 0.3 microns in size.
UVC Air Purifier
More advanced systems will have a HEPA air filter and a UVC light component. The use of ultraviolet radiation allows for the elimination of viruses, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, and so on.
High humidity levels create an environment conducive to dust, mold, bacteria, and viruses. Using a dehumidifier also helps to improve the efficiency of your AC system and reduce wear and tear.
Dry air makes a home less comfortable, and it can irritate your respiratory system and your skin. Using a humidifier will allow for easier breathing, make your home feel warmer, and help avoid static electricity.