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Top Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

Whole-Home Air Purifiers Top the List as Most Effective for St. Louis Residents

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, native St. Louisians like us have realized just how valuable clean air is. Indoor air quality, especially in our homes, is vitally important to maintaining our health and enjoying a clean home.

There are a few routes you can take to achieve your clean air goals, but only one stands out as the most effective and hands-off methods for homeowners.

Together, let’s explore your home air purification options in St. Louis and learn how Meyer Heating and Air can help you get cleaner, fresher air circulating throughout your house.

House Plants

National Geographic reports that although having houseplants around your home amps up the decor, they’re doing very little in the way of purifying your household air. In fact, you’d need hundreds of houseplants to make a big difference in your home’s air quality.

Although cleaner air is the ultimate goal, you can’t knock the fact that the joy that houseplants bring is a mental health benefit in and of itself.

Small Room Air Purifiers

High-quality portable air purifiers can definitely help improve the air quality in your home, but purchasing the right ones requires research and a fair amount of cash. Today, these portable air cleaners are effective against particulates.

If you’re looking to filter particulates, buy a portable air cleaner with a HEPA filter and a clean air delivery rate (CADR) appropriate for the room you’ll be placing it in. The higher the CADR, the larger the room.

If the room you’re using the system in is 100 square feet, the minimum CADR to look for is 65. For 200 square feet, you need a CADR of 130. And for open-concept spaces, you’ll need a much higher CADR. For example, a 600-square foot living area requires a minimum CADR of 390.

If you’re seeking to filter gases, look for an air purifier with an activated carbon filter, but know that as of today, there aren’t any performance rating systems for these filters with regard to removing gases from the air.

Many big-box stores in St. Louis carry these portable air purifiers; just do your research before you buy to ensure you get a reputable and functional product.

Frequent Cleaning and Vacuuming

One sure-fire way to improve air quality in your home is to frequently clean, vacuum, and dust. Such practices remove the particulates that are available to circulate in the air.

Like air purifiers, some vacuums also come with a HEPA filter, which can help reduce air allergens while you clean.

For odors in fabrics, it’s best to launder them rather than spray them down with products marketed as fabric refreshers, because even those cleaning products put irritants in the air.

Ventilate with Outdoor Air

If you live in an area with good outdoor air quality, like many areas of St. Louis suburbs, then one surefire way to improve your indoor air is to crack open a window or two. Open windows that let the breeze in remove stale, trapped air from the indoors and bring in fresh air.

However, if you suffer from outdoor allergies, opening a window likely isn’t the best choice for you. And of course, with the seasonal changes in St. Louis, you don’t want to open windows during the winter!

Change Air Filters in Your Heating and Cooling System

Homeowners in Arnold, Chesterfield, and other St. Louis-area cities with forced-air HVAC systems should change the air filters in the system every 30 to 90 days. People with pets should change them much closer to the 30-day mark.

A clean air filter helps keep your home’s air cleaner and can even extend the life of your HVAC system. That’s why air filter replacement should be part of your regular maintenance practices.

If your system has a washable air filter, you’ll want to clean it just as often as you’d change out a disposable filter. If you need help maintaining, repairing, or replacing your system, call us today for a free HVAC estimate or repair appointment with one of our expert technicians.

Sanuvox Air Purification System

For the cleanest possible air in your home, your best bet is a new Sanuvox system. This air purification system can tie into your existing HVAC ductwork or work on its own to filter particulates, viruses, bacteria, and VOCs out of your home’s air.

Sanuvox systems have been shown to kill 99.99999 percent of germs and remove harmful particles from the air. They work using two components. The first is a UV and UVC lamp, which destroys chemicals, particles, and odors in the air. The second is a reflector chamber, which directs the UV energy before recirculating the clean air throughout your house.

Schedule Your Sanuvox Installation Today

To get the most reliable and efficient whole-home air purification system, you’ll need to call Meyer Heating and Air at 314-279-0933.

Our technician will visit your home in Fenton, O’Fallon, Florissant, and surrounding areas, to give you a free estimate. Then, when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your Sanuvox installation.

There’s no reason to wait to get cleaner air in your home. Contact us today to learn more about Sanuvox systems.

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