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Breathe Better with Whole-Home Air Filtration in Elkhart

An air filter is an essential HVAC part for performance and comfort—but it’s regularly overlooked.

Indoor air quality can affect your family’s health, specifically if there’s someone in your Elkhart household with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. Dust, pollen, pet dander and mold can trigger symptoms, as well as volatile organic compounds. VOCs are chemicals located in common household items such as cleaning products, furniture and flooring.

Today’s structures are more energy efficient. But they are sealed more tightly. This means the air inside your home can be worse than external air—often two to five times more, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

There are methods you can use to take the reins of your home’s air quality:

  • Lower pollution sources
  • Ventilate with fresh air
  • Use higher-quality air filters

Filtration is one of the most successful ways to clean the air that flows through your home. It catches particles as air runs through HVAC ductwork.

There are several types of air purification systems you can use to clean the air in your home. BW/Cook Service Experts can recommend what’s ideal for you. And you can breathe easy knowing all our Expert work is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

 

7 Signs You Need a Better Air Filtration System

There are a few signs that your home could benefit from a filtration system.

  1. Someone in your family has asthma or allergies.
  2. Headaches, congestion or sneezing are regular when you’re home.
  3. Your home smells stuffy.
  4. You have pets that shed.
  5. Odors linger in your house.
  6. Someone in your household smokes.
  7. Your house is consistently dusty, despite regular cleaning.

Which Air Filtration System is Right for My Home?

A whole-home air purification system can take care of pollution in your home’s air. And possibly offer relief to the asthma and allergy sufferers in your home.

Studies have found controlling exposure to indoor allergens and tobacco smoke could prevent 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children. And controlling biological contaminants like dust mites can also lower childhood asthma cases by 55-60 percent.

HEPA Filters

The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was developed to keep scientists safe from radiation as they worked on an atomic bomb during World War II. Today these filters are frequently used in hospitals, science labs and even homes.

HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97 to 99.99% of particles measuring 0.3 microns and bigger. This includes pollen, dirt and dust. A HEPA air cleaner with activated carbon filters can trap chemicals, odors and smoke.

These filters have a MERV rating of 1721, depending on the model. This rating shows how effectively a filter can pull out pollutants from the air.

Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are thick and can limit airflow. It’s important to touch base with BW/Cook Service Experts to make sure your heating and cooling system can run with one.

Media Filters

Media air cleaners are denser than common air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier attaches closely against your HVAC system.

Because its operational surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to trap about 95 percent of particulates.

These filters stay fresher longer too, commonly between three to six months.

Electrostatic Filters

There are a couple of electronic filtering systems you can install in your home.

An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged material to capture. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at removing tiny particles from your home’s air. Plus, they’re also 30 times more effective than ordinary filters.

An electronic air cleaner applies a high-voltage magnetic charge to catch particles.

Some can erase the majority of indoor air pollutants—particles, germs, bacteria, chemical odors and vapors—by up to 99.9 percent. And minimize ozone, a known lung irritant, produced elsewhere in your home.