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Did you know that the air inside your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside? It's true! The air we breathe in our homes is loaded with pollutants like pollen, lung-damaging dust, pet hair, dander, dust mites, mold spores, tobacco smoke, cooking grease, bacteria and viruses. No wonder the EPA lists indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health today. And if you think your standard 1" throw-away furnace filter is doing the job, you couldn't be more wrong - typical 1" filters only trap about 5-15% of airboune particles.

You could open the windows and exchange the air, but that only works in good weather and good weather often brings in it's own set of pollutants like pollen and dust. So what can you do to treat the symptoms?

  • Bathe pets regularly and keep pet beds and litter boxes away from vents.
  • Change your furnace filters monthly.
  • Run your heating and air conditioning blower while vacuuming and dusting to circulate polluted air through your furnace filter.
  • Keep the relative humidity in your home between 30 and 45 percent.
  • Make sure kitchen, bathroom and other exhaust fans vent to the outside, not into an attic or crawl space.
  • Install or media or electronic air cleaner


There are many types of air cleaners (also referred to as air purifiers or ionizers) on the market today, with varying efficiencies, but to choose which one is right for you depends on what you want or need the air cleaner to clean from the air. It is also important to determine that your duct system provides the proper static pressure so that the air cleaner chosen is not too restrictive, causing high static pressure that can damage your equipment.

Media air cleaners are good for those who suffer from seasonal allergies such as hay fever and are concerned about allergens in the home. They are also good for airboune particles such as pet hair, dander and mold spores. Media air cleaners come with 4" high efficiency pleated filters that need to be replaced every one to two years, depending on if you have pets, children or high traffic in the house, or if you live in a dusty or high pollen area.

Electronic air cleaners remove the airbourne particles that a media air cleaner does, but because of their electronically charged ionizing cells they also remove 97% of pollen, airbourne dust, bacteria, allergens and even viruses. Electronic air cleaners are also good for removing smoking and cooking odors and pollutants from the home. Electronic air cleaners have electronic cells and prefilters that should be cleaned monthly for best results.

We recommend the Honeywell air cleaners, and we have one in a size and style to suit your home. Give us a call at 330-533-4363 to find out which model is right for you!