Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Cleaners’

Why You Still Need a Good Air Cleaner During the Winter Months

Monday, November 9th, 2015

There’s a chill in the air and we have unofficially begun the holiday season with the recent passing of Halloween. You have likely shut all the windows in your home and removed the screen doors to keep out the chill and the coming cold air. But as we button up our homes, we also button in dust and dirt that will become a part of our indoor air streams – unless you have a good air cleaner to capture these particles and permanently remove them from your indoor air. Why consider using an air cleaner like an air filter or air purifier? Here are two good reasons our experts have seen.

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Air Cleaners: What Types Are There for My Home?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Spring is more than welcome this year after the winter we had in New England, but for many, spring is the bearer of other tidings: allergy season. One of the great benefits of having a forced air system is that you can add upgrades that can help with other aspects of your home, including improving the indoor air quality. Whether you have allergy sufferers in your home, or simply want the peace of mind knowing that your home has fresh, filtered air, the IAQ experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help. Today we’re going to focus on air cleaners and what they can do for your home in Littleton, MA, and the surrounding areas, but we can help you with all of your indoor air quality needs. Just call us today and schedule an appointment!

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What’s the Difference between Mechanical and Electronic Air Cleaners?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

To protect the indoor air quality of our homes, we sometimes need to do more than simply open up a few windows during the day. Adding in an air cleaning system, such as a mechanical air cleaner or an electronic air cleaner, will remove most of the contaminating particles that circulate through the ventilation system of your house. The cleaners are easy to install with the assistance of HVAC professionals who have indoor air quality experience, and the systems will work well for many years at keeping unwanted pollution from the inside of your house.

Since 1987, Basnett Plumbing & Heating has helped homeowners in Chelmsford, MA with air cleaners and other installations that improve the air inside their home. Contact us today to learn more about our improvements that will increase the comfort and health inside your home.

Mechanical air cleaners vs. electronic air cleaners

There are many choices available for installing air cleaners in a home, but they can be divided into two broad categories: mechanical and electronic. One is not automatically superior to the other; it depends on the specific home and its air quality issues.

  • Mechanical air cleaners: These cleaners are filters, such as HEPA filters. They consist of a mesh of fiberglass filaments that trap particle in the air that passes through them. HEPA filters can stop 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. These filters do not require any power to operate and are generally inexpensive; the only cost comes from installing replacements. Mechanical filters will take care of the air quality problems of most homes, but they do not affect gaseous or odor molecules.
  • Electronic air cleaners: These devices do not use filters at all, but instead electronic fields that ionize the particles of contamination that attempts to pass through them. Ionized particles are drawn down to a set of plates where they are trapped. Using this method, electronic air cleaners can prevent the passage of particles down to 0.1 microns in size, and they will also stop gasses such as carbon monoxide, smoke, formaldehyde, and odors. They are excellent choices if you need the extensive cleaning power to affect these smaller particles. They require power to run, so unless you need their action to combat minute particles, you should stay with mechanical filters.

In many cases, the best choice for the cleanest air is to have both types of cleaners installed. Rely on the advice from indoor air quality specialists to learn which option is ideal for your home. Trust to Basnett Plumbing & Heating for your indoor air quality needs.

Our experts with air cleaners in Chelmsford, MA will determine the purification system that will give you home the healthiest air possible. Call us today.

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Plants & Indoor Air Quality: A Tip from Groton

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In our Groton elementary school, we were taught about how useful plants can be. They remove carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen, which is great because it is the exact opposite of our respiratory process. They also clean the air in the process, like natural air pollution scrubbers, improving the quality of the air around them.

Given this, it’s not surprising that people have sought to harness the respiratory power of plants to improve air quality in their homes. One study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1980s even identified the best plants for improving indoor air quality.

This seems like great news for people who suffer from asthma or allergies, or who just want a natural way to purify the air in their homes. However, plants are not without their drawbacks. It is not a simple as to just bring a plant into the home. A plant is really an entire ecosystem, with many other organisms latched on for dear life. There are bacteria in the soil, for one, and there may be bugs or fungi in the soil or on the plant that you can’t even see.

Most of these are harmless, but not always. The fungus can be a problem, for example, if the spores get into the air. This can make allergies and asthma worse, not better.

That doesn’t mean you have to toss out that nice spider plant or Boston fern in the garbage, however. After all, it is probably doing a great job of filtering out some inorganic pollutants, it’s increasing the oxygen concentration of the room and it looks nice. Instead of getting rid of it, just give it a partner.

Adding an air cleaner like a fan with a filter can help purge the organic gunk that may be coming from the plant, while the plant is taking care of the other stuff. The result is cleaner, better air, which can be a relief to asthma and allergy sufferers.

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