Do UV Air Purifiers Work? Kansas City Air Quality Experts Weigh In

Do I Need a Whole-House Air Purifier? 

Who doesn’t want clean air? Indoor air quality definitely isn’t something you should ignore. Dust, mites, mildew—all that nasty gunk—can spread the air quickly and quietly. Before you know it, you and your family could be breathing in a lot of bad stuff that could negatively impact your health.

But exactly how far should you go to ensure your air is the cleanest possible and do you really need a whole-house air purifier?

We aren’t going to tell you what you do and do not need, but if you truly want to protect your home from pollutants, a whole-house purifier is your best bet. As leaders in the HVAC industry, our team at Santa Fe Air believe indoor air quality is extremely important. That’s exactly why we make sure our Kansas City customers have all the info they need to truly get a breath of fresh air. 

To learn more about why you should invest in a whole-house air purifier, just keep reading and we’ll explain everything you should know. 

Why is indoor air quality so important, anyway? 

We aren’t just saying it for fun, folks. The air you breathe has a huge impact on what goes on inside your body. Here’s a fun fact for you: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can have 2 to 5x more pollutants than outdoor air. So even though you may think you’re escaping all the grime from outside, you could very well have more unwanted particles lurking through your home. 

So where are all these pollutants coming from? 

Short answer? Everywhere.

Okay, okay, let us explain. Figuring out the source of pollutants can be super tricky, especially if you’re not a professional. Things inside your house could be spreading dust and disturbing the air quality, but outside sources could also be the culprit. Hence… everywhere. 

Now, there are still a few signs you can watch out for that could cause excess pollutants: 

Outdoor sources

  • Pollen, dust, or fungus
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Industrial pollutants
  • Dumpster odor
  • Soil contamination (gas leaks, pesticides, etc)
  • Excess moisture or standing water leading to microbial growth

Indoor sources

  • HVAC issues (we’ll talk more about this later)
  • Human activities (cooking, cleaning, smoking, body odor)
  • Dust circulated from vacuuming and sweeping
  • Maintenance products (paint, pest control products, stored chemicals)
  • Textured surfaces like carpets
  • Old or deteriorated furniture 
  • Leaks causing water damage
  • Humidity control problems
  • Carbon monoxide 

Keep in mind we didn’t list everything (that would seriously take forever), so you still want to be cognizant of what’s around you and what’s inside your home. 

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Your HVAC system and air quality

Did you know your HVAC systems have a huge impact on air quality? Most people assume their heating and cooling systems do just that—heat and cool. However, these little heroes-in-disguise also help improve your indoor air quality. There are two main ways this happens: 

  1. Circulating air throughout your home
  2. Controlling humidity levels 

First and foremost, if your air just sits in one place, that’s not going to do you much good. Stagnant, stiff air is the perfect environment for those nasty contaminants. Think about it. When things aren’t moving, they’re able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the air. Pretty soon, more may join in until your air is a hub for dust, mold, mildew, and who knows what else. 

If you think you may have circulation problems, always contact an HVAC technician to help you out. It could stem from your ductwork, dirty vents, or a poor functioning HVAC system. 

Next is our dear friend, humidity (no, it’s not only about that hot, sticky feeling outside). In many instances, people don’t consider how humidity levels can impact the air you breathe. Ideally, you’d want your home to have humidity levels between 30-50% for maximum comfort.

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When your air is too dry, it can steal moisture from your body, damage furniture, and make you vulnerable to infections. Too much moisture could lead to mildew and mold, overheating, and bacteria infestations.

If your HVAC system is working in tip-top shape, then you shouldn’t have to worry too much about circulation and humidity levels. Still, even the greatest superheroes have a sidekick, and that’s where a whole-house air purifier comes in. 

Do I need a whole-house air purifier? 

To really make the most out of what your HVAC system can do, then you should definitely consider tacking on a whole-house air purifier. 

Here’s why:

There may be extra contaminants in the air your HVAC’s filters don’t catch, meaning you could still be vulnerable to nasty pollutants. But as air flows through a whole-house air purifier, it targets things like dust, mold, and mildew to bring you the cleanest air possible. Plus, they’re great for people who suffer from allergies or have a lot of pets running around. 

Now, we aren’t saying you have to get a new purifier, but we highly recommend them for homeowners in the Kansas City area. There’s definitely no harm in installing a purifier, and you may be surprised just how much of a difference one can make. Of course, if you ever have questions, you can always reach out to our team. We can help you understand the basics as well as make recommendations based on your current system. 

There are different types of whole-house purification systems such as:

 

  • Extended media filters
  • Electronic air cleaners
  • UV light air cleaners (we’ll talk about those later)

So it’s important to talk to your trusted HVAC technician to figure out which purifier works best with your current HVAC system and your home. With that in mind, here is one of our top picks for the best whole-house air purifier. 

Air Scrubber by Aerus: 

The Air Scrubber is one of the top air purification systems on the market. With its innovative ActivePure technology, it can reduce up to 90% of airborne pollutants and up to 99% of surface pollutants. The Air Scrubber doesn’t just wait for pollutants, it actually seeks them out. Negative ions roam around your home, attacking tiny particles your HVAC system may not have picked up. 

Keep in mind when you use an air scrubber for the first time, you may notice excess dust you’ll have to clear away. This is because as it cleans, negative ions match with positive ions in pollutants. As the two combine, they create heavier particles that can no longer float in the air, so they’ll fall. Don’t worry! The result is temporary and shows your system is working perfectly.

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What about ultraviolet air purifiers? 

If you’ve already started your search for whole-house air purifiers, you may have seen ultraviolet (UV) purifiers, but how do they actually work?

Oftentimes, you add an UV air purifier to an electric purification system, giving your whole-house purifier an extra boost. These purifiers focus more on organic pollutants like bacteria and fungus (things that could really make you sick). As a result, you get the added benefit of attacking living organisms swarming through your air. 

Let’s talk about how this happens. If you don’t already know, natural UV rays come from the sun. They’re those harmful wavelengths that can damage your skin and cause all kinds of nasty side effects (BTW…wear your sunscreen!). Even though UV light can harm our bodies, they can also do the same to organic pollutants. In fact, since they’re so small, ultraviolet radiation actually harms things like bacteria way more than us—so long!  

While UV purifiers are a great way to eliminate contaminants, don’t let it be the only way you take care of them. You should always ensure you are checking humidity levels and properly sealing your home to prevent microscopic organisms from infiltrating your space. 

If you don’t know which UV light option to choose, our experts at Santa Fe Air love the Ultramax Germicidal UV Light. Not only does it kill viruses, bacteria, and mold in the air, it can also clear them away from the surfaces inside your home.

Let Santa Fe Air install your whole-house air purifier today

If you’re not sure who to trust with your new whole-house air purifier, don’t worry! At Santa Fe Air, we pride ourselves on knowing all things heating, cooling, and electrical. We’re the best HVAC company in Kansas City, and we help people in the KC and Johnson County areas get the most out of their heating and cooling systems. 

No matter what, our customers receive pristine service each and every time. Through our dedication and care, we ensure we get the job done right the first time—no ifs, ands, or buts about it. 

Since 1987 (yep, you read that correctly!) we’ve provided the best service by treating our customers like family, keeping our word, and avoiding upselling just to catch an extra buck. In the end, you get to make the final decision about what’s best for our home to maximize your family’s comfort; we’re just here to help you get there! 

Get started today with a free online quote. 

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