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There are millions upon millions of microscopic contaminants floating around in your home’s air. With every breath you take, you inhale some of these contaminants. They include dust, pollen, dirt, mold spores, viruses, bacteria, and dander—among other things. Some of these contaminants will make you cough and sneeze, while others will make you sick or provoke allergy attacks.

What’s important to remember, though, is that it’s really not healthy to be inhaling any of these contaminants. The best way to mitigate this problem is to install a whole-house air purifier in your home. Each air purifier is different, so to help you out we’ve written short descriptions of some of the more popular purifiers below.

Ionization Purifiers

Also called electronic air purifiers, these devices generate magnetically charged particle fields around themselves during operation. As particles pass through this field, they are given a positive or negative charge of their own. They then stick to metal collector plates in the purifier that have the opposite charge. These plates can then be removed, cleaned, and replaced.

UV Germicidal Lights

Germicidal lights are essentially large light bulbs that project ultraviolet light. Many germs cannot handle extensive exposure to ultraviolet light. If they are exposed to it, they either become sterile or die. In this way, a UV germicidal light lowers the possibility of you getting sick.

Air Filters

An air filter is the simplest kind of purifier, but also the most popular. It is made of a fiber mesh, which is stretched across a section of your ducts. When air flows through the filter, the larger contaminants it carries become snared in the fibers. Though simple in design, an air filter is quite effective at cleaning indoor air.

You should always consult with a professional before installing an air purifier in your home. If you’d like to know more, contact Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We install and service air purifiers throughout Port Charlotte, FL.