Breathe Better with Whole-Home Air Filtration in Austin
An air filter is an essential HVAC part for efficiency and comfort—but it’s often forgotten.
Indoor air quality can impact your family’s health, particularly if there’s someone in your Austin family 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 found in everyday household items like cleaning products, furniture and flooring.
Today’s structures are more energy efficient. But they don’t allow for much airflow. This means the air inside your home can be dirtier than outside—often two to five times more, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are methods you can use to take charge of your home’s air quality:
- Reduce pollution sources
- Ventilate with fresh air
- Use higher-quality air filters
Filtration is one of the most efficient methods of cleaning the air that flows through your home. It catches particles as air runs through HVAC ductwork.
There are several models of air purification systems you can install to improve the air in your home. Strand Brothers Service Experts can recommend what’s ideal for you. And you can breathe easy knowing all our Expert work is supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*
7 Signs You Need a Better Air Filtration System
There are several signals that your home could be enhanced by a filtration system.
- Someone in your house has asthma or allergies.
- Headaches, congestion or sneezing are common when you’re home.
- Your home smells musty.
- You have pets that shed.
- Odors linger in your house.
- Someone in your home smokes.
- Your house is continuously dusty, despite weekly cleaning.
Which Air Filtration System is Right for My Home?
A whole-home air purification system can handle pollution in your home’s air. And possibly bring relief to the asthma and allergy sufferers in your household.
Studies have found controlling exposure to indoor allergens and tobacco smoke could prevent 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children. And restricting biological contaminants like dust mites can also decrease childhood asthma cases by 55-60 percent.
The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was designed to protect scientists 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 take out 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 kind. This rating demonstrates how successfully a filter can clear pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are thick and can reduce airflow. It’s important to check with Strand Brothers Service Experts to verify your heating and cooling system can run with one.
Media air cleaners are sturdier than common air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier mounts tightly against your HVAC equipment.
Because its functional surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to capture about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters last longer too, commonly between three to six months.
There are a couple of electronic filtering systems you can add in your home.
An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged material to capture. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at clearing tiny particles from your home’s air. Plus, they're also 30 times more effective than ordinary filters.
An electronic air cleaner involves a high-voltage magnetic charge to capture particles.
Some can remove the majority of indoor air pollutants—particles, germs, bacteria, chemical odors and vapors—by up to 99.9 percent. And decrease ozone, a known lung irritant, produced elsewhere in your home.