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Indoor Air Quality
Air Filtration Systems in Chicago, IL
Within your home’s air are millions upon millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. Every time you take a breath in your home, you’re inhaling some of these contaminants. Things like dust, dirt, pollen, germs, dander, and mold spores can cause a wide range of negative health effects if inhaled over a long enough period of time.
You may have more allergy attacks, get sick more often, or even develop serious breathing issues like asthma. If you want to protect yourself from these issues, you should consider installing an air filtration system in your home. Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. installs and services a wide range of air filtration systems throughout Chicago, IL. Call today for an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts.
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Whole–House Air Filtration Systems
An air filtration system is actually pretty simple, in terms of construction. A fiber mesh is stretched across a metal or plastic frame, and inserted into the ducts of your home. As air flows into the filter, any contaminants that it carries become snared by the fibers.
The air can flow freely through the filter, but the contaminants are removed from it. The filter does need to be cleaned every few months, in order to avoid becoming clogged with all of the contaminants that it captures. As long as that happens, though, an air filtration system can vastly improve your indoor air quality.
Why MERV Is Important for Your Air Filtration System
Choosing the right air filter for you is not as simple as picking one that will physically fit in your ducts. Each air filter is rated according to its MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The MERV of a system governs how tightly woven the mesh in the filter is. The more close the mesh, the more types of contaminants it can capture.
Now, you may be thinking that if that’s the case, you should just install the highest MERV filter you can find. Not so fast, though. The higher the MERV rating on an air filter, the more force it takes to move air through it.
While it’s true that the highest MERV filters are tightly woven enough to capture individual viral and bacterial cells, they’re also so resistant to air flow that only industrial air handlers can push air through them. These kinds of filters are typically reserved for clean environments like hospitals or server rooms. If you were to install one of these in your home, your climate control systems would probably not be able to function properly.
We Install and Service Air Filtration Systems
Installing an air filtration system involves gaining access to your ducts at a specific point, so as to make all air flowing through the ducts come into contact with the filter. This requires specialized knowledge and equipment, which means it should be left to a professional.
You don’t want to be messing around with the ducts on your own, on the off chance that you accidentally damage them or install the filter incorrectly. If you need to have an air filter installed in your home, call Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc.. We offer a full range of air filter installation and repair services throughout Chicago, IL.