Breathe Better with Whole-Home Air Filtration in Austin
An air filter is a crucial HVAC component for performance and comfort—but it’s frequently ignored.
Indoor air quality can affect your family’s health, especially if there’s someone in your Austin family with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. Dust, pollen, pet dander and mold can aggravate symptoms, as well as volatile organic compounds. VOCs are chemicals located in everyday household items including cleaning products, furniture and flooring.
Up-to-Date homes are more energy efficient. But they are sealed more tightly. This means the air inside your home can be more polluted than external air—often two to five times more, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are ways you can take control over your home’s air quality:
- Limit pollution sources
- Ventilate with fresh air
- Use improved air filters
Filtration is one of the most successful ways to clean the air that streams through your home. It catches particles as air passes through HVAC ductwork.
There are several types of air purification systems you can add to enhance the air in your home. Strand Brothers Service Experts can recommend what’s best for you. And you can breathe easy knowing all our Expert work is upheld by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*
7 Signs You Need a Better Air Filtration System
There are several indications 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 stuffy.
- You have pets that shed.
- Odors linger in your house.
- Someone in your home smokes.
- Your house is consistently 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 offer relief to the asthma and allergy sufferers in your household.
Studies have found limiting exposure to indoor allergens and tobacco smoke could prevent 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children. And limiting biological contaminants like dust mites can also lower childhood asthma cases by 55-60 percent.
The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was created to protect scientists from radiation as they developed an atomic bomb during World War II. Today these filters are regularly used in hospitals, science labs and even homes.
HEPA filters are rated to remove 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 pull out pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration capabilities, HEPA filters are deep and can limit airflow. It’s important to check with Strand Brothers Service Experts to confirm your heating and cooling system can handle one.
Media air cleaners are much thicker than common air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier attaches closely against your HVAC unit.
Because its operational surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to trap about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters last longer too, typically between three to six months.
There are several different types of electronic filtering systems you can install in your home.
An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged components 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 regular filters.
An electronic air cleaner involves a high-voltage magnetic charge to catch particles.
Some can erase 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, created elsewhere in your home.