Know the Winter Air Purification System That’s Best for You

Effective winter air purification can be a challenge due to the circumstances of the season. During the cold months in Indiana, houses tend to be closed up tightly and for more hours of the day. However, more than just heat is retained inside those houses. Airborne particulates tend to concentrate to higher levels indoors, and anyone with sensitivities or allergies to these particles may react accordingly. Fumes and vapors of various types that originate inside also intensify. Since opening windows to admit fresh air isn’t a viable option in frigid temperatures, other alternatives must be considered.

Portable Winter Air Purification

A portable air purifier can be moved around the house to target certain areas that require filtration to remove particulates and/or fumes and odors. Some of the potential benefits of winter air purification include:

  • Circulating air. Stale, stagnant air harbors particulates and odors. Keeping air moving in an enclosed house is one benefit of air-purification units. Most have several fan-speed settings to allow airflow adjustments to suit the need.
  • Capturing particulates. Purifiers typically utilize HEPA filtration that traps 99.9% of airborne particles, including most dust, lint, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander. Most of these are known allergens that may affect certain individuals.
  • Destroying airborne viruses and bacteria. Certain air-purifier models incorporate medical-grade HEPA filtration, along with anti-microbial technology such as germicidal ultraviolet (UV) lights that kill viruses and bacteria.

Sizing Matters

For best results, the airflow of a portable air purifier should be matched to the size of the room or rooms where it will be utilized. Figure the square feet of the room by multiplying the length of two perpendicular walls to get total square footage. Any air purifier manufactured by a reputable company will include a maximum square-footage specification for that specific unit. If you plan to utilize the unit in a variety of rooms, use the square footage from the largest room in order to match the appropriate unit.

Looking for more information about winter air purification? Contact the indoor-air-quality experts at Paitson Bros., serving Terre Haute homeowners since 1922.

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