Are air purifiers effective in controlling indoor air pollution?

Homeowners across the San Fernando Valley are becoming increasingly concerned with indoor air quality or IAQ.  We’ve spent decades using candles and plug-in scents to make our house smell more like a cozy home environment. But air quality is so much more than just the odor it has. And when you research ways to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), you’re likely to come across air purifiers

Many of our customers across the Los Angeles area have heard of air purifiers, but they question the effectiveness of these devices. It is totally understandable to be skeptical! There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet, so it’s important to do your research before investing in a new home appliance. So, let’s get the big question out of the way…

Do Air Purifiers Work?

Yes, air purifiers work. Of course, it’s important to understand what “it works” means. There are many myths about IAQ devices.

Here at Canoga Park Heating & Air Conditioning, we install Carrier Infinity Air Purifiers. This product is installed within the ductwork inside your home. This way, all the air that flows through your home will also flow through this air purifier. 

The Carrier Infinity Air Purifier has been tested by an independent third-party research lab. The testing revealed that 95% of particles between 1.0 and 3.0 microns were captured by the device. In addition, the third-party testing showed that this air purifier kills over 99% of airborne germs and viruses, like the common cold and the flu. 

So are air purifiers good at cleaning the air? Science says yes, they are very good. 

Beyond Cleanliness: Benefits to Fresh Air

Certainly, we all want a clean home devoid of any germs, bacteria, dust, or pollen.  But the benefits to using air purifiers and good indoor air quality extend beyond hygiene.

In 2015, Southern California Gas Company discovered a massive leak in the Aliso Canyon area.  Before the leak, Californians knew the area as having some of the cleanest air in the Valley. So when the gas leak occurred, there were immediate public health concerns. As a result, SoCalGas paid for the installation of air-cleaning devices in schools, homes, and other public buildings.  

In fact, the team here at Canoga Park installed 11,000 air-cleaning devices in 8,000 homes because of the gas leak.

An academic research study was released about student achievement in the schools that received new air purification devices and the schools that did not.  Math scores increased by 0.20 standard deviations and English scores increased by 0.18 standard deviations. For those of us that don’t speak statistics, these kinds of numbers are the equivalent of cutting class sizes by a third.

Study after study shows that cleaner indoor air has a slew of benefits beyond health and cleanliness. People of all ages are shown to have improved focus, productivity, and alertness.

Get an Air Purifier Today

Hands down, Canoga Park Heating & Air Conditioning has the most experience with air purifiers and other indoor air quality (IAQ) devices for residential homes in the Los Angeles area. We have installed thousands of units and we were the company trusted to help LA residents breathe easier after the 2015 SoCal Gas Leak. And now that you are armed with the facts about indoor air quality, you are a more informed homeowner and more prepared to make a decision.  Call us now for a no-obligation consultation: 818-348-4768.

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