Breathe Better with Whole-Home Air Filtration in Rochester

An air filter is an important HVAC piece for performance and comfort—but it’s frequently overlooked.

Indoor air quality can affect your family’s health, particularly if there’s someone in your Rochester family with allergies, asthma or other respiratory concerns. Dust, pollen, pet dander and mold can aggravate symptoms, as well as volatile organic compounds. VOCs are chemicals that are part of everyday household items including cleaning products, furniture and flooring.

Modern houses are more energy efficient. But they are more airtight. This means the air inside your home can be more polluted than outdoors—often two to five times more, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

There are techniques you can use to take the reins of your home’s air quality:

  • Reduce pollution sources
  • Ventilate with fresh air
  • Use better air filters

Filtration is one of the most successful methods of cleaning the air that streams through your home. It captures particles as air passes through HVAC ductwork.

There are several kinds of air purification systems you can install to enhance the air in your home. Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can recommend what’s right for you. And you can breathe comfortably 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 a couple of signs that your home could be enhanced by a filtration system.

  1. Someone in your household has asthma or allergies.
  2. Headaches, congestion or sneezing are regular when you’re home.
  3. Your home smells stale.
  4. You have pets that shed.
  5. Odors stick around in your house.
  6. Someone in your home smokes.
  7. Your house is always dusty, despite regular 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 family.

Studies have found limiting exposure to indoor allergens and tobacco smoke could counter 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children. And limiting biological contaminants like dust mites can also lower childhood asthma cases by 5560 percent.

HEPA Filters

The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was designed 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 extract 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 indicates how effectively a filter can remove pollutants from the air.

Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are deep and can reduce airflow. It’s important to touch base with Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to verify your heating and cooling system can work with one.

Media Filters

Media air cleaners are denser than common air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier mounts snugly 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 work longer too, typically between three to six months.

Electrostatic Filters

There are a few electronic filtering systems you can add in your home.

An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged components to catch particles. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at extracting tiny particles from your home’s air. Plus, they’re also 30 times more effective than everyday filters.

An electronic air cleaner uses 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 minimize ozone, a known lung irritant, made elsewhere in your home.