Where Should You Place A Portable Air Purifier In Your Home?

Where should you place a portable air purifier in your home? Learn where to place a portable air purifier in a home. Many basic facts of indoor air quality are not widely known. Sylvia Crunk, owner of Aire...

Many basic facts of indoor air quality are not widely known. Sylvia Crunk, owner of Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning in Austin, Texas, a company dedicated to home air purification systems, spends a good deal of her time on consumer awareness programs and on customer satisfaction initiatives.

A permanent Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system serves homes best. Each residence deserves its own design of air purification equipment and ducts. Floor plans, chemical finishing of interior surfaces, pets in the home and the quality of outdoor air in the immediate surroundings of each home, are just some of the factors that engineers and technicians must take in to account when they custom design air purification systems for homes.

HVAC, properly designed and adequately maintained, pays handsome dividends in terms of health, wellness, comfort and productivity. Children are usually the most important beneficiaries, and conversely the first victims when air purification systems fail to perform to specified standards. The issue is best resolved by insisting on survey of homes and full inspection of existing installations before deciding on any new equipment and ducts. Preventive Maintenance Agreements (PVAs) have important roles to play in maintaining indoor air quality over long periods of time. There is no point in buying expensive and sophisticated equipment unless owners provide adequate and recurring budgets for periodic cleaning, repairs and replacements. HVAC design, installation and maintenance involve expertise and experience and calls for integrity as well. It is therefore important for customers to work with certified contractors who are abreast of the latest technologies, and who have the knowledge, resources and commitment to serve the market with excellence.

Where do portable air purifiers fit in? Owners of large apartment blocks sometimes cut corners with cheap maintenance contracts of dubious worth, or may even prevaricate about contract renewal. Tenants, wishing to avoid the costs and unpleasantness of litigation and aggressive interaction with landlords, sometimes prefer to buy portable air purification units for their rented spaces. Tenants faced with HVACs in poor condition, needing expensive repairs and replacement, may also opt for portable units if they plan to move to new premises in the near term. Allergens peak in spring and in the aftermath of disasters. These are also occasions during which one may opt for portable units to supplement HVAC installations.

The Pentagon, for example, has chosen the Ecoquest brand of portable air purifiers after 9/11. The American Academy of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology recommends special care for expecting mothers who are sensitive to allergens and who may suffer from asthma. This also applies to children and adults in convalescence, and those whose natural immunity is impaired by chronic illness. There are therefore a number of conditions and situations in which HVACs may need supplementation with portable units. The latter can generally serve about 1000 square feet each, and should be placed on priority in areas where vulnerable members of the family spend most time. This is often the bedroom. Portable units should be placed near the source of air intake, known technically as 'returns'.

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