Minimizing Allergens Is an Inside Job — Choose the Right Air Filter

As anyone with allergies can tell you, it’s certainly rough to have to deal with them.  Between the sneezing, sniffling and itchy red eyes, we all wish we had a way to get rid of ill effects forever. Well, completely eliminating allergies may not be entirely feasible, but the good news is that thanks to the help of air filters we can certainly minimize the damage that allergens deal – and even reduce asthma triggers.

There are several types of air filters available, and at first glance you might not know which one is going to do the best job minimizing allergMinimizing Allergens Is an Inside Job -- Choose the Right Air Filterens. Here’s a closer look at some of the more common air filters:

Mechanical filters: These filters remove particles from the air by forcing them to go through a screen where these particles get trapped. HEPA filters – or High Efficiency Particulate Filters – also fall into this category.

Electronic filters: These are filters that use electrostatic attraction to attract irritants from the air. These irritants either remain within the filter, or are given an electrical charge and are blown back out where their charges allow them to stick to the wall or furniture so they are less likely to float around and give you grief.

Gas phase filters: These filters use activated carbon or other similar materials to remove gases and odors from the air. While these filters are useful for removing pollution such as smoke, gas and paint, they do very little when it comes to minimizing allergens.

So if minimizing allergens is your goal, look for a mechanical filter. Mechanical filters do an excellent job of capturing airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and animal dander – all of which are among the most common allergens.  With the right filter, you can easily make a difference when it comes to minimizing allergens in your home.

Amarillo Air Conditioning has been serving the Texas Panhandle for more than 50 years and would love to meet you and advise you on all your indoor air and comfort needs. Contact Amarillo Air Conditioning today and get to know us.

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