What Is an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Though many people are unaware of it, the air quality inside the average home is actually quite poor. Millions of microscopic airborne contaminants are constantly circulating through the home, infecting and adversely affecting the health of the people inside. Often, these pollutants are not strong enough to cause life-threatening illness. However, they can substantially lower your quality of life if left unchecked. Let's take a look at some of these contaminants, where they come from, and how an electronic air cleaner can help get rid of them.

Airborne Contaminants

Most of the pollutants floating around in a home's air are things like dust, mites, pollen, and dander. These are definitely lung irritants, and can be a bane to allergy sufferers, but are otherwise not harmful. If you find yourself coughing and sneezing a lot while inside your home, you may have high levels of these contaminants in your air. Other airborne contaminants are more serious, like viruses, mold, and bacteria. These can obviously cause several varieties of sickness if allowed to infect someone, including influenza and the common cold.

These pollutants tend to collect in the ductwork of your home, where lack of human activity allows them to build in numbers. Then, when the heater or air conditioner is turned on, the contaminants are blown around the house. This increases the likelihood of exposure to the people in the home. Several kinds of air purifiers are available that can remove these contaminants. One of the most popular varieties of air purifier is the electronic air cleaner.

The Electronic Air Cleaner

An electronic air cleaner is an air purifier that captures particulates through the use of an electrical field. These cleaners are available as portable models, or as whole-house systems. When air flows through the cleaner, the contaminants that it carries gain a negative charge. These negatively charged particles will then seek out, and stick to, the closes positively-charged surface. Electronic air cleaners include metal plates for this purpose, providing a convenient place for the pollutants to stick to. The plates can then be removed and cleaned to get rid of the particulate buildup. By doing this, the air cleaner improves the quality of your indoor air.

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