Great indoors: Air cleaners can purify and kill viruses

By Joel Wensley
Is the air in your home making you sick? It’s been said that indoor air can be up to 12 times more polluted than outdoor air, and since that’s where we are most of the time, well, you get the picture.

But don’t worry, we can fix that. Today, I’m going to show you how to clean up the air in your entire home — and not just one room at a time.

One of the newest advancements for air purification is the two-part air purifier and cleaner. It has a replaceable filter that you only change once a year, but it’s also electronic. But really, the best part is, maintenance is a snap and just takes a couple of minutes a year.

These air cleaners capture and kill airborne germs, mold spores and viruses. Yes, I said viruses. More importantly, it provides peace of mind for homeowners, new parents, anyone concerned about healthy indoor air and those suffering from asthma and allergies.

They attach directly to your furnace ductwork so they clean the air in the entire house, not just a room here or there. The filtering media layer is pleated and has a greater surface area than normal air filters. This allows it to trap and retain more dust and the floating things you can see. Once we remove those contaminants, then it’s time to kill the viruses with the electronic part.

Once a year has passed, remove the filtering media cleaner part and toss it away. Replace it with a new one and that’s it. There’s no grids to wipe down; just rinse off the prefiltering screen and get ready for perfect air in every room of your home.

Whether you have a high-efficiency air purifier like this one or just a regular filter, remember to keep the filters changed regularly. Try to do the most you can to keep the air you breathe perfect for you and your family.

(Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a contributor on Fox 2 News on WJBK-TV Channel 2, and president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.)