If you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality and reduce airborne allergens and pollutants, the HALO-LED whole-home in-duct air purifier is by far one of the best options. Most air purifiers use physical filters that act like a barrier to trap airborne particles. One issue is that this type of purifier only works to eliminate particles from the air that flows through your home’s HVAC ductwork and only works when your heater or air conditioner is running. Another problem is that many smaller particles can still pass through the filter. The HALO-LED air purifier works to overcome these problems and purifies the air and removes pollutants throughout the entire building. Here is a full guide on how these units work and the benefits they can provide to your home.
How the HALO-LED Air Purifier Works
The HALO-LED air purifier works using a technology known as Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy. When the unit is running, a strong LED UV light shines onto a ceramic catalyst that contains silver, copper, rhodium and titanium dioxide. Moisture in the air settles onto the catalyst, and this moisture reacts with the metals in the catalyst and the UV light to produce hydrogen peroxide gas. When the HVAC system is running, this gaseous hydrogen peroxide is then circulated throughout the entire building.
Hydrogen peroxide is a naturally occurring gas that works to break down particles like mold spores, pollen, pet dander, smoke and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Hydrogen peroxide is an ionizer, which means that it regularly accepts free electrons. The hydrogen peroxide ions are negatively charged, whereas all of the pollutants and allergens have a positive charge. In essence, the negative hydrogen peroxide ions act like a magnet that attracts and grabs hold of other particles. The hydrogen then chemically changes the particles by drawing hydrogen out of the molecules’ cell walls so that the microbe is rendered harmless and can no longer spread or multiply.
The hydrogen peroxide ions also cling to VOCs and other chemicals, and this process increases the weight and size of the particles. As a result, many of the particles fall out of the air and settle onto the various surfaces in the home. This means that the particles will no longer circulate through the air, so you won’t constantly breathe them in. All of the particles that settle will then be removed every time you wash your counters and mop or vacuum your floors. By increasing the size of the particles, the ions also work to make it easy for the HVAC air filter to trap any contaminants that remain in the air.
As the HVAC system runs, hydrogen peroxide ions are sent throughout the home. This means that the purifier doesn’t just eliminate allergens and pollutants in the air flowing through your ductwork but throughout the entire building. In fact, the ions don’t just eliminate airborne particles, they will also attract and cling to any surface microbes and pollutants.
Instant Improvement in Indoor Air Quality
The biggest and most obvious benefit of the HALO-LED air purifier is that it will almost instantly improve your home’s air quality. These units have been proven to eliminate the vast majority of all bacteria and viruses as well as other organic molecules like mold spores and pollen. The system is so effective that, if you were to sneeze, the hydrogen peroxide ions would eliminate 99% of germs in the sneeze spray before they can travel more than 3 feet.
This air purifier is an ideal choice for anyone who regularly suffers from allergies or has asthma or any other respiratory issues as it will work to eliminate almost all allergens from inside the home’s air and on any surfaces. The purifier is also great for eliminating smoke and exhaust fumes. The fact that it works to remove most VOCs and other chemical compounds is hugely important, too, as long-term exposure to formaldehyde and other common household VOCs has been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers and other health issues.
Hydrogen peroxide naturally occurs and is completely harmless as long as the concentration isn’t too high. The HALO-LED system actually mimics the process that produces hydrogen peroxide in nature. The amount of hydrogen peroxide the purifier produces is far below the naturally occurring level in outdoor air. The amount of hydrogen peroxide produced is also far lower than the FDA’s recommended safe level.
One thing that sets the HALO-LED air purifier apart from many other similar units is that it is wired so that it only runs when the HVAC blower is running. This means that the air purifier will turn on and start working as soon as your heating or AC turns on and then automatically shut back off once the HVAC system does. The unit is much more efficient and uses less energy than other types of air purifiers. Even though the air purifier is only on when your HVAC system is running, it will continue to purify the air constantly since the hydrogen peroxide ions will remain in the air long after the purifier shuts off.
Another advantage of the HALO-LED air purifier is that it has a much longer lifespan than most other similar units that use traditional mercury UV lights. The LED UV lights used in the HALO unit are rated to last around 2.5 times as long as these traditional UV lights. The LED bulb can also easily be replaced as needed, which means your unit should continue working for years to come. In fact, the HALO-LED unit comes with a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you can be assured it will last.
Mercury Free and Produces No Ozone
Many other air purifiers produce ozone as a byproduct, which can actually end up worsening air quality instead of improving it. Short-term exposure to even small amounts of ozone can cause shortness of breath, coughing, headaches and various other symptoms, while exposure to higher levels can lead to much more severe and potentially dangerous symptoms. Long-term exposure to ozone can also directly lead to a person developing asthma and other respiratory issues. Luckily, none of this is anything you need to worry about with the HALO-LED air purifier as it does not produce any ozone.
Another issue with traditional UV lights is that they contain mercury, which means that you risk being exposed if the bulb were to break. By using LED lights instead, the HALO air purifier eliminates this problem.
If indoor air quality is a major concern of yours, Apollo Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to help. Our team specializes in installing the HALO-LED air purifier, and we will ensure that your new unit is installed properly and working correctly. We also specialize in all types of heating and cooling services as well as plumbing and drain cleaning. We serve Oregon, Washington and Idaho customers in the Troutdale, Vancouver and Eagle areas. For more information on the benefits of installing a HALO-LED air purifier in your home, give us a call today.