PART 2: Odor Control
The second part of this series on Air Filtration will point to more than just one way to deal with odor issues in the home. Since there are numerous types of odors and their sources they sometimes need to be addressed in different ways.
A simple breakdown of the average home reveals 5 basic sources.
Personal odor: Occupants ,gym bags, shoes, laundry.
Pet/animal odor: Pet urine + feces, pet bedding, pet food.
Home odor: food, chemicals in carpets, flooring and furniture.
Chemical Odor: Cleaning and laundry supplies, paint, perfumes, air fresheners.
Incidental Odors: Smoking, cooking, spoiling food, equipment malfunction, entrained outdoor air.
Most homeowners spend most of their time indoors particularly in the winter season. With this increased time being spent indoors and homes having less air exchange being better sealed and higher efficient equipment being installed, it is essential that homeowners find ways to maintain better air quality for their health and comfort.
The obvious and most effective way to remove household odors is to contain or remove them at the source. Keep chemicals properly sealed in their containers and clean or throw out odor laden items.
Although there are chemical agents that will effectively neutralize most odors, the safest natural type of filter will be of a carbon or charcoal base. Activated carbon or charcoal filters are available in many different versions that may also be combined with electrostatic or electronic cells. Although quite effective when new, the carbon becomes less and less absorbent and should be replaced as needed.
Air treatment products such as UVC ultra violet light is another way to control odors. When properly installed, the effects will replicate the sun’s natural ability to break down microorganisms preventing further cell division and multiplication. We will look further into UV lites in the next Part 3 of this article.