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How Can I Improve the Air Quality in My La Mesa Rental Home?

Maintenance Man Installing a Fresh Air Filter in the HVAC System

Studies point out that indoor air can get to be rather hazardous or unhealthy over time. Pollutants, dust, smoke, pet dander, and other common substances can bring on poor indoor air quality – unless they are filtered out. Hence, investing in an air filtration system can greatly improve the air quality in your La Mesa rental home. With that said, however, there are widely different kinds of air filters and purifiers, all of which have benefits and disadvantages. Multiple air filtering systems work as they claim, even while others may do little more than move air around your home. To guarantee that you pick an air filtration system that is worth the investment, it is integral to learn a little as to what options are available and what to search for as you shop.

Benefits of Air Filters and Purifiers

When used properly, air filters and purifiers have many benefits. A fine air filter can help dispose of prevalent indoor pollutants and toxins, clean pet dander, smoke, and dust out of the air, reduce the symptoms of respiratory problems, and make your home smell cleaner. These benefits are ideal for someone with asthma or other related chronic illnesses. Improved indoor air quality can help lessen eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, and allergy symptoms. A small number of air purifiers can even help kill bacteria closely associated with the common cold and the flu.


Types of Home Air Filters


Home air filters and purifiers come in various styles and sizes. These include:

  • Standard Air Filters: These fiber, paper, or mesh filters can clean dust and dander particles out of the air. One well-accepted type of air filter is a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which can trap particulates that other filters may miss.
  • Electrostatic Air Filters: This air filter uses an electrically charged screen or panel to filter particles out of the air. Also included in this category would be ionizer filters, which work by attaching electrically charged ions to common air pollutant particles. This makes the particles heavy, after which they fall out of the air.
  • Activated Carbon Filters: Even though this type of filter is often used by smaller home air purifiers, this type of filter makes use of activated carbon to effectively remove gases and odors from the air. But on the negative side, activated carbon filters do not always clear out carbon monoxide and wear out quickly.
  • UV Light Filter: These air purifiers utilize UV light to help eradicate biological pollutants like mold and bacteria. But on the flip side, UV light filters do not take out dust or dander particles, like those other air filters.

Choosing a Filter or Air Purifier


The type of air filter you decide on is largely determined by what kind of filtering best meets your needs. It is indeed focal to research the air quality index in your area, which can reveal to you how much of a problem certain air pollutants are where you live. A premium quality air filter will help purge some of the undesirable particles in your indoor air. Nonetheless, no filter can remove them all. For individuals with allergies or respiratory conditions, even very minor improvements in indoor air quality can make a big difference. With that said, to do so, you will need to guarantee you have appropriate air filters for each room.

You may perhaps be able to install an air purifier or a better-quality filter in your existing HVAC system. This may be the most trouble-free option, contingent upon your air filter type. Make sure to work closely with your La Mesa property manager to make this helpful upgrade. Still, if these types of filters don’t meet your indoor air quality needs, you may need to put money or invest into one or more additional air purifier units to secure your preferred level of air quality. Freestanding air purifiers can help clean the air in bedrooms or other enclosed spaces. But on the other hand, smaller units oftentimes are only practical in small rooms. To clean the air in bigger or more open areas of your home, you will need to invest in larger, rather more expensive filtering machines.

The filtration models recommended by experts can cost anywhere between $200 and $900 per unit. And take into account the cost of the filters! All air purifiers and filtering machines will have filters that are meant to be replaced or cleaned at regular intervals. Some of these replacement filters can be pretty pricey. It is a fine idea to check the prices of both the air filtering unit and the replacement filters just before you decide to buy.

For countless renters, investing in a top-quality air filter or purifier is the most ideal way to improve indoor air quality and personal health. And if you do your research first, you’ll be able to sort out exactly the size and type of air filter you need.


At Real Property Management Realevate Specialists, we can help you know and understand which air filtration system best fits the needs of your rental home. To learn more about how our property management team guarantees your home is taken care of, contact us online or call us at 858-997-2100 or 951-461-0100 today


Originally Published on February 14, 2020

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