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What Does Contamination Look Like?

If we could wave a magic wand and ensure that every single one of our customers had access to an air purifier, we would. But things are obviously more complicated than that in reality. Air purifiers cost money (at least the ones that work do), and most customers are going to be hesitant about a purchase that they’re not entirely sure about. The question is simple:

How do you know if you need an air purifier? What exactly does contamination look like?

Luckily, these are some simple questions to answer that we’re going to cover in the blog below. Just remember that you’ll be better off by calling our team for air purifier services in Pueblo, CO. Our team provides fast installation, repairs, and even routine maintenance for these kinds of systems, so you don’t have to worry during the next winter season.

Viral Infections

Many germs are invisible to the naked eye. That’s why you might not notice that your home is a contamination hot spot until it’s too late. And by too late, we mean everyone in your family is sick with an illness.

Even though it’s fresh on people’s minds, we’re not just talking about COVID. While the Coronavirus is, in fact, a viral illness that can infect members of your household, it’s not the only one to be prepared for.

The rhinovirus (Common Cold), Influenza (the Flu), and other viruses can quickly take over an entire household and cause serious problems for people trying to live their daily lives. An air purifier eliminates these contaminants as they cycle through it, decreasing the chances of viral reproduction in the atmosphere.


Don’t count out bacterial infections either! Bacteria can exist in a home that’s just as invisible to you as a virus.

Take Legionella, the bacteria responsible for Legionnaire’s Disease, a type of pneumonia that could be absolutely devastating to your family. It spreads through water droplets that can exist in the atmosphere, especially on a humid day or when someone is coughing a lot.

But don’t fret! An air purifier can handle these organisms as well.

Mold Infestations

Mold is a bit trickier. While it still spreads and infects members of your household, it usually comes from a source. You might have black mold growing in the basement of your house from the last time it flooded. Or, there might be a room that you haven’t cleaned in a very long time, now spawning mold spores that travel through your atmosphere.

Mold spores can spread through the air, but they can also be eliminated by an air purifier. And then it’s up to you to clean up the place where the infestation originated.

Routine Signs of Contamination

Even with an air purifier, you’ll want to regularly clean your home and keep it dry to fend off these kinds of organisms. Cleaning supplies, rags, gloves, masks, and even just some fans to dry things out can go a long way toward protecting your home. Then, an air purifier can be a final layer of defense that eliminates the few contaminants that remain in your air.

Contact SoCo Heating and Cooling today to schedule service. So Cool. So Cozy.

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