Cleaning the Air in Your Home: Air Purifiers vs Air Cleaners?

July 28, 2021
Comparing Air Purifiers vs Air Cleaners

Did you know that bacteria, viruses, allergens, and more can thrive in the air in your home? Yikes! It’s a fairly common misconception that the filter on your heating and cooling system provides full protection from air contamination. While a properly installed and clean air filter will filter out some contaminants, it simply will not be able to clean everything out of the air. Instead of dealing with less than quality air, you can choose to get an air cleaner or an air purification system. These systems will help to clean the air in your home but are different in several different ways. Learning what you can about them will help you to make a good decision on which one is right for your home.

The Dangers of Dirty Air

Dirty air in your home can lead to a wide variety of issues. For example, if mold has entered your home via a leak or other water issue, mold spores can build up and cause air quality issues. When your HVAC unit is running, these mold spores will be picked up and spread throughout your house. Before you know it, each room in your home could have mold. If you or anyone in your family has a mold allergy, sickness could soon occur. During allergy season, any time you open your doors or windows, pollen can make it into your house and make you miserable. By having some kind of air filtration system, you can avoid having bad air. Breathing in contaminated air has been linked with many different ailments and can affect more than just your lungs.

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners will filter out microscopic pollutants, mold, and dirt from the air of your home. Air cleaners serve like air purification systems, but they work in a different way.

An air cleaner will let the air go through a filter that will remove the contaminants of the air in your home. Air cleaners are built right into your heating and cooling system. They are placed between the furnace or air conditioner, and this allows them to clean the air that comes out of your ductwork. Air cleaners can help to extend the life of your HVAC system by making sure that no dust or debris builds up inside the system.

Air cleaners can filter out the following:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Dust
  • Soil
  • Ash
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Fungus

Air Purifiers

You may think that an air purifier is the same as an air cleaner, but they are different. An air purifier does work to remove contaminants from the air, but it does not use a filter or screen that is built-in. Air purification systems use an ultraviolet light that helps to get rid of the impurities in the air. This creates very clean air for you and your family to breathe. It can also help to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Air purification systems are silent operating, so you will never have to hear any extra noise when it is in use.

Air purifiers can filter out:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Pollen
  • Ash
  • Fungus
  • Dust Mites
  • Soil
  • Dust

Which Should I Choose? Air Cleaner vs Air Purifier

We’ve gone over the difference between an air cleaner and an air purification system, now you need to choose which one will work best for you. Air cleaners are good to rid the air of things like dust and debris, but with viruses being commonplace and wanting to avoid germs, you should choose the air purifier. An air purifier will do everything that an air cleaner does and kill germs and viruses that can make you sick. If you and your family are frequently in and out or you have guests over, they can spread these germs all throughout your house, infecting your family very quickly. Installing an air purification system will help to ensure that you minimize the chances of getting sick.

(Highlighted, big statement) Our recommendation is an air purification system that works with your current HVAC system.

How To Get An Air Purifier?

There are many different types and styles of air purifiers on the market today, and you will need to carefully consider what you need for your home. For example, if you get an air purifier that is too small, it will not effectively treat the air in your home, and some of the air could still be contaminated. You will need to make sure that you have the proper size for your home before purchasing.

A great way to ensure that you are getting the right air purifier for your home is to get a licensed HVAC professional that is experienced with air purification systems to figure out what size you need for your air purifier and can help to install it for you. A technician can also help you learn how to work the air purifier to ensure that your home’s air is clean.

If you are ready to ensure that the air in your home is not contaminated, call American Service Company today. They are a licensed HVAC company that can help you to have cleaner air in your home. When you call, you can rest easy knowing that they know what they are doing. Give us a call at 804.739.4094 or visit https://ascrva.com/air-purification/.