You wouldn’t live in a home without a smoke or carbon monoxide detector – why would you live in a home without an air purifier? Indoor air quality isn’t a buzzword or trend – it’s vital to your health and safety. In some make or model, air purifiers are a must-have for most homeowners. Trees clean air. So do we. Aire Serv is committed to helping our customers live healthier lives through cleaner air. Read on to learn more about your home air purifier options.
- Dust mites
- Tobacco smoke
- Cooking smells
Types of Home Air Purifiers
There are four key types of home air purifiers:
- Media Air Purifiers
- Traditional air purifiers, also known as media air purifiers, use air filtration to clean the air in your home. Using a system of fans or operating as a part of your home’s existing HAVC system, an air purifier pushes air through a single or series of air filters – usually HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters or filters with a high minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating.
- UV Air Purifiers
- A UV air purifier uses shortwave ultraviolet light to kill or neutralize airborne pathogens. UV air purifiers are often used in combination with other air filters to capture larger types of airborne particulate.
- Media Air Purifiers with Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO)
- Electronic air cleaners, sometimes referred to as ionizers or electronic air purifiers, clean the air using filters that are electrically charged. Most units have a pre-filter used to capture large particulate matter, followed by a single or multiple electrically charged filters designed to trap smaller particles using an electrical charge.
Air purifiers are available as whole-house or portable units. The chief differences between these types of units lie in their price and capacity.
Whole-house air purifiers are air purifiers that are either built into your HVAC system or installed in-line in one of your home’s main air ducts. Whole-house air purifiers installed with an HVAC system are ideal for new construction or new HVAC systems, but can be very costly when retrofitting. Whole-house air purifiers (in-line or installed with an HVAC system) run when your HVAC system is running. That means you must keep your heating or cooling on, at least minimally, year-round. If you’re looking to add a whole-house air purifier to your home without upgrading your existing HVAC system, an in-line air purifier is likely the right choice.