The popularity of air purifiers, also known as air cleaners, has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Everyone is looking for the healthiest indoor environments, bit it at work or at home. There is a lot of information out there, some better than others, regarding air purifiers and their ability to further protect us and our families from contaminated air. Here’s what you need to know.
What is an Air Purifier?
Air purifiers are installed in your home’s HVAC system ductwork and provide an additional layer of trapping and removing indoor air pollution on top of your pleated air filter. Air cleaning devices use a variety of means to further clean your indoor air via UV light, high efficiency mechanical filters and even electrostatic force. These different methods aid in the removal of pollutants, allergens, and microscopic particulates.
Benefits of Air Purifiers
As we’ve stated in past posts, the EPA reports that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. People who suffer from asthma and/or allergies can be greatly affected, sometimes life-threateningly, from indoor air pollutants. If you, your children or loved ones suffer from severe reactions to indoor air particulates or allergens, you want to do everything in your power to remove the source from your home.
Small particulates that easily pass through a standard air filter are trapped and ionized by air purifiers. These particulates include:
- dust mites
Some air purification systems may also destroy gaseous pollutants (such as cigarette smoke) as well as offgassing. Offgassing, sometimes called outgassing, describes the release of gases, chemicals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air from building materials, cleaning products, paints, adhesives, varnishes, carpets/upholstery and even printers.
Types of Air Purifiers
There are two main system categories for air purifiers: filtration based and “other”. The “other” system category includes those with UV-light and UV light enhanced systems, like ozone generators. The EPA website is a great tool for air purifier information and available products.
Are Air Purifiers Worth It?
Air cleaning devices can vary in their effectiveness and cost, especially the ones that are integrated into your HVAC system’s ductwork. The easiest way to implement a new air purifier within your HVAC system is to do so when a new system is installed, rather than adding one into an existing unit. Although effective, the best thing to do is try to eliminate source of the pollution or allergen. Deep clean your home, remove mold and other pollution/irritant sources first, then try adding an air purifier or high-MERV air filter system if removing the pollutants was ineffective or impossible.
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