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How Do Standard Air Purifiers Work?

If you’ve been thinking about installing an air purifier in your HVAC system, you may be wondering exactly how they work. Having an air purifier in Justin, TX is a huge benefit, especially when you install a whole-house model. Elevating your indoor air quality has never been easier. 

You can keep reading to learn more about how a standard air purifier works and why it is beneficial for your home and family. Then you can give our team a call to schedule your appointment for an in-home assessment so we can help you select an air purifier and get it installed. 

Air Purifiers With a Filter

An air purifier with a filter is considered the most standard option. It has a highly rated HEPA air filter designed to capture a majority of harmful particles. You want to keep in mind that filters come with different ratings. No matter what type of whole-house air purifier you select, it will be installed out of sight inside of your HVAC system where all of the air gets filtered as it passes through.

Think about your concerns regarding indoor air quality. If you want to eliminate allergens, you may be able to get a filter with a slightly lower rating. But if you want to capture microscopic particles, like bacteria and viruses, you may need to invest in a stronger filter for your air purifier.

Keep in mind that while many air purifiers can illuminate as much as 99% of the harmful particles in your home’s air, you will still continue bringing contaminants in with you. But an air purifier is working around the clock to continuously clean air and help maintain a high level of indoor air quality. 

Even when you are bringing contaminants home with you, they won’t have an opportunity to multiply, spread, or cycle through your home again and again via the HVAC system.

Air Purifiers With a UV Light

The UV light air purifier is a popular choice. In place of an air filter, this model has a UV light. Just like an air purifier with a filter, the UV light gets installed inside of your existing HVAC system. As air passes under the light, particles are neutralized so that they are no longer harmful. The benefit of a UV light is that it can eliminate even the tiniest particles in your air, including bacteria and viruses that can make your family sick.

Maintenance expectations will be similar whether you choose an air purifier with a filter or UV light. Both the filter and the UV light need to be changed out annually. Our team can complete this task during your regular HVAC maintenance appointment each year.

Whole-House Models vs. Portable Air Purifiers

You may be wondering about the differences between a portable air purifier and a whole-house model. A whole-house air purifier guarantees that all of the air passing through your HVAC system gets cleaned. When it is first installed, it can take the better part of a day to cleanse all of the air in your home. After that, it is maintaining results by working around the clock to clean the air constantly.

You can leave a portable model on around the clock as well. The difference is that a smaller air purifier is only designed to clean the air in a single room of your home. It may be an OK option if you live in a small apartment, but if you have a house it won’t be powerful enough to filter all of the air. A whole-house model is the way to go since it is out of sight and out of the way.

Contact Don’s AC Service, Inc today to schedule an appointment for your HVAC and indoor air quality needs!

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