What You Should Know About Air Purifiers & Air Scrubbers

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Given the current situation we’re all experiencing, maintaining a safer, healthier home has become more important than ever. This should start with the air you’re breathing inside your home. Studies have shown that indoor air is actually twice as polluted as outdoor air. Dust, pollen, mold spores, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fumes, airborne bacteria–some or all of these may be circulating throughout your living space. Opening the windows will help expel them, and the filter in your residential AC unit will keep dust to a minimum. But to ensure the air you’re breathing is safe and healthy, you should consider investing in an effective indoor air quality solution.

This means getting either a whole-home air purifier or an air scrubber. Is there really any difference between the two, or are they basically the same thing? The trusted HVAC company in the area, Above Air Inc., shares some of the essentials you need to know below.

The Differences

Both air purifiers and air scrubbers help improve your home’s indoor air quality. They make this possible by getting rid of any contaminants in the air. The only difference is the way they work and the extent of the cleaning they can do. An air purifier, for example, uses a HEPA filter to filter out tiny particles and bacteria, helping remove up to 99% of pollutants from the air. When an air purifier is installed in your residential AC unit, the HEPA filtration system cleans any harmful particles from the air before letting it into your home.

An air scrubber, on the other hand, is a portable device that sucks the air inside itself, runs it through the filters and blows it out safer and cleaner than when it came in. Compared to an air purifier, the air scrubber has the ability to eliminate certain VOCs. Plus, it can clean a larger area, which is the reason it’s often used in warehouses and other commercial buildings. However, there are air scrubbers available that are designed for homes as well.

Which Should You Pick?

Which product you pick will depend on your specific needs and the size of the space you want to keep clean. If you have a large home or want an indoor air quality solution for your building, you might want to invest in an air scrubber. But if you have a medium-sized family home, you can opt for an air purifier instead. If you want a solution that will augment the filters of your commercial HVAC system. an air scrubber might be more your thing because it can eliminate the more harmful VOC emissions that are typical in warehouses and other industrial properties. And then there’s the matter of your available budget. Compare prices and choose the one that best suits yours.

More About Air Scrubbers

Air scrubbers come with a pre-filter that removes large particles, such as pollen and dust, from the air. The air then passes through a primary filter for additional cleaning. The primary filter comes in two types. The wet scrubber is moist with a special fluid that traps harmful particles in the air, while letting only safe ones through. The dry scrubber, meanwhile, uses a sorbent instead of liquid. This material also traps toxic particles and cleans the air. A quality air scrubber is:

  • Portable.

  • Effective at cleaning large areas, making them a good complement to your commercial HVAC system.

  • Available in a range of types.

  • A great option for getting rid of gases, fumes and other VOCs in your space.

  • Eco-friendly since it doesn’t produce ozone.

More About Air Purifiers

In addition, air purifiers aren’t all the same. There are options that blow out negative ions, which then stick themselves to toxic particles in the air. This makes them heavy and, once they fall, they’re easy enough to vacuum up. Most air purifiers also come with an activated carbon filter to remove odors such as cigarette smoke, and can be fitted with UV light filters to kill germs and bacteria in indoor air. This helps protect you and your family from seasonal flu and other viruses. Here are more of the ways an air purifier can benefit you:

  • Can be fitted into your HVAC system.

  • Allows for better indoor air quality by eliminating dust, pollen, bacteria, odors and other pollutants.

  • Especially handy for removing substances and particles in the air that can trigger asthma and allergic reactions.

  • More cost effective than an air scrubber, making it a great choice for homes.

  • Convenient because of its portability.

Whether you’ve decided on an air purifier or an air scrubber, make sure to take product quality into account. After all, you’ll want to make the most of your investment and ensure a safer, healthier living space for you and your family. You should turn to Above Air Inc. for this reason. In addition to HVAC repair and replacement, we can also handle your indoor air quality needs.

Our Effective Indoor Air Quality Solutions

You can count on Above Air Inc. for the highest-quality indoor air solutions. We offer standard AC air filters, which have low air resistance and high dust resistance to keep your indoor spaces clean and comfortable. That’s not all–we also have ultraviolet air filtration systems that can eliminate mold and bacteria through UV light technology when installed in your AC system, and air duct purification systems that not only combat odors but also improve airflow and remove allergens to keep your air ducts clean and bacteria-free.

For the most effective indoor air quality solution, check out our Fresh-Aire UV® AHU Series 1 germicidal UV air purification system. It’s installed in your central HVAC unit, where it eliminates mold formation on the cooling coils and surrounding areas while improving indoor air quality in your home. For this option to deliver the best results, make sure your heating and cooling system is in good shape. This means dealing with any issues through a prompt HVAC repair.

Look no further than Above Air Inc. for top-tier solutions to your indoor air quality needs. We proudly serve the areas in and around Deerfield Beach, FL, plus Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Call us today at (954) 341-0816 (Broward) or (561) 488-0832 (Palm Beach), or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We’d love to hear from you!