Do I Need Both Air Filters and Air Purifiers?

If you’ve heard of a whole-house air purifier, you may be wondering if one is necessary for your home. After all, your home’s HVAC system has an air filter in place to help capture dust and dirt. Is an air purifier really necessary for better indoor air quality?

The short answer is yes, and we can explain why. Just give our team a call to learn more about installing an air purifier in Milwaukie, OR. You can also keep reading to learn more about the benefits of an air purifier and how one of these systems is different from the air filter on your HVAC system.

How an HVAC Air Filter Works

An HVAC air filter is designed to prevent a lot of dust and dirt particles as well as things like pet fur and hair from getting into your HVAC system. These particles can get in between the tiny components and gears inside of your HVAC system and dry up lubrication to cause grinding.

Many of these particles can wind up cycling all the way through your HVAC system and blowing back out again with clean air. This can increase dust levels in your home and lower your indoor air quality. But most air filters are only designed to capture so much dust and dirt. 

Microscopic particles like viruses, bacteria, and even bad odors are small enough to get through the fibers of a standard air filter and cycle again and again through your home, no matter what quality the air filter is or how often you change it out.

Air Purifier Difference

That’s where an air purifier comes in. A whole-house air purifier gets installed directly inside of your existing HVAC system. We position it so that all the air has to pass through before blowing back out into your home. Air purifiers are much stronger than the standard HVAC air filter and can capture or neutralize more harmful particles.

It is possible to get stronger HVAC air filters, but the most highly rated ones often block too much airflow and put strain on your HVAC system. An air purifier is a great add-on that attaches to your existing system and works around the clock to clean the air in your home, removing more than 99% of all harmful particles.

Benefits of an Air Purifier

An air purifier eliminates bacteria, germs, and viruses that can make you sick. Although you can’t prevent bringing them into your home, you can prevent them from recirculating and spreading even more. Air purifiers are also great for people who suffer from allergies since they can eliminate allergens from the air. 

When you’re at home, you should feel comfortable. An air purifier helps to elevate your indoor comfort. In fact, better air quality can even help you sleep better, which also has a positive impact on your health. After your air purifier is installed, it can take the better part of a day to cycle all of the air in your home through your HVAC system and clean it. 

Then the air purifier continues working around the clock to maintain that high level of indoor air quality. When you take a deep breath, you’ll be able to feel the difference in how clean your air is. Plus, whole-house air purifiers are low maintenance. You just have to change out the UV light or air filter once each year.

Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there!

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