Choosing an Air Cleaner or Air Purifier

Choosing an Air Cleaner or Air PurifierIndoor air quality in the average home is often worse than outdoor-air quality. One of the reasons is that homes with tight envelopes to save energy trap contaminants inside. If this is the case in your Middletown home, choosing the right air cleaner or air purifier is important.

There’s one more important factoid to note — air cleaners and purifiers are the same thing. So, target your efforts for choosing a system that serves your needs well.

Portable Air Cleaners

If you just want to remove airborne contaminants from only one room, such as your bedroom, a portable unit will do the job. You can choose portable models that are quieter than a human whisper, and utilize three-stage air cleaning for superior performance (and a better night’s rest).

Whole-House Air Cleaners

Whole-house air cleaners are ideal if you want clean indoor-air quality in all the living spaces in your home. Whole-house models utilize the air ducts and blower of your HVAC system to do the hard work of pulling and pushing airflow through the unit.

For the best results, your HVAC technician should install the air cleaner on the return side. This ensures that contaminated airflow is treated before it reaches the furnace and cooling coil. If you are installing a whole-house UV light system, it should be directly around the cooling coil to prevent mold and mildew contamination.

Types of Air Cleaners

The most effective air cleaners utilize multiple technologies to clean the air inside your home. Following are common air cleaning methods and technologies used in high-efficiency air cleaners:

  • Carbon-activated pre-filter remove larger particles to allow second- and third-stage cleaning devices to work more efficiently. Further, common household odors, such as pet, cooking, and smoke odors are absorbed.
  • HEPA filters are thick media filters that up to 99.97 percent of particles down to 0.3 microns.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light systems silently zap mold spores, viruses, and dangerous bacteria.

Choosing the right air cleaner for your Middletown home isn’t anything to sneeze about. Please contact C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning today for expert assistance!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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