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Whole Home vs. Room Air Purifiers: What’s Best?

Whole Home vs. Room Air Purifiers: What's Best?Do you think your home’s indoor air quality could benefit from an air purifier? If so, you’ve got some choices to make. There are many different kinds of air purifiers, designed to deal with different types of pollutants. Another decision you’ll need to make is whether to install a whole-home purifier or buy a portable room model.

Whole-Home Air Purifiers

A whole-home air purifier typically refers to a system that is installed in your HVAC and that filters dust, pollen and other pollutants from the home’s air. These pollutants not only diminish your air quality, but may also cause problems inside your HVAC system, including inefficient operation and static that wears out parts and contributes to breakdowns.

In general, a whole-home air purifier will do a better job of cleaning the air throughout the entire house than a portable model. Since they’re hidden inside the HVAC unit, they’re quiet and unobtrusive. You can even program smart models to turn on and off at a set time.

Most air purifying systems rely on media-type or duct-based filtration. You will want to discuss with your HVAC consultant how frequently filters need to be changed and how difficult access to filters may be before you decide on such a system. You may also consider electronic filters, which trap particles by means of a static charge. These filters can be washed and reused for a long time.

Portable Air Purifiers

Portable air purifiers of all sizes and types are available. If you live in a smaller home or apartment, and you don’t mind moving the unit around, this may be a good option. Homeowners often use them in specific locations such as these:

  • In a damp room, where there’s mold.
  • In a room where painting or use of chemicals and cleaners occurs.
  • When a fireplace is in use.
  • In rooms where allergens (pollen, volatile organic compounds, insect particles, pet dander) may be present.

It’s a good idea to meet with your HVAC consultant to discuss which air purifier is best for your home. Contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company of Yuma.