How Much Does It Cost to Install a Whole-House Air Purifier in Florida?
December 21, 2017
Thinking of installing a whole-home air purifier in your Florida home? Before you commit, we’re sure you want to know how much this will cost you upfront.
Well, installing a whole-home air purifier in Florida can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $1,800 with the average installation price being $1,500.
Of course, the final price depends on 2 main factors:
- The type of air cleaner
Want to learn more? Then read on. We’ll take a closer look at each of these factors.
Factor #1: The type of air cleaner you choose
The main types of whole-home air cleaners you can buy include:
- Electronic air cleaners
- UVGI/PCO air cleaners
Let’s take a closer look at each of these whole-home air purifiers…
Electronic air cleaners
Price range: $600 to $1,000
How they work:Electronic air cleaners work like magnets and are highly effective at catching incredibly tiny particles, such as smoke. These air purifiers use a high voltage current to put an electrical charge on air particles that pass into the HVAC system. Once the pollutants are charged, they’re immediately drawn to an oppositely charged aluminum collector “plate”. These collector plates basically draw pollutants right out of the air before they reach the inside of your HVAC system.
Unlike regular air filters, electronic air cleaners never need replacement filters, but the collector plates need to be cleaned every few months in soapy water once they’ve attracted a certain amount of charged particles.
Limitations: If someone in your home has asthma or another kind of respiratory disease, we don’t suggest using electronic air cleaners. That’s because these air cleaners are limited in their ability to capture larger pollutants (pollen or dirt). They may also produce small amounts of ozone (a lung irritant) and “ultrafine particles”—particles so small that they are able to penetrate deep into the lungs and cause adverse health effects.
UVGI/PCO air cleaners
Price range: $1,200 to $1,700
How they work:UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) air cleaners use ultraviolet light to kill off bacterial pollutants (viruses, bacteria, mold spores, etc.) PCO (photocatalytic) air cleaners use ultraviolet light in conjunction with a “catalyst” that transforms harmful air pollutants into harmless particles. Basically, these filters don’t “trap” particles—they either kill them or transform them.
Limitations: UVGI cleaners are limited in their ability to kill off bacterial pollutants because pollutants need to be under UV lights for lengthy amounts of time before they’re killed.
Ozone air cleaners
Price range: $1,000 to over $3,000
How they work:Ozone air cleaners intentionally produce ozone using either ultraviolet lights or an electrical charge. That ozone is then used to transform harmful pollutants into harmless ones.
Limitations: Because of the health risks associated with ozone air cleaners, we don’t recommend these types of whole-home air cleaners. In fact, the EPA warns against using ozone generatorsin your home because they can cause:
- Decreased lung function
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
The bad news is that the EPA claims that unless ozone levels in your home rises above the public safety standards, bacteria and other harmful pollutants aren’t affected.
Factor #2: Labor
The bulk of the price of your air cleaner installation will be used toward the contractor’s time and labor. Typically, higher quality installers cost more.
Because installing a whole-home air cleaner involves placing it between your home’s return air duct and intake, we suggest you choose an experienced contractor.
So how do you ensure the contractor you choose is “quality”? Well, start by making sure they:
- Are licensed and insured in the state of Florida
- Has been in the HVAC business for at least 5–10 years
- Has a physical office they operate out of (versus a truck)
- Offers written estimates
- Can provide referrals from past/current customers who had air cleaners installed in their home
Want to take the next step? Talk to a Florida tech
Interested in installing a whole-home air cleaner? Just contact us.
We can help you choose the air cleaner that’s right for your home and provide a fair estimate for the installation.
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