Show Your HVAC System (And Yourself) Some Love With an Air Purification System

January 13, 2020

This type of air purifier can cut down on summer allergies

We know what you’re thinking… “Do I really need an air purification system when my AC system has a built-in air filter?” 

While your fiberglass filter does its job catching larger dust particles and contaminants, it won't rid your home of smaller allergens/pollutants such as:

  • Bacteria

  • Mold spores

  • Pet dander

  • Dust mite debris

  • Etc.

These smaller pollutants can affect your health as well as the health of your HVAC system.

To determine if an air purification system is the best investment for your Southwest Florida home, below we’ll go into more detail about:

  • What the benefits of an air purifications system are

  • How air purifiers/cleaners work 

  • How you can determine which air purification system is best for your home

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What are the benefits of an air purifier?

While the exact benefits of an air purifier depend on the type of air purifier you install, overall, air purification systems result in benefits like: 

  • Reduced allergies

  • Odor elimination 

  • Reduced dust

  • Reduced humidity 

  • Cleaner air 

However, air purifiers not only provide benefits to you, but can also benefit your HVAC system.

How?

Without an air purifier, your HVAC system is sucking in all of the dirt, debris and allergens in your home’s air. While your system has an air filter in place, this filter can’t catch all of these contaminants, allowing a lot of that debris to enter your HVAC system. Ultimately, this can clog your system, leading to:

  • Breakdowns

  • Reduced efficiency (dirty parts that aren’t able to work as well)

  • Reduced lifespan of your AC system

Installing an air purification system can help catch most of these contaminants before they reach your HVAC system, so you don’t have to deal with the issues above. In the end, this results in benefits like:

  • Extended life of your HVAC system

  • Reduced breakdowns/repairs

  • Money saved 

How do air purifiers/cleaners work?

In general, air purifiers work by catching pollutants/allergens in your home’s air and preventing those particles from circulating around your home. 

However, there are many different kinds of air purifiers, and they all clean your air in different ways (depending on the size and type of particles they catch). Some of the most common air purifiers include:

  1. Electronic air cleaners- Electronic air cleaners work to catch very small particles, like smoke. They put an electrical charge on air particles that pass through your HVAC system, which allows those particles to be caught by an aluminum collector “plate” within the air purifier.  

  1. UV air cleaner- UV cleaners actually work by using UV light to kill pollutants as small as bacteria, viruses, mold spores, etc. 

  1. Media air cleaners- A media air cleaner is a high-quality air filter that can be installed in your existing air conditioner's air handler. Air filters are rated by their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV), on a scale from 1-16, with 1 being the least effective and 16 being the most effective. If you want the highest-quality of filter, you should install a filter that is MERV 11+. These filters can rid your home of:

  • Pet dander

  • Lint & dust

  • Dust mite debris

  • Mold spores

  • Pollen

  • Auto emissions & smoke

How to determine which air purifier is best for your home?

As we mentioned above, there are a variety of different air purifiers and they rid your home’s air of different kinds of pollutants/contaminants. Although there may be some particles you know you want to get rid of (like dust, dust mite debris, pollen), it may be hard to determine what other kinds of air purification system(s) would be most beneficial for your home. 

The best way to figure this out is to schedule a consultation with a professional. They will be able to recommend which types of air purifiers will be best for your home, based on your location and HVAC system. 

If you’re still unsure about installing an air purification system, you can learn more about air purifiers and our process for installing them. Otherwise…