Air Purification Guide: Providing Quality, Indoor Air
Indoor contaminants can be as much as eight to ten times higher than outside air contaminant concentrations. Air purification systems can assist HVAC units by removing pollutants from the air.
Popular Brands to Consider
There are two main types of air purifiers, portable and whole home. The standalone portable units are placed to target specific areas to remove contaminants. Whole-home air purification systems are installed with your HVAC system to remove pollutants from circulated air throughout your home.
Popular brands for air purification systems are: Aprilaire, Lennox, Trion Air Bear, Honeywell, and Fresh-Aire
Air Purification System Installation
Some portable air purification systems are DIY projects for homeowners. Home improvement stores or online retailers sell these units. Appropriate sizing is a key component when researching which system to buy.
You will need to make sure that you choose a model that is right for your home or the targeted area.
Whole-house air purification systems require an HVAC professional to install. These systems work in conjunction with your heating and cooling equipment and must be installed professionally to ensure the benefits of the system are maximized.
Indoor Air Quality System Maintenance Tips
Whole-home air purifier filters must be changed routinely, usually every 6 to 12 months. Portable air purifiers have reusable filters that can be hand-washed.
UV C air purifiers have an extended service life. A UV C light purifier bulb can last several years. Your installation technician can update you on the replacement times.
Air Purification System Installation and Repair Costs
Portable air purifiers are the most affordable system and can range between $30 to several hundred dollars. Since you can install the systems yourself, this makes a portable option very cost-effective.
Whole-home air quality systems can vary in cost and range up to several thousand dollars depending on the size of the system. The installation cost will depend wholly on the size of the unit that you choose to purchase.
What contaminants do air purifiers remove from your home’s air?
Pet dander and hair, mold spores, pollen, smoke, dust, bacteria, viruses, smells, fumes, VOCs
Are UV-C light air purifiers better for my home?
UV air purifiers use a UV light bulb that is installed inside your HVAC system that targets your ductwork and coils. As contaminated air flows through your system, the UV-C energy from the bulb will neutralize airborne particulates.
The ultraviolet energy kills the particulates and renders them unable to reproduce and spread.
The UV-C energy produced by these air purifiers is very safe – it is the same as our Sun emits, which works to neutralize particulates in outdoor air!