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What’s the Difference Between Air Cleaners & Air Purifiers?

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The air quality within your household is one of the top environmental health risks to you and your family, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). So, what can you do to combat the airborne contaminants circulating throughout your heating and cooling system and into your home? Air cleaners and air purifiers are a great solution to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

As you search for a new system to enhance the quality of your home and help improve your health, you may find yourself asking, “What’s the difference between air cleaners and air purifiers?” A common question amongst homeowners, let’s take a look at the differences between an air cleaner and an air purifier and which is better for your home.

What Is an Air Cleaner?

Before you can make an informed decision about purchasing an air cleaner, you must first know what it is and how it works.

Air cleaners use a filter to remove contaminants from the air. They work to draw the polluted indoor air into the unit and trapping the particles onto a filter. Then, clean, healthy air is recirculated back into your home. These systems have proven to reduce allergy and asthma triggers in addition to other airborne viruses, including:

  • Dust, soil, and ash
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Pet dander
  • Mold, mildew, and fungus

Some air cleaners can remove up to 99 percent of mold and pollen, 98 percent tobacco smoke and fog, and 80 percent of viruses and ultra-fine air particles.

What Is an Air Purifier?

Many homeowners think there is no difference between an air cleaner and air purifier. While both systems work to remove unwanted allergens and other contaminants from the air, how an air purifier does this differs significantly from an air cleaner.

Instead of using an air filter – like an air cleaner – air purifiers use UV lights to kill bacteria and mold so it cannot spawn, giving you clean air to breathe in and rendering contaminants harmless. These lights, called UV germicidal lamps remove all of the same pollutants as air cleaners and:

  • Operate silently
  • Create cleaner air
  • Create healthier air
  • Improve HVAC system efficiency

Air Purifier or Air Cleaner – Which Is Better?

When it comes to decide whether or not you want to install an air purifier or an air cleaner inside your home, it’s best to contact an HVAC contractor to help you make the decision. A trained heating and cooling expert can inspect your home and the current quality, giving you a better understanding of your indoor air quality needs.

If you live in New Jersey and want to improve the indoor air quality in your home, contact us today! We service:

  • Hunterdon County (NJ)
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