How Do Air Purifiers Work?

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How Do Air Purifiers Work?

Indoor air quality and air purification were hot topics long before the COVID19 pandemic arrived but are certainly getting extra attention because of the virus. Let’s be perfectly clear, air purifiers are not going to totally protect your Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood, or Mishawaka, IN home against COVID, but they can tip the odds in your favor.

Types of Purifiers and How They Work

Air purifiers are different from filters because they sanitize the air instead of just removing particles. The exact function depends on the type of purification you choose. Certain versions are made with filters to trap particles, while others neutralize particles in the air without filtering them first. Let’s take a closer look:

HEPA Technology

The acronym stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and the filters must trap at least 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns. This includes mold, bacteria, and viruses. Two things to note about HEPA systems:

  1. These filters restrict airflow so much they are not common in residential HVAC systems and are more likely to be found in industrial and medical settings.
  2. They do not remove odors, chemicals, or gases unless used in combination with other technologies.

Activated Carbon

Activated carbon filters are highly absorbent and have chemical bonding properties. This makes them exceptionally good at capturing pollutants like volatile organic compounds, gases, tobacco smoke and odors.

UV Technology

This is most often used in conjunction with particulate filters, because UV light doesn’t get rid of airborne particles. What it does is use the ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses. The light is installed inside the HVAC system and treats the air before it’s circulated throughout the home.

Ionization

These air purifiers use charged particles to clean the air. The negative ions magnetically attract airborne particles like pollen and dust. The particles then get too heavy and cannot stay airborne.

Do They Work?

The answer is yes, but with a few caveats. An air purifier won’t remove or neutralize all household particles. A big reason for that is because a purifier cleans the air. It can’t clean particles on surfaces like furniture, bedding, and walls so regular household cleaning is also vital.

Deals From Masters

Masters Heating & Cooling currently has special offers for air purification in your Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood, or Mishawaka, IN home:

  • Buy a qualifying Carrier air conditioner or heat pump and receive a free InfinityⓇ Air Purifier with purchase. This system captures and kills 99% of Coronavirus in its filter.
  • Receive a free Respicare Oxy4 Air Purifier with select Carrier systems.
  • Masters also features the Respicare Plasma Ionizer which is a completely natural air enhancement device.

Just a Phone Call Away

If you still have questions about which type of air purification is best for your home, call Masters now to schedule your no-obligation appointment. If nothing else the last year has taught all of us, we must be proactive when it comes to protecting our loved ones. For more great information like this be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.