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Should I Get Air Filters or Air Purifiers to Improve Air Quality?

If you have concerns about the quality of the air in your home, you’re probably not worrying over nothing. Low air quality is common throughout homes in the U.S. because the modern residential building is designed to be so energy efficient that it doesn’t “breath” well. For instance, too many contaminants are allowed to build up indoors. This includes dust, dander, pollen, dust mites, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, mold spores, chemicals, smoke, and more.

So if you’re thinking about improving your household air quality, the two main options you’ll be looking at are mechanical air filters and electronic air purifiers. Which one is better?

This is actually a trick question!

There’s a problem with asking this question, because this isn’t an either/or situation. You can have both an air purification and air filtration system. One doesn’t have to exclude the other. In fact, it’s rare to have just an air purifier for a home. It’s usually paired with air filters.

Air filters are almost always a good idea

An air filter is the starting point for cleaner air. Filtration systems use meshes of fibers to trap pollutants attempting to move through them. This is sometimes enough for a home if it only has large contaminants to worry about. A more powerful filter can trap smaller pollutants—but it can also lead to placing excess strain on the HVAC system, which is bad news.

This is where the air purifier comes in

If a filter can’t stop all the contaminants you want removed from your home, installing an air purifier will help catch the tinier pollutants that are slipping through. There are different types of purifiers (ionizers, UV lights) that target different kinds of airborne particles. You can rely on an indoor air quality expert to match your house with the necessary purifiers. The expert can also make sure you have a filter that won’t harm your HVAC system.

Need indoor air quality service in Raleigh? Then contact Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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