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5 Types of Air Purifiers

4 different types of air purifiers

Congratulations on your decision to invest in an air purifier! Air purifiers can significantly decrease the volume of dust, dander, dirt and even mold, germs, and viruses circulating through the air in your home. Eliminating indoor air pollution can improve the health of your family by reducing your likelihood of catching the cold or flu. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, air purifiers can really be a godsend.

However, you should know that not all air purifiers are created equal. There are several different types of air purifiers; some have the ability to filter out larger particles like dander, hair, and dirt, while others trap teeny tiny particles like germs, viruses, odors, and mold.

This blog post describes the five most popular types of air purifiers. Which kind of air purifier do you prefer for use in your home?

A Honeywell UV air purifier

1. Ultraviolet Air Purifiers Ultraviolet (UV) air purifiers use ultraviolet light to remove potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, and pathogens from your home. The inspiration for UV air purifiers came from hospitals that use special ultraviolet lightbulbs to disinfect patient rooms and laboratories. Residential UV air purifiers are small, compact machines that filter the air in your home through a chamber filled with UV light. The UV light destroys pathogens by breaking molecular bonds in their DNA. Ultraviolet air purifiers can cost as little as $50 or as much as $800 depending on the model that you purchase.

Pros: Ultraviolet air purifiers like the Honeywell UV Treatment System, kill 99.9% of mold spores that pass through your furnace or air conditioner. UV air purifiers help prevent illnesses by destroying tiny micro-organisms like germs, viruses, bacteria and mold.

Cons: Some UV air purifiers produce ozone, which is a health hazard. UV air purifiers that do not include air filters cannot remove allergens, dust, smoke, fumes or gasses from the air.

A Honeywell HEPA air purifier

2. HEPA Air Purifiers HEPA air purifiers use an advanced air filter to remove 99.7% of all particles larger than 0.2 microns from the air in your home. That means that HEPA air purifiers are highly effective at removing particles like pollen, dander, mold, and dust from the air. HEPA air purifiers cost between $30 and $300 depending on the model that you buy.

Pros: HEPA air filters are a consumer favorite because they’re effective at removing the vast majority of irritating particles and pollutants from the air.

Cons: HEPA air filters must be replaced after every month of use. HEPA air filters cannot trap micro-organisms smaller than 0.2 microns like germs, viruses, and bacteria.

An activated carbon air purifier

3. Activated Carbon Air Purifiers Activated carbon air purifiers are effective at removing smoke, odors, fumes, and gasses from the air inside your home. People who are sensitive to odors or exposed to smoke or gas should consider an activated carbon air purifier. Most activated carbon air purifiers include HEPA filters that remove particles from the air as well. Activated carbon air purifiers are priced at $100 and higher.

Pros: Activated carbon air purifiers are the only type of air purifier that removes odors, chemicals, fumes, smokes, and gasses from the air.

Cons: Activated carbon air purifiers do not remove pollen, dander, dust, or mold from the air unless the model includes a HEPA air filter.

An ionic air purifier

4. Ionic Air Purifiers Ionic air purifiers are extremely quiet and operate without a motor. They emit negative ions into the air, which bond with positively charged, airborne particles like dust, making these particles so heavy that they eventually fall out of the air. Some ionic air purifiers have electrostatic precipitators that trap positively charged particles to a metal plate inside the air purifier. The price of ionic air purifiers range from $30-$300.

Pros: Ionic air purifiers can remove just about anything other than odors from the air. That includes dust, dander, allergens, smoke, viruses, bacteria, and fumes.

Cons: Ionic air purifiers cause air pollutants to fall to the ground – they are not actually removed from your home. Ionic air purifiers that have electrostatic precipitators must be cleaned regularly in order to maintain functionality and fully remove air pollutants.

An electronic air cleaner

5. Electronic Air Cleaners An electronic is a whole-home solution that works with your furnace or air conditioner to charge and trap airborne particles using static electricity.

Pros: Electronic air cleaners are effective at removing just about anything other than odors from the air. That includes dust, dander, allergens, smoke, viruses, bacteria, and fumes.

Cons: Electronic air cleaners are the most expensive type of air purifier because they are not portable and must be professionally installed. The filters must be replaced and ionizing wires or collector cells must be cleaned after every month of use.

Are you ready to invest in a cleaner and healthier home? Contact the professionals at the Ray N. Welter Heating Company for more information and advice about which type of air purifier is best for you.

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5 Types of Air Purifiers

4 different types of air purifiers

Congratulations on your decision to invest in an air purifier! Air purifiers can significantly decrease the volume of dust, dander, dirt and even mold, germs, and viruses circulating through the air in your home. Eliminating indoor air pollution can improve the health of your family by reducing your likelihood of catching the cold or flu. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, air purifiers can really be a godsend.

However, you should know that not all air purifiers are created equal. There are several different types of air purifiers; some have the ability to filter out larger particles like dander, hair, and dirt, while others trap teeny tiny particles like germs, viruses, odors, and mold.

This blog post describes the five most popular types of air purifiers. Which kind of air purifier do you prefer for use in your home?

A Honeywell UV air purifier

1. Ultraviolet Air Purifiers Ultraviolet (UV) air purifiers use ultraviolet light to remove potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, and pathogens from your home. The inspiration for UV air purifiers came from hospitals that use special ultraviolet lightbulbs to disinfect patient rooms and laboratories. Residential UV air purifiers are small, compact machines that filter the air in your home through a chamber filled with UV light. The UV light destroys pathogens by breaking molecular bonds in their DNA. Ultraviolet air purifiers can cost as little as $50 or as much as $800 depending on the model that you purchase.

Pros: Ultraviolet air purifiers like the Honeywell UV Treatment System, kill 99.9% of mold spores that pass through your furnace or air conditioner. UV air purifiers help prevent illnesses by destroying tiny micro-organisms like germs, viruses, bacteria and mold.

Cons: Some UV air purifiers produce ozone, which is a health hazard. UV air purifiers that do not include air filters cannot remove allergens, dust, smoke, fumes or gasses from the air.

A Honeywell HEPA air purifier

2. HEPA Air Purifiers HEPA air purifiers use an advanced air filter to remove 99.7% of all particles larger than 0.2 microns from the air in your home. That means that HEPA air purifiers are highly effective at removing particles like pollen, dander, mold, and dust from the air. HEPA air purifiers cost between $30 and $300 depending on the model that you buy.

Pros: HEPA air filters are a consumer favorite because they’re effective at removing the vast majority of irritating particles and pollutants from the air.

Cons: HEPA air filters must be replaced after every month of use. HEPA air filters cannot trap micro-organisms smaller than 0.2 microns like germs, viruses, and bacteria.

An activated carbon air purifier

3. Activated Carbon Air Purifiers Activated carbon air purifiers are effective at removing smoke, odors, fumes, and gasses from the air inside your home. People who are sensitive to odors or exposed to smoke or gas should consider an activated carbon air purifier. Most activated carbon air purifiers include HEPA filters that remove particles from the air as well. Activated carbon air purifiers are priced at $100 and higher.

Pros: Activated carbon air purifiers are the only type of air purifier that removes odors, chemicals, fumes, smokes, and gasses from the air.

Cons: Activated carbon air purifiers do not remove pollen, dander, dust, or mold from the air unless the model includes a HEPA air filter.

An ionic air purifier

4. Ionic Air Purifiers Ionic air purifiers are extremely quiet and operate without a motor. They emit negative ions into the air, which bond with positively charged, airborne particles like dust, making these particles so heavy that they eventually fall out of the air. Some ionic air purifiers have electrostatic precipitators that trap positively charged particles to a metal plate inside the air purifier. The price of ionic air purifiers range from $30-$300.

Pros: Ionic air purifiers can remove just about anything other than odors from the air. That includes dust, dander, allergens, smoke, viruses, bacteria, and fumes.

Cons: Ionic air purifiers cause air pollutants to fall to the ground – they are not actually removed from your home. Ionic air purifiers that have electrostatic precipitators must be cleaned regularly in order to maintain functionality and fully remove air pollutants.

An electronic air cleaner

5. Electronic Air Cleaners An electronic is a whole-home solution that works with your furnace or air conditioner to charge and trap airborne particles using static electricity.

Pros: Electronic air cleaners are effective at removing just about anything other than odors from the air. That includes dust, dander, allergens, smoke, viruses, bacteria, and fumes.

Cons: Electronic air cleaners are the most expensive type of air purifier because they are not portable and must be professionally installed. The filters must be replaced and ionizing wires or collector cells must be cleaned after every month of use.

Are you ready to invest in a cleaner and healthier home? Contact the professionals at the Ray N. Welter Heating Company for more information and advice about which type of air purifier is best for you.

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