Are Air Purifiers Worth It?

Standalone plug-in air purifiers are designed to reduce particulate matter floating in your air. This includes dust, smoke, and pollen.

There are several types of air purifiers, including:

  • HEPA: This type of purifier boasts a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter. To boast “HEPA” filtration, it must catch at least 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger.
  • Activated carbon: A filter with activated carbon technology uses a porous charcoal bed to filter out multiple gases and chemicals, including formaldehyde, tobacco smoke, and odors.
  • Negative ion: A negative ion filter charges particles in the air so that they stick surfaces to be removed by dusting.

What Air Purifiers Can Do

Air purifiers neutralize some common pollutants, such as dust, smoke, and pollen, but you should be skeptical of claims that they are “99 percent effective.” Just because the product performed highly in a controlled lab setting doesn’t mean that it will deliver the same results in your home. There are too many variables: location, flow rate, and the conditions of the space, to name a few.

What Air Purifiers Can’t Do

Not all standalone air purifiers filter out gas, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or neutralize biological impurities, such as mold or bacteria. To eliminate airborne bacteria, you’ll need a UV purification system. This technology features a germicidal lamp that works in conjunction with your central air system to neutralize airborne contaminants as they pass through your ducts, ensuring that your HVAC is distributing clean, germ-free air throughout your home.

What Type of Purifier Should You Buy?

Be sure to buy the right purifier for the problem you’re trying to solve. For that, consider getting a professional air quality test. During an air test, one of our IAQ technicians will collect air quality data from several locations in your house to generate a comprehensive analysis. The report will identify potential contaminants such as:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • VOCs
  • Dander

Your air ducts may be the source of pollution, in which case you should consider a professional duct cleaning.

Bottom line: Standalone air purifiers can help cut down on some pollutants and may be able to offer allergy sufferers some relief, but they’re not a cure-all. A comprehensive approach to clean indoor air requires adequate ventilation and filtration, clean ductwork, and professional solutions to eliminate or control sources of pollution. Our Gainseville indoor air quality experts are prepared to help! To schedule your appointment, call (352) 310-0022.

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