Are Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers the Same Thing in Lexington, SC?

Although both the air cleaner and air purifier do the same job of removing pollutants in the home, they achieve it using different mechanisms. The equipment connects to the HVAC system and filters out contaminants, allowing you to breathe fresh air while improving health. Read on to understand the differences between air cleaners and air purifiers and which equipment will work best for your Lexington, SC, home.

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners filter the air from pollen, biological growth and other microscopic impurities. They also have a built-in air filter, which allows air to pass through and removes contaminants. You will find these filters in the HVAC system between the air return ducts or air conditioner; they allow the cleaning of the air flowing through the ductwork.

Besides filtering the air, air cleaners extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by preventing the buildup of debris inside the system. Some of the pollutants filtered out by an air cleaner include large particles such as tobacco smoke, soil, ash and pet dander. The different type of air filters used to clean the air consists of:

  • Mechanical filter
  • Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation
  • Gas-phase air filters

Air Purifiers

It’s easy to believe that air cleaners and air purifiers work the same, but this is not true. However, just like the air cleaner, air purifiers improve indoor air quality. Air purifiers do not use in-built screens or filters to remove impurities, but they sanitize the air and destroy the microorganism’s DNA through negative ions, ozone, UV lamps or heat (Airfree).

Air purifiers remove tobacco smoke, pollen, pet dander, biological growth and dust mites. Unlike air cleaners that produce a lot of noise through their fans, air purifiers operate silently and don’t distract you with too much noise.

Benefits of Installing an Air Purifier or Air Cleaner

Both the air cleaner and air purifier eradicate common household and workplace allergens such as pollen. Air cleaners come with in-built HEPA filters that can eradicate up to 99% of the contaminants in the air. Air purifiers use UV lights to eliminate disease-causing organisms such as bugs, and other microscopic viruses and bacteria, reducing illnesses.

Installing an air cleaner or air purifier helps to improve sleep for your family members. Polluted air will reduce sleep quality but running an air cleaner will reduce sinuses and coughing, improving sleep. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our technicians at Krantz Kooling and Heating for air cleaner or air purifier installation services.

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