Know Your Options for the Best Whole House Air Purifier

To ensure indoor air quality meets your expectations for a healthy home environment, choosing the best whole house air purifier is a good first step. Room air purifiers have a place in reducing indoor pollutants. However, air and airborne pollutants typically circulate readily through all rooms in a house. Therefore, a whole house air purifier connected to your home’s HVAC system ensures more comprehensive protection as the entire air volume inside a home typically circulates through the HVAC ductwork multiple times each day.

A number of the best whole house air purifier options are available to address specific air-quality issues. Here’s a rundown of the most common residential types of air purifiers and how they help keep your indoor environment healthy.

HEPA Filtration

These units utilize highly efficient filtration to capture 99% of airborne particulates down to a size of 0.3 microns. These include dust, lint, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, and smoke particles. To maintain proper system airflow in residential applications, a HEPA unit is usually installed in a bypass duct that’s connected to the main return duct.

Activated Carbon Filtration

HEPA filters are efficient particulate trappers, but they do not remove potentially toxic gases and chemical fumes. Active carbon filtration is often combined with HEPA filtration to make the best whole house air purifier. An activated carbon filter effectively absorbs gases and fumes from the HVAC system airflow for more comprehensive air-quality protection.

UVGI Lamps

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is an established method to sterilize air, long utilized in hospitals—and now in homes. These compact ultraviolet lamps installed in HVAC ductwork continuously disinfect the system airflow. Wavelengths of UV light destroy airborne microorganisms, including bacteria and common viruses.

APCO Purifiers

To eliminate both inert particulates and gaseous pollutants in indoor air. advanced photocatalytic oxidation (APCO) incorporates a metal catalyst material and enhanced ultraviolet light exposure to trigger oxidation that destroys both microscopic particles and gaseous fumes in HVAC airflow. Water and carbon dioxide are the only byproducts.

Ask Paitson Bros. about options for the best whole house air purifier. We’ve been keeping homes’ indoor air quality healthy since 1922.

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