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Air Purifier
An air purifier acts similar to an air filter within an HVAC unit. It removes and traps many contaminants from the air, ranging from dust to mold spores. Air purifiers are especially useful in homes with pets or regions with high levels of air pollution. Learn more about air purifiers and why you should get one for your home:

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

By using multiple fans installed into the device, air purifiers suck in the surrounding air, which goes through a few filters. These filters are what traps the contaminants, which "purifies" the air.

What Are The Types Of Air Purifiers?

There is a large variety of air purifiers to choose from and each of them has their own set of unique benefits. Understanding each will help you make the best choice for your home and health.

Here is a brief list of air purifiers:

HEPA Purifiers

These filters are recommended by many HVAC professionals. HEPA air purifiers are actually the most recommended type to have in a home due to the air filters that are used. In fact, these filters have shown to trap about 99.97% of particles, similar to those used in an HVAC unit. HEPA purifiers have also shown to keep bacteria and viruses from spreading.

Electrostatic Precipitators

This type of purifier is vastly different from the others. While it uses a filtration system, it doesn’t necessarily suck in air to filter out the contaminants. Instead, it negatively charges airborne particles, which then gathers onto metal plates.

UVL Purifiers

UVL stands for ultraviolet light. UVL air purifiers work a bit similarly to HEPA air filters as it takes in the air with the contaminants. However, there’s a twist. Instead of simply filtering it out or shocking them, the particles, bacteria and viruses are obliterated with ultraviolet radiation.

What Else Can An Air Purifier Do?

At a first glance, air purifiers are pretty simple. They capture, trap and eliminate any pollutants in the air, making it safer to breathe in. However, what some people tend to look over are the benefits that come with a purifier. Air purifiers can get rid of unwanted odors, gets rid of smoke, keeps dust at bay and removes most allergens. Allergens can cause a respiratory disease such as asthma if someone is exposed to them for too long. While air purifiers can help make the air quality better, it’s best to contact an HVAC professional. They’ll find the cause of your poor air quality in very little time. Contact Ductworks Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment or for more information today.
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