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Which Is Better: Electronic Air Cleaners or Air Filters?

This is the type of question that you’ll be asking if you’re considering improving the air quality in your house. We think this is an excellent idea: almost any home can benefit from indoor air quality installations to remove airborne pollutants.

But the question of “electronic air cleaners/purifiers vs. air filters” is actually a deceptive one. This isn’t a situation where it’s either one or the other. You can have both. And in many cases, both is the best choice! We’ll explain below.

Air filtration systems

Air filters work through a simple method: they use a mesh of fibers (usually made of fiberglass) to trap contaminants flowing through the air. Air filters don’t require any power to work, they passively stop pollutants. The more tightly woven the mesh, the smaller size particles a filter will stop. Most homes can benefit from a filtration system.

The difficulty comes when there are minute pollutants in the air, such as microbes and volatile organic compounds, that slip through filters. Putting in more powerful filters will often make things worse, because a thick filter also stops air movement through the ductwork—and that means a strained heating or air conditioning system, poor comfort, and big bills. This is where electronic air cleaners and air purifiers come in handy.

Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers

Adding an electronic air purification system is a great way to stop the harmful pollutants that can get through a filter. There are different types of cleaners and purifiers, such as purification systems that use ionization and others that use ultraviolet radiation. The type your home needs is something that experts will help you discover. If you have the right pair of filtration and purification systems in place, you can eliminate more than 99% of the unwanted contaminants in your house.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning serves Madera, CA and the rest of the Central Valley. Contact us today to learn more about your options for improving your indoor air quality.

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