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The Truth About Whole Home vs. Room Air Purifiers

The Truth About Whole Home vs. Room Air PurifiersAir purifiers will help you improve the air quality in your home. It’s a good idea to learn the benefits of both portable and whole-house systems before you decide which is your best option.

Degree of Need

If just one part of your home needs better air quality, a room-size unit makes sense. Placed in a hobby room or a shop, a purifier can improve the air quality by removing some of the particulates and irritants from the air. If the room air purifier uses UV technology, it will reduce the bacterial and viral loads in the air.

In a hobby room or shop, UV light also minimizes the harm that paint, solvent and glue fumes cause. They also work well in walk-out basements that have a mold or mildew problem, especially if they have UV lamps inside them.

However, if you need air purification throughout your home, it’s much more expedient to use a whole-house purifier. Portable or room units take up space, have power cords that are easy to trip over, make noise and need frequent filter changes. Some of the filters are expensive, especially if uses high efficiency particular air (HEPA) filtration.

Regardless of its size, avoid purifiers that emit ozone, a gas that is harmful to respiratory tissue. Ozone will clean the air, but the cost of doing so to your health is probably too high.

Home Size

All air purifiers indicate the square footage they’re capable of handling. Try to match the purifier to the space as much as possible. Manufacturers assume an eight-foot ceiling. Many homes in San Antonio have higher ceilings or vaults that will add to the volume. If your ceilings are much higher, consider purchasing a unit that’s the next size larger.

It’s more cost-efficient and convenient to install a whole-house air purifier in larger homes. Although the initial costs will be lower by choosing room-size units, it won’t take long to experience more maintenance chores, higher electric bills and expensive filter replacements.

If you’d like to learn more about the best kinds of air purifiers to use in your home, contact Beyer Boys. We provide HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.