Do Air Purifiers Work for Pollution?

HVAC Air Handler KingsportFor decades, household air purifiers have been a popular way to combat the ill effects of air pollution inside the home. In any given room, pet dander, pollen, dirt, dust, and other pollutants contaminate the air and contribute to a less-than-ideal breathing experience, especially for those with allergies and asthma.

While running, air purifiers draw in air from around the room they’re stationed in, push that air through a filter to trap contaminants, and blow cleaner air back out. While this certainly does take care of certain larger contaminants such as pet hair, dust, and even pollen, the fan and filter system can’t handle every pollutant it comes across.

Filters may catch small particles, but no mesh or fabric filter is small enough to completely stop gasses like radon and remove them from circulation in your home. In order to stop VOCs (volatile organic compounds) with a purifier, the filter must contain an absorbent like activated charcoal.

However, there are purifiers that rely on interior ionizers to clean the air rather than filters, and these are generally suspected to be more effective at keeping gasses and other non-solid particles at bay. Because these don’t rely on filters than need to be changed every few months to remain effective, they may be installed in more useful places (such as your air ducts) to start their powerful work at the source. These purifiers are generally more expensive but are proven to not only zap pollutants out of the air but also to reduce the number of bacteria on your average household surface.

Call Kingsport HVAC Pros for heating, cooling or air quality issues you have for your home. Contact us at 423-205-6846 to get the help you need.


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