Many people purchase air purifiers to give themselves higher quality air in their home. This can help especially if they suffer from symptoms of asthma or allergies. But as you begin the process of purchasing an air purifier, you’ll notice there are a variety of types. The two broadest categories are whole-house air purifier systems and portable air purifier units.
Here’s a bit of information you should know about these home air purification systems in Des Moines, IA as you’re starting your search for a solution.
A filter-based whole-house air purification system is essentially a furnace filter for your HVAC unit. You’ll find these sold either as media filters or as electronic air cleaners (the more expensive option), which can then be installed in your HVAC unit instead of a media filter. Occasionally replacement filters for a return air path are also combined with these more traditional furnace filters to give you a larger air purification system. You’ll find these air filters sold in bulk at most home improvement stores, because they are designed to be changed out with regularity.
Keep in mind that while some filters may be marketed to the public as “air purifiers,” their primary purpose is to keep debris away from your HVAC system, not necessarily to purify your entire home’s air supply.
There are also duct-based whole-house purifiers as opposed to replacement filter-based whole-house purifiers. These are more expensive purifiers, because they involve replacing part of your ductwork, most commonly in the return air path. Filtration is performed at that location in the ductwork, and may involve the use of HEPA filters. These systems still rely on filtration as their purifying method, so you’ll need to replace the filters on a regular basis.
Why portable units may be better
Many people will find portable air purifier units to be a better solution for their needs. For one thing, portable units are often more effective. A whole house purification system will still partially let in unfiltered air, while a portable system is designed to clean all the air in its designated space. You can also trust that a portable unit’s performance will be consistent across homes and locations, while a whole-house system’s performance will really depend on the existing HVAC system and ductwork in the home and its quality.
It is also quite frequently more energy efficient to run a portable unit instead of a whole-house filter system. With a whole-house system, it’s paired up with your HVAC, meaning you’ll have to constantly run the HVAC fan to filter the air. Just running a smaller unit requires much less energy, which also means lower costs on your energy bills each month.
These are just a few of the factors you’ll want to consider as you decide whether you’ll purchase a whole-house or portable home air purification system in Des Moines, IA. Sir Build-a-Lot has been serving area clients for over a decade, providing a range of air purification and air quality services. Reach out to us today for more information.