An air purifier or scrubber is a great way to reduce the amount of indoor air pollutants and maintain indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home. While portable air purifiers are the most popular type, a whole-home system may be ideal if you want to maintain IAQ for your home. In this post, local AC and water heater repair company Tyler discusses why you should choose a whole-home air purifier.
Portable vs. Whole-Home Air Purifiers
Portable air purifiers are designed to cool an average-sized room and are about the size of a carry-on suitcase. Their popularity is due to their relatively low price, and are essentially plug-and-play; no installation needed. They can also be used in different rooms when needed. However, these portable units can only maintain IAQ in one room at a time. This makes them less than ideal for large areas, such as homes with open floor plans.
This is where whole-home air purifiers are ideal. Also known as in-duct air purifiers, they integrate with the house’s existing ductwork and air handler. This provides clean air for every room in the house connected to the ventilation system.
Why Choose a Whole-Home Air Purifier?
Your AC repair company may recommend a whole-home air purifier if you require the following:
- Greater coverage. A whole-home air purifier’s primary advantage is that it cleans the air in all parts of your home simultaneously. It’s more convenient than moving a single portable unit around the house or buying several units and placing them in select rooms.
- Less noise. Portable air purifiers have built-in fans or blowers, which can produce a significant amount of noise. A whole-home air purifier, on the other hand, works with your air conditioner’s air handler and does not affect the noise level in your home.
- Low maintenance requirements. Whole-home air purifiers have significantly lower maintenance requirements than portable units.
There are, of course, a few things you should consider before committing to getting a whole-home air purifier. One is the upfront cost — a whole-home air purifier’s upfront cost would be higher because it is a higher-capacity system and has to be installed by a professional. Also, it will not be compatible in a home that’s cooled by ductless systems.
Tyler provides heating, cooling, and ventilation services in Connecticut. If you would like to know more about our services or for an AC repair cost estimate, give us a call at (203) 660-203, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.