The EPA reports that the air inside your home can carry two to five times more pollutants than outside air. With those kinds of numbers, you should work to remove as much from your air as possible. This guide explains the difference between air cleaners and air purifiers to help you decide which is the better option for your home in Rogers, AR.

Mechanical Air Cleaners

Air cleaners are devices that filter contaminants out of the air. These range from the simple filters you use with your furnace to more complex individual devices. You also can opt to clean the air that comes from within your home or the fresh air you’re drawing in from outside.

You want to consider the type of filter to use in your system. The basic filters are of fiberglass construction with ratings from the MERV system. This rating shows you the size of particles the filter will capture. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particle it will filter.

Some systems also come with carbon filters, which are usually activated charcoal. These special filters will remove gas pollutants that would normally pass right through particulate filters.

Air Purification Systems

Air purifiers neutralize potentially harmful pollutants. These are especially helpful in removing biological contaminants.

Most purification systems come with a filter to remove the neutralized molecules. Purification systems use several different technologies, including ultraviolet radiation, ozone generation and ionization.

Whole-House or Room Model

Finally, you can choose to get systems that work at the room level or the system level. Each home has different needs, so no one solution is perfect for everyone. In an ideal situation, you’ll have some form of whole-house filtration and then either a system-wide purification system or a room-specific unit.

Managing your indoor air quality is challenging if you don’t understand the intricacies behind it. Call the IAQ professionals at George’s Refrigeration & Heating to schedule your indoor air quality service today.

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