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Air Filters vs. Air Cleaners: Which Should You Get?

There are different ways to remove unwanted particles from circulating around your home, creating discomfort and health troubles. The two broadest categories are mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners. If you want better air for your household, you might wonder which of the two is the best to have installed.

This Isn’t an “Either/Or” Situation

The good news is that you don’t have to pick one or the other. Many homes use both. In fact, a combination of an air filtration system with an air cleaner is one of the best ways to provide thorough air purification.

Usually, a home starts with installing air filtration. Air filters use a mesh of fibers to trap contaminants trying to pass through them. Filters have different ranges of effectiveness. The more powerful the filter, the more resistance it places against airflow, so there’s a limit for a household on how powerful a filter can be. One that’s too tightly woven can end up damaging the HVAC system.

When an air filter isn’t able to stop all the pollutants because smaller ones can slip through the mesh, that’s when an electronic air cleaner is added. The filter takes care of the largest contaminants (dust mites, dander, pollen) while the air cleaner uses methods like ionization and UV lights to target the smaller contaminants—without placing extra strain against the ventilation system.

Only a trained IAQ professional can assist you with making the best choice of air filtration and air purification for your home. Never try to go it alone when it comes to improving your household air!

We’re the local contractor to approach when it’s time to have air filters and cleaners installed. We offer the finest Trane indoor air quality products, such as the Trane CleanEffects system and the Trane FreshEffects energy recovery ventilator.

Contact Comfort Flow Heating in Eugene, OR for help with improving choosing air purifiers and air cleaners. Quality Service & Install Since 1961.

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