What to Know About Air Cleaners

Air cleaners can effectively remove particles, gasses, and other chemicals from your indoor air, but there are differences in the capabilities of certain types.

Whole-home air cleaners make a healthier environment for you, your family, and friends. Air cleaners are installed on the supply side of the HVAC ductwork, just above the furnace and coil. They operate via the unit so that it automatically runs when the HVAC fan is running.

There are different kinds of air cleaners from regular filtration system all the way to highly effective air scrubbers which are installed in laboratories and hospital surgical units. Scrubbers will kill living airborne organisms and cause them to clump up. The regular HVAC air filter that is replaced monthly will get dirty quicker as it accumulates the clumped up particles.

Air cleaners come in different forms from portable units to whole house filtration systems. Basically, many types of air cleaners exist and the term generally means some type of filtering system that cleans the air better than the regular HVAC filter because of the better filter types involved.

With air cleaners, you have a much more effective system. The HVAC air filters are only meant to keep large particles out of the machinery, so they are just about useless for cleaning the air.

What Air Cleaners Can Remove

Cleaning up your home’s air with an air cleaner will mean you are ridding the air of pollutants that can’t be seen as well as all the particles you can see.

As mentioned, there are different types of air cleaners. Varying among them, different substances can be removed from the air. From minute particles to vapors that are harmful to breathe, there are no worries for you if you have the right type of air cleaner installed in your home, especially since it takes care of the entire square footage of the building.

Air Scrubbers

Air scrubber systems consist of a diverse group of air pollution control devices. Though perhaps not all of the following terms are technically correct, other commonly used terms for air scrubbers are:

There are also air scrubbers, wet scrubbers, and gas scrubbers with some that use a liquid to remove the particulate matter from an industrial exhaust or flue gas stream. They can remove solids, gases, and mists at the same time as providing cooling. Explosive and flammable gases can be removed safely.

Air Filtration Systems

Air filtering systems can also be installed on the HVAC system to treat the entire home. Air filtration systems work by passing air through a medium of some type. The best filtration systems use a high-efficiency particulate arrestance filter, or more commonly known as the HEPA filter.

However, even the best HEPA filter systems don’t capture fumes, cigarette smoke, or chemicals. This is because the size of the particles that make up these substances are smaller than 0.3 microns. A filtration system that uses both a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter will do the job.

Duct Cleaning Services

It isn’t enough to clean the air by installing an air cleaner when it has been blowing dirty through the ductwork for some time. You also need to have duct cleaning service done so you have no contamination from the air ducts in your home. One of the most obvious signs that you need your duct work cleaned is dark areas located around the vents coming from the duct work. The dark areas are soot and grime and other bad materials that are blown onto the surfaces around your vent.

This is a sure indication that your duct work is dirty and needs cleaning. You will want to have a professional cleaning service which will thoroughly rid your ductwork of dirt, soot, grime, and allergen causing pathogens.

Royal Class Service provides this duct cleaning as well as other indoor air quality services such as air cleaner installations.

If you would like to learn more about Air Cleaners in the Hudson Valley area, please call Royal Class Service at (845) 569-1299 or complete our online request form.

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