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What Does an Air Purifier Do? 3 Answers for Buyers

What Does an Air Purifier Do
Posted on June 2, 2022
by Appleby Systems

There seems to be a lot of hype around air purifiers. It can be hard to sort fact from fiction. What is it that an air purifier actually does, and will its various functions actually improve your air quality or your health? Here are the answers to your key questions and four major facts about air purifiers. 

1. Do Air Purifiers Really Clean the Air? 

Yes, air purifiers take contaminants out of your air, which means they do clean the air. The amount of your air that they can clean in a given timespan is important. Smaller room-based air purifiers will clean less air than most whole-home air purifiers will. The more volume of air that passes through your purifier in an hour the more “cleaning power” the purifier has for the specific contaminants it can pull out of the air. 

2. Do Air Purifiers Make a Difference? 

That depends on what difference you’re looking for. Air purifiers can tackle a wide range of issues in your home’s air, from allergies to the freshness of the air. Certainly, they should not be your first-line option for managing allergies, but they could be your first-line option for tackling smells in your home. 

The right air purifier can make a difference in the quality, freshness, and health of the air in your home. If you know you want specific results from your air purifier, then you should confirm with your HVAC technician that the specific model you’re purchasing will be effective. For example, if you want to capture smells and make your home’s air feel fresher, your technician may recommend a model with a carbon filter which can specifically capture smells. 

Ready to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), contact our expert today!

3. Do Air Purifiers Improve Health? 

Again, this depends. An air purifier can improve health but leaving it just at that would be misleading. If you have a specific health concern like asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions, an air purifier is no substitute for a doctor’s appointment or the medication you’ve been prescribed. However, they can be very supportive and help you reduce symptoms, depending on what impacts your health specifically. If you are triggered by allergens or other debris in the air then yes, air purifiers can help improve your health. 

Air Purifier Uses 

Depending on the specific model, your air purifier can fulfill a wide variety of purposes. That may include: 

  • Removing allergens from the air 
  • Reducing dust in the home 
  • Eliminating smells from the home 
  • Cleaning up viruses and bacteria from the air 
  • Capturing smoke, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and more 

To avoid falling for marketing ploys, talk to an HVAC technician about what your air purifier can achieve so that you’re confident your purifier will work for your intended purposes. 

Are you looking to buy a new air purifier for your home? Look no further! Contact the team at Appleby Systems for access to a wide selection of air purifiers. 

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