Winter months are when we spend most of our time indoors. We avoid cold weather and wet conditions. It may seem counterintuitive, but too much indoor time can affect the quality of your air. Today’s homes are built with tighter seals, higher insulation, and less porous material than they were in the past. This is great for keeping pests and unwanted moisture out, but it traps the air inside your home. This stagnant air is recirculated, which can lead to indoor air quality problems.
The Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air quality could be up to five times as polluted as outdoor air. This is a worrying statistic but there are ways to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality remains clean and fresh.
Understanding Air Scrubbers and Air Purifiers
What is the difference between an Air Purifier and a Scrubber?
Air scrubbers are distinguished from air purifiers by the extent to which they clean. Air purifiers can only remove airborne particles, but an air scrubber is capable of removing up to 99% of all airborne microorganisms.
How do they work?
You may recall high school chemistry class when you first learned the basics of air purifier technology and scrubber technology. Both use molecular atoms. Remember that molecular elements are composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons. An atom is neutral if it has equal numbers of protons and electrons. An atom with extra electrons is called a negative ion. An atom with extra protons is called a positive. It is important to remember that atoms strive to be neutral.
To clear the air of contaminants, air purifiers and scrubbers use “negative ionization”. The majority of pollutants found in our homes’ air are charged with a positive charge. To neutralize these positive contaminants, it is necessary to infuse the air with negative ions.
Air purifiers use a filter system to draw in air and neutralize any contaminants. This allows for balanced, clean air to be released back into your home. Your home will have cleaner air because your purifier works longer.
To clean your air, scrubbers use your home’s ducts to perform a search-and retrieve method. Your duct system will be equipped with specially coated tubes and UVC lighting. This causes negative ions to be released into the atmosphere and attach themselves to positively charged contaminants. They are then weighed down and unable to stay afloat.
You may notice an increase in dust in your home the first few days after using an air scrubber. This can be cleaned up or wiped off. This is a sign that your air cleaner is working properly. There won’t be any dust after this initial period. Air scrubbing has the added benefit of killing 99.9% of allergens in your home’s indoor air. It also cleans all surfaces.
Home Protection Products are effective in protecting your house from pathogens and viruses, including:
- Bird Flu
- Swine Flu
- E. Coli
Which Method Is Right for You?
These air purifiers can be found in most home improvement stores. They are an excellent first step to ensuring clean air in your home. These air scrubbers require professional installation in your duct system.
Air purifiers are great at cleaning the air in your home over time. However, air scrubbers can extend their sanitizing power to all surfaces of your home, which results in a deeper clean.
We can help you learn more about the best indoor air quality for your home. We also offer air scrubber rental. We are available to help you around the clock by licensed professionals.
Call us today to discuss indoor air quality in the home. Or, contact us online to set up a consultation.
Preferred Climate Solutions is owned and operated by HVAC veterans. We have over 17 years experience with portable heating and cooling systems, plus a lifetime of experience with Texas’ challenging climate. We provide an array of portable cooling and heating rental solutions 24/7. We have locations in Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth & Austin Texas.