Indoor air quality is a big part of your overall indoor comfort; this is why AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning offers indoor air quality services to our customers. Two great ways to improve indoor air quality is through the use of air purification and air filtration systems. Each does something different to improve your air quality, so understanding how an air filtration system works in your Clarksville home versus an air purification system can go a long way toward determining what is best for your needs.
What Is the Difference?
The main difference between an air purification system and an air filtration system is this: an air filtration system traps and removes particles from your air while an air purification system destroys pollutants.
What Types of Air Filters Are There?
There are several kinds of air filters available, but they are divided into two main types:
- Mechanical filters
- Electronic air cleaners
Mechanical filters come in a frame and act as a sieve to the air coming into your home. They strain the air as it passes through, trapping particles in the media of the filter. Mechanical filters can be pleated and/or extended, and should be changed every 3 months.
There are 2 types of electronic air cleaners:
- Electrostatic precipitators
- Ion generators
Both types use electrostatic attraction to capture particles, but there is a difference in the way each manages the particles. With an electrostatic precipitator, air is drawn into an ionization chamber where the particles are charged; these particles are then passed over oppositely-charged plates that capture and collect the particles. With an ion generator, particles are also charged, but they are not collected; instead, they will attach themselves to other oppositely-charged particles and then collect on surfaces in your home.
What Is an Air Purifier?
An air purifier destroys biological material. There are several types of air purifiers, but the most commonly-used one is UV germicidal lighting. UV lights utilize the radiation in UV-C rays to destroy the DNA of pollutants, rendering them unable to reproduce or sustain life. UV germicidal lights are good for removing biological pollutants such as:
- Mold spores
One item to note is that UV lights do not remove dust or dirt.
Put Them Together for Total Effectiveness
The best way to get the best air quality in your home is to use both of these products in combination with one another. Pairing an air filtration system in your Clarksville home with UV germicidal lights is equal to a one-two punch for indoor air pollutants.
Interested in finding out how an air filtration system can help you? Call AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.