As we gear up for the dog days of summer, and the humidity rises here in Northeast Ohio, you may find yourself spending more time in the comfort of your air-conditioned home. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? However, the EPA has stated that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than even the worst outdoor air. So while you feel comfier in the great indoors, if you aren’t taking steps to improve your indoor air quality, you may actually be impacting your family’s health and well-being.
Luckily, there are a variety of products that can work with your HVAC system to give you fresher, cleaner indoor air. Perhaps the least understood is the air scrubber*. Is it right for your home? Learn the facts before you decide:
Are Air Scrubbers and Air Purifiers the Same Thing?
No. Both are installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system, but they attack unwanted particles and bacteria in different ways. An air purifier is a filter-based system that traps harmful contaminants before they cycle through your home. Air scrubbers, on the other hand, use germicidal UV light waves coupled with a catalytic process to attack germs and other particles while they are still in the air or on surfaces like doorknobs and countertops.
Are Air Scrubbers Really That Effective?
Nothing is 100% effective, but air scrubber technology comes pretty close. Some models can eliminate up to 90% of airborne microorganisms, as well as 99% of surface microorganisms, including black mold, Staph and MRSA. By helping to rid your home of a wide variety of germs and allergens, air scrubbers can help reduce allergy and asthma-related symptoms and improve your family’s quality of life.
Will an Air Scrubber Help With Bad Odors?
It sure will. When an air scrubber “scrubs” pollutants from the air, it essentially obliterates them – along with their unpleasant odors. Air scrubbers can help eliminate common household odors associated with pets, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, mold spores… and even burnt food!
Does Air Scrubber Technology Use Ozone?
It depends on the scrubber. Some versions do use very small amounts of ozone, but the levels are well below the US EPA exposure limits and comparable to what can be be found outside in nature. If you do decide to get an air scrubber, just make sure your unit is installed by a professional technician to ensure safety.
Will an Air Scrubber Tank my Energy Bills?
Believe it or not, air scrubbers use fewer than 20 watts of electricity, which means a standard lightbulb is using three times the energy. Additionally, by cleaning the air that cycles through your HVAC system, an air scrubber can actually help make your home comfort systems run more efficiently.
Do you have air scrubber questions we didn’t cover in this blog post? Ask away! Blind & Sons is happy to help.
*All air scrubber facts in this blog post are based on the Air Scrubber Plus® filtration system.