Your Top 5 Air Scrubber Questions – Answered
Your home should serve as your oasis, providing respite from the outside. Whether you’ve had a long day of running errands or have spent hours in the great outdoors, you want to be able to return to a comfortable home and relax. However, while your home may seem great on the surface, it could be harboring unhealthy air that you and your family are breathing. According to the EPA, indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. So if you aren’t taking steps to improve your indoor air quality, you may actually be affecting 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:
Air Scrubber vs. Air Purifier: What’s the Difference?
Are air scrubbers the same thing as air purifiers? 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 HVAC Air Scrubbers Really 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?
Yes, your air scrubber will help control bad odors! 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 small amounts of ozone, but the levels are well below the U.S. EPA exposure limits and comparable to what can 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 Make My Energy Bills Go Up?
Believe it or not, air scrubbers use fewer than 20 watts of electricity, which means a standard lightbulb is using 3 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.
Choose Blind & Sons To Improve Your Air Quality
When it comes to your home’s comfort and safety, you can count on Blind & Sons to always provide you with trusted recommendations and reliable service. Our team has been serving Northeast Ohio homeowners since 1937, and with 80+ years of experience under our belt, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to ensure you have great indoor air quality. We never offer anything short of our best, but you don’t just have to take our word for it! We back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.