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What Type of Air Purifier or Air Filter Will Work Best for My Home?

When it comes to selecting a whole-house air filter or air purifier, there’s no right or wrong answer about which one type is the best. It comes down to your personal preferences. We are highlighting a couple of different air filters and air purifiers and sharing how they work to clean the air in your home.

When you need an air purifier in Earlysville, VA, you can give our team a call to schedule service. We can review your options with you and help you select a whole-house air purifier that fits your family’s needs. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about both air filters and UV light air purifiers and how each one works to clean the air in your home.

Traditional Filter Air Purifiers

An air filter traps harmful particles and prevents them from moving past the filter and into the clean air entering your home. Filters are rated at different levels to eliminate different types of particles. The more dense and strong the filter, the smaller the particles that it can remove.

The air filters get installed inside of your existing HVAC system where all of the air has to pass by before blowing through the ductwork and into your home. This way, all of the air being heated or cooled gets filtered out before entering your home. 

Yes, contaminants still come in from outside by riding on your clothes and body. There are always new contaminants constantly entering your home. But a whole-house air filtration system works around the clock to filter the air and make sure these particles do not continue circulating. It can get the air in your home more than 98% clean.

UV Light Air Purifiers

Everything that we highlighted above about a standard air filter is also true of an air purifier that uses a UV light. The key difference is that instead of filtering out harmful particles by capturing them in a filter, a UV light neutralizes them so that they are no longer harmful. 

A UV air purifier is not limited by how small particles are. Any particles that pass under a UV light are neutralized. If you are concerned about viruses, bacteria, and mold, a UV light may be the better choice for your home.

Whatever type of whole-house air filter or purifier you choose, the maintenance will be similar. Usually filters and UV lights each need to be changed out once a year. It’s something that we can complete during regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance.

We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. The team at Mack Morris Heating & A/C is here to help with indoor air quality so schedule your appointment today.

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