Do Electronic Air Cleaners Really Work?

Do Electronic Air Cleaners Really Work?

Have you ever wondered if air purifiers are actually effective? Have you considered whether the benefits might be worth the cost of installation? An electronic air cleaner (purifier) can reduce allergens in your home, potentially lowering your healthcare costs and improving your quality of life.

How do air purifiers work?

An air purifier is a system that contains one or more filters made of paper, mesh, or fiberglass. An internal fan sucks in polluted air, filters it, and then recirculates the cleaned air. This lowers the amount of dust that is ingested by those living in the home.

What do air purifiers filter?

The purpose of most electronic air cleaners is to filter pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, and other tangible particles. Gases, chemicals, and fumes are not as tangible, so the average air purifier will not do much to protect against them.

Is an air purifier a wise purchase?

As with most “extra” appliances, the necessity of an electronic air cleaner depends on a number of factors. For instance, do you live in a particularly dusty or dirty area? Does anyone in the home suffer from severe asthma or allergies? Do you own pets? Are you always wiping dust off the furniture?

Compare purchasing an air purifier to purchasing a heavy duty humidifier. They are helpful in many ways, and they will increase the overall comfort of your home but they may not be necessary for everyone.  We recommend them to anyone who has mild to severe respiratory issues and those with pets.

How can you find the right air purifier?

We don’t recommend electrostatic filters because we have found that they cause more issues than they solve. All electronic models work well but require regular maintenance (cleaning). If you don’t clean them regularly, then they don’t filter as well as they should.

When you purchase an electronic air purifier, look for one based on the following guidelines.

1. CADR (clean-air delivery rate) rating

The CADR determines how quickly a purifier rids the air of pollutants. Look for a rating of at least 300.

2. Size guidelines

Your air purifier should be properly sized to the room in question to ensure maximum efficiency.

3. AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) Verified Mark

This is a voluntary certification that provides a common set of standards amongst air purifier companies. Many reputable companies have been certified, which makes it easier to hone in on reliable brands and providers.

4. HEPA filter

A HEPA filter cleans the air of extremely fine pollutants and particles, such as pollen and mold. A strong filter is important for an efficient air cleaner.

While electronic air cleaners aren’t necessary for every home, they are great tools and are overall beneficial to your health, comfort, and indoor air quality.

If you have any further questions, or if you would like to have your air purifier installed, contact Indoor Air Quality today. We serve homeowners in Highlands Ranch and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Our highest priority is the comfort of your home.