Little child walking near tulips on the flower bed in beautiful spring day. Baby boy outdoors in the garden with watering can. Should you buy air purifiers or air cleaners?

When trying to improve the indoor air quality in your home, you may consider installing an air cleaner or air purifier. These devices filter unwanted contaminants out of your home’s air—allowing you to breathe easier and healthier air. But, how do you know what the difference is between air cleaners and air purifier and which you should install in your home?

Below, we’ve outlined the core differences between air cleaners and air purifiers and how each system improves your home’s performance.

What are Air Cleaners?

Air cleaners filter out dirty, mold, and other microscopic pollutants from the air. Air cleaners serve the same purpose as an air purifier—to remove impurities from the air—but do so in a different manner.

How Do Air Cleaners Work?

Air cleaners let air pass through a built-in filter to remove particles and are built directly into your HVAC system. They are installed between the air return duct and the furnace or air conditioner so that all air flowing in your home’s ductwork is cleaned. Air cleaners also help prolong the life of your heating and cooling systems and prevent dust, dirt, and other debris from building up inside the units.

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

A common question we hear from our customers is, “Are air cleaners and air purifiers the same thing?” The answer is simple—no.

Similar to an air cleaner, air purifiers remove contaminants from the air. However, instead of using a built-in screen or filter, air purifiers zap impurities using UV (ultraviolet) germicidal lamps. This creates cleaner, healthier air for you and your family to breathe and improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Not to mention, air purifiers operate silently so as not to bother you and your family with extra noise.

What Do Air Cleaners & Air Purifiers Filter?

Air cleaners and air purifiers filter out a variety of air pollutants, including:

  • Pet dander
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Dust
  • Soil
  • Ash
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Fungus

And much, much more.

Should I Buy an Air Purifier or an Air Cleaner?

If you can’t decide between installing an air purifier or an air cleaner, contact Airclaws at 740-448-COOL to find a system that is the best fit for your home.

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