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Do Air Cleaners Really Work In HVAC Systems?

Chris Helms - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Do Air Cleaners Really Work In HVAC Systems?

How to know if you can trust air cleaners in your HVAC system.

We’ve all heard about air quality and the concerns about how it affects our health. What we don’t hear a lot about is indoor air quality and how to treat it. Since indoor air quality is often as bad as or worse than outdoor air quality, it stands to reason that we would want to improve it. But do air cleaners really work in HVAC systems? Let’s take a look.

Air Cleaners and How They Work

Air cleaners work with your HVAC system to clean the air before it is passed back out and into your home. A filter is the primary type of air cleaner used in HVAC systems, but it’s by no means the only type.

UV Air Cleaners

UV air cleaners work with your HVAC system by using ultraviolet radiation to neutralize bacteria in the air as it passes through the HVAC system. The UV light works by sterilizing the micro-organisms in the air and makes them harmless to people.

Electronic Air Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners work within your HVAC system by pulling in the particles in the air, charging them with a positive electrical charge so they can be collected by plates within the air cleaner. It acts like a magnet, holding the particles in place until the air cleaner is cleaned and replaced.

Air cleaners in HVAC systems work to remove dust, pollen, bacteria, mold, mildew, pet dander, smoke, and viruses, just to name a few. They are vital to the proper functioning of your HVAC system and help to improve your indoor air quality.

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