Guide to Air Purification

Homes can be filled with up to five times more air pollution than outside air. Air purifiers bring in fresh, clean air and push out the old air when general air ventilation is not enough.

Popular Air Purification Systems

There are two types of air purifiers that are available for in-home use: portable and whole home air purifiers. Portable air purifiers are put in specific areas of the house to target contaminants. A whole home air purifier is installed with your HVAC system to target contaminants throughout the entire house. There are many types of whole home systems, but the main two use either filters or UV lights to purify the air in your house’s HVAC system.

Popular brands include:

  • Rabbit Air
  • Honeywell
  • Lennox
  • IQAir
  • Aprilaire
  • Fresh-Air
  • Coway

Installation Options

There are two options when it comes to installing an air purifier. The homeowner can install a portable unit or an HVAC professional can install the system for you. Portable air purifiers can be purchased online or at a local home improvement store and installed by the homeowner by following the directions that come with the portable system.

For whole home air purifiers, it is recommenced that they be installed by your HVAC professional. Because they work with the entire home HVAC system, it is important that they are installed properly with your heating and cool equipment so that you can get the most out of your air purification system. You can contact Blanton and Sons to schedule an estimate for an air purification system for your home.

Cost & Maintenance Tips for your Air Purifier

Portable Air Purifiers: Filters for portable unites must be replaced the most frequently, usually every few months. Many portable air purifiers have washable filters that are reusable. Your owners manual will direct you in how to replace or clean the filter.

Whole Home Air Purifiers: Filters must be changed on a regular basis, generally every 6-12 months. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for the recommendation that is specific to your unit.

UV Light Air Purifiers: These have the longest service life and only the bulbs need to be replaced – generally every 1-3 years. Your HVAC specialist can change the bulbs for you during your maintenance.

Portable air purifiers are definitely the cheapest option for air purification, but they are not as effective as whole home air purifiers. Depending on the model, the price can range from $30 into the $100s.

Whole Home air purifiers usually cost around $1,000 for the unit plus an installation fee depending on your HVAC company’s cost. Contact us to schedule an estimate for an air purification system for your home.

8 Things You Should Know about Air Purifiers

  1. There are two main types of air purification unites available: portable and whole home unites. Portable are generally more affordable, while home air purifiers offer better coverage throughout your home.
  2. Portable air purifiers do not need professional installation. Whole Home air purifiers need to be installed by your HVAC contractor.
  3. Air purifiers use either filters or UV light to trap and/or neutralize contaminants in your air.
  4. Air purifiers require maintenance in the forms of changing filters or UV lightbulbs and range in frequency from every few months to once every three years.
  5. Portable systems range from $30 to the $100s and can be installed by the homeowner.
  6. Whole home systems usually run about $1,000 and require professional installation.
  7. These systems are helpful for removal of pollen, dander, dust, and more common allergens. Air purifiers also help remove odor from your home.
  8. HEPA filters are the most efficient type of filter you can get to work in your air purification system.