HVAC systems can keep your home comfortable all year round by holding the temperatures in a range you love regardless of the season. But, since they are bringing in air from the outdoors and blowing it into your home as well as recirculating stale air from the home itself, there can be a lot of issues with pollen, allergens, mold, dust, pet dander, and many other contaminants getting into your air.
In a high enough concentration inside your home, these airborne pollutants can exacerbate asthma, respiratory issues, and allergies. In order to keep them to a minimum, installing an air scrubber on your HVAC ducting systems might be an option you should consider.
How Does an Air Scrubber Work?
An air scrubber is a cube or rectangle shaped device that is installed as part of your ducting system. It acts as a secondary filtration system in order to gather up tiny and microscopic particles found in the air.
It’s a very low maintenance device that uses UV light spectrums as well as specialized filtration systems and charged ions to eliminate more contaminants from the interior air. If used in accordance with a HEPA filter on your HVAC system, the combination filtration can remove 99.97% of airborne contaminants.
Do I Need an Air Scrubber?
A permanent air scrubber will normally need to be installed by an HVAC technician, or a homeowner that has advanced knowledge of ductwork. They can be rather costly, but many homeowners feel that the initial investment is a small price to pay for an improvement in air quality inside your home.
If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies which are made worse when the HVAC system is used, an air scrubber can be a very valuable installation. It can also help remove lingering odors from your home as well, including damp and musty odors, pet odors, cooking odors, and more.
Benefits of Using an Air Scrubber
Air scrubbers can quickly remove lingering odors from cooking fish or heavily spiced foods, small pet mammal and pet bird odors, dog and cat dander, pollen and other allergens, as well as mold spores and some forms of bacteria.
Additionally, air scrubbers installed with HEPA or ActivePure filtration technology can be effective in removing or reducing the potential for viruses, MRSA, H1N1, Covid19, and other potential hazards to your health.
If that wasn’t enough, the installation of an air scrubber on your ducting system can help improve the lifespan of your HVAC system. Air scrubbers can be used as a “pre-filter” to eliminate the risk of airborne debris getting into your HVAC’s coils, compressor motor, heat sinks, and other more delicate components.
This not only helps improve efficiency, but can also extend the life of your HVAC filters and scheduled maintenance needs. Instead of needing preventative maintenance every 3 months, an air scrubber can potentially push this back to every 6 months, saving you time and money.