How to Keep the Air in Your House Clean

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It’s easy to tell that a house is clean when there’s no visible dust, dirt, or grime on its surfaces, but what about the invisible impurities that exist in your home’s air? These microscopic particles are small enough that your family breathes them every day, affecting your health and comfort. 

Luckily there are a variety of ways to clean and purify the air in your home so your loved ones don’t have to breathe in these particles. Here are a few options you may want to consider for improving your home’s air quality and the pros and cons of each. With the right air purifying system in your house, you’ll know that even the parts of your home that you can’t see are as clean as the ones you can.

Portable air purifiers

Many people turn to portable air purifiers when they’re concerned with the air quality in their home. These are great for targeting specific rooms and are relatively cheap, costing in the range of $150-$1500 per unit. Portable air filters are also the way to go if you have no existing HVAC system in your home. But if you want to purify your whole home you will have to buy multiple as they do not individually have a great range.

Most portable purifiers use highly effective HEPA filters with powerful fans to circulate air through the filter and back into your home. The drawbacks of these are that they can create noise that bothers some homeowners and the filters must be replaced annually, adding to their cost.

Alternative models called ion air cleaners use an electrical charge to capture particles on a collector plate. These purifiers make little to no noise, but may produce trace amounts of irritating ozone and must be cleaned by hand periodically.

In-duct air purifiers

If you want purified air throughout your entire home, portable purifiers probably won’t cut it. Instead, you’ll need a whole house system. Installing an​ in-duct air purifier is one way to do this. These air cleaners go into your air duct where they capture and kill up to 99% of the harmful air pollutants found in your home and circulate purified air to every room where your HVAC system reaches.

However, duct-based purifiers are the most expensive option because ductwork is difficult to reach and they must be installed and maintained by professionals. These kinds of systems easily cost thousands of dollars for installation and upkeep. They also require your HVAC system to be running at all times in order to work, increasing your utility bills. However, for families suffering from allergies and respiratory irritation or who don’t want to replace filters themselves, this kind of investment in your home may be worth it.

Whole house HEPA filters

If portable air purifiers are the cheapest and in-duct cleaners are the most costly, HEPA whole house air filters are the middle-of-the-road option when it comes to price.  

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate arresting. These filters capture 99% of the bacteria and other pollutants floating in your home’s air and last longer than normal furnace filters. They cost more than portable air purifiers only because they must initially be installed by an HVAC tech and the filters must be replaced on a regular basis, but installation is not as invasive as in-duct systems are, and usually, you can replace the filters yourself.

If you’re looking for an alternative to HEPA filters, there are also electronic air cleaners, which use electrically charged particles to attract pollutants in your air and trap them. These are great if you don’t want to keep purchasing replacement filters, but you will have to wash the reusable filter in them and they must also be installed by a technician.

Cleaning house isn’t just about wiping down countertops and vacuuming floors. It’s about keeping the entire environment--air included--clean and healthy. It’s easy to forget about the dirt and bacteria in your home’s air when you can’t see them, but for many people, these are a source of illness and irritation.

It’s worth considering your options for an air purification system that works for you and your house. Just like clean surfaces, clean air keeps your family healthy and comfortable in the home they love and today’s air purifying technology offers a solution for everyone.