How Do Whole Home Air Cleaners Work?

Our homes are more energy efficient than ever, tightly sealed against the elements so that our heated and cooled air doesn’t escape through cracks and leaks. As a result, paying attention to indoor air quality is more important than ever. Heating and cooling systems typically recirculate air and can inadvertently create a situation where the air inside a home is many times more polluted than the outdoor air. There are ways to prevent this. We find that many of our customers in Colorado and Wyoming benefit greatly from installing electronic air cleaners.

How do Air Cleaners Work?

An electronic air cleaner, when installed by a professional in conjunction with your HVAC system, can help to eliminate over 99% of contaminants.

These are the two types of air cleaners:

Electrostatic precipitators

Particles (dust, allergens and other contaminants) gain an electrical charge as the air is drawn into the unit. The charge is created from ions moving back and forth in the system. The charged particles then accumulate on two flat plates, inside the unit, that have the opposite charge — effectively taking those irritants out of the air you breathe. The plates typically need to be cleaned every one to three months, depending on how quickly the particles accumulate on them.

Ion generators

Rather than charging particles inside the unit, ion generators send ions out to charge the particles in the room. The charged particles then cling to surfaces around the room such as curtains or walls. This takes them out of the circulating air you breathe. The particles are then removed from the room during normal home cleaning.

Benefits of Air Cleaners

Air cleaners are extremely effective

If you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies or other respiratory illnesses, or if you are just concerned about breathing clean air in your home, a whole home electronic air cleaner can give you peace of mind and make you more comfortable. Air cleaners have been shown to be extremely effective at removing particulates, odors and microbials.

An air cleaner will protect your whole house

By working with your HVAC system, whole home air cleaners provide comfort and safety throughout your entire home. Air cleaners go a significant step further than traditional air and furnace filters which only trap medium-to-large particles and have little to no effect on gases, vapors, bacteria and viruses.

Air cleaners are safe and reliable

Air cleaner technology is safe and effective for everyone and can be especially beneficial for children and seniors.

Air cleaners are easy to install and maintain

Once professionally installed into your existing heating and air conditioning system ducts, the air cleaner requires very little maintenance.

Contact a Rheem Pro Partner today to protect your home’s indoor air quality. We serve all of Colorado and Wyoming.