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Air Filters Vs. Air Filtration System: What’s the Difference?


Improving your indoor air quality is a great goal to have for you and your family. Indoor air quality can have an impact on your health and well-being – whether positive or negative. If you’re looking for ways to improve your air quality, you know that you need more than just a standard air filter. But what makes the investment worth it? If you need to understand how an air filtration system is better than an air filter, we can help. 

Air filtration systems in Farmington, NM are our specialty. When you’re ready, we can review the different options so you can decide what’s best for your home or business. In the meantime, we can outline the differences between air filters and an air filtration system for your home or business. 

The Use of Electricity

Electricity is the biggest difference between a standard air filter and an air filtration system. An air filter only works to clean the air that passes through it as your HVAC unit heats and cools your home. To put it simply, an air filter is passive while an air filtration system uses electricity for active air cleaning. Aside from air filter varieties that fit into your existing HVAC unit, there are three main types of air filtration systems: 

  • Electrostatic precipitators
  • Ion generators
  • UV lights

Preventing the Spread of Germs

Using an air filter on your HVAC unit is important – but there is only so much the filter can do. It is designed to capture larger dust particles, hair, animal fur, and other debris. The filter cleans your air to a degree but mainly serves to protect your HVAC unit from damage. Microscopic particles are still able to get through the filter and circulate through your home. These particles can include viruses and bacteria that make your family sick. 

The main goal of an air filtration system is to capture those microscopic particles. Biological organisms that make up dangerous viruses and bacteria are too small for standard air filters. And no matter how often you wipe down surfaces in your home or business, those particles may still be in the air you breathe. Air filtration systems cannot eliminate 100% of these particles, but they do remove many more from the air you breathe than a standard air filter.

Choosing an Air Filtration System

Each home and family’s needs are different. Some people prefer a stand-alone air filtration system that they can plug into a wall. Others prefer something that mounts inside their existing HVAC unit so it’s out of the way. Whatever your choice is, our team can help. We can determine what size unit is needed based on your square footage and help you understand how each type works. 

Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call or schedule an appointment and let us do it right the first time!

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