With increased concern about air pollutants and contaminants in indoor spaces, things like indoor air quality have become increasingly important to homeowners. This is especially true in families that struggle with allergy symptoms or other respiratory issues, or families where the flu or a case of COVID-19 might be particularly devastating.
If you’re concerned about air pollution in your home, an air scrubber might be the solution for you. As a part of your HVAC system, an air scrubber can remove things like pet dander, offensive odors, dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other pollutants. For more information about air scrubbers or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Lyons Air & Heating today. You can call our Texas office at 214-432-2859, or you can request service here. At Lyons, our skilled technicians can provide you with maintenance as well as new installation and repairs for every part of your HVAC system.
What is an Air Scrubber?
An air scrubber is a device that attaches directly to the ductwork of your existing HVAC system. It seizes and filters out harmful air particles and improves indoor air quality. It is a filtration system that uses proprietary light waves and a catalytic process to create what are called scrubber ions that seek and destroy harmful contaminants and pollutants on surfaces and in the air. The air scrubber cleans the air at a molecular level.
But what, actually, does that mean? What is the air scrubber actually doing, and what are its benefits versus something like a portable air purifier?
Before we get to the many benefits of installing an air scrubber onto your HVAC system, let’s break down air scrubber technology.
Air Scrubber by Aerus
The Air Scrubber by Aerus uses patented ActivePure Technology to remove 99.9% of common airborne contaminants and pollutants. Air scrubbers that utilize ActivePure Technology are awarded the Space Technology seal of approval by the Space Foundation and are scientifically proven to clean and purify the air.
So, here’s how it works:
As air flows through your ductwork, airborne contaminants pass into the air scrubber.
Your air scrubber will in turn generate UV light. That UV light will create negative ions that will match and bond with other charged ions such as bacteria, dust, and other pollutants that contaminate your home’s air.
As these charged ions bind together, they will become much too large to continue floating in the air–though they will still likely be invisible to the human eye. Your HVAC system’s air filters will trap pollutants that large and significantly improve your indoor air quality.
Why Should I Use an Air Scrubber?
Every day, air pollutants infiltrate our indoor spaces in ways we hardly even notice. Over time, our home’s air can become slowly more polluted as things like odor-causing bacteria and dust particles, airborne pathogens, mold spores, and other environmental dangers gather in our air ducts. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency ranked indoor air pollution as being one of the top five environmental dangers we face; air in closed-off, indoor environments is significantly more polluted than the air we breathe outside.
While everyone’s home and everyone’s environment are different, the truth is that we could all benefit from cleaner, better air. Additionally, improving indoor air quality isn’t the only benefit of installing an air scrubber system; it can also increase your HVAC system lifespan and increase the overall efficiency of your air conditioning system.
Let’s get into some of the specific benefits of installing an air scrubber system in your home or commercial business:
Benefits of an Air Scrubber
Air cleaning is obviously the biggest benefit of utilizing an air scrubber–but there are a variety of others.
Though there are air scrubber benefits unique to every home and family, we’ll talk about the most common ones. An air scrubber can:
This is one of the greatest benefits of using air scrubbers. Every day, we bring contaminants into our homes: on our shoes, on our hands, and on our clothes. They end up on the floor, on our countertops, on doorknobs, and all over our indoor space.
As we mentioned above, an air scrubber uses ActivePure technology to destroy 99% of all surface contaminants. It also purifies the air we breathe by eliminating 90% of all airborne contaminants.
Provide Relief from Allergy Symptoms
Huge numbers of people in the US suffer from allergy symptoms every year, many of them from things like pollen. Pollen is a very tiny particle that can drift into your home from the air outdoors and can be very uncomfortable for those who are allergic to it.
Most HVAC systems cannot filter for pollen due to the minuscule size of the molecules. However, this is not the case for an air scrubber. Due to its sophisticated system of air filters, an air scrubber can catch even the tiniest pollen molecules as they pass into your home, and leave you with nothing but pollen-free, clean air.
It isn’t only pollen your air scrubber system can catch; an air scrubber can also reduce dust, pet dander, and mold spores that could cause uncomfortable allergic reactions.
Reduce Unpleasant Odors
While air fresheners are marketed as a method for expelling unpleasant odors, in truth, it is just another form of air pollution. Rather than remove contaminants that cause bad odors, air fresheners simply add another chemical to already-polluted air. This is not the case for air scrubbers.
An air scrubber, by contrast, uses charged ions to kill and remove odor-causing bacteria, leaving you with fresh, purified indoor air. This could include odors that are created by spoiled food, pet odors, as well as odors caused by cigarette smoke.
Extend HVAC System Lifespan
As your HVAC system collects indoor air contaminants, it becomes strained. As things like dust mites and other pollutants build up in your vents and air ducts, your existing HVAC system will be working twice as hard to bring your house down to your desired temperature.
Air scrubbers can solve this problem easily. Installing an air scrubber vastly reduces the workload of your air conditioning system, as it will remove contaminants before they get caught up in your air conditioning. Clean and purified air is much easier to circulate; by installing an air scrubber, you’ll end up with a longer-lasting HVAC system, operating at peak efficiency for years to come.
Use Less Power
Many homes and businesses rely on an air conditioner system to improve indoor air quality. While an air conditioner is perfectly capable of controlling airflow and temperature, it isn’t exactly up to getting rid of all the indoor air contaminants that might pass through its vents on any given day.
An air scrubber, however, is built to trap these air pollutants and improve your indoor air quality. Air scrubbers are significantly more powerful than HVAC systems when it comes to eliminating indoor air contaminants, which means they do the job better while using less energy to give you clean air.
This is not only good for your wallet–which we’ll talk about in just a second–but for the environment as well.
Save You Money
The cost of an air scrubber may seem prohibitive. As with any large piece of equipment, installation might seem expensive, but you’ll see substantial savings in the long run once your air scrubber is put to use.
First, by eliminating disease-causing pathogens with your air scrubber, you’ll save on medical bills during flu season, or during health events like the COVID pandemic. Second, you’ll see lower energy bills with your air scrubber as it increases the efficiency of your AC system. Third, you’ll see a significant reduction in dust around your home as your air scrubber catches and destroys dust particles, reducing cleaning costs. Fourth, with the reduced workload on your existing HVAC system, fewer repairs will be needed to maintain the system’s efficiency.
For Top Rockwall Air Scrubber Services, Call Lyons Air & Heat Today!
If you’re looking for an air purification system for your family in Rockwall, Greenville, Heath, Addison, Lavon, or any of the surrounding areas, give us a call at Lyons Air & Heat. We can get you set up with air scrubber services as well as a variety of other HVAC services, including maintenance and installation. You can also get information about our Cool Club maintenance plan–members of our Cool Club receive priority service and scheduling, as well as discounts on repairs.