An air purifier can be effective in filtering the indoor air in a single room. But if you aim to filter the indoor air in your whole house, it is not enough. Even buying a much larger air purifier unit will still not effectively clean up your in-house air. You need to consider having a whole-home air filtration system installed.
What Is a Whole Home Air Filtration System?
A whole-home air filtration system is not a single portable unit that you can put anywhere in a house. Instead, it is a system installation integrated with your house’s HVAC system. In this harmonious system, the air that circulates in your house will be purified while it is also being cooled or heated.
Do You Need It?
For people with allergies or respiratory problems, a whole-house air filtration system can be very helpful. However, bear in mind that installing a purifier in your HVAC system is not the only way to get clean indoor air. There are cheaper and more effective ways to do so, such as:
- Planting trees around the house to neutralize pollution
- Avoid using chemicals to clean your home
- Clean your home regularly, including vacuuming the whole floor
- Open your windows for at least a short time every day to allow for natural air circulation
- Do not smoke indoors
- Install a ventilation hood over your kitchen stove and turn it on every time you are cooking
- Change the filters of your AC and clean the unit regularly
It might be useless to have a whole-home air cleaner system if you neglect other measures to keep your indoor air clean because your air purifier would just have to work extra hard to provide clean air for your house.
Pros and Cons
Like any other kind of system, a whole-home air filtration system has its advantages and disadvantages to take into consideration when you make your decision. Here they are:
- The machine can run all day, every day without overheating like the portable units do
- Effectively covers the whole house
- Doesn’t take up much space in your home
- Creates no noise while operating
- More efficient as it works in integration with your HVAC system
- Easier maintenance
- The initial cost is higher
- The performance of the system may vary from home to home
- It is a little bit difficult to determine which whole-home air filtration system is best for your house
- Air filtration will not work if your HVAC system is off, which can be problematic if you need your air purified when you are not heating or cooling your home.
- You might end up with a higher electricity bill if you run the system 24/7.
Since installing a whole-house air filtration system is not cheap, you might need to consider whether you want to have it or not. And if you are sure you need to have one, make sure to have only a licensed professional install it for you. Ask to see what kind of air filtration system would work best for you, and find out how to perform the maintenance.