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The Difference Between an Air Filter and Air Filtration System


Your air conditioner has an air filter that is designed to help protect your AC while also improving your indoor air quality. But, your air filter can only do so much. There are still microscopic particles that can get through even the best air filter.

That’s where a whole house air filtration system comes in. It can clean your air better than a regular air filter does. The good news is, our team installs home air filtration systems for Happy Valley, OR. You can keep reading to learn more about the benefits of a whole house air filtration system compared to a standard air filter. 

About Standard Air Filters

You can pick up an air filter for your house at just about any major retailer or hardware store. But, standard air filters are only meant to catch larger particles of debris before they enter your air conditioning system. Dust, dirt, and pet dander and fur can wreak havoc on the inside of your air conditioner. Even though they are still relatively small, these particles can quickly build up in between gears that are meant to work together smoothly and cause a lot of problems. 

You can even upgrade your air filter to one that is rated to catch even smaller particles, including some bacteria and viruses. But the bottom line is, no matter how good your air filter is, some of those particles are going to get through. Then they recirculate through your home again and may even spread. 

Whole House Air Filtration 

That’s where a whole house air filtration system comes in. It’s installed inside your existing air conditioner and helps to clean the air at a higher level. There are many types of air filtration systems, but UV lights are very common. As the air passes through the UV light, it kills bacteria and viruses so that they’re no longer recirculating through the air in your home. 

Many whole house air filtration systems remove 99% or more of airborne bacteria and viruses including mold spores. They can also help to filter out dust and dirt by eliminating them as they pass by the UV light so that they cannot recirculate and blow back out into your home. 

Air Filtration Benefits

You are very likely to notice a difference in your home within hours of installing a whole house air filtration system. The air will feel lighter and clearer. But improved comfort is not the only benefit. Your family is also less likely to get sick and experience allergy symptoms since the air in your home is cleaner. Sure, you’re still going to bring in dust and dirt from the outside, but your air filtration system will clean those particles out when they circulate through your air conditioner.

Plus, an air filtration system actually lightens the load on your air conditioner. Even though those particles are microscopic, they can build up inside of your air conditioner as years pass. Without those tiny particles interrupting airflow and getting in between gears, your air conditioner has an opportunity to work more efficiently. It may even extend the life span of your air conditioner by reducing wear and tear. 

For HVAC, indoor air quality, and water heater services, look no further than the team who is “Connecting People to Comfort”– Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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