Whole House Air Purifier Ratings: A comparison of the best in whole house air cleaning
A whole house air purifier typically leverages the power of the air handler of your HVAC system to clean the air throughout your home. These air purification systems often require an installation by a HVAC technician so you will want to factor in the installation cost in making your purchase decision.
Before considering a whole house air purifier, we recommend that you review the quality of the home air filters that you are using. Air filters are rated on a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale that ranges from 1 to 16. The cheap store bought home air filters are usually a MERV 4 or 6 and only filter out the largest of dust particles. This is important to maintaining an efficient HVAC system but does nothing for your health and does not help with dust reduction in your home. For dust reduction we suggest a MERV 8 filter and for allergy or asthma relief we recommend using a MERV 11 or MERV 13 home air filter. These air filters will become dirty more quickly and are more restrictive than the low priced filters so you will want to make sure they are replaced every 2 months otherwise you will experience reduced air flow through your HVAC system. A reduced airflow means that your heating and cooling system will have to work harder and you will end up spending more in utility bills. While not as effective as a room air purifier in removing the smaller sized particles that trigger allergies or asthma, a good home air filter will improve your overall home indoor air quality.
Getting back to our review of the whole house air purifiers, here is what you should think about in selecting the best solution for your home environment. If you are most interested in getting a good night’s sleep, then you should review the room air purifiers first. If you have a very large room to clean or want really clean air throughout your home then you will want to know the whole house air purifier installation costs, availability of replacement air filters, frequency of filter replacements and ease of replacing the filter. Whole house air purifiers are often connected to the air handler so you will want to make sure that is accessible for you.The advantages of a whole house air purifier are the ability to have clean air throughout your home and the air cleaning equipment is typically out of site so it will not disrupt your home décor. The disadvantages are that the upfront costs and installation costs can be very expensive for a whole house air purifier. Another disadvantage is that you may need to run the fan on your HVAC system continuously for it to move the air through the whole house air filters otherwise you effectively have turned off the whole house cleaning. Most people set their thermostats to only run when the HVAC system is heating or cooling and this is a change that you would have to make in order to have clean air throughout the day and year.
Most Popular Whole House Air Purifiers:
AllerAir Whole House Air Handler Review
Trane Whole House Air Purifier Ratings
Trion Whole House Air System Reviews
See how the whole house air purifiers compare to the listing of top rated air purifiers.