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What’s the Difference between Electronic and Mechanical Air Cleaners?

Protecting your home’s indoor air quality often requires special effort if you want both healthy air and an efficient heating and cooling system. One of the best methods to have both is to install an air cleaner for your HVAC system. These cleaners remove contaminating particles from the air that circulates through the HVAC system while providing minimal resistance to airflow. With the right air cleaner installed with the assistance of a professional, you can have close to 100% of the unwanted pollutants in your air removed.

It’s vital that you have an indoor air quality specialists help you with finding and installing an air cleaner. The wrong size and type of air cleaner can end up impairing your HVAC system or failing to adequately eliminate the particles you need filtered.

At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we are proud of the service we provide in improving indoor air quality in New Port Richey, FL with air cleaners. There are different types of air cleaners that we install, but most fall into two broad groups: mechanical or electrical.

Mechanical air cleaners

A mechanical air cleaner uses a mesh of material, usually fiberglass fibers, to trap particles passing through them. They both impede the particles and attract them to the surface of the fibers, where they become lodged. The most common type of mechanical air cleaner is the HEPA (high energy particulate air) filter. However, these are uncommon in homes because they can create too much blockage against airflow. Professionals will find a mechanical filter that will trap particles without creating too much air resistance.

Electronic air cleaners

Unlike mechanical air cleaners, electronic cleaners are not filters at all. They instead create an electric field that ionizes particles that pass through it. When the particles are ionized, they are drawn down to a pair of plates on the cleaner and trapped there. Electronic air cleaners require an external power source to run, but they are often necessary because they can remove contamination that is too small for a mechanical filter to catch.

Find the right air cleaner for you

Mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners are not the only option you have for cleansing the air that flows through your HVAC system: you can also have UV lights installed or other filtration systems. There are also HVAC systems designed specifically to handle HEPA filters. There’s also no reason you can’t have more than one type of cleaner or filter installed.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to talk to our specialists in indoor air quality, and they will help you sort through the options available and find the air cleaners in New Richey, FL.

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