Are Air Scrubbers Better than Air Purifiers?

Believe it or not, even with a recently-cleaned and fully-functional air conditioning system, you’re exposed to dust and particles two to five times more concentrated indoors than outdoors. This makes sense, because outside, contaminants are more or less “diluted” by the atmosphere. These numbers are reported by the Environmental Protection Agency in their pursuit to improve indoor air quality in many homes across the country.

Poor indoor air quality, or IAQ, is linked to a number of respiratory conditions like asthma and allergic reactions. It can even cause non-respiratory ailments like stress and headaches. The best way to improve your IAQ level is with the use of either an air purifier or an air scrubber. Here our HVAC pros at J&M explain what these are, as well as the difference between them.


What Is an Air Scrubber?

Air scrubbers were originally installed in the air conditioning systems of places notorious for bad air like construction sites. They work by trapping particles such as dust, pollen, fur and even VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in a filter located in the intake vents of most HVAC systems. Some air scrubbers even use UV technology to further eliminate germs suspended in the air.

Air Purifiers

While whole-home air scrubbers are fitted on the HVAC system itself, air purifiers filter contaminants in the air that’s already circulating in your home. They can also be integrated with your HVAC system, but they’re often placed in ventilation shafts to catch particles before they’re distributed indoors.

Which One Should You Choose?

You can consult with your air conditioning service provider to determine which system is best suited for your home. Air scrubbers and air purifiers each have their pros and cons, so it’s not fair to say that one is better than the other. Your choice will ultimately depend on the specific needs of you and your family.

Our professionals at J&M Air Conditioning & Heating can help you breathe easier by improving your indoor air quality . Give us a call at (951) 663-4895 (San Jacinto) or (760) 253-9631 (Palm Desert) to learn more about our IAQ services. You may also fill out our contact form and request a free estimate on air purification systems today. We serve homeowners in Hemet and other nearby communities.