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Ionizer Air Purifier vs. UV Purifier

Ionizer Air Purifier vs. UV Purifier

December 12th, 2022

The quest for better quality air in your home … you’ve been thinking about this for a while, maybe since 2020 when you had to spend a lot more time indoors. It’s a worthwhile quest! Pandemic or not, the quality of the air inside most homes is often three to four times worse than the air outdoors. Since you can’t always throw open your windows to let in fresh air because of the weather, you’ll want to find other solutions to help clean your air of harmful particles.

Ah, but what solutions? There are many, and you may find it difficult to choose even when it comes down to picking an air purifier. For example, should you purchase an ionizer air purifier or a UV air purifier in Acworth, GA? We can help you with information about both.

Ionizer Air Purification

Ionization is the process by which ions are formed by a molecule either gaining or losing an electron. Gaining an electron creates a negatively charged ion, and losing an electron creates a positively charged one.

The way an ionizer air purifier puts this to work for cleaning the air is that it ionizes unwanted particles moving through the ductwork of an HVAC system to make them easier to draw out of the air. The ionizer creates a field called a corona discharge that ionizes particles that pass through it. Negatively and positively charged ions clump together, causing them to fall out of the air or make it easier for air filters to trap them. Some ionizers also contain charged metal plates that pull the particles down from the air. 

Ionizers are effective at removing odor molecules, volatile organic compounds, smoke, and many other tiny particles that can slip through standard air filters.

UV Air Purifiers

These purifiers use the power of ultraviolet radiation to eliminate organic pollutants, including bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. The purifier consists of a UV light that’s installed into the HVAC system so it shines onto the evaporator coil of the AC, a spot where all air circulating through the ventilation system must pass. The UV rays disrupt the cellular structure of organic pollutants and either kill them outright or render them inert and harmless. UV air purifiers are safe for people and pets and need very little maintenance. 

Which One Is Better?

It depends on your home. Ionizer air purifiers are good tools against the majority of indoor pollutants, but they do not have much effect on organic ones. UV air purifiers are extremely good at eliminating organic pollutants, but won’t affect other types. 

The good news is that one purifier doesn’t cancel the other. This isn’t an “either/or” situation: you can choose to have both installed if that’s the best option for your home. You can also have an air purification and filtration system installed that combines the power of UV light, ionization, and mechanical filtration in a single whole-house air cleaning solution. 

The best place to start is to speak to our team of indoor air quality experts. We can determine exactly what your home needs for cleaner air. 

Contact Dayco Systems to learn more about your options for better indoor air quality.We’ve proudly served Acworth and the Greater Metro Atlanta Area since 2006.