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What Is an Air Scrubber?

Did you know that your home could be two to five times—and even up to 100 times—more polluted than the air outside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to your health. But don’t stress! There are plenty of ways for you to remedy the poor air quality in your home.

At Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air we recommend installing the Air Scrubber Plus®! Why? The Air Scrubber Plus® ensures that air ducts, tables, furniture, countertops, bathrooms, doorknobs, and practically every surface you touch on a regular basis is cleaner and safer for your family. It’s as simple as turning on your fan, furnace, or air conditioning system.

Today, Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air is helping you compare air scrubbers to traditional electronic air cleaners, to see the advantages of investing in an air scrubber for your Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky home.

What’s the Difference between Air Scrubbers & Traditional Air Cleaners?

Installing a traditional, electronic air cleaner in your heating and cooling system is the first step towards cleaning the air. However, electronic air cleaners are a reactive purification product. These kinds of cleaners require mold, pollen, sub-micronic particulates, viruses, and germs to enter your duct system and find their way to the air cleaner.

By contrast, an air scrubber in your duct system continuously emits hydro-peroxides into the air. Just like the hydrogen peroxide you buy to disinfect wounds, the hydro-peroxides are actively disinfecting and cleaning every inch of your home at all times!

 

Proving Air Scrubbers Are Nothing to Sneeze At

Some of the best air scrubbers on the market conducted a test they call the “sneeze test.” During this test, they expelled a known number of microbes into the air in a controlled environment while the select air scrubber was active. Within three feet and in mid-air, 99% of the microbes were killed. The added benefit of air scrubbers is that they can kill up to 99% of germs on surfaces as well – not just microbes that made it to the air scrubber.

Related Read: Is Your Air Conditioner’s Filter Sabotaging Your Home?

Does an Air Scrubber Take the Place of My UV Filter?

At Schneller, we don’t recommend that air scrubbers take the place of a UV light system. Typically, a UV light system is installed if there is biological growth present inside the air handler/evaporator coil. Due to the location of an air scrubber, it is unlikely the air scrubber alone will kill biological growth inside the air handler/evaporator coil and clean the air in the home.

In short, if you’ve got a UV light system already, an air scrubber is only going to make the air in your home cleaner. If you’re not quite sure what a UV system is or how it works, we explain it here!

Worried about the air quality in your home? Make sure your maintenance agreement has you covered.

Get the Homeowner’s Checklist below to ensure your air conditioner and furnace, as well as the air in your home, are getting the attention they deserve.

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