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What’s the Difference Between Air Scrubber and Air Purifier?

Of the two air filtration systems, air purifiers are more commonplace. This means many of you may be asking yourselves, “What is an air scrubber?”. Thankfully, at Raynor Services we are here to help answer your questions. The air scrubber, through a system of filters, pulls contaminated air into it and outputs fresh air that will keep you and your workers out of harm’s way. The size, type, and complexity of the air scrubber are heavily dependent on the room you’re using it in, as well as what sort of particles/gases you are likely to be exposed to. Some of the gases or contaminants that air scrubbers are effective against include chemical fumes, lead, mold, dust, asbestos, and carbon monoxide. 


The main thing an air scrubber can do that an air purifier cannot remove particles from surrounding surfaces in addition to airborne particles. In addition, it also comes as a portable device, making it simple to move around. Generally, air scrubbers are used in industrial environments such as restoration or construction zones where there are large amounts of dust, mold, and other particles being brought up into the air. Those are not the only places they have shown to be useful. When HVAC systems malfunction or are improperly regulated, air scrubbers have shown to be effective in areas in the healthcare or food service industries. Any indoor environment where residents or employees would be at risk from detrimental air quality could benefit a lot from a system like an air scrubber.


What Is an Air Purifier?

The more traditional air purification system is the air purifier. While very comparable to an air scrubber, there are a few things that separate the two. The basics are all the same. An air purifier filters air particles to remove pollutants from the air. They start to differ from air scrubbers when you take into account the costs, maintenance, and operating methods.

Air Purifier vs Air ScrubberFor example, an air scrubber is portable and can be put in the middle of a room or workspace to run. Air purifiers are mostly attached to HVAC systems and work for household use. They work extremely well for removing things like dust or pollen that could inflame allergies. Odor removal is another aspect of air purification this system works really well on. This helps take care of smells that persist from everyday household activities such as cooking or smoking. If you are looking for something to improve your indoor air quality in a residential environment, an air purifier may be the way to go. They are cheaper and built for more simple filtration like one would need in their home as opposed to a construction site.


What Can They Both Do?

No matter which system you choose, it’s important that your building has high-quality air filtration to ensure the safety of whoever is in it. Both of these systems could do the same job, it’s just up to you to decide which makes more sense for your own personal needs or regulations. While an air scrubbing system may be more expensive, it does a better job and will be cost-effective in the long run. Whatever you end up deciding, Raynor Services can make sure your system is properly installed to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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