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The Difference Between an Air Filter and Air Filtration System


Given their names, it’s likely that many people believe that an air filter is the same thing as an air filtration system, but this isn’t the case. An air filtration system is comprehensive, and includes air filters.

Most of the time, when you hear the term air filter in a discussion about HVAC systems, what you’re hearing about is the air filter that comes standard with your heating and/or cooling systems. This air filter is not designed to protect your indoor air quality, but rather it is in place to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its sensitive components.

An air filtration system is a whole-home indoor air quality product that makes your air healthier and cleaner to breathe. Read on to learn more!

Why You May Want to Invest in Whole House Air Filtration

We understand if you’ve wondered exactly why an air filtration system or a whole-home air purifier would be necessary. After all, they sell portable systems just about everywhere, right? And, your HVAC systems came with air filters!

As we mentioned above, the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC systems is not in place to protect your indoor air quality. Instead, that air filter is there to protect the interior components of the AC system itself. That doesn’t mean it’s not important! But for comprehensive help with your indoor air quality, you’ll want a whole-house air filtration system.

These systems help homeowners combat dust, dirt, pollutants, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and even smoke that can get in the home and get stuck there. The whole-house air filtration system combats this debris, plus pollen, pet dander, viruses, and bacteria, all-in-all making for a healthier home.

Please do ask our pros about the available systems we install and service! Your home could benefit from something like a UV air purifier, also known as a UV germicidal light. or, you may simply just need a basic air filtration system. The best thing you can do to determine your specific needs gives our team a call.

Whole House Air Filtration Systems are Seamlessly Integrated with your HVAC System

Unlike store-bought, portable air filters and air purifiers, whole-house air filtration systems are installed directly into your ductwork. This enables them to filter all the air that’s going to be pumped back into your home, offering you clean and breathable air.

Filtration Keeps Dust and Debris Out of the Home

Since filtration systems work within your ductwork, this means that they stop all the airborne debris from ever entering your living space. This means less dust and dirt on the floors, tables, and other surfaces of your home.

Whole House Air Filtration Systems Help Overall Comfort

An air conditioning system will operate a lot more effectively and efficiently if it’s trying to cool down clean air. Air that is otherwise full of dust and debris will be usable, but it will make your air conditioner’s job a lot harder, even with the help of that filter trying to protect it.

For the professional installation of a whole-home air filtration system in Concord, CA, look no further than Hometown Heating and Air Conditioning. Contact us today!

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