what is an air scrubber

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more likely to have certain harmful pollutants compared to outdoor air. As more people are becoming aware of this, they are trying find methods and tools that can improve indoor air quality. One of those tools is a machine called the “air scrubber.” If you are interested in learning about how this device can help your indoor air pollutant-free, keep reading! This quick and helpful guide by Freedom and Air and Heat will answer all your questions about the air scrubber.

What Exactly is an Air Scrubber and How Does it Work?

An air scrubber is a portable device that cleans and purifies air and improves indoor air quality. It is primarily used for commercial applications, though it can be used for residential purposes as well. Air scrubbers can remove gases, chemicals and toxic materials through two methods.

  • Wet Scrubbing

In this method, the air scrubber essentially absorbs air which goes through a damp filter to trap airborne pollutants.

  • Dry Scrubbing

If the air scrubber uses the “dry scrubbing method,” the air that is sucked in goes through a dry filter.

Many air scrubbers, like air purifiers, have carbon filters or UV lights to get rid of toxic particles.

The Difference between an Air Scrubber and Air Purifier

If you’re reading this and thinking “Wow! This sounds a lot like an air purifier,” you’re not wrong! There are several similarities between an air scrubber and air purifier. However, there are some differences between the two:

  • As we mentioned above, air scrubbers are used for commercial purposes, often by mold remediation companies, contractors and home remodelers. Air purifiers on the other hand are more commonly used in households.
  • While air purifiers are meant for long-term use, air scrubbers have a temporary application,—whole-house air purifiers are attached to your HVAC ducts and provide clean air throughout the day.
  • Air purifiers primarily focus on removing dust, mold spores and allergens. Scrubbers on the other hand remove toxic gases and chemicals from the air.
  • Air purifiers used HEPA filters and the ionization method to remove allergens. Air scrubbers on the other hand use dry and wet scrubbing methods.

Different Air Scrubbers

If you are looking for air scrubbers to keep your workers or family members safe from pollutants and toxic gases, here are some air scrubbers you should check out!

  • Dri-Eaz HEPA 500 Air Scrubber

The DefendAir HEPA 500 comes with an optional carbon filter and is easy to use and light weight. This one is common among restoration contractors.

  • Force Air 2000 Air Scrubber

This air scrubber comes with a True HEPA filter which removes airborne particles down to 0.3 microns. It’s durable and quite powerful as it can cover up to 2,000 cubic feet per minute.

  • Guardian Air Scrubber

The Guardian HEPA Scrubber covers 1,400 cubic feet per minute and can filter indoor air as well as depressurize sites and areas that have been damaged.

Want to Know More About Air Scrubbers? Contact Freedom Air and Heat!

If you have more question about air scrubbers, get in touch with the pros at Freedom Air and Heat! Call us today at 321-631-6886 or schedule an appointment online!