Jun 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Hughes

The Differences Between Air Purifiers, Air Filters and Air Scrubbers Blog Image

As a manufacturing facility, a university, school, hospital, or office building, air purification help improve your facility’s indoor air quality (IAQ) as well as fight against the spread of bacteria and viruses throughout your facility.

Since many illnesses are transmitted via airborne and can stay viable for many hours on surfaces, our attention is how to keep the air we breathe as clean as possible this winter. Indoor Air Quality or “IAQ” is crucial regardless of whether you are in a healthcare facility, on an educational campus, or working in a commercial facility!

The issue of indoor air quality concerns many people these days. It is essential to have a way to purify the air from pollutants. Of course, routine HVAC duct cleaning is the first step in removing bacteria from a building’s air system. However, one of the best ways to making sure the air you breathe is clean and healthy is through the use of air purification systems. There are different methods to using air purification, including, air scrubbers, air filters, and air purifiers. But you may be wondering what is the difference between each system?


Air Purification Systems


Air Purifiers

An air purifier is an air cleaning device that captures and kills contaminants within the purifier itself. Air purifiers use one or more filtration and air treatment methods to remove pollutants from the air. Air purifiers that use HEPA filtration can filter air particles down to 0.3 microns in size with a 99.97%.

  • MA-14 Air Purifier
  • MA-15 Air Purifier
  • MA-22 Air Purifier
  • MA-35 Air Purifier
  • MA-40 Air Purifier
  • MA-50 Air Purifier
  • MA-112 Air Purifier


Air Scrubbers

An air scrubber is an air cleaning device that utilizes a sear and retrieve method to eliminate contaminants in the indoor air. Air scrubbers are also available with HEPA filtration, allowing you to filter air particles down to 0.3 microns in size at 99.97% efficiency rating.

  • PuraShield 500 Molecular Air Scrubber
  • PuraShield Smart 500 Molecular Air Scrubber
  • PuraShield Smart 1000 Molecular Air Scrubber

In addition, they can work alongside a variety of three-stage HEPA negative air machines, which feature replaceable forest, second, and third filters. Air scrubbers are excellent for construction and healthcare organizations as they are highly effective at removing both airborne and settled dust and bacteria.


Air Filters

An air filter can only filter out particulate matter before it has time to spread into the air. 

  • PuraShield 500 Replacement Filter Cartridge
  • PuraShield Smart 500 Replacement Filter Cartridge
  • PuraShield Smart 1000 Replacement Filter Cartridge


ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning) states that Indoor air is the dominant pathway for exposure to airborne contaminants given that people spend the majority of their time indoors, and indoor air commonly contains numerous contaminants originating from both indoor and outdoor sources. Many of the contaminants impact health, comfort, well-being, learning outcomes and work performance. It is important that IAQ is considered in the design, construction and operation of buildings and HVAC systems. Portable Air Purification devices are helpful to combat many of these contaminants, especially in aging structures where traditional HVAC Systems may have diminished efficiency.


Air Purification For Your Industry

No matter what industry you serve, making sure the air you breathe is clean and health is of the highest importance. Air purification systems are a helpful way to improve IAQ and combat contaminates in:

  • Daycare Centers / Preschools
  • K-12 Facilities
  • Higher Education
  • Commercial / Office Buildings
  • Healthcare Settings
  • Hotel / Motel
  • Retail Establishments
  • Restaurants


Hughes Environmental

Air Purification Systems are a great way to improve IAQ and combat bacteria and viruses from spreading throughout your facility. Hughes Environmental’s technicians are experienced and trained to meet your facility’s safety requirements. We’ve performed hundreds of cleaning projects in all kinds of facilities. So, we can help you breathe easier with air purification systems.

  • We are on a mission to keep you and your family healthy with cleaner air. Our aim is to provide you with access to information about the best ways to improve indoor air quality, as well as the tools you need to make it happen.
  • We have a holistic approach to bringing fresh clean air into your facility. We bring together hardware, software and services to create a complete solution that fits your needs.
  • Unlike many other brands who sell dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and air purifiers separately, Hughes combines these products into one smart device that uses our patented technology for maximum effectiveness.

Interested in learning more about air purifiers, air filters or air scrubbing systems? Contact Us Here, or call 888-845-3952 to find out how we can help keep your facility clean and safe.

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