Difference between Air Purifier and Air Scrubber

If you’re looking to clean the air in your home or remove contaminates or particles from the air in a space then you might’ve come across air purifiers and air scrubbers. Both of them serve separate purposes that are similar and that are why they are often confused with each other. To best determine how to clear the air in your space, you should first learn about the difference between the two so you can make the best decisions possible moving forward. Both are portable cleaning devices that you should stay educated and up-to-date about so you can make the most informed decision when cleaning the air in your space.

Air Purifier

An air purifier usually contains some type of filter, or multiple different types of filters, that removes contaminants from the air making it cleaner to rather. These filters are typically HEPA filters that have been certified to do an extensive cleaning job when it comes to filtering through air with different types of contaminants. The filter and fan filtration system inside of an air purifier work together to suck in contaminated air and clean it before it’s released back into the air.

This can be beneficial for people who have allergies or asthma because once the air around them has been cleaned free of allergens and pollen, it’ll make that air easier to breathe and these types of people will suffer less in their own homes. It also helps to reduce the lingering residue from tobacco smoke that can also damage the airways of people with sensitive breathing issues. All of these things are packed in one by using an air purifier to clear some air in your home.

Air Scrubber

Air scrubbers work similarly to air purifiers in the sense of removing particles in the air and some contaminants. There are two different types of air scrubbers that can be found, wet scrubbers and dry scrubbers. They are both used in a different fashion. Wet scrubbers work by spraying cleaning agent into the air which binds to particles and contaminants and cleans them. They are often placed in high areas so they can work optimally by spraying in bigger spaces and letting the cleaning agent go further distances.

 A dry scrubber uses HEPA filters to target bacteria and viruses in the air and eliminate them by utilizing a fan and filter combination. It sucks up contaminated air through the filter and then it’s cleaned and returned back into the regular air. Both methods of air scrubbers work well, it all depends what you’re looking for in the space you have. If you have a space that can be accessed higher up then it might be smarter to use a wet scrubber that can spray cleaning agent from far up. If you have a space that is tight and constructed, a dry scrubber might be what you need. Both are effective in what they do and also clear odor out of the air at the same time.