What is an Air Scrubber?

Indoor Air Quality: What is an Air Scrubber?

An air scrubber can benefit your home and business’s air quality, but should everyone invest in one?

Usually, when you hear the word “pollution,” you may be thinking about the smog that collects above major urban cities, or the gunk being poured into lakes and oceans by large manufacturing plants. However, air pollution can be in the place you would least expect—your own home. 

Air quality is important to many individuals, and we would argue that more people should be proactive about preventing air pollution in their living spaces. Today, we will cover all the basics of air pollution inside homes and methods for reducing the pollution you experience. 

Information on Air Quality

Your indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a dramatic effect on your health and well-being. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that indoor air pollution is in the top five dangers threatening the planet today. All individuals can be affected by polluted, improperly circulated air, but it can be particularly harmful to people with the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Immunocompromised individuals
  • Migraines
  • Sinus infections
  • Pregnancy
  • COVID-19

Air Scrubber Basics 

An air scrubber is a device that is retrofitted to your HVAC unit and purifies the air with germicidal UV light. As air passes through the specialized filter, UV rays kill all forms of contaminants (most filters simply trap them). Furthermore, through the scrubber’s catalytic process, these contaminants are oxidized and ionized to actively combat contaminants inside your home. These supercharged particles are the tiny “air scrubbers” that flow throughout the air in your structure, using antimicrobial properties to clean both air and surfaces. 

Benefits of Air Scrubbers

There are a variety of reasons for choosing this device for your HVAC unit, and the benefits are widespread. Here are a few of the excellent reasons you should consider investing in one: 

  • Purifies the air of toxins and allergens
  • Eliminates smoke odor
  • Removes pet odors and contaminants
  • Eliminates mold
  • Extends the life of your HVAC system
  • Improves health
  • Results in better sleep

Should You Get an Air Scrubber? 

This device is beneficial for every home and office building, but some people may be more inclined to adopt it. Restoration specialists who are working on compromised locations to improve the safety of the air usually use air scrubbers. For example, first responders used air scrubbers at the Pentagon following the deadly attacks of 9/11 to cleanse the smoky air throughout the structure. This machine can help in homes and businesses that have experienced a disaster, such as a fire or flood, since the resulting smoke and mold can be harmful to your health. 


Finally, you should consider adding a scrubber to your HVAC if you have respiratory conditions or immunocompromised individuals live in your home. Cleaner air can mean better health for those with asthma, respiratory disease, and may fight the airborne contagion of COVID-19. 

Black Diamond Restoration Can Help

The team at Black Diamond Restoration has learned a lot about air quality and repairing homes and businesses after disaster damage, so we are ready to answer your questions about fighting mold, removing smoke damage, and more. We serve Salt Lake, Davis, and Utah counties in Utah.


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