Portable indoor air quality systems are designed for use in a single room or living area, so they don’t have the capacity to treat the air throughout your entire home. The most effective options are whole-home systems that attach to your furnace or air handler, where contaminants from every room are filtered and moisture is added or removed before air is recirculated into your home.
Many air purifiers and cleaners available through retail outlets are designed to filter the air in a single room, and sometimes they impact only a portion of the room. Another drawback of some portable solutions is that they can produce ozone, a known lung irritant. Whole-home systems effectively remove airborne particles in every room, and they require very little maintenance.
Portable units remove between 20 and 60 pints of moisture from the air per day. By comparison, a Healthy Climate® dehumidifier extracts up to 135 pints per day. Plus, there are no buckets to empty, and systems are available that reduce humid conditions in every room of your home.
Portable units must be placed in every room to match the comfort of a whole-home humidifier and require constant refilling. Plus, they can quickly become clogged with dirt, bacteria and mold, resulting in more frequent cleaning. A whole-home humidifier, like the Healthy Climate Steam Humidifier, works with your central heating and cooling system, by adding moisture as needed to your home's air.