Air Purification Systems: Air Ionizer

Benefits of an Air Purification System or Air Ionizer

First, what is an air purification system? This is tricky and if you google the difference between air cleaners and air purifiers you will get contradicting information.  Even Wikipedia uses the phrases interchangeably - as if they are one in the same.  At Balanced Air Heating and Cooling we try to stick with the terminology used by the manufacturer, but even that has changed over the years.  On our website we call this iWave machine an air purifier, even though they market it as an air cleaner.  We install the iWave-R, which is actually a residential "air ionization system."  As the air flows past the iWave-R, positive and negative ions actively treat the supply air, reducing certain bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. This ionization process also reduces pet odors, cooking odors, smoke and other particles.

The manufacturer calls this air ionizer an air cleaner.   You'll notice the branding on the device refers to it as the iWave-R Residential Air Cleaner.  However many HVAC companies refer to it as an air purifier.  We also sell and install the AprilAire 2210 and 2410 whole-house air purifiers (formerly called air cleaners by AprilAire).

Air Ionizer

The i-Wave-R is an air ionizer which works by making particulates heavier through the ionization process. Once those particulates are heavier, they're removed from the air.  The negative ions used by ionizers can stop the growth of viruses, while the ozone produced by the interaction of negative ions and other particles can kill bacteria, fungi, and mold. So whether you consider it an air cleaner, an air purifier or an air ionizer, the iWave-R is the equipment we install.  We also install the AprilAire whole-house air purifiers, with MERV 13 filters, proven to remove common airborne allergens including dust, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, pet dander, and dust mites.  Depending if your concern is about allergens and dust or mold, bacteria and viruses, will determine which system would best fit your need.

Air Cleaners, Air Ionization and Air Purification Systems

Read more about the iWave-R, the AprilAire 2410 Whole-House Air Purifier and the AprilAire Model 2210 Whole-House Air Purifier.  Although these are the systems we sell and install, if you have a different system, or different needs, let us know. We choose these systems because we get them at a good price and are familiar with the installation and happy with their effectiveness and customer support, but if you have another request, let's talk.  Call Balanced Air Heating and Cooling of North Olmsted for your expert installation or fill out our online form.

Air Purifier/Air Ionizer Installation


Air Ionizer
Air Ionization System Installation
Air Purifier

Air Cleaner

The AprilAire whole-house air cleaners are easy to install into your existing furnace, capture common allergens and lengthen your HVAC system’s life while improving energy-efficiency.

AprilAire Humidifiers

Humidifiers help you maintain optimal humidity in your home, reducing the incidence of respiratory infections and symptoms related to allergies and asthma.

Air Purification System

The iWave-R typically installs inside of the duct. As air flows past the air purification system, positive and negative ions actively clean the supply air, reducing certain bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space.


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