What is an Electronic Air Cleaner?
An Electronic Air Cleaner takes place of a disposable air filter in HVAC systems. It uses electricity to create a “charge” to attract dust and dirt in order to clean the air passing through the ductwork.
As energy costs have risen, air tightness in our homes has increased. Statistics show that we now spend about 93% of our lives indoors. This has many homeowners looking for solutions, particularly for the control of airborne bacteria, virus, pollen, spores and micro particles. A whole house Electronic Air Cleaner works on the simple principle of electromagnetic attraction to remove harmful, airborne particulates from your indoor air.
The efficiency of standard disposable fiberglass, washable, and electrostatic air filters is under 20% down to >10.0 microns (up to MERV 4). They will collect some pollen and standard dust particles. Pleated filters range from 25-35% down to 3.0-10.0 microns (MERV 8) efficiency. They will collect mold spores and larger particles. Our electronic air cleaners are 95% efficient even down to 1.0 micron (up to MERV 11). We have some that are 99.98% efficient down to 0.01 micron. They will collect all of the above plus lead dust, tobacco smoke and all bacteria.
Some of the man-made synthetic media like that used in the 3M Filtrete™ air filters may be rated MERV 15. However, they hold very little dust and load up quickly and have a relatively high-pressure drop (static pressure), which can negatively affect the performance of the heating / cooling system.
UPDATE: There is a new Air purifying device called the iWave-R. From their website: “iWave-R is the world’s first self-cleaning, no maintenance needlepoint bi-polar ionization generator designed specifically for treating air in residential duct A/C systems. As the air flows past the iWave-R, positive and negative ions actively purify the supply air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts.” This product is installed in the blower compartment and wired to the fan. Check out this video here.
If you would like to add an Electronic Air Cleaner to your home or if you need service on an existing unit then please call us at 719-491-2971
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