Choose the Right Air Filtration System
According to the EPA, the air quality inside your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than it is outside. With that said, it isn’t if you need an air filtration system but rather what kind should you get.
Improvements in Home Indoor Air Quality technology have occurred rapidly in recent years leading to a flood of air filtration systems. But which kind is right for you?
Call 1-800-401-2980 for a Free Estimate and your F. H. Furr Indoor Air Quality Expert will meet with you and do an analysis of your home to determine what is right for your needs.
Electronic Air Cleaner (BEST)
The “BEST” solution for your home is an Electronic Air Cleaner. A Whole House Electronic Air Cleaner can remove up to 99.98% of unwanted airborne particles passing through the filter without significantly hampering your airflow. This type of Air Cleaner can trap particles as small as .1 microns in size. Stopping tiny particles like these can effectively reduce the triggers for asthma and allergies. Electronic Air Cleaners also provide excellent protection to your HVAC equipment by helping to keep duct systems, A/C coils, blowers, and other parts cleaner.
Media Air Cleaner (BETTER)
The Media Air Cleaner does not simply filter the air but cleans it as well. This air cleaner markedly increases filtration efficiency and dirt-holding capacity. It also has a very low pressure drop and requires little maintenance. This is the minimum you should consider.
Electronic Filter (GOOD)
This filter is traditionally used when there are space issues and no other filter will work. This filter must have 110 volts AC supply for power, but has very low 2-watt power usage. It also has low airflow resistance for the life of the media. Easy to maintain, this filter is an improvement over your standard 1” furnace filter.
Standard 1” Furnace Filter
The standard 1-inch furnace filter-the kind you replace monthly- simply doesn’t get the job done. These standard furnace filters are designed to protect the HVAC components…not you! These types of filter are only about 5-10% efficient and are even less efficient against potentially health-threatening particles which are 10 microns or smaller. Some retailers also offer ‘premium’ 1” deep filters with higher efficiency ratings. However, these filters can actually increase the pressure drop in the HVAC system, thereby decreasing your system’s performance.
- Just how important is my filter?
- How often should I change my filter?
- What does an air cleaner do?
- How can an air cleaner help with allergies?
- What kinds of residential air cleaners are out there?
- What are electronic air cleaners?
Air cleaners filter certain allergens and particles, such as pollen, spores, dust and other minute contaminates, from the air. In order for any air cleaner to work, the particles need to pass through it. If the particles are not in the air stream (for example, they’re dust on furniture), an air cleaner won’t be able remove them. However, a good air cleaner will:• Reduce allergens in the air stream.• Provide you with cleaner air.• Handle a large volume of air efficiently.
There are two types of electronic air cleaners: Standard Electronic Air Cleaners and Electronically Enhanced Media. Both air cleaners electrically charge particles and attract them to a collection material.
The standard electronic air cleaner will collect charged particles on a specially designed “plate” and can obtain 95% efficiency or higher on various particles when the collection plates and ionizing wires are clean. It should be noted that some efficiency can be lost as dirt is collected.
Electronically enhanced media is a newer technology and combines elements of both electronic and media air cleaners. Electronically enhanced media air cleaners are 99% effective in the removal of numerous particle categories.