What Does An Electronic Air Filter Do?
If you have been shopping for new HVAC equipment or exploring your options for increased air quality in your Carver or Eagan home, you are sure to have come across the term electronic air filter. But if you are like most homeowners, you are not sure what this device is or how it works to help clean the air inside your home. You might also have questions about ionizers, electronic air cleaners, and electronic air purifiers. The good news is that these are all variations of the same air filtration system, just with slightly different names.
How An Electronic Device Cleans The Air
Electronic air filters use a two-step process to clean the air in your home. The first part of the cleaning process is a prefilter that traps larger particles like dust and pet dander. The second step uses an electrically charged filter screen to trap the smaller particles like bacteria and mold spores contaminating the air you and your loved ones are breathing.
If you are having a hard time imagining how effective these electrically charged filters could be, think about all the dust that gathers on the screen of your television or computer monitor. These electrical devices are literally magnets for dust, and so is this filtration system.
Maintaining The Electronic Air Filter
Ideally, homeowners should be inspecting their HVAC traditional filters each month and replacing them as needed. When you have an electronic air filter, it is still recommended that you check them each month. However, you do not need to replace the filters as they are reusable. All you need to do is remove the filter and clean the surface to remove all the trapped dirt, dust, debris, and contaminants. Then reinsert the filter, and it is ready to begin purifying your home's air again.
There is no need to purchase a pile of costly filters for replacements, worry about buying the wrong size replacement filter, or disposal of the used dust-covered filters. Instead, wash the collection surface and reinstall it. So it is simple, fast, and cost-effective.
How Well Do Electrostatic Filters Work?
All air filters have a MERV rating. That stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and tells you how well the filter removes foreign objects from the air. Filters with a MERV of greater than 10 remove microscopic particles like pollen, dust mites, and carpet particles. These filters are recommended for anyone with allergies, asthma, or other breathing issues.
Many electrostatic air filters have a MERV of 10 to 16, providing exceptional filtration. In addition, it is essential to note that traditional air filters with the same MERV rating often require alterations in the blower of your HVAC to increase the airflow through the extremely dense filter material. This is not an issue with the electronic air filter as the air is blowing across the filter's surface and not through it.
To learn more about increasing your home's air quality with an electronic air filter, call 952-208-4570 to speak to Blue Ox Heating And Air experts for a price quote.