4 Benefits of an Electronic Whole House Air Cleaner
Do you suffer from asthma or allergies? Are you concerned about toxins in your home? An electronic air cleaner, also known as an ionizer or electronic air purifier, can reduce airborne contaminants through the use of electrically charged filters. As unpurified air passes through your HVAC system, the electronic air cleaner traps large particles (such as dust and dander) in a prefilter. Then, electrically charged filters attract and trap smaller particles (such as bacteria and mold) so that the air that is recirculated through your home is 99% purified.
Benefits of an Electronic Air Cleaner
There are several benefits to installing an air purifier in your home.
1. An air cleaner removes 99% of airborne particles.
Typical air filters remove particles as small as 750-1000 microns in size. That is about the size of the eye of a needle. However, smaller particles than that (such as mold spores) can find their way through an air filter and remain suspended in the air. These contaminants are then inhaled and can cause various respiratory issues.
An air cleaner works by placing a negative electric charge on airborne particles and a positive electric charge on the filter. In essence, it creates a magnetic effect and particles of all sizes are filtered from the air. This is so efficient that 99% of the airborne contaminants are removed.
2. Air Cleaners are highly efficient.
Different filter ratings are available for your air cleaner. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, look for filters with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) of 10 or higher. The higher the number, the more efficient the filter is at removing airborne contaminants.
3. Air purifiers require minimal maintenance.
All that is required to maintain your electronic air cleaner is a quick washing of the air filter every 6-12 months in your dishwasher or sink. Most units have an integrated LED light to remind you when it’s time to clean the filter. Once you wash it, dry it off, and reinstall. It’s as simple as that.
4. They save you money with reusable filters.
As we said earlier, all you need to do is clean your filter and then reinstall it. There is no need for replacement filters.
An air purifier also costs very little to operate. If you leave your HVAC system’s fan set to “on” rather than “auto” for continuous air cleaning then most electronic air cleaners use the same amount of electricity as a 40-watt light bulb.
Low energy costs and reusable filters make electronic air cleaners a low-cost solution to air purification.