Whole home air filters, or air cleaners, help eliminate up to 99% of bacteria, virus, mold, allergens and smoke in your home. There are several ways to purify the air in your home. Filters are given MERV ratings. The higher the rating, the smaller the micron the filter removes from the air you breathe. Instead of comparing micron sizes and MERV ratings, an easier way to compare the various options is to think about them in terms of fruit. Sounds silly right? But stick with us as we go through the most common options for air filtration below. For a free estimate on whole home air filters and to see what the best options would be for your home or business, please contact us.
Air Defense System
The Air Comfort Service Air Defense System combines the GPS 2400 and the Totaline 1” Electronic Air Cleaner. The Air Defense System will provide you with cleaner, healthier air for your home than any of our other air purification systems alone.
GPS – 2400 Cold Plasma Air Purifier
The GPS – 2400 is the latest in air purification technology. It’s an air purifier that is mounted inside your furnace, air handler, heat pump, or fan coil. The cold plasma produced by the GPS – 2400 travels down your ductwork disinfecting everywhere the air is traveling. The GPS-2400 breaks down or “paralyzes” items such as bacteria, viruses, dust, smoke, etc, and makes them inert so they can be trapped by one of the filtration systems listed below.
Totaline Electrostatic 1” Air Cleaner
The Totaline creates a polarized charge to act like a powerful magnet. The filter, or air screen, needs to be cleaned and/or changed every 3-4 months. To give you some perspective, think of this one as being able to catch a grape, but in a standard 1” filter cabinet.
Carrier Infinity Air Purifier
Carrier’s Infinity Air Purifier is similar to Honeywell’s, but it can capture and remove much smaller particles from the air. Think of this one as being able to remove items the size of grapes.
Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner
The Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner is a 5-7” media filter. Think of this filter as being able to remove particles the size of lemons from the air in your home. This filter needs to be replaced at least once a year.
4” Media Filter
Most home furnaces come with a standard size filter cabinet. Think of a 4” media filter as being able to eliminate particles the size of a grapefruit from the air in your home. Most of the time, unless you have a 4” media filter installed with a new furnace, these filters require some extra work to install since the filter cabinet is much larger than the standard size. These filters also need to be checked or cleaned frequently so that they don’t start to restrict air flow which can damage your heating and cooling system.
Pleated Media Filter
1”-2” pleated furnace filters are very similar to a standard filter. Think of these filters as being able to remove a cantaloupe from the air in your home. These filters start to restrict the air flow in your home after a short period of time, so they need to be checked and cleaned or replaced often. Some of the very high efficient filters, like some of the filters found in “Big Box” stores, actually can cause damage to your heating and cooling system because they restrict too much air flow.
Most home furnaces come with a standard 1”-2” filter. Think of these filters as being able to remove a watermelon from the air in your home. These filters need to be checked monthly and replaced as needed, usually every 3 months.