Electrostatic Filters—Advantages And Benefits
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One thing we expect from our homes is that the air we breathe should be safe, clean, and healthy for our families. The best way to ensure you’ll be breathing clean air is by regularly changing the air filter in your home. A fresh air filter will not only clean your air but will also help your HVAC system run more efficiently. The best choice for your home is an electrostatic filter when you want to change your air filter.
What’s the Difference Between an Electrostatic Filter and a Standard Filter?
The air filter is probably the slightest thought-about part of your HVAC unit, but it’s one of the most essential features. A proper air filter can help you save money on your heating and cooling costs and reduce indoor air pollution. There are two types of air filters to choose from electrostatic and standard air filters. The main difference between these two is that electrostatic air filters are washable, and standard filters are not (they are disposable). Regular AC filters have to be replaced each time you need to change your filter out—plus, they can reduce the amount of airflow from your furnace or AC unit. They are generally good at improving the air quality inside the house. Still, they typically only filter out larger particles like dust, lint, and dirt and aren’t as good for removing allergens or pet dander. Electrostatic filters, however, are made of electrically self-charging fibers. They help trap small particles in your HVAC system by building up a static charge that attracts these bits and pieces. Electrostatic filters do not impact airflow and are less expensive for your household because you don’t have to change them out each time the filter gets dirty.
How Electrostatic Filters Work:
- Charging Process: As air flows through the filter, it passes through multiple layers of vented fibers. These fibers generate static charges naturally when the air rubs against them (much like how you can get a static shock from rubbing your socks on a carpet).
- Attraction: The static charge that is produced attracts and captures airborne particles like dust, pollen, mold spores, and other contaminants. Essentially, the particles become “stuck” to the fibers.
- Retention: Because of the electrostatic charge, even tiny particles that might normally pass through a standard filter can be captured by an electrostatic filter.
Benefits of Electrostatic Filters:
- Washable and Reusable: One of the primary advantages of many electrostatic filters is that they can be cleaned and reused. This can make them more cost-effective in the long run compared to disposable filters.
- Efficiency: They can capture smaller particles than some other types of filters due to the electrostatic charge.
- Eco-Friendly: Since they are reusable, they create less waste compared to disposable filters.
- Cost Savings: While they may have a higher upfront cost compared to some disposable filters, the fact that they can be reused can lead to savings over time.
It’s essential to clean these filters regularly to prevent any build-up that could impede airflow or diminish indoor air quality. It’s also important to note that while electrostatic filters can capture many particles, they may not be as effective as HEPA filters at capturing the smallest particles, including some viruses and bacteria. Always choose the type of filter that is best suited to your specific needs and the recommendations for your HVAC system.
Filter Replacement with Air ducts cleaning
Beyond just maintaining your electrostatic filter, KIWI emphasizes the importance of professional air duct cleaning. This ensures a comprehensive clean air environment and the seamless operation of your HVAC system. For tailored HVAC cleaning solutions, connect with KIWI Services today and receive a personalized quote.