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Is an Electronic Air Cleaner Worth It?


When springtime hits, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of outdoors. You may assume that the air filter that came standard with your HVAC system is enough to combat this, but that’s not the case. In fact, that filter is meant to protect the inside components of your system, not your indoor air.

That’s not to say that it has no effect on your indoor air. By changing it at least every 3 months you’ll ensure that the filter doesn’t become clogged and prevent debris from being caught in it. However, that’s not the air filter’s main purpose. For truly clean air, you’d be wise to consider an electronic air cleaner, which can be installed direction into your home’s heating and air conditioning system.

What is an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Also known as electronic air purifiers or ionizers, electronic air cleaners utilize electrically-charged filters that reduce contaminants like dust, mold, and bacteria that circulate in the air throughout your home. As air passes through your HVAC system, the electric air cleaner traps large particles first in a pre-filter, then smaller particles are filtered out before they have a chance to be recirculated. These systems are easy to maintain and are a simple way to alleviate things like allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments.

The Benefits of Electronic Air Cleaners

When used effectively and maintained appropriately, an electronic air cleaner can trap and filter up to 99% of airborne particles that pass through your HVAC system, ensuring that cleaner air is distributed to all rooms within your home.

When the air goes through this process, the pre-filter traps most of the larger particles and adds a charge to the smaller particles. That charge causes the particles to be attracted to a plate where they are collected to be cleaned off later.

What makes this process so efficient is that the electronic air cleaner effectively removes microscopic impurities from your air. This includes pet dander, dust, pollen, smog, and even smoke and mold spores. These may all be seemingly harmless, however they have the potential to make you and your family sick.

How to Maintain Electronic Air Cleaners

In order to obtain the best results with your electronic air cleaner, you’ll want to make sure to clean the plates on a regular basis, The effectiveness of this device does degrade as dirt accumulates on the plates, however a quick wipe-down will resolve this. Overall, electronic air cleaners are an exceptional way to filter the air you breathe and keep you and your family healthy.

For more information on electronic air filters, contact Advanced Home Services today. We proudly serve customers in Idaho Falls and the surrounding cities of Rigby, Pocatello, Shelley, Rexburg, Chubbuck, Victor, Sugar City, Blackfoot, Driggs, and St. Anthony.

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