Do you remember a few years ago in spring of 2011? Pollen counts were off the charts in central Florida! Over 5,000 pollen grains per cubic millimeter! Our air filters were working hard to keep up, and they were clogging up fast. And it seems like it just hasn’t let up in the last few years.
A lot of homeowners don’t want to deal with the hassle of replacing their air filters every month, even though dirty air filters are the number one cause of HVAC system failure. Some of them don’t like the waste, and some of them think it’s a waste of time. That’s okay, though, there are other options that you don’t have to throw away. Electrostatic air filters, for example.
A regular fiber-mesh filter catches the little particles that are carried around in your air the same way a strainer catches your pasta when you’re draining the water. But you can’t just dump the grime out of your filter, which is why you need to replace it when it gets clogged. An electrostatic air filter doesn’t get clogged up, though – actually, it doesn’t get in the way of your airflow much at all. It uses an electrical charge to pull dust, pollen, and other airborne troublemakers out of the air, in kinda the same way that a balloon will pick up dust, scraps of paper, and your kid’s hair after you’ve rubbed it on some cloth or upholstery.
(If you’ve never done that, you should! It’s a great way to learn about static electricity – and you can see why we call these electrostatic air filters.)
Electrostatic air filters do get dirty, because they’re pulling tons of stuff out of your indoor air supply. But the great thing about them is that you can wash them off with some soap and hot water: no waste, not a lot of fuss, and you can keep breathing easy.
Now if only those southern live oaks would let up…
If you want to learn more about electrostatic air cleaners, give us a call at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning!
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By ScottsAir |
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