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Formaldezorb Filter Advantages Over Pure Carbon in VOC Canisters and Furnace Filters

by Barbara 10. June 2016 06:11

Question about Amaircare VOC Canister Filter 8 Inch For Amaircare 2500 Air Cleanersand the Safe Home Duo Air Purify Furnace Filter 20x25x4 In.

Questions: "What advantages are there in adding the Amaircare VOC canister filter to my Amaircare 2500? And why would I use a Safe Home Duo filter with Formaldezorb as my HVAC filter? We are very sensitive to chemicals. Thanks. Mary.

Answer: Both filters use formaldezorb with carbon to capture odors as well as formaldehyde.

Amaircare VOC Canister filters are available for all sizes of Amaircare portable air purifiers as well as many of the industrial ones and HVAC units .Amaircare’s standard VOC Canisters capture approximately 20% aldehydes (including formaldehyde) in a single pass. Amaircare’s Formaldezorb VOC Canister is a proprietary specialty activated solid carbon that is chemically modified on the surface with a compound specifically targeting formaldehyde and other aldehydes. Formaldehyde being the most reactive aldehyde, binds to the surface of the modified carbon in a highly effective manner. Based on this specially formulated process, Amaircare Formaldezorb VOC Canisters remove 60% to 75% of formaldehyde in a single pass. The high performance removal of the Formaldezorb VOC Canister is specified by healthcare professionals in the USA and Canada where exposure to formaldehyde is a current and growing health concern since recognition by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a known carcinogen.

Safe Home Duo HVAC filters come in 1 inch and 4 inch sizes. The one inch sizes have an internal metal frame with self-sealing edges. The four inch ones use pleated filter media: the outside of the filter has sealing strips. Again the idea is to have no unfiltered air go around the filter.

Polyester media filter with chemical filter uses 300 grams/sq. ft. of 50/50 activated carbon and potassium permanganate based FormaldaSorb™ to trap gases, odors and chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, ammonia and ozone. No other filters are as effective at removing dust mites, mold spores, pollen, odors, cleaning chemicals, ozone, paint fumes, and common gasses like formaldehyde which triggers asthma and allergies.  Made in USA. Captures up to 95% of common household allergens. Eliminates odors from pets, paint, cooking and more. High density carbon plus advanced compound, FormaldaSorb™, a patented potassium permanganate product, in second layer.

Filter life depends upon how much dust, dirt, chemicals etc are in your interior air. The VOC filter typically lasts 1 year. Furnace filter life is usually 3 months.
We urge that you consult your HVAC technician before purchasing any furnace filter. The Safe Home Duo filters have a MERV 8 rating which works in most newer (as in last 20 years) HVAC systems. If a MERV rating is too high for your unit, air flow is restricted and damage to the furnace may occur.  Go to Safe Home Products.com to see the various filter sizes available for Amaircare and HVAC systems. Just enter Amaircare VOC Filter or Safe Home Duo in the search box on the left.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Amaircare Portable Air Purifier Replacement HEPA Filters, Moulded or Twist On?

by Barbara 25. April 2016 08:23

Question about changing HEPA Filters in Amaircare Portable Air Purifiers. Amaircare HEPA Filter Air Purifier Model 3000.

Q: "Which HEPA filter fits my Amaircare 3000 portable air cleaner? Thanks." Paul.

Answer: Paul, the date of manufacture is important. All Amaircare 3000 and 2500 air purifiers made in 2016 take a 16 Inch Easy Twist HEPA Filter. Units made prior to 2016 take 16 Inch Moulded HEPA Filter.The other filter kits have changed a little, i.e. the number of filters have changed and the types of filters.

HEPA filters usually are effective for 2 to 3 years if pre-filters are changed regularly. Another variable is the amount of dust, dirt, etc. in the air around the unit. Wipe off the outside of the metal cabinet weekly or more often. Change the outer filter every 3 to 4 months. Change the inner filter every 6 months. You can vacuum dust off the outer filter with a vacuum cleaner. The woven material is a carbon blanket as is the inner filter. Neither are washable. Carbon blanket media removes VOC's (volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, paint thinner, etc.)

Americair manufactures its own Amaircare® brand HEPA filters in Canada. Filament is bonded to air filter media for structural support and even pleat spacing. After pleating, filters are enclosed in protective screens and cast in food-grade plastisol at both ends for a 100% air seal. 100 square feet of HEPA filtration material captures the smallest particulates. Each Amaircare HEPA filter is then tested for 99.97% efficiency, with a laser particle counter.

The Amaircare 3000 Moulded HEPA filter is a 16 inch cartridge filter that also fits the Amaircare 3050 and and Amaircare 4000. (These units are no longer made.) The same intervals should be followed for the other Amaircare air purifiers which include the Amaircare 2500 and the Roomaid with the VOC canister filter or with the standard HEPA and pre- and post-filters. VOC cartridge filters can be added to all these air purifiers.

The Amaircare 16 Inch Moulded Plus Annual Kit with a Formaldezorb VOC Cartridge and Two Pre-Filters is one of our best sellers. If you are sensitive to volatile organic compounds, this is a great choice. VOC's are emitted from varnish, wood burning, bathroom sprays, cleaning compounds, etc.

Important: Always replace a HEPA air filter if an air purifier is turned off for more than 3 to 5 days. HEPA is a medium in which bacteria, viruses, etc. can grow if moisture collects in the filter media. Constant air flow keeps the HEPA filter media dry and free of such contaminants. Every few weeks, I take my canister vacuum cleaner into the bedroom, remove the outer filter, lay it on the floor and vacuum it off with the floor tool. Then I wipe out the interior with a microfiber cloth.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

How To Choose the Best Furnace Filter for Your HVAC System

by Barbara 4. November 2015 04:56

Question: How do I choose a furnace filter for my HVAC system?

Answer: Always check with your HVAC technician prior to replacing your furnace filter. He or she is knowledgable about the air duct capacity and motor capacity of your system. Another option is to match the furnace filter in your system with another that is the same MERV rating or  MPR (Microparticle Performance Rating)‎. Explain that the 1 inch filter has an internal frame, that no air can go around it. Similarly the 4 inch thick unit is made to fit a 4 or 5 inch filter slot.

The buyer of a furnace filter must assume responsibility for his or her choice of furnace filters. No on-line company nor box store knows the age, the air duct capacity, the motor capacity, etc. of your HVAC system. Only your HVAC technician is qualified to determine the density of a filter that will work in your furnace and cause no problems.

Safe Home internal frame filters have two layers of media. The white side must be inserted into the filter panel so that the air flow goes through that part first. With the internal metal frame, this filter fits very tightly into the opening. No air can go around it. Your HVAC technician needs to know that this is an internal frame filter with no air escaping around it.

The Safe Home Duo 4 filters are also made to fit very tightly in the filter holder. This unit is also marked so it must be installed so that the air flow goes through the filter in the correct direction. Again it is important that your HVAC technician be aware of this tight fit. These units replace 4 or 5 inch thick filters. Always insert so that airflow goes first through the white side.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

All Furnace Air Goes Thru Safe Home Brand Disposable Furnace Filter With Self-Sealing Frame

by Barbara 14. December 2011 09:02

Question about why the Safe Home Duo 16 x 25 x 1 furnace filter is a better furnace filter than a washable metal one or a fiberglass disposable one.

Q: "Please explain why this furnace filter is superior to a washable metal furnace filter or a disposable fiberglass disposable furnace filter. Thanks. Sam

Answer: Differences are several:

  • All air must pass through the Safe Home Duo furnace filter because the frame is internal. The twin media covering the frame are self-sealing. To install, push the Safe Home filter into the one inch slot. The soft filter media seals against all 4 edges.
  • Each Safe Home Duo filter has two types of media: one layer is for dust, dirt and pollen; the second layer also contains an odor and formaldehyde absorbing layer.  Judged to be 95% effective at filtering out dust, dirt, allergens, etc.
  • Compare 95% effectiveness of the Duo with either an all metal filter or one made of fiberglass. Fiberglass tend to clog quickly with large dirt particles, restricting air flow while letting small particles go through. These smaller particles can include mold and bacteria. Fiberglass are often rated at 2% effective while non-electrostatic are rated at 4% effective or less.
  • Neither the metal washable filter nor the disposable fiberglass filter contains activated carbon and potassium permanganate, the filter media for odors and chemicals such as formaldehyde and paint fumes.
  • The Safe Home Duo is a MERV 8 rated filter made in the USA: inexpensive metal and fiberglass filters are often MERV 2 or 3.
  • No mess. No time spent washing filters. Just put the dirty Duo filter into the garbage and replace with a clean one every 3 to 4 months or more often if yours is an exceptionally dirty environment.

Installation Instructions: The white side of the filter should face incoming air. In most systems, the white side should face away from the air handler or furnace equipment. Air should enter the white side, which traps allergens, and exit through the dark side, which traps gases and odors.

Note: Check with your HVAC technician to verify that your system is able enough to handle the density of a MERV 8 filter before purchasing this or any other MERV 8 filter. Install this MERV 8 with Air Flow First Going through the White Media. Made in USA.

Thank you for your question. We sell the Safe Home Duo in many sizes. We also sell the Safe Home Duo Air Purify Furnace Filter 20x20x4 In. and other sizes in the 4 inch furnace filters. These thicker furnace filters also have self-sealing edges around a 4 inch furnace filter core to filter out allergens with the Formaldesorb carbon and potassium permanganate.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

HEPA Filter Cartridge on Amaircare 3000 Portable Air Purifier-How Often to Change the Filter?

by Barbara 12. July 2010 13:48

Question about the Amaircare HEPA Filter Air Purifier Model 3000.

Q: "How often should I change the HEPA filter in my Amaircare 3000 portable air cleaner? I have cats and dogs and use it in my bedroom because my husband is allergic. Thanks." Susan

Answer: Usually the HEPA is changed every 2 to 3 years depending upon where the air purifier is used. What is as important is to wipe off the outside of the metal cabinet regularly and to change the pre-filters and inner filters regularly. Typically the outer filter is changed every 3 to 4 months and the inner filter every 6 months. The outer filter is made from foam and can be washed with detergent and water. The inner filter is made from a pure carbon blanket media that removes VOC's (volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, paint thinner, etc.) and is not washable.

Americair manufactures its own Amaircare® brand HEPA filters in Canada. Filament is bonded to air filter media for structural support and even pleat spacing. After pleating, filters are enclosed in protective screens and cast in food-grade plastisol at both ends for a 100% air seal. 100 square feet of HEPA filtration material captures the smallest particulates. Each Amaircare HEPA filter is then tested for 99.97% efficiency, with a laser particle counter.

The Amaircare 3000 HEPA filter is a 16 inch cartridge filter that also fits the Amaircare 3050 and and Amaircare 4000. (These units are no longer made.) The same intervals should be followed for the other Amaircare air purifiers which include the Amaircare 2500 and the Roomaid with the VOC canister filter or with the standard HEPA and pre- and post-filters. There are also VOC cartridge filters that can be added to all these air purifiers.

Important: Always replace a HEPA air filter if an air purifier is turned off for more than 3 to 5 days. HEPA is a medium in which bacteria, viruses, etc. can grow if moisture collects in the filter media. Constant air flow keeps the HEPA filter media dry and free of such contaminants. I confess that I take my canister vacuum cleaner into the bedroom, remove the outer filter, lay it on the floor and vacuum it off with the floor tool every few weeks. We have two Boston Terriers  and two cats so the dust raised is incredible. I wipe out the interior with a microfiber cloth.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Maintaining an Amaircare Roomaid HEPA Air Purifier

by Barbara 12. June 2009 09:25

Question about the Roomaid Air Purifier.

Q: "I am interested in purchasing the Roomaid since I understand the unit can be operated both in a motor home or car on a 12VDC power adapter and also on standard AC power. My concern is maintaining the unit. What is involved with that? Do you have any personal experience with the unit? Thanks. Mary

Answer: The Roomaid is made in Canada by Amaircare. I've run a "white" ( it is really cream colored) Roomaid in my home office continuously (except for when I wash the prefilters) for over 9 years. I've changed the HEPA once and the pre-filter maybe 4 times. By the way, I have allergies and have run an Amaircare 3000 continuously in our bedroom for 9 years as well. Original motors still purr along quietly. (German motors.)

Both units are especially needed since Buddy the Siamese cat joined the family a year ago. Since Buddy likes to sleep in his cat bed right next to my monitor, the Roomaid prefilter does pick up a lot of cat hair over the course of a month (don't believe everything you read about Siamese shedding very little). The annual filter kit includes both pre and post filters There is also an optional VOC carbon filter if you are sensitive to formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds.

To maintain the unit, turn the unit off and wash the prefilters in soapy water, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Remember that HEPA filters can become a source of mold or bacterial growth if air does not move through them nearly continuously. Never have an air purifier with a HEPA filter sit idle for more than 3 or 4 days or you need to replace the HEPA.

To change the snap on HEPA replacement filter you just jank a bit (or maybe use a knife for leverage) and pull off the entire top of the unit which is the HEPA. There are 4 or 5 little peg inserts that snap into the bottom of the Roomaid where the motor is. Then push the new unit on and put on the new prefilter. The post filter sits in the middle of the HEPA unit.

You could add a scent to the top of the HEPA unit. There is a little round container for scent. I choose not to since I am allergic to begin with.

For use in the car, there is a seat belt clip included with the optional 12volt power adapter.

In my opinion, there is not a sturdier unit available in this price range. And certainly maintenance is simple as well.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara