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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

Amaircare Car Air Purifiers Remove Dust, Pollen, Exhaust Fumes, Etc. for Easier Breathing

by Barbara 12. July 2012 10:22

Question about allergy air filters for cars.

Q: "We live in LA. Even with the car windows closed and the AC on, we find our allergies active and the air quality poor. What car air purifiers do you suggest that would thoroughly clean the air in an enclosed car or truck. Thanks. Juli."

Answer; If you want an air filtration system, our suggestions are either of the two Amaircare units described below.

Amaircare XR100 Auto Air Filter Purifier w/12V Plug or the Roomaid Amaircare HEPA Air Purifier in Slate.Concerned about VOC's? Buy the Roomaid in Slate color with optional VOC cartridge. Use in your car or truck with the optional 12 Volt DC Auto Cord Kit for Roomaid Air Purifier The Roomaid also comes in Pure White and in Pure White with VOC Cartridge

The Amaircare XR100 is made especially for use in vehicles. There is an optional AC cord package available. The strong points of this unit include:

  • Three Stage Filtration Process: Air is drawn into the top of the unit and filters through a three-stage filter cartridge. Purified air is then discharged in all directions through the screened opening around the circumference of the unit.

        Stage 1: Large particles, odors: Activated carbon 200% impregnated non-woven, fire retardant, polyester filter media.
        Stage 2: Sub-micron particles: Electret charged filter media attracts and holds sub-micron particles in the air such as dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, bacteria, vehicle emissions, etc.
        Stage 3: V.O.C.'s: Air exits the main filter cartridge and passes through a zeolite impregnated non-woven, polyester filter. This final air filtration stage absorbs additional gaseous contaminants. 
  • Amaircare XR-100 has a high efficiency backward-curved motor/blower for 12 volt or 120 volts use (AC-DC adapter is not included.) Filter rate is 20 cubic feet per minute or 1,200 cubic feet per hour. In the typical car, the hourly air turnover is 1000% or up to ten air exchanges hourly. Better quality air occurs with every cycle.
  • Easy to Install. Takes Up Virtually No Space. The Amaircare XR-100 easily mounts to a car seat back with supplied mounting strap.
  • Easy Plug-in Cigarette Lighter Adapter: Adapter has a seven foot cord.
  • Powerful Motor/Fan: Motors are run tested for 35,000 hours of operation.
  • Small and Compact: Use in homes, offices or hotels (with Optional AC adapter).
  • Contemporary Styling: Modern design in dark gray color.

Amaircare Automobile Air Filtration System Specifications:

  • U.L. and C.S.A. Approved.
  • Physical Size: 3.5" High x 8" Diameter
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds. (Shipping weight - 4 lbs.)
  • Motor: Single speed –425mA.
  • Motor/fan housing: 24 gauge steel, Powder coated baked enamel finish.
  • Filter cartridge: injection molded polystyrene
  • Air Flow: 20 cfm .
  • Coverage: 75 to 150 square feet
  • 4.5 watts when AC adapter is used.
  • 10 air changes per hour in a typical automobile.
  • Efficiency: 50.00% efficient at 0.03 microns.
  • Note: Item is returnable only for replacement if defective due to mechanical issues.
        Accessories:
            Cigarette lighter adapter with 7 ft. cord (Included).
            Strap for mounting the unit to the car seat back. (Included).
            120V AC to 12V DC adapter with 7 ft. cord (Optional).
            U.L. and C.S.A. Approved.
            5 year manufacturer's warranty.

The Amaircare Roomaid is much larger. This unit is versatile: can be put on the floor of a car or truck and operated by the optional 12V power converter

Roomaid HEPA Air Filtration System With VOC Features:

  • HEPA Filter lasts two to five years and removes 99.97% of particulate matter.
  • Activated Carbon Filter lasts six months to a year and removes odors and fumes.
  • Optional Auto Adapter Kit allows you to strap the Roomaid air purifier into your car, truck, or RV and plug it into the cigarette lighter and avoid toxic VOC emissions from automobiles.
  • Optional VOC Canister Upgrade for heavy duty removal of chemicals and odors.
  • Energy efficient, affordable, and relatively quiet.
  • Lightweight and portable at only five pounds.
  • Perfect for automobiles, offices, hotel rooms, business trips, and vacations.
  • Integrated Seals at the top and bottom of the Roomaid prevent leaks and ensure that all air gets cleaned.
  • The Roomaid features a contemporary look and a baked enamel finish that is more durable than plastic.
  • Comes with Two Washable Pre-Filters to capture large particles.
  • Optional Annual Filter Kit contains two foam pre-filters and three activated carbon filters.


Roomaid HEPA Air Filtration System with VOC Specifications:


    Class: Portable HEPA Filtration System
    Delivered Airflow: 20-40 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute)
    Dimensions: 8.5" round, 7.5" high
    Product Weight (lbs): 6 lbs
    Control: 3 position, 2 speed switch
    Power Consumption: 4.5 watts Outflow: 360°
    Colors: Pure White and Slate Gray
    Note: Item is returnable only for replacement if defective due to mechanical issues.

There are replacement filters available for both car air filtration units. The main differences are the size, the weight, the number of speeds, and the type of filters used. The Roomaid uses a true HEPA filter plus a VOC filter. The XR-100 uses a three stage media filter with activated carbon, zeolite and an electret charged filter medi. Prices and filter replacement costs, of course, are different as well.

Thank you for your question. Either unit would reduce allergy symptoms and clean the air in your car. We sell more of the XR-100 units for vehicles because they take up less space and hang on the back of a car seat.

Sincerely,

Barbara


 

MiracleAir PM400 Air Cleaner for Home or Office Made in USA for Dirt, Gas, Odor and Virus Removal

by Barbara 20. June 2012 10:13

Question about the Black MiracleAir PM 400 portable HEPA air filter and air purifier for home or office use.

Q: "Where is this unit made? Why is it better than similar units? I work in an environment where desks are packed tightly into small cubicles. Although there is a no smoking policy, there is odor from some co-workers who smoke. Of course in the winter, there is coughing and sneezing from colds. Our office is in a manufacturing plant so things can get dirty fast. Thanks. Bill."

Answer: The advantages of this Black MiracleAir PM 400 or the Miracle Air PM400 White HEPA Air Filter Units are that they are made for heavy duty use for years and years. Plus they are made in the USA in Minnesota so a purchase supports the USA economy.

 There are three stages with the Miracle Air, which cleans and sanitizes the air by trapping pollutants, allergens, dust and other particles with a true HEPA filter. We are talking about 99.97% @ .3μ with 82 sq. ft. of surface area. Add to that powerful odor control capabilities utilizing 15 lbs. of activated charcoal plus optimal airflow in all conditions with the infinitely variable speed motor/blower. The is a completely portable and easy to move air purifier that has four heavy duty casters included.

Here are the technical specifications

  • AIRFLOW: 0-400 CFM* infinitely variable speed control
  • PREFILTER: Impregnated carbon prefilter
  • HEPA FILTER: True HEPA with 82 sq. ft. of filtration area
  • ODOR CONTROL: 15 pounds activated carbon. Other blends available.
  • FAN/MOTOR: Dynamically balanced precision-built motor/blower for smooth vibration-free operation
  • SOUND LEVEL: At 3 meters, 64 dBA on high, 35 dBA on low
  • POWER CONSUMPTION: 250 Watts at maximum airflow
  • VOLTAGE REQUIRED: 120 Volts, 2 amps, 60Hz or 240 Volts, 1 amp, 50/60Hz (special order)
  • SIZE: 15.6 W x 15.6 D x 22.5 H
  • WEIGHT: 49 lbs, Approximate shipping weight 57 lbs.
  • HOUSING FINISH: Durable powder-coated enamel finish
  • Limited Warranty - Air Quality Engineering, Inc. warrants this equipment against manufacturer’s defects in parts and workmanship for three full years.

Te MiracleAir™ is seems expensive compared to many brands seen at the big box stores. It is both affordable and low maintenance when you consider that this large true HEPA filter that doesn’t require frequent replacement. That means compared to other HEPA units, the MiracleAir™ has four times the media for filter life and can last sixteen times longer than the competition. Plus,
with its dynamically balanced external rotor motor, you enjoy quiet, smooth operation, so you barely know it’s there.

As Air Quality Engineering points out:

Air Quality Engineering’s MiracleAir is a residential air cleaner designed for home and provides 4 stages of air filtration to address these indoor air pollutants:

  • Medical ImagePrefilter – coarse particulate prefilter removes larger airborne contaminants that would otherwise result in prematurely shortened primary filter life.
  • HEPA – Surgical grade 99.97% HEPA air filtration ensures maximum particulate filtration efficiency.
  • Granular activated carbon – Most activated carbon available in  residential air cleaners on the market. 15 pounds of actual activated carbon! This removes gases, vapors, VOCs and other harmful non-particulates from your home.

When you do need replacement parts, the HEPA, Pre-filter, etc. are all USA made and of the highest quality.

  • MiracleAir Carbon/Potassium Permanganate Filterremoves odors, gases, chemical, toxins and vapors (i.e. formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, etc.). Carbon potassium permanganate air filters need to be inspected and replaced annually. Replace every 1 to 5 years depending on the environment where the Miracle Air PM-400 is used. Each filter contains 12 pounds of activated carbon and 3 pounds of alumina potassium permanganate
  • Miracle Air PM-400 Replacement Carbon Pre-Filter is sn impregnated, activated carbon pre-filter that traps large particles like dust and pet hairs, protecting the HEPA filter and extending its life. Change this activated carbon impregnated prefilter every 4 to 6 months. Protect the HEPA and carbon potassium permanganate filter cartridges. Carbon pre-filter size is 14" x 15" x 60".
  • Replacement HEPA Filter for Miracle Air PM-400is a MERV 17. Replace HEPA filter according to amount of dust or dirt in the room. Inspect at least every 6 months. Always replace this air filter if you turn the unit off for three days or more as the moisture in the filter can breed bacteria. Quantity of Filter Media: 82 Square feet of hospital grade HEPA media.Efficiency: 99.97% efficient at .3 microns.

Thank you for your questions. Also consider requesting your company install the Safe Home Air Filters in their HVAC system and return air grilles if that is possible. Those will help with dirt, dust, allergen and odor control.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

Disposable 4 Inch Furnace Filters MERV 8 with Carbon/Potassium Permanganate to Remove Odors, Dirt and Chemicals

by Barbara 21. January 2012 17:10

Question about the difference between a 4 inch Trion Air Bear Filter Pleated Furnace Filter and the Safe Home Duo Air Purify Furnace Filter 16x25x4 Inch.

Q; "How does the Safe Home Duo4 differ from the pleated 4 inch Trion Air Bear brand filter I currently use in my HVAC system? We are an allergic family but do not want the expensive, high maintenance HVAC systems with HEPA filters or electronic air cleaners. We were looking at the Envirosept Electronic Furnace Panel but those electronic furnace panels come only for one inch furnace slots. Thanks. Tim."

Answer:  Websites that sell the Trion Air Bear Filters note the high efficiency of filtration of the Trion Air Bear whole-house media air cleaners because of synthetic filter media and extended surface pleats that let the air pass straight through the pleats. The consensus is that using highly efficient air filters can increase HVAC equipment life (the motor, etc. remain cleaner) and save money.

Trio Air Bear and Safe Home Duo4 Filter Similarities:

  • Synthetic filter media
  • Extended surface pleats
  • Omni-directional air flow
  • MERV 7 to 8 rating: Note, using a high MERV rated filter on an older furnace with a smaller furnace motor is not advised. 
  • Fit tightly in filter slot: air must go through filter

Trion Air Bear and Safe Home Duo4 Filter Differences:

  • Air Bear has metal wires
  • Safe Home™ Duo4 has Formaldesorb™ impregnated into the media filter so odors, dust, pollen and chemicals are stay in the filter as air flows through it.

So why choose the Safe Home Duo4 Filter over the Trion Air Bear? The major reason is the Formaldesorb™ addition to the media material. Formaldesorb™ combines activated carbon and potassium permanganate. Chemicals like activated carbon and potassium permanganate make the filter media more efficient as they absorb smoke and chemicals as well as neutralize odors. So the air in your home or office is cleaner and smells fresher.  The only other air purifier units that use this combination are the Miracle Air PM-400 Commercial Grade Air Purifier. The MiracleAir HEPA Filtration System is portable and has an activated carbon pre-filter, 82 sq. feet of hospital grade HEPA plus a 15 pound carbon/potassium permanganate filter cartridge that has 12 lbs of activated carbon and 3 pounds of alumina potassium permanganate. So using the Safe Home™ Duo4 gives you a similar combination of carbon and potassium permanganate to reduces odors and volatile organic chemicals in a furnace filter.

Safe Home Duo4 Filter Specifications:

  • Thickness: 4 inches, also fits 5 inch filter slots
  • Captures up to 95% of common household allergens for allergy relief
  • Eliminates odors from pets, paint, cooking, and more
  • Uses high density carbon and advanced compounds plus synthetic filter media
  • Highly effective and affordable: Uses the same materials that protect critical environments in most hospitals
  • MERV 7 polyester white ASHRAE rated allergen filter plus an industrial chemical and odor filter,
  • Replacement intervals: every 3 to 6 months depending upon air quality of building.
  • Fits tightly in slot due to foam around entire outside of filter.
  • 300 grams per square foot of a 50/50 activated carbon and FormaldaSorb™ blend
  • Made in USA
  • Note: This furnace filter is not a control device for radon, carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide.
  • Limited Warranty: Free of manufacturing and material defects . If product is found defective within 30 days of purchase, it will be replaced at no additional charge. 
  • Product is not packaged for sale outside of the United States

Many furnace filters remove dust and dirt, only one aspect of indoor air pollution. Levels of gases from cleaning products, formaldehyde out-gassing from laminated wood, VOC's i.e volatile organic compounds etc. are higher than in the past because of increased sealing and insulation of homes and businesses. For those with allergies and chronic medical problems, indoor air pollution is uncomfortable if not dangerous. The EPA ranks indoor air as often a greater risk than outdoor pollution and water contamination. Allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as long term health problems, are often caused or triggered by these common gases. In many areas, polluted indoor air is a greater health threat than outdoor air or contaminated water.

Thank you for your question. If your allergy symptoms require more, you may want to add a supplemental air purifier system. Consider the Airpura P600-W HEPA,VOC, UV HVAC Whole House Air Purifier which filters air even when the furnace blower is off. This unit pulls air from your return air ducts and passes it through HEPA filtration and a VOC filter while the UV light works to kill bacteria and viruses.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

AirPura Portable Air Purifiers Have Steel Housing, Felt Pressure Seals and True HEPA

by Barbara 23. December 2011 06:35

Question about the Airpura H600 Allergy Asthma Air Purifier,Cream

Q:"What makes this portable air purfier superior to Honeywell, Holmes, etc. I am allergic and want the best air filtration unit I can find. Thanks. Sara."

Answer: AirPura is Made in Canada, not in China or outside North America. The construction and warranty as we describe below should help with your choice.

Air Pura Technology Below  Makes Airpura Your Best Choice:

  • Vacuumable Pre-filter 570 sq in x 1" deep: Vacuum through the mesh and replace every 12 months
  • 2 Micro-Suppress filters: Suppress bacteria and viruses around the carbon bed
  • Carbon filter: Absorbs airborne chemicals, noxious gases and odors
  • True HEPA filter: 40 Sq Ft. Traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.HEPA is warm rolled to prevent cracking. 10 pleats per sq inch maximizes filtration (other systems only
    use 6-8 folds). Spacers to make sure every fold filters.
  • Unimpeded airflow: air flows directly from the filters to the exterior for lower air turbulance and less noise
  • Motor and electric parts out of the airflow:Other systems blow clean air over the motor and recontaminate it
  • One piece motor / fan assembly: Eliminates vibration problems where separate fan is attached to a shaft with a set screw.
  • Compact motor / fan design allows more space for filtration 
  • Felt Gaskets: Seal the filter chamber so there is no off gassing from rubber seals.
  • Unique pressure seal:seal system on the filter chamber ensures that all the impurities pass through the filters. Other filters let dirty air escape around the filters.
  • Air Flow 560 CFM:More cfm than any other portable unit available
  • Powdercoat steel mesh housing with 4 castors: No plastic vapors from housing.
  • Attractive modern appearance: choose color to match your decor
  • Variable speed control: allows user to set unit at optimum CFM for their situation
  • Sound Level: 28.1db on low (at 6 feet),  62.3db on high (560cfm) (Room level 25.1db)
  • Power usage:Watts   120 on high, 40 on low
  • Size23" height, 15" diameter
  • Etl Certified: Conforms to ANSI/UL 507  CSA C22.2 no 113
  • Weight: 45 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years on parts, 10 years on labor by AirPura

Compare with the Honeywell and other brands. Decide if you want a unit that lasts for 5 to 10 years or more or a throw away model.

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

 

Envirosept Furnace Panel Sizes Are Often Rounded Up to Next Whole Number

by Barbara 25. May 2011 10:38

Question about Envirosept Furnace Filter Panels and How to Choose the Correct Size.

Q: "I have bad allergies. I have a 5 ton Carrier HVAC system. I am currently using the disposable paper filters with the cardboard surrround. When I push the filter into the 1 inch furnace slot, the spring at the back causes the filter to buckle. My furnace slot is 21.5 x 23.25. Do you have an Envirosept to fit this size opening? Is this more effective than a paper filter? How does it work? Thanks. Bill"

Answer: In the furnace industry, furnace filter sizes are actually rounded up to the next whole number. (Thank you for your question because this was not a fact that was active in my mind!) I phoned the manufacturer and learned this and also that a 2 x 4 is actually 1.75 inches by 3.5 inches! Actually, in the first paragraph of every Envirosept Furnace Panel, Safe Home does give this information!

To determine the actual size of what you need, imagine a picture frame. You would measure that edge to edge across the top and the same up the side. That is how you measure a furnace filter. Then you pick the next larger furnace filter or furnace panel. Or you can remove the disposable furnace filter and measure it the same way.

In your situation, you would need the EnviroSept 22x23 Furnace Filter Panel,14 Filter Pads. This panel actually measures 21.5 inches by 23.25 inches, the measurements you gave me on the phone. This Envirosept includes 14 filter pads, two of which are in the furnace filter panel when it is delivered. So this filter size is rounded up if it is .5 inches for the 22 part and rounded down for the 23 part since your filter is 23.25 inches.

To get the most from your Envirosept, you need to run the fan continuously and change the filter pads regularly. This can mean every 3 to 4 weeks or even longer. We recommend that you check the panel after the first two weeks. Your choice then is to take the dirty primary filter and throw it out and use the secondary filter in the primary or first slot or replace both filter pads. Remember you do need an electrical outlet for this unit.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

AirPura Whole House HVAC Air Purifiers, How Do They Differ?

by Barbara 21. May 2011 07:30

Question about the AirPura Whole House forced air heating and cooling system air purifiers.

Q: "I want to install an AirPura HVAC air filtration system. I don't know which one will meet my needs. Please explain what the units have in common and how they differ. Thanks. Sam.

Answer: All the AirPura systems are supplemental air cleaners, i.e. they bypass air from the central air flow, clean it and return it through the main system. All are made in Canada, not China. AirPura suggests you have a "tinsmith" or HVAC person cut the holes in your return air duct. Once connected to your return air duct, a portion of the main airflow is by-passed through the unit which purifies it and returns the clean air into the system. The Airpura unit can continue to filter and distribute clean air throughout your home even when your central air system is turned off. Even when your central air system is turned off the Airpura W600 can continue to filter and distribute clean air throughout your home.

Here are the common features of all AirPura Whole House Air Purifiers:

  • draws a portion of the main airflow as a by-pass, purifies it and returns the clean air into the system.
  • efficient 560 CFM fan motor ensures that no change in air pressure takes place in your central air system.
  • variable speed control, you choose the level of purification required: from OFF to MAX.]
  • save on your energy costs and help protect the environment by cleaning and recirculating your indoor air instead of heating or cooling outdoor air.
  • easy change pre-filter:simply unclip the input pipe and replace the pre-filter pad.
  • 18 lbs Carbon Filter
  • True HEPA filter Traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns:40 sq ft HEPA filtration surface
  • Motor and electric parts out of the airflow:Other systems blow clean air over the motor and recontaminate it
  • One piece motor / fan assembly: Eliminates vibration problems where separate fan is attached to a shaft with a set screw. Compact motor / fan design allows more space for filtration
  • Powdercoat steel housing: Robust construction. No plastic vapors.
  • Felt Gaskets Seal the filter chamber: No off gassing from rubber seals
  • Unique pressure seal: The pressure seal system on the filter chamber ensures that all the impurities pass through the filters. Other systems allow dirty air to escape and fail to acheive their promised HEPA rating of 99.97% filtration.
  • Physical Size: 22" high, 15" wide
  • Effective for up to 2000 sq ft

These are the various units and what makes each unique:

  • Airpura R600-W: All Features Listed Above, ie. 18 lb carbon filter plus true HEPA filter. Use in a typical home up to 2000 sq. ft where you want better air quality.

  • Airpura V600-W: All Features Listed Above Plus Enhanced special blend carbon in the 18 lb carbon filter adsorbs VOCs and specific chemicals. True HEPA Filter. Use in a home up to 2000 sq. ft where you have exposure to ammonia, formaldehyde, etc.

  • Airpura UV600-W: UV Germicidal lamp sterilizes antigens, pathogens and mold spores as they are trapped on the filters.17 inches germicidal surface U shaped lamp: 2 times the length of other makes and 2 times as effective Plus 18 lb carbon filter plus true HEPA filter. Use in a home up to 2000 sq. feet. when you are concerned about mold, antigens, germs, etc.
  • Airpura P600-W:  TitanClean photocatalytic oxidizion technology targets VOCs, airborne chemicals and odors as well as mold, particles and microorganisms. Has a titanium dioxide reflector that works in conjunction with the Airpura'20 watt UV germicidal lamp. 18 lb. carbon filter, true HEPA filter. Use in home or business up to 2000 sq. ft. when you are concerned about reducing airborne chemicals to smaller safer compounds, until only carbon dioxide and water vapor are left. You can retrofit your UV600-W (a portable air cleaner) to use this reflector.
  • Airpura H600-W:  For allergy and asthma sufferers and full scale particle filtration. Hi-C carbon weave filter traps airborne chemicals and odors. 18 lb. carbon filter, True HEPA Filter. Use in a home up to 2000 sq. ft. where persons live with allergies to pollen, dust mites, dust, etc. as well as to chemical odors.
  • Airpura C600-W:  Extra large carbon bed ( 3 Inch) for maximum carbon adsorbtion. Especially effective for airborne chemicals and gases. 26 lb. carbon filter.  Special carbon blends available for specific chemical problems. HEPA-Barrier post filter traps particles. True HEPA Filter. For house or building up to 2000 sq. ft with HVAC forced air heating and air conditioning system.

So choose an AirPura whole house unit based upon your needs. Remember that if you have a house larger than 2000 sq. ft, the effectiveness of any of these units is greatly reduced. In many homes larger than 2000 sq. ft, there are 2 or more HVAC units depending upon the home size.

I hope this has helped you to make your decision. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Safe Home Room Air Return Grill Replacement Filters Can Create a Home Freer from Dirt and Chemicals

by Barbara 19. September 2010 10:15

Question about the SafeHome™ Duo 20 x 20 x 1 4 Pack and the Safe Home System Cold Air Return Purifier, 20 X 20 X 1

Q: "We just bought a new retirement home in Arizona. Instead of the usual furnace filter system we had up north, this HVAC system has one very large cold return air grille high on the wall in the family room.  Up north there were lots of cold air returns but none had a place for a filter and none were this large. We understand this is the new way of filtering air. The grille tips out and holds a one inch filter panel. We want to avoid any unnecessary house cleaning. Which cold air system do you recommend and why? Thanks. Pete."

Answer: Particularly in Southern and Western states where air conditioning is used most of the year, the newer homes have filter slots in return air grilles. One website notes that furnace filters located in the furnace plenum near the motor are meant to keep the motor clean, not the household air. The less dirt that gets to the motor, the more likely you'll get longer life. The problem is that dust and dirt get into the duct work. So filter grills not only keep the household air cleaner but also keep your duct work cleaner. Modifying older HVAC systems is difficult because the actual ductwork is often much smaller. If you put too high of a MERV rated filter into the furnace slot, you'll cut down the air movement and possibly have an overheated motor,too.

Safe Home™ sells the Safe Home Duo and the Safe Home System. Both are disposable filter products which means no messy washing, waiting for filters to dry and most likely running the unit without any filtration during that time.

The Duo has an internal metal frame with two filters, one for dust, mold, dirt and pollen and the other for gasses such as formaldehyde. The unit fits very tightly into the tip out filter grille holder because the filtration media surrounds the metal frame. The second layer, the inner layer, is impregnated with carbon and potassium permanganate which capture the VOC's such as formaldehyde and ammonia. We suggest changing that filter about every 3 months unless your home is subject to dust from remodeling, etc.

The second, the Safe Home System, consists of 5 filters of which 4 are electrostatic. These are pleated with wires that create the static charge. These 4 pre-filters that capture dust, pollen, dirt, etc. fit into the grille itself. The 5th filter, the VOC or volatile organic chemical filter, actually fits into the duct opening behind the grille. So it fits into the actual duct work. The System has 125 grams per square foot of activated carbon and FormadaSorb to remove the most common, hazardous pollutants. The replacement filters for the filter slot are electrostatic air purifier filters. These pre-filters should be changed at least every three months.

NOTE: Neither of these filters will remove carbon monoxide, radon gas or carbon dioxide. We recommend installing carbon monoxide monitors on every level of your home and in or near all sleeping areas. Test units regularly. Replace batteries at least annually.

So, either unit will meet your needs. Do check and make sure the carbon chemical fits. The Safe Home Duo and the Safe Home Filter System come in sizes to fit almost everyone's return air grille and/or furnace slot. If you have custom sized slots, please contact us for pricing on special sizes.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara