What Is an Electronic Air Filter? Do I Need One?

Allergies in South Central, Texas

Spring is in the air, and, unfortunately, that means pollen and allergens are as well. Keeping these particulates out of your home is a challenge in the subtropical climate of South Central Texas.

Electronic air filters offer one possible solution for helping filter allergens from the air. Although we don’t sell these filters, we think it important for readers to understand their options regarding home air filtration. We do, however, offer a number of UV-light based home air filtration systems, which we’ll mention briefly near the conclusion of this blog.

What Is an Electronic Air Filter?

The most common type of electronic air filter is known as an electrostatic air filter. These complex systems work by creating an electrostatic charge that ionizes the air passing through the system. The ionization process causes the particles in the airflow to become positively charged. While passing through the system, the negatively charged filtration plates trap the positively charged particles.

How Effective Are Electronic Air Filters?

Electronic air filters can be efficient at trapping larger particles and finer particles that pass through the system. Mid-sized particles may still pass through, however, as these particulates don’t always receive a charge. Also, the filters will not eliminate unpleasant odors from pets or smoke. Their effectiveness depends on keeping the filtration plates clean. While useful, some cons of electronic air filters include:

  • Higher upfront installation costs
  • Requires frequent cleaning
  • Can create ozone
  • Won’t eliminate harmful gasses

There are a lot of benefits to electronic air filters. While the initial cost is expensive, the charging plates do not need replacing like standard filters. With routine cleaning, the plates will remain effective for years. Pairing an electrostatic system with a standard filter can remove up to 99% of particulates in the air.

For Quality, Affordable Home Air Filtration, Call GVEC

As mentioned, GVEC doesn’t sell electronic air filters. We do, however, sell and install the following home clean air solutions, each of which includes a UV light component:

  • The MicroPure® Total Home Active Air Purifier
  • Reme Halo UV Light System
  • The Dust Free Lightstick 15″ UV Light Kit with Magnet

These affordable systems offer the same benefits as electronic air filters, with many advantages. To learn more about home air filtration systems or about any of our other AC/heating products and services, call GVEC Air Conditioning and Heating at 877.466.5506.

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