The EnviroSept is designed to easily replace your existing filter(s) or any other electronic air cleaner. The EnviroSept slides into any existing filter slot and the 24-volt power supply plugs into any nearby outlet.
The EnviroSept comes in thirty-five standard sizes. Slide out your existing air filter and look for the size that is typically printed on the side. If your filter does not have a size indicated, simply measure the media or contact us for further instructions.
Frankly, there is no comparison. The EnviroSept is up to a thousand times more effective under normal operating conditions.
Frictional electrostatic filters have been proven to be no more effective than standard throwaway fiberglass filters. The plastic/glass strands are supposed to develop a static electric charge as the air passes through the filter, much like when you comb your hair; however, you need very low humidity to create any type of low level static charge. This charge is quickly lost when the filter collects any dust because it insulates the plastic/glass strands and prevents the generation of any static charge.
It would appear that the only benefit these filters offer is that they are permanent. Furthermore, you do have the dirty task of washing these filters every two-three months. These filters have also been known to cause major air restriction problems after several years that may damage your heating/cooling system.
Under normal operation, the EnviroSept does not make any snapping or other type of discharge sound. However, the EnviroSept may create noise if the collector pads become damp or overloaded with contaminants. Also, it may discharge if the outer screen is dented or a wire is broken. This problem can easily be corrected.
Because the EnviroSept is so efficient, it captures contaminants more rapidly than the other low-performing look-alikes. This also means the filters will need to be changed more often.
It's important to check your EnviroSept filter on a monthly basis. If you don't, the unit may become overloaded with contaminants and restrict airflow. If the airflow becomes restricted, the heating/cooling system will have to run for a longer period of time in order to satisfy the thermostat setting. The furnace may also cycle on and off as the fan/limit switch senses that the furnace temperature is too high and turns off the furnace until the plenum cools off.
The EnviroSept is very efficient at removing air particulate that passes through the air filter; however, several factors must be kept in mind when using the EnviroSept.
First, the fan must be operational at all times in order to remove air particulate or the larger particles will rapidly settle on surfaces in your home.
Second, the larger particles can settle on surfaces before reaching the return air ducts per the chart on settling rates. This is dependent upon the location of the supply and return air registers.
Third, notice that when you vacuum your carpets, a lot of the finer particles are discharged into the air and then later settle. These particles are very noticeable when you shine a light on your vacuum's discharge vent.
During most of the year, the collector pads will change color throughout from a snowy white to a dirty gray. However, in the wintertime, you could see the collector pads turn to a dark gray or black if you have an oil or gas furnace. This is due to the hydrocarbons in the air, resulting from the combustion of fuels. You may also see this if you burn candles or have a wood stove or fireplace. This further proves the highly efficient performance of the EnviroSept, as it removes the smallest sub-micron particles that other devices can't.
The fan in the heating/cooling system should be set in the 'always on' position, instead of the auto mode. The EnviroSept can't clean the air and reduce dust if the fan is not running. Circulating the air constantly provides the added benefit of eliminating hot and cold spots inside the home.
Only if someone in the home smokes on a regular basis. The high efficiency of the EnviroSept is very effective in capturing the sub-micron cigarette smoke, which is loaded with tar and nicotine, causing the pads to become very sticky. Otherwise, you can change only one pad by rotating them. Throw away the first pad in front where the air enters, as it loads with the large dust as well as the smaller particles. Then shake the fine particles from the second pad outside and move it to the front, replacing it with a clean pad.
No. The EnviroSept consumes about the same amount of power as a doorbell. Therefore it costs less than a dollar a year to operate compared with other electronic air cleaners that can cost from $50-$75 annually.
No. The performance of the EnviroSept may be substantially reduced and the electronics may be damaged if it shorts out, as it may when replaced with certain types of media. The PolyWool media used in the EnviroSept is a dry, non-sticky blend of fibers that do not contain latex or the variety of adhesives required to aid in the capture of air pollutants in other filters. The importance of the PolyWool media is that it is highly influenced by the high voltage charge that is applied to the center screen, which leads to a very high capture rate of indoor pollutants.
Most odors in the home are particle borne. It has been demonstrated that if you can remove these particles, the odors will be removed with them. This is especially true with tobacco smoke. The high efficiency of the EnviroSept enables it to remove a high percentage of sub-micron particles, making it very effective at reducing and eliminating many of these odors in the home.