Electronic Air Cleaners & Purifiers
With all the different variations of a basic air purification system out there, it can be difficult for the residential or commercial consumer to determine which product will be the best for improving the indoor air quality of your space. Electronic air purifiers or electrostatic air cleaners are a great option for anyone to buy.
Essentially, an electronic air cleaner uses an electrical zap of sorts to trap pollutants and contaminants on grids that are similar to filters. This process is known as electrostatic attraction and draws air through the ionization section, where the particles can get their electrical charge. After the particles are charged, they then accumulate on a plate. This plate is oppositely charged and therefore helps the particles become weighed down and easier to remove. An electronic air cleaner is great because it is considered more economical and just as effective as other air purifiers.
An electronic air purifier is great for consumers who struggle with sensitivity to airborne bacteria, mold particles, or viruses. They can help remove allergens and harmful contaminants in the air effectively. Although they are fairly advanced forms of technology, they are some of the most low-maintenance air purification systems you can find. An electronic air purifier also happens to be a highly economical choice.
An electrostatic air cleaner uses electronic cells in order to charge the particles inside the purifier itself. It then traps the particles and contaminants on collector plates, which can easily be washed either by hand or in a dishwasher, depending on the model. Some of these air purifiers contain filters, but most do not.
To go into a little more detail on the ins and outs of an electrostatic air cleaner, the particles are initially charged prior to passing into the collector plate or filter. They are negatively charged with negative ions, and when they come in contact with the positively charged filter or collector plate, the opposites attract; therefore, the particles become attracted to the collector plate and stay put on the plate. The plate can then be cleaned thoroughly. The key is to remember to keep the collector plate or filter clean because the purifier will be less effective if it is not kept clean regularly.
This electrostatic technology helps to provide a method of trapping more particles with less airflow, in comparison to other air purification systems on the market. It creates friction while the conditioned air flows through a filter. The friction helps create static electricity, which will build up on the filter. The filter, electrically charged, will attract particles and remove them efficiently from the recirculated airstream.
Filters that are replacements for the conventional fiber media filter usually cost around $20, but it varies depending on the model. These filters are not usually completely electrostatic, mostly because they are only partially composed of electrostatic fibers. Those that contain more electrostatic fibers usually perform much better than others.
When you want to make a final decision on what air purification system will be best for you, how much of an investment you will be making is certainly a deciding factor. If you use any sort of add-on electronic features, the cost of installation and the equipment you’ll need can climb to around $750 or more. It would be beneficial to consider purchasing a bottle of electrostatic spray, which could cost only around $10. One bottle is efficient enough for a year of air purifying, so that cost isn’t bad when you think about the long-term aspect of it.
One of our good high-end Air Sanifiers® for you to choose would be an Air Oasis 5000 commercial air purifier. This air purifier is designed to clean the air of up to 5,000 square feet worth of space. It is incredibly efficient in removing all contaminants in the area, including mold, bacteria, and viruses. This technology was developed by NASA and enhanced by our team of professionals. For more information, you can view our product performance results.
The true measure of any air purifier’s efficiency is the MERV rating assigned to it. This is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and this value is indicative of the technology’s ability to trap particles in a variety of sizes. Be sure to take note of this when purchasing any air purifier. A rating between 8 and 11 will be your best option, as these models offer between 70 and 90% efficiency in trapping particles.