I have had hepa, could not stand the noise. I used timers to run them while
I was away.
I use high quality filters from WW Grainger for the A/C. I get a high
ASHEME(?) and install them in the return air. They say they can run for 90
days, I change at 60. I bought 2 Ionic Breese's 6 years ago. They are
amazing what they pull out of the air. I have dogs and I never have floaters
in the air. The Ionic's are absolutely silent until they need cleaning then
they make a little growling noise. I wash them down ever other weekend.
As for UV it was not available when I bought my Ionic Breezes.
I am allergic to mold in the air. This solution works for me.
If you have central air or forced air heating you should consider the 3M
Filtrete filters (model 1600 is their best I think) as a filter if you are
now using cheap fiberglass filters. Consumer Reports thought they were
pretty good. I'm sure some HVAC people will disagree though and tell you
that it restricts the forced air too much. Shouldn't be a problem unless
your furnace has a borderline blower.
What kind of filter, if any do you have now? I am thinking of your HVAC
filter(s). You may find just upgrading to a better filter may help a lot.
Of course reducing sources is even a bigger help. Like carpet etc.
Generally the standard filters don't help much.
Also consider leaving the fan on 24 hours a day. It will cost just a
little more to run, but it will provide more filtering and better heating
Note: be careful about putting too much filter on your existing system.
The more effective filters tend to restrict air flow and if it is too
restricted that can cause other problems. Consider having a pro come in and
make suggestions an measure to make sure you are not damaging your
First, you can NOT install Hepa filters on a residential unit, period.
You can install a self contained system that has its own fan assembly and is ducted
your existing furnace, but this circulates a portion of the air through the hepa, not
very good system in my opinion.
Another brand that I have installed has worked out well. Dynamic Air Filter
I like the RS2 and RS 3, and my customers also love them. They aren't cheap but the
replacements are a great deal cheaper than a HEPA filter, which won't work as well
paralleled in a residential system.
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