Which Electrostatic Air Filter is the Best? - July 2018 Filterbuy | Homeguide

Which Electrostatic Air Filter is the Best?

Even in the cleanest homes, dust particles, animal dander, and other allergens get kicked up into the air throughout the day. Air filters help protect your home and your family from the harmful pollutants in your air by filtering out the things you don’t want to breathe in and leaving behind fresh, clean air. This is especially important if anyone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, which can be made worse with impure air. Of course, when you’re dealing with the air you breathe, it’s not enough to have any air filters: You want the best air filters for your family. There are numerous air filters you can choose from, including electrostatic pleated air filters, standard pleated air filters, fiberglass air filters, and washable filters. Of these options, electrostatic pleated air filters are the crème de la crème. Note that these can also come sprayed with activated carbon to eliminate odor. Let’s take a look at why you should choose electrostatic air filters and how to find the best electrostatic air filters for your needs.

Why Electrostatic Air Filters?


Electrostatic air filters pull allergens out of the air through the use of static electricity. They do this by charging the particles in the air that are harmful if breathed in, including:

  • Pollen
  • Dust Mites
  • Mold
  • Large Dust Particles
  • Auto Emissions
  • Sneezes
  • All bacteria
  • Odors
These charged particles become magnetically attracted to the metal in the air filters, sticking to the air filters instead of staying in the air that you breathe. The air that comes out of the other side is cleaner and more pure to breathe.Compare this to some of the other air filters on the market, and you’ll quickly see the value of electrostatic pleated air filters. Although you may pay a premium for electrostatic air filters, they’re well worth the extra cost when you learn that no other air filter removes the same quantity of allergens and pollutants from the air without compromising the efficiency of the system.

Type of Air Filter

How It Works

Pros

Cons

Electrostatic Pleated Air Filters Charges particles in the air so that they become attracted to the metal in the air filter and polyester or cotton paper collects small particles from the air
  • Removes close to all allergens from the home
  • Cost of replacing over time can be expensive
Standard Pleated Air Filters Polyester or cotton paper collects small particles from the air
  • Removes many allergens from the home
  • Does not trap the small particles
  • Cost of replacing over time can be expensive
Fiberglass Air Filters Spun fiberglass collects large pieces of dust
  • Cost effective
  • Does not trap the small particles
Washable Electrostatic Air Filters Made of metal, plastic and cloth. Charges particles in the air so that they become attracted to the metal in the air filter and the plastic and cloth collects the particles from the air
  • Eco Friendly
  • Cost effective over time
  • Difficult to remove all debris
  • Does not trap the small particles
  • Maintenance
  • Easily get moldy

Choosing an Air Filter


Choosing the right electrostatic air filter depends on a number of qualities. The filter itself must be sized to fit your air purifier. FilterBuy air filters, for example, come in over 600 different sizes, and can also custom-make any size necessary.

After picking an air filter in the correct size, the next thing to pay attention to is the MERV rating.

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. Established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), it’s the only nationally regulated air filter rating system.

MERV ratings run on a scale of 1-20. The higher the number, the more effective the air filter is and the more types of particles it can remove from the air. However, if the MERV rating gets too high, it can increase the backpressure of the air purifier and block air flow, which can reduce your ventilation system’s overall performance. This is why we recommend sticking with a MERV rating of 13 or lower. Air filters within these MERV levels remove the majority of the dust from your home without compromising your system’s performance.

So what’s the right MERV rating for you? That depends on your specific needs.

MERV 6

MPR 300 FPR N/A

Last up to 3 months

Ideal for home use

Traps 50% of airborne particles

MERV 8

MPR 600 FPR 5

Last up to 3 months

Ideal for home and business use

Traps 90% of airborne particles

MERV 11

MPR1000 - 1200 FPR7

Last up to 3 months

Ideal for home and business use

Traps 95% of airborne particles

MERV 13

MPR1500 - 1900 FPR 10

Last up to 3 months

Ideal for home and business use

Traps 98% of airborne particles

ODOR ELIMINATOR

MERV 8 MPR600 FPR 5

Last up to 3 months

Ideal for home and business use

Traps 90% of airborne particles

Traps

Merv 6

MPR 300
FPR N/A

Merv 8

MPR 600
FPR 5

Merv 11

MPR 1000 - 1200
FPR 7

Merv 13

MPR 500 - 1900
FPR 10

Odor Eliminator

MERV 8 MPR 600
FPR 5

Pollen

Dust Mites

Mold

Large Dust Particles like Pudding Mix

Auto Emission and Large Particles like Milled Flower

Sneezes

All Bacteria

Odors

Ideal For

Merv 6

MPR 300
FPR N/A

Merv 8

MPR 600
FPR 5

Merv 11

MPR 1000 - 1200
FPR 7

Merv 13

MPR 500 - 1900
FPR 10

Odor Eliminator

MERV 8 MPR 600
FPR 5

Basic Residential Use

Standard Residential and Commercial Use

Superior Residential and Commercial Use

Smoking Lounges

MERV 6

MPR 300 FPR N/A

Traps
Pollen
Dust Mites
Mold
Odors
Ideal For
Basic Residential Use

MERV 8

MPR 600 FPR 5

Traps
Pollen
Dust Mites
Mold
Large Dust Particles
Ideal For
Basic Residential Use
Standard Residential and Commercial Use

MERV 11

MPR 1000 - 1200 FPR 7

Traps
Pollen
Dust Mites
Mold
Large Dust Particles
Ideal For
Standard Residential and Commercial Use
Superior Residential and Commercial Use

MERV 13

MPR 1500 - 1900 FPR 10

Traps
Pollen
Dust Mites
Mold
Large Dust Particles
Auto Emissions and Large Particles like Milled Flower
Sneezes
All Bacteria
Ideal For
Basic Residential Use
Standard Residential and Commercial Use
Superior Residential and Commercial Use
Smoking Lounges

ODOR ELIMINATOR

MERV 8 MPR 600 FPR 5

Traps
Pollen
Dust Mites
Mold
Large Dust Particles
Odors
Ideal For
Basic Residential Use
Standard Residential and Commercial Use
Smoking Lounges
As you can see, the higher the MERV rating, the more types of particles the electrostatic air filter pulls out of the air. However, even in areas with a lot of pollutants, it’s not necessary to have a MERV rating higher than 13. In most homes, a MERV rating 8 is sufficient to reduce allergens in the home without putting undue pressure on your filtration system.

Our Services


At FilterBuy we are proud to offer air filtration systems that work. These high-quality pleated filters offer multiple surfaces for particles to get trapped in, ensuring only the purest of air gets through to your home. What’s so great about FilterBuy?

  • All of our pleated air filters are disposable and electromagnetic. This means that you understand how they work and why they work.
  • Our air filters are made right here in the USA!
  • We offer free shipping to the continental United States.
  • We have 600+ air filter sizes, and can also custom-make any size you need.
  • We pride ourselves on offering superior customer service every time.

 

 

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