ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING AIR FILTERS: (FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE…AND THE DISPLEASURE OF MY COMPETITORS)
Air filtration can be a tricky subject for the typical homeowner. After all, how do you know what you are really getting? There are a lot of false claims and misrepresentations when it comes to cleaning the air in your home. Being in the business myself for 17 years, I have to laugh every time I see a commercial on TV for one of those “Technologically Advanced” Ionic air cleaners. Have you ever noticed when they show the woman wiping the black dust off of the collector plate that there really isn’t much dust and dirt there? Think about it. Even after cleaning off the collector plate there looks as if there would be less than a full tablespoon of dirt! Compare that to even a cheap pleated filter and the dirt it will catch and collect after just a week in your furnace / air conditioning unit. You would see that much dirt and dust in just one square inch of your pleated filter! Another thing that these electronic type room air cleaners fail to tell you is that Ion generators also use static charges to remove particles from indoor air. They act by charging the particles in a room, so the dirt is attracted to walls, floors, table tops, draperies, occupants, etc. Although the unit has taken the particles out of the air, it’s stuck to all the surroundings. I don’t think this is what most people had in mind. In some cases, these devices contain a collector to attract the charged particles back to the unit.
Yet another type of filter that has been popping up on ebay lately is the “electrostatic washable” filter. The claims (if they even make any) on these types of filters are usually very false. These filters are designed to be washed out monthly and reused. While this filter is initially expensive, it can be used for a number of years before needing replacement. Tests show that this type of filter is not very effective at capturing smaller, respirable particles from the air. Although some brands of this filter type claim an electrostatic charge created by the air movement through the media, the charge is actually minimal and plays little or no role in particle capture. In laboratory independent tests these filters initially provide good filtration results. However, once there is a light coating of dust or slight humidity, the ability to capture dust and dirt falls to levels comparable to a cheap fiberglass panel filter. Basically meaning that it will stop bugs and leaves while allowing the vast majority of dust particles to pass through. If these filters could produce results anywhere near the claims that are made about how great they are, why wouldn’t hospitals and pharmaceutical companies use them? After all, these types of facilities have a very high expenses related to air filtration and they need to have clean air. I’ve been in the replacement air filter business for 17 years and I have yet to sell one single “electrostatic washable” filter to any of these types of companies. (They’ve never even asked about them!) Ask anyone trying to sell you this type of filter for an independent test report that shows a certified MERV rating for their filter….see what happens!
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER FILTERS BEING SOLD ON EBAY, PLEASE USE THE "ASK SELLER A QUESTION" LINK ABOVE! I WILL GIVE YOU STRAIGHT ANSWERS ON WHY THIS IS THE AUCTION WHERE YOU WANT TO BUY YOUR FILTERS. FOR EXAMPLE, I GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THOSE ELECTROSTATIC / WASHABLE TYPE FILERS. AGAIN, THAT TYPE OF FILTER WORKS FAIRLY WELL IN THEORY, BUT QUICKLY LOOSES ITS CHARGE ONCE A LIGHT COAT OF DUST IS ON THE FILTER. THE CLAIMS THEY MAKE DON'T NECESSARILY SHOW WHAT THE FILTRATION EFFECTIVENESS IS IN REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS. IF THESE FILTERS WERE SO GREAT, WOULDN'T HOSPITALS, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS USE THEM? YES, THEY WOULD....BUT THEY DON'T. MAINLY DUE TO THIER LACK OF ABILITY TO CAPTURE AND HOLD ONTO DUST AND DIRT. THEIR DUST HOLDING CAPACITY AND AIRFLOW CHARACTERISTICS ARE VERY VERY POOR! I AM AN AUTHORIZED FACTORY REPRESENTATIVE AND KNOW WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOES NOT. AGIAN, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, JUST ASK. I'M HERE TO HELP!
NEW INFORMATION JUST ADDED!
I was at my local home improvement store yesterday and thought I'd just "check out" my competition. I was looking at the Filtrete Ultra Allergen filters that had always claimed a "MERV 12" rating and found out they were all suspiciously RE-LABELED with a new little sticker over them stating they were only MERV 11.....Just like the filters in my auction above. (Except mine are not $15.00 per filter!)
Funny how such a huge company as 3M "just now found out" that they have been mislabeling their filters and lying to consumers about the quality of their product and it's ability to capture dust and dirt! If I had bought one of their filters based on it's "claimed performance" and later found this out, I'd be pretty upset. Especially considering they cost about 3 times as much as the filters I sell here with the same "MERV 11" rating that they finally admit thiers is. Here's an excerpt directly from 3M and Filtrete.
3M has discovered that the Filtrete™ Ultra Allergen Reduction Filters do not achieve the ratings stated on the package. The filters are a MERV 11 instead of a MERV 12, the microparticle performance rating is lower than 1250, and they do not outperform all other 1” filters. They do outperform all fiberglass, non-electrostatic pleated and washable 1” filters. They also offer better airflow than the Filtrete Micro Allergen filter. We are in the process of correcting this situation