It takes a well-maintained air-cleaning system to clear the air in your home on a daily basis.Make sure you care for your electronic air cleaner so it performs at maximum efficiency to boost the indoor air quality in your home.
The Attraction of Electronic Air Cleaners
Electronic air cleaners are attractive air filtration systems for a number of reasons. There are no filters which need to be dispose of and re-purchased, airflow is not impeded (airflow restrictions increase energy consumption), and the components may be cleaned and reused. These are the basic workings:
- As airflow enters the air cleaner, larger contaminants are captured by a pre-filter.
- Contaminants receive an electrical charge in a charging zone.
- The charged contaminants are attracted and stick to collector plates carrying opposite electrical charges.
- A post-filter helps capture any leftover contaminants.
Simple Care for Your Electronic Air Cleaner
Depending on how often you operate your home’s cooling/heating systems, an electronic air cleaner needs cleaning approximately every three months to remove debris that builds up on the collector plates. Without periodic care for your electronic air cleaner, the plates become full and can’t attract and trap contaminants.
Care for your electronic air cleaner simply involves cleaning the collector plates and accompanying filters.
Automatic Dishwasher Method
- Place the cells containing the collector plates inside the dishwasher.
- Make sure you use soap containing a corrosion inhibitor (e.g. sodium silicates) that helps protect the cells.
- Use the regular wash cycle, but not the drying cycle.
- Let the cells cool off before you remove them.
- Gently dry the cells with a soft cloth.
- The pre- and post-filters may be gently washed by hand.
- Allow all components to completely dry before re-installing.
- Fill the tub with hot water and soap containing sodium silicates.
- Soak the cells for up to 30 minutes.
- Hand-wash the pre- and post-filters.
- Rinse the cells under a slow stream of warm water to help remove debris.
- Thoroughly dry and re-install components.
If you have any questions about cleaning your electronic air cleaner, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing in Grand Traverse County today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air cleaners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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