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Old 09-03-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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I disconnected my old Honeywell electronic air cleaner and started using the 4" 3M Filtrete media filter.

It did a pretty good job of catching dust but really was not effective at reducing smoke odor (previous owners smoked pack a day each inside the house).

What I would like to experiment is re-jigging my main return to accept an one inch media filter as well as the electronic air cleaner (I will install a modern one to replace the aging Honeywell housing).

My questions are:

1. Assuming that I will check and replace my filter every 30 days, would this additional media have significant effect on my air flow?

2. Which brand of electronic air cleaner(s) can you guys recommend, that does not produce ozone?

3. I would need a metal shop to custom fab the return. Taking a look at the dimension in my picture, can you guys give me a ballpark cost?






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i doubt if that will get rid of the smoke odor if you didn't seal the walls and trim and repaint.

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Use media filter, and a activated carbon filter for the odor.
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Thanks for the input.

The previous owner did repaint all rooms before transferring the title and I did not work from home at the time so that is why I am probably noticing it more.

As far as charcoal activated filters are concerned, can you recommend a decent one that comes in 16x20x4?

Any thoughts/comments on the cost for the custom sheet metal fab?
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You put a regular media filter in, plus an activated carbon filter. It goes into the prefilter slot.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rabbit-Air-B...item19ccbac7f3

The thickest carbon filters i know of are 2".

http://www.airclean.com/filters/acti...on-air-filters

These are the ones made to fit in your electronic filters smaller slot.

http://www.healthyhomefilterco.com/14caafforela.html
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