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Old 06-08-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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I have a client who says their Trane air handler (residential) doesn't have an air filter. Instead, they install filters on the returns. Do these type of systems work as well in cleaning the air?

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Another question. Are the Air Knight Guardian Air PHI Cells any good? Sounds a little like snake oil to me, but I'm not a HVAC pro.

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Lots of systems have the filter in a filter return grille. Works fine.

Not familiar with the filter you ask about.
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If you are talking about the guardian air by RGF then I do like them. I thought it worked great at removing odors.
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If they put a filter on every return, it seems to me you'd have more filter area. The filter in a air handler is in the return air side.
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Thanks for the responses.

The returns are on the ceiling, so a lot of the particulates never reach that high. Thus, poor indoor air quality. But a lot of particulates never reach the filter in the handler either . Just needed some opinions.

The RGF you showed is the type I'm talking about. Thanks for the input.
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Bionaire and Oreck make some standalone air filters and I believe you can get HEPA filters for some of them too. Park one in a central area, works good in apts and condos. The electrostatic one in a Oreck I saw at Costco can give off ozone like any electrostatic one but only a small percentage of people can smell it or are bothered by it. Supposed to be able to convert it to oxygen.

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