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Old 12-21-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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How to Get Rid of Particles in the Air?


In the sunlight this morning, I noticed a whole bunch of particles in the air in my home. A friend of mine bought one of those expensive air purifiers for like $500 and had it in her single bedroom apartment, she said it didn't really work.

What can I do to get rid of them?

I have a 2 story house that was built in 1991.

I thought about getting a big cheap box fan, and attaching some filters to it...

but I would rather try something that is tried and true...

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Old 12-21-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Seal your house better.

You can get portable/room HEPA air filters for less at Kmart/Walmart and other stores of that type. But you have to run them 24/7.

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After air sealing

You can get an electrostatic air cleaner that attaches to your forced air furnace.
These work great but you have to clean them every few weeks.

A distant second would be a April Air media filter( several inches thick) on your forced air system.
I have this now but miss the electrostatic one.

The $500 portable one like an Austin Air cleaner work great but only catch what gets sucked into them.

Portable vac , then use a hepa bag.

Whole house vac better yet.
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Assuming you have a forced air system, are you replacing your existing air filters like every 1-3 months? If you buy them in bulk, they are only $3 or something each for the cheap ones?

Does your HVAC system need to be serviced and the basics vacuumed out? Can be a racket, but consider calling in a REAL and REPUTABLE duct sweeping company if it is forced air.

Negative ion generators are used in cleanroom and hospital environments. They were built into smokeaters for bars and things too. You can pick up a unit that will capture some of what they send crazy for like $99. An engineer or science project student can build you a basic one for $10. Both versions will do amazing things but tend to send dust, dirt and smoke sticking to walls and ceilings in a hurry as they charge the ions in the air. Basically they create tiny lightning storms and leave that after storm smell behind.

Does your vacuum have a decent dust extracting system, HEPA filter and so forth? Just vacuuming will send all kinds of things airborne. If it is a bag type, does the bag need changing?

Is there harvesting or lots of grading and new construction going on where you are? Have you gone through construction before your system was turned on for the year? HVAC was on during some of this with air intake vents open? See comment about changing filters.

Ask your HVAC company about other electronic, filter and HEPA options. Clients have these things they love where the filters go into the dishwasher every month or so. They back up the paper or whatever filters.
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I have allergies, and have experience with air filtration for the home over probably a 20 year span.

Standalone air filters are a good way to go. I don't like the HEPA filters due to the replacement need/cost of the filter elements. Seems they last half as long as advertised, and over the years can become difficult to find. All electronic units are the way to go, IMO - no filters to replace, just clean the electronic element. I have had several brands over the years. I currently have two smaller table top units from Oreck - one in my bedroom and another in my home office. These units are quiet and are run continiously. Then in the main (open concept) area of the house I have two high capacity floor standing units from Hunter. These units can be a bit noisy so are typically run at night and when away from the house. I also have a 24x30 workshop, with a high capacity ceiling mounted electronic filter there.

I have a electrinic filter on the HVAC system currently and in previous homes - only goes so far becuase it does not run continiously and then there are the times of year one does not use heat or A/C. With the standalone electronic filters in the house the HVAC electronic filter has little to catch. I clean it only a few times a year.

With air filters I am able to reduce the levels of medications I need, and am living much more comfortably (compared to pre-filter years).

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Assuming you have a forced air system, are you replacing your existing air filters like every 1-3 months? If you buy them in bulk, they are only $3 or something each for the cheap ones?

Does your HVAC system need to be serviced and the basics vacuumed out? Can be a racket, but consider calling in a REAL and REPUTABLE duct sweeping company if it is forced air.

Negative ion generators are used in cleanroom and hospital environments. They were built into smokeaters for bars and things too. You can pick up a unit that will capture some of what they send crazy for like $99. An engineer or science project student can build you a basic one for $10. Both versions will do amazing things but tend to send dust, dirt and smoke sticking to walls and ceilings in a hurry as they charge the ions in the air. Basically they create tiny lightning storms and leave that after storm smell behind.

Does your vacuum have a decent dust extracting system, HEPA filter and so forth? Just vacuuming will send all kinds of things airborne. If it is a bag type, does the bag need changing?

Is there harvesting or lots of grading and new construction going on where you are? Have you gone through construction before your system was turned on for the year? HVAC was on during some of this with air intake vents open? See comment about changing filters.

Ask your HVAC company about other electronic, filter and HEPA options. Clients have these things they love where the filters go into the dishwasher every month or so. They back up the paper or whatever filters.
What is an HVAC?
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What is an HVAC?
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HVAC

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