So what is a micron anyway?
- One micron is .000001 meters or about 0.000039 inches. The human hair is 100-500 micron. You can see down to about 30 microns. The dot at the end of this sentence is 600 microns.
What is an Allergen?
- A foreign substance, such as mites in house dust or animal dander which, when inhaled, causes the airways to narrow and produces symptoms of asthma.
- Any protein antigen of weed, tree, or grass pollens capable of causing allergic asthma.
- Almost any substance in the environment can be an allergen. The list of known allergens includes plant pollens, spores of mold, animal dander, house dust, foods, feathers, dyes, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, plastics, and drugs. Allergens can enter the body by being inhaled, swallowed, touched, or injected.
Ok then, what particle sizes are allergens?
- Pet Dander .3-100 microns, Dust Mites 10-40 microns, Pollen 10-100 microns, Plant spores 10-70 microns, Bacteria .3-3 microns, Fungi .5-5 microns, Mold 2-20 microns, Tobacco smoke .003-.04 microns, cooking smoke .1-1 microns.
Why is polarized media filtration the best whole house filtration alternative?
- Standard replaceable 1” fiberglass filters do not effectively remove particles below 10 microns. They are only intended to remove the larger particles to maintain your home ventilation system components from becoming clogged with dirt.
- The higher cost and higher voltage electronic air filter models charge the particles as they pass through the filter and capture them on oppositely charged plates. They work well if kept very clean but their efficiency drops relatively quickly and cleaning the plates is time consuming. Also, they do produce some amount of ozone, which can be a lung irritant.
- Higher efficiency 1” pleated air filters initially do a good job. However, because the construction of the filter media needs to be very dense to capture submicron particles they cause a relatively high air flow restriction that quickly gets worse when the filter begins to load. This “face loading” is apparent when changing the filter. The “electrostatic” construction material does not provide sustained holding power once loading of the filter begins.
- Our polarized media filter provides low air flow resistance, captures submicron particles, has particle capture sites throughout the 1” of media, does not produce ozone like the electronic filter types, provides sustained particle attraction power during filter loading, and uses inexpensive media that is quickly changed.
Why are our polarized media filters superior to other manufacturers of polarized media filters?
- PRICE...The polarized media filter industry has been around for decades and companies have stubbornly demanded premium prices for not only the filter – but also the replacement media. Take a good look at the media. It is two pieces of media with maybe a carbon center. It is not that difficult to manufacture. Our goal is to provide the end user a very reliable, very affordable alternative for maintaining their indoor air quality.