I am having problems with allergies in Florida. As I am replacing our A/C unit I am looking for a really good filter. The Trane CleanEffect unit looks promising, but would it be good enough. Is it worth the extra cost to get a UV filter. Any recommendations would be appreciated. The installers have all been recommending not to use a uv type and just go with the Trane.
In my opinion, it depends on how bad your allergies are. If your allergies are very bad and cost is not a factor, I would say the extra protection a duct mounted UV air cleaner provides is not a bad addition to enhance a media air filter. UV air cleaners kill bacteria, mold spores and other organic contaminants. That is something a media air filter can’t do.
It’s also important to point out that a uv air cleaner is only suitable for enhancing the filtration of a traditional air filter and should never be used as the only method of air treatment.
UV air cleaners do not actually filter the air, they only purify it by killing organic compounds. You still have to filter out those contaminants with mechanical filtration.
The Trane CleanEffects air filter is very efficient and Trane rates it even better than a HEPA filter. That’s very impressive. I do have some concerns about the Trane CleanEffects filter. You can read my thoughts in this post Trane CleanEffects Review.
P.S. That article is only based on what I have read about the filter because I don’t have any first hand experience with that particular air cleaner. In the comments below the article opinions are mixed.