Have you had any feedback on the Trane CleanEffects Electronic Air Filter? We need a whole new AC system and they are really pushing this filter. At nearly $1000.00 I’m not so sure it’s needed. Any thoughts or words from others?
What some quick research revealed
I am not familiar with these air cleaners so I did some quick research and found out that there have been some recalls on those units. I didn’t research the details of the recall.
From what I see they look like a combination of media air filter and electronic air cleaner. I have never been a fan of traditional electronic air cleaners because they allow larger dust particles to pass through the filter. I always recommend installing a pleated air filter as a pre-filter or post filter when using them. This may be their attempt to eliminate that flaw in the electronic air cleaner design.
They claim the filter is 99.98% effective. That’s better than a HEPA filter by .01%. If it is that efficient it may require constant maintenance to prevent it from having a negative impact on air flow. I also predict that the filter material will require replacement more often than a person would expect for a reusable air filter and that will probably not be cheap. I would recommend going with one of the more traditional filters.
If allergies are an issue for you I would recommend an efficient pleated air filter or a Hepa filter. For the cost of a CleanEffects you can easily replace a pleated filter 4 times per year for 15 years and that doesn’t factor in the cost of electricity to operate the CleanEffects or the cost of maintaining it for that time.
For those who don’t like the idea of disposable filters, for environmental or cost saving reasons, take a look at washable air filters. Although they are not as efficient as many of your other options they never need to be replaced, simply wash them regularly and reuse them.
P.S. The link below used to lead to a demo of how the CleanEffects air cleaner works, but they have removed it. Now the page has links to more information about the product. I think it’s clear that I don’t like electronic air cleaners and based on the comments below many people are not satisfied with them. I am leaving the link in place for those who want to do further research. Trane Clean Effects
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