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Mechanical Filters vs. Electronic Air Cleaners

Most homeowners understand the need to control the temperatures in their house, but indoor air quality can be just as important to maintain in a comfortable environment. High amounts of dust, pet dander, allergens and bacteria can make life miserable if they become prominent enough. The good news is that adding an air filtration system to your heating and air conditioning can keep indoor air quality in your home high.

Here in Cary, NC, air filtration plays a particularly large role during the spring, when allergens seem to be everywhere. You can get a mechanical filter installed or an electronic one (among other choices) and it helps to know which one works best for your home. So here’s a quick breakdown of mechanical filters vs. electronic air cleaners.

Most heating and air conditioning systems have a mechanical filter “built in,” a spot where you can slide a replaceable filter into place. They’re easy to use and can be swapped in and out without the help of a technician. You can also get additional mechanical air filtration systems added to trap smaller particles and improve your air quality.  However,  unless you clean or replace them out regularly, their effectiveness will drop, since mechanical air filters work by trapping particulates in a filter material.

Electronic filters, on the other hand, use static electricity to pull particles into a collector, which they can be cleaned off of. They tend to be more expensive than mechanical filters, but they tend to be more effective as well. We recommend electronic filters for any household with sensitive members, lots of pets, or a general tendency towards increased levels of dust in the air.

For specifics on mechanical filters vs. electronic air cleaners, or to schedule an installation appointment, contact the experts at Raleigh Heating & Air. Our trained staff handles all manner of air filtration issues and we can advise you on the right version for your household. If you live in Cary, NC, air filtration can be a godsend towards keeping your indoor air quality high. Give us a call and let us help you make that a reality!

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