Pleated Air Filter Testing Using Dylos Air Monitor Laser Particle Counter

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Dylos Laser Air Particle Counter

HVAC CONTRACTORS

The Dylos Laser Air Particle Counter is the best tool to show the difference between disposable / pleated air filters and whole home air cleaners.

Whole Home Air Filtration Systems are much better at cleaning the air without restricting the air flow.

The % Efficiency are measured by Dylos Air Quality Monitor

Disposable Fiberglass Air Filter

MERV 1

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Measured 3% efficiency @ > 1 micron

Disposable Polyester Air Filter

MERV 4

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Measured ?% efficiency @ > 1 micron

5 inch Media Air Filter

Whole Home Air Filtration System

Merv 8

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Measured 25% efficiency  @ > 1 micron

5 inch Media

Return Air Filter Grille Air Filter

(Fits into a 1 inch Filter Grille)

Whole Home Air Filtration System

Merv 8

Honeywell FC40R

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Measured 25% efficiency  @ > 1 micron

1 inch Pleated Air Filter

MERV 11

Hospital Grade

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Measured 45% efficiency @ > 1 micron

TRANE CleanEffects Whole Home Air Filtration System

American Standard AccuClean Whole Home Air Filtration System

Electronic Air Cleaner

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Measured 90% efficiency @ > 1 micron at Trane Houston TX

1 inch pleated air filters you buy at the hardware store should not be used in residential applications because they restrict air flow in most homes.

They will eventually clog and ruin the air conditioning compressor if you forget to change them.

I only recommend 1 inch disposable polyester air filters (change each month) or washable electrostatic air filters (wash each month) for return air grille installations.


minimum return air filter grille size 1 inch air filters


1 inch

Air Filters

Minimum Return Air Filter Grille Size with Different Air Filters

Disposable Fiberglass Air Filter Size

Disposable Polyester Air Filter Size

Washable Electrostatic Air Filter Size

Pleated merv 7 / 8 Air Filter Size

AC Tons x 200 sq inches / ton

Pleated merv 10 / 11  air filter size

AC Tons x 300 sq inches / ton

2 ton 400 sq in

20 x 25 x 1

600 sq in

20 x 30 x 1

3 ton 600 sq in

20 x 30 x 1

900 sq in
4 ton 800 sq in

2pcs - 20 x 25 x 1

1200 sq in

2pcs - 20 x 30 x 1

5 ton 1000 sq in

2pcs - 20 x 25 x 1

1500 sq in

3pcs - 20 x 25 x 1


1dylos-air-filters.jpg (107237 bytes) I measured the air through 8 pleated air filters and a fiberglass air fliter

 

outdoor air reading  225  -   240

@ > 1 micron

 

% Efficiency =

1 - (outlet reading / inlet reading ) x 100

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260 cfm

20 x 20 x 1 = 2.8 Sq Ft Air Filter

air velocity 100 feet per min

62 watts with precision arm and hammer air filter

outdoor air reading  225  -   240

@ > 1 micron

( Next time I'll run the

box fan on high speed

540 cfm /  200 fpm )

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Home Depot

Fiberglass air filter

reading  223 to 226

outdoor air reading 234

3% efficiency

@ >1 micron particles

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KIMBERLY CLARK

MERV 11 Air Filter

reading  129

outdoor air reading 234

45% efficiency

@ >1 micron particles

 

OUTDOOR AIR

POLLUTION DAY IN HOUSTON TX 10/3/2007

HOUSTON'S AIR IS TO UNHEALTHY TO BREATHE

232 - 234 READING
FIBERGLASS  PRICE 50 CENTS The Worst Air Filter 226 READING          

3% EFFICIENCY @ >1 micron particles

Polyester Non Woven Air Filter ??? READING          

?% EFFICIENCY @ >1 micron particles

TARGET 3M FILTRETE 300    PRICE $4 180 READING

23% EFFICIENCY

MERV 8 KIMBERLY CLARK 175 READING

25% EFFICIENCY

PRECISION ARM AND HAMMER MERV 10  PRICE $8 158 READING

32% EFFICIENCY

3M FILTRETE LOWES 1085  Red Wrapper  PRICE $10 150 READING

36% EFFICIENCY

3M FILTRETE 1250         PRICE  $12 150 READING

36% EFFICIENCY

3M FILTRETE 1700          PRICE  $20 150 READING

36% EFFICIENCY

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KIMBERLY CLARK MERV 11 Air Filter   The Best Pleat 129 READING

45% EFFICIENCY

TRANE CLEAN EFFECTS

WHOLE-HOME AIR CLEANER 

20 READING

90% EFFICIENCY

TRANE CLEANEFFECTS WHOLE-HOME AIR CLEANER  The Best Whole Home Air Cleaner

Tested Monday 10/1/2007

(There was a small air leak in the blower section due to the acrylic door panel)

Roger Stuksa    TRANE HOUSTON TX TRAINER

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WAREHOUSE AIR /

OUTDOOR AIR

220 READING (Air in)

TRANE CLEANEFFECTS READING 20 (Air Out)

90% EFFICIENCY

EVERY AC CONTRACTOR SHOULD BE SELLING THE TRANE CLEANEFFECTS WHOLE-HOME AIR CLEANER

SANDY REIFLER

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HVAC Contractor Dylos DC1100 Air Quality Monitor measures Indoor Air Lung Damaging Size Particles CleanAir-Stat Controls Indoor Airborne Particles like a Thermostat controls the temperature
Pleated Air Filters VS Whole Home Air Cleaners Dylos Air Monitor & San Diego Forest Fire October 2007 Box Fan Air Filter Air Cleaner

11/06/2007

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