1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 8, 2008

:221 Filtration Soiling

Filed under: :221 Filtration Soiling — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:53 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:221 EcoTip: Filtration soiling is a clue that air is flowing from areas that may present an indoor air quality problems. If you notice a dark strip forming along the line where carpet meets a wall – this is filtration soiling. As air passes through the wall, particles of dust and debris are filtered out by the carpet. Of course carpets were never designed to be air purifiers, but this is an important clue that can indicate there is an issue with air infiltration.

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Suggested Review: :039, :040, :041, :046, :047

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June 29, 2008

:181 Activated Carbon

Filed under: :181 Activated Carbon — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 8:32 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:181 EcoTip: Activated carbon helps remove gases. HEPA removes particles.

Carbon purification and HEPA filtration work as an excellent team to help provide a final polish to indoor air. But starting with a home with good indoor air is important. All the purification and filtration in the world won’t solve a bad indoor air quality situation caused by building related problems.

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Suggested Review: :180

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June 28, 2008

:180 Portable Air Filtration

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:180 EcoTip: Portable HEPA Filtration can help reduce airborne particulates. If your home is a “Well Tuned Home” as I discussed in yesterdays post, additional spot filtration can improve indoor air quality even more.

Over the next several days I will provide tips for choosing a portable purifier.

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Suggested Review: :110, :179

Yesterday I brought a portable particle counter home from work to check the airborne particle levels. This is a device that can be set to measure the quantity of different sized particles. The smoke from the California Wildfires that are burning wasn’t quite as bad as the night before, but the outdoor smoke odor was still quite pronounced. Here’s what I found when I averaged the 1 micron sized particle counts in several places:

Outdoor air – 2500 particles/cubic liter

Indoor air (most rooms) – 250 particles/cubic liter

Indoor air (supply registers) – 100 particles/cubic liter

Filtered Air (at the machine) – 1 particles/cubic liter

Indoor air (room with portable HEPA air filter) – 50 particles/cubic liter

In addition to the things I mentioned in yesterdays EcoTip (:179), we also have a 1 inch pleated MERVE 11 filter in our air conditioner (EcoTip :110). By having our home Well-Tuned and the upgraded furnace filter, the particle level inside was ten times lower than outside.

The HEPA filtration in the portable unit was filtering out almost all the particles I was measuring at the machine – which means it was working the way it is supposed to and was reducing the indoor particle level even further.

I’m unwilling to test this while the outdoor air quality is so bad, but its my guess that the most important factor in excluding the smoke has been having our home “Well Tuned”. The pleated furnace filter and the portable filter reduced it further. If the home weren’t well tuned the filtration wouldn’t be able to keep up.

Over the next several days I will be talking about other factors to consider when choosing and setting up a portable filter or purifier unit.

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