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  1. #1
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    Having decided all the other factors for a new home install I need to ask forum participants for their view on one aspect of filtering options.

    I'm going with a 5 ton Trane XL19i and either an XV80 or XV90 furnace with three zones in a 3139 sq ft single story. I believe it will have 2 returns (2 or 3).

    The configured system has a single Aprilaire 2200. I've read in another posts that a system this large might reduce the effectiveness of a single air filter, and another post mentioned the possibility of using 2 filters. Is this possible or effective? What other options would be recommended to achieve good IAQ? I've pretty much ruled out EACs and UV.

    Thanks

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    They need to look at the data for the filter,effectiveness with 5 tons of air,and pressure drop.To improve either,use two filters.


    FYI,our warehouseman,had an EAC and UVC light installed,he reports a marked imprivement of his asthmatic teenage son.

    Many customers with allergies ,report relief/improvement with UVC light.

  3. #3
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    Thanks, dash. I think I was influenced by the negative comments on EAC and UV. Our family deals with mild allergies, no asthma.

    Would 2 filters be installed in line with each other? I guess I'm having trouble visualizing 2 Aprilaire media filters being in line with each other.

    Thanks for the insight.

    [Edited by nathan9999 on 06-30-2005 at 11:24 AM]

  4. #4
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    Installing two can be a problem.
    With a large furnace it's often recommeded that retun ducts come from both sides or the bottom.If the do this a filter can be installed on each side.If return is from the bottom,it can go to the left and right,front and back,etc,with a filter in each run.

    Each one should handle as close to 50% of the air flow as is possible.

    Costs more but filters will last twice as long,so changing them costs the same.

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