Q&A

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laundrylist 提问: What is the energy usage associated with running a cheap box fan for eight hours at night versus the two expensive models that you compared your cheaper model to?

 

Excellent question! I’ve wondered about that myself. The fan is 50 Watts, compared to 27-215 for an IQ Air (depending on fan speed). So they are comparable, although the IQ Air is using less energy on the lowest setting.

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Creative Workarounds

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Adam in Suzhou sent me a picture of a creative solution to a filter problem.

The fan he had at his house had an opening that was slightly larger than the HEPA. So Adam cut out a piece of cardboard to close up the edges. Great idea!QQ20160617-0

Adam says, “It’s already turned slightly gray after one night!

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Q&A

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passport4adragon 提问: Hi, I’m in Shanghai and recently put together your DIY purifier and bought the same fan and filter you suggested – I think it’s working! A couple of questions – 1. I bought the exact same filter you did on Taobao – how often should it be replaced if I run the purifier every night? 2. The filter came with 3 extra thinner, foamy filter pieces (if you revisit the Taobao page, I think it’s item #1, I don’t know about #3) – should I stick that in between the actual filter and the fan, or not? Thanks!

Great questions!

  1. I don’t have good data on how often the filter should be replaced. I’ve been replacing mine after the filter turns dark, but that’s just based on my intuition, not data. What I need to do is use the particle counter to test effectiveness over time and figure out at which point it starts to lose effectiveness. Hopefully I’ll have more on that later!
  2. You’re right! The filter comes with some “pre-filters.” I don’t use them, but you could use them. On the plus side, they’d probably help your HEPA last longer. On the downside, I’d be worried the pre-filters would cut down on the air flow too much, but I haven’t tested that possibility with the particle counter.