Congratulations! You will quickly realize that you have purchased a very
effective air cleaning system. It incorporates state of the art HEPA
(High Efficiency Particulate Air) technology.
Your HEPA system comes with a limited warranty. With proper attention
to its care and maintenance, you will receive optimum performance.
If your indoor air has abnormally high concentrations of particulates, the life
span of the filter media may be shortened. Excessive particulates in the air
will reduce the expected life of the HEPA filter. Under normal conditions the
HEPA filter will last from two to five years.
Initially, the HEPA filter's particulate removal efficiency improves with use.
However, the air flow through the HEPA filter media will decrease, as dust
builds up on the filter, thus lowering its ability to circulate and clean as much
air as when it was new. If the air flow through your unit is noticeably reduced,
you can inspect the pre-filter and HEPA filter to see if they should be replaced.
Replacement (or washing if foam) of the prefilter every 3 months will help
extend the life of the HEPA filter. Please contact your local Beam dealer
regarding replacement of filter media, warranty information or if you have any
questions or concerns about the performance of your HEPA system.
NOTE: This filtration system is an ADDITIONAL filter, and does NOT replace
the existing air handler/furnace system filter.
Media filters strain particulates from the air. The filter media needs to have
tiny holes to allow air to pass through, but not particulates. Filter types vary
for all sorts of purposes. The most effective and proven filter media is HEPA.
HEPA filter media is 99.97% efficient at capturing particles which are 0.3 micron
in size or larger.
Carbon media is used to capture chemicals and odors, also referred to as
V.O.C.'s. Chemicals and odors cannot be captured with media type filters.
Activated carbon collects chemicals and odors in a process called adsorption.
Product Application Guidelines
Size of house vs. Air Changes per Hour
Chart based on homes with 8ft. ceilings.
• Industry experience indicates that one () air change per hour generally provides adequate air cleaning. Actual results will depend on multiple factors such
as outdoor particulate levels, infiltration rate, indoor activities etc.
• Generally speaking, the more air changes per hour provided, the more effective a HEPA system will be. People with sensitivities may desire a higher number
of air changes per hour for cleaner air.
If air passes through the carbon filter before particulates are removed, the
surface of the carbon quickly gets covered with particulates, rendering it
ineffective at capturing chemicals and odors. If particulates are removed from
the air with a HEPA filter, virtually the entire surface area of the carbon can
be used to capture chemicals and odors. This increases the efficiency and
filter life of the carbon filter.
Separate HEPA and Carbon Filters
HEPA and carbon filters have different life spans. It is important for a filtration
system to keep the filter components independent from each other, so that
the filter that is dirty/saturated can be changed. This is more economical
than a system where you need to throw out two or three filters when only
one needs changing.
The HEPA System's 3 Stage Filtration Process
The 3 stage filtration process is used to create a very effective filtration system.
Each filter is independent and can be changed individually.
• Stage : Pre-filter - The inexpensive foam pre-filter removes larger partic lates
from the air, thus prolonging the life of the HEPA filter.
• Stage 2: HEPA - The HEPA filter removes 99.97% of particulates 0.3 micron
and larger. The cleaned air then passes through the third stage filter.
• Stage 3: Carbon - The carbon filter is about /2 an inch thick to give it
plenty of surface area for removing chemicals and odors from the air. The
clean air is then reintroduced into the air you breathe.