Frequently Asked Questions: Here we offer you answers to common commercial air cleaner questions. Subjects covered here include:
Installation | Technology | What Do I Need? | Maintenance
Q: Do I need a contractor to install a Trion SE 400 or SE 800 smoke air cleaner into my drop ceiling?
A: No. Both smoke air cleaners are made to fit in the space of either one or two standard ceiling panels. The air cleaner’s light weight outer casing is installed first. Then you can slide in the collection cell and pre filter.
Q: Don’t I need an electrician to wire my new commercial air cleaners?
A: Not at all. Wiring is about as complicated as ceiling fan. A do-it-yourself attitude and set of homeowner’s tools is all you need to wire an SE 400 or SE 800 commercial air cleaner; however, if special building codes apply, it is recommended that you adhere to them.
Q: What are the electrical requirements? Do I need a separate circuit breaker?
A: For easy compatibility, these units are 120v. Since these smoke air purifiers have such a low amperage, you won’t need to use dedicated breakers, or install new breakers to accommodate them… The SE400E only draws 1.8 amps, while the SE800E draws 3.4 amps.
Q: What if I don’t have enough clearance above my drop ceiling to fit a commercial air cleaner?
A: There’s always enough clearance for a Trion SE400 or SE800. The unique design allows the air cleaner to install at any depth in your drop ceiling. The mounting bracket is adjustable, and the sides of the air cleaner are smoothly finished – allowing a good looking installation into any drop ceiling height.
Q: What if I don’t have a drop ceiling?
A: Your installation is simplest of all. The air cleaner is simply surface mounted to the ceiling. The SE 400 and SE 800 have an attractive, low profile design. Use lag bolts to safely support the air cleaner from your ceiling joists.
Q: Can a smoke air cleaner install into my building’s attic crawl space?
A: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends if there is space between ceiling joists. You need at least 24 inches opening between joists for the air cleaner. If you have adequate clearance, an attic crawlspace installation is similar to the drop ceiling scenario. Cut the appropriate sized hole in the ceiling material and finish the edges with the supplied trim. You’ll need to use mounting hardware to support the weight of the unit from a suitable part of your building’s framework.
For more information on installation, see the owner’s manual.
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Q: Why do most experts recommend electronic air cleaners over media air cleaners?
A: Electronic air cleaners have quite a few advantages over their media-based brethren. The ability to wash and reuse the filters eliminates the recurring costs associated with media air cleaner ownership. More often than not, owners of media based smoke eaters will wind up spending more money on replacement filters than they spent on the initial purchase, usually within the first couple of years.
Another advantage to using electrostatic filtration is the airflow; typically, you can achieve more unrestricted airflow through an electronic air cleaner than you can with a media based product of the same class. Since media filters remove particles from the air stream by “blocking them,” you can expect the airflow to drop significantly as the filters load with particles. This will ultimately affect your coverage area. On the other hand, as media filters load, they will become more and more efficient, as the agglomerated particles help to trap other airborne particulates.
Q: Does the smoke air cleaner have to run all the time?
A: The SE400 and SE800 are designed to run 24/7, but in most cases, they will not need to run constantly. A good practice is to turn the air cleaner(s) on high speed prior to opening time, to get a head start on air circulation – this helps reduce the chance of your air cleaning equipment having to play “catch-up.” Once patrons start rolling in, you may choose to reduce the air cleaner fan speed if high speed is not necessary.
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Q: Do they work? Will they eliminate the “London Fog” smoke?
A: The SE400E and the SE800E will do a fantastic job for any tobacco smoke concentration if applied properly… yes, even “London Fog.”
Q: How many square feet will one air cleaner cover?
A: Generally speaking, for an adequate air exchange rate, you can expect up to 500 sq. ft. coverage for the SE400E, and around 700 sq. ft. for the SE800E. – based on moderate concentration levels w/ 8 ft. ceilings. Individual results will vary based on environmental variables. To find out how many of which air cleaner you need, try our air cleaner calculator in the Buyer’s Guide.
Q: Will this smoke air purifier take care of odors?
A: Yes. The electrostatic process is capable of removing a moderate amount of odor through precipitation. As particulate matter is given an electrostatic charge, odor molecules can get drawn into this static field as well, hence removing them from the air stream. Additionally, when an electrostatic process is being conducted, a trace amount of ozone (O3) is generated, and that will attack the odor molecules as well; that trace amount of O3 is strong enough to attack the odors during the removal process, but low enough to dissipate upon leaving the air cleaner.
…But the kicker is the odor neutralizing cartridge! Our unique fourth stage of filtration neutralizes smoke odors with a special formula created for smoke odors. Vapor molecules created using essential oils attack and break apart odor molecules.
Q: Where do I place the units?
A: For best capture results, you’ll want to install these smoke air purifiers as close to the contamination source as possible…for any open volume of space, you do have to size your air cleaner according to the full volume of open space in order to render effective air exchange rate.
Q: How loud is it?
A: At a high dB rating of only 65 decibels, the SE units are among the quietest on the market.
Q: Will this interfere with my normal HVAC system?
A: No, neither of these units will interfere with your HVAC system. If possible, try to install the SE400E and/or SE800E where it will supplement your existing airflow pattern created by your HVAC air handler.
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Q: Do I need any filters?
A: The SE400E and SE800E are equipped with a mesh prefilter to handle the larger particles, and an electrostatic collection cell to focus on the microscopic airborne particulates. The collection cell never needs to be replaced unless it becomes damaged, and the prefilter can be washed and re-used many times before an inexpensive replacement is needed.
Q: How often do I need to wash the filters / cells?
A: The cleaning frequency will depend on the contamination level, and schedule of use. Generally, for a moderately smoky environment, the filters should be cleaned at least once every 1-2 months. It is always a good idea to set the air cleaner(s) up on a preventative maintenance schedule to ensure that a diligent cleaning procedure is in place.