Electrostatic Air Filter

The Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System is a better option for improved indoor air quality. This Trane electrostatic air filter unit will remove up to 99.98% of allergens from the home.  This lets your home ventilation system provide enhanced comfort.

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality has become an increasing concern. This is partly the result of the unforeseen consequences of improved home construction practices. Homes have become tighter in recent years. This is from improvements in home design, construction, and the use of synthetic building materials. Tighter built homes result in less fresh outdoor air infiltration into the home. In addition, there are more vapors released from the newer building materials used in building more modern homes. Both of these factors have resulted in diminished indoor air quality in the home. Some home occupants report building related symptoms. These can include headaches, fatigue, eye irritation, nose irritation, and throat irritation, confusion, dizziness, and skin rashes. The following are primary causes of poor indoor air quality in homes.

Decreased infiltration of fresh outdoor air due to tight home construction practices and weatherproofing. There are a few ways to introduce adequate fresh outdoor air into an existing home HVAC system. Some may lower the efficiency of the current HVAC system slightly. While some options involve a heat exchanger called a Heat Recovery Ventilator. Another option is the Energy Recovery Ventilator which also helps to maintain humidity levels.

Fumes, VOCs, and other Contaminants

Fumes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released from various home building materials. These materials include paints, adhesives, and various synthetic building materials. Materials designed for outdoor use should not be used inside the home unless such use is approved by the manufacturer.

Moisture infiltration into the home can encourage biological growths and other allergens. Adequate ventilation should be provided for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where steam or excessive humidity is generated. While your home air conditioner automatically dehumidifies the air, contaminants are not removed by dehumidification.

Tobacco smoke and other contaminants related to occupant habits are a major source of indoor air pollution. Lack of maintenance on the home HVAC system also contributes to poor indoor air quality.

Finally, indoor air pollutants can come from household chemicals, pets, and dirt brought in from outside. Allergens and molds may form inside the home due to high humidity levels.

Compare Electrostatic Air Filter to Standard 1″ Furnace Air Filter

The Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System offers improved indoor air quality over a standard air filter. This applies to either the 1 inch or 5 inch air filter. The Electrostatic Filter should be considered for households that have indoor air quality issues or concerns.

Some diagrams of the Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System are shown below.

Trane Clean Effects Whole House Air Filtration System image

Trane Clean Effects Whole House Air Filter components

Trane Clean Effects Whole House Air Filter diagram


Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filter disassembly drawing

Additional information about the Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System is provided below.

Asthma & allergy friendly™ Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

With more than 60 million Americans suffering from asthma and allergies, this certification mark guides consumers in identifying products more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark is awarded only to those products that that are scientifically proven to reduce exposure to asthma and allergy triggers.


Highest efficiency

Standard air cleaners have filters that are very dense, so they stop the dust by trapping it in a slightly porous filter. The fewer the pores, the more dust it can trap. However, this not only stops the dust and dirt, but it also stops the air from moving as well. So, you may not be as comfortable, and less air is cleaned efficiently. This is called pressure drop. The revolutionary Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner has the lowest pressure drop with the highest efficiency possible.


Small particles, large effects

Particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns or less. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. An effective Trane air cleaner, such as Trane CleanEffects™, can reduce the presence of potential asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.


Patented innovation

The Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner utilizes patented, breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter. It catches particles as small as .1 micron, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1-inch filter.


Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System Features

Verified by Harvard experts

Trane CleanEffects™ has been performance-tested by LMS Technologies and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), with the results verified by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health, so you know you are getting an air cleaner for your home like no other.

Features of the Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System include the following:

  • Removal of up to 99.98% of particles and allergens from your filtered indoor air. It removes particles as small as .1 microns – 1/1,000th the diameter of a human hair – a size that eludes most air cleaners.
  • Industry-leading clean air delivery rate of 1,200.
  • Low operating costs, with no replacement filters to buy.
  • Cleaning indicators easily visible on the outside of the unit.
  • Easy-to-clean filters. Just vacuum or rinse once every 3 to 9 months (depending on usage).
  • Easy installation.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner was designed to fall well below the 50 parts per billion (ppb) FDA voluntary emission limit for medical devices. Trane CleanEffects™ contributes a negligible amount of ozone – less than .3 ppb to the living space.
  • Typical ozone levels during the summer outdoors are at about 60 to 90 ppb, and indoor levels can vary greatly but are typically between 12 ppb to more than 80 ppb. Testing of Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner by third parties has shown there’s no more ozone in a home installed with Trane CleanEffects™ than what naturally occurs in the environment already.
  • A Trane air cleaner is the industry benchmark supported and verified by third parties who make it their business to know about clean air.
  • Minimal pressure drop. Delivering more clean air by volume to your living space.


Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Air Filters come with a 5 year manufacturer parts warranty

The air filtration system only operates when the blower fan in the furnace is running. Note that the air filtration system is most effective at cleaning the air if the furnace blower fan runs continuously. The furnace blower fan can be ran continuously by finding the fan control switch on the thermostat and placing this fan control switch in the ON position.

Trane CleanEffects Electrostatic air filter installed between return air duct and furnace

Normally, the Trane CleanEffects Electrostatic air filter is installed between the return air ventilation duct and the furnace.

Maintaining your unit

A recommended cleaning schedule would be to clean the pre-filter every 2 months and clean the collection cells every 6 months. The filed charger should be cleaned only by a qualified service technician annually. The unit has timers that can be set to indicate when cleaning is required.

Caution: This equipment should be inspected frequently and collected dirt removed from it regularly to prevent excessive accumulation that may result in a risk of fire. The field charger should only be removed and cleaned by authorized service personnel.

Both the pre-filter and the collection cells have timers which monitor actual run time of the unit and indicate when cleaning is required. Time between cleaning can be adjusted based on your preferences and conditions in the home.

The red PRE-FILTER light will illuminate when it is time to clean the pre-filter. And the clean/dirty light bar indicator (LED’s) will illuminate as the system cleans the air in your home. Lights will progress from green to yellow then to red. When the last red indicator is flashing, it is time to clean the collection cells.

Trane CleanEffects Electrostatic air filter front cover components drawing

Remove the filters for cleaning

To remove the filters for cleaning, turn the furnace and air conditioning system off at the thermostat.

Caution: High voltage is present within the air cleaner. Before removing the door to the Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Air Filter, turn the power off and wait at least 15 seconds to allow voltage to discharge.

Turn off power to the Trane Clean Effects Air Filter by pushing and holding the power button for approximately three seconds until all the LED’s illuminate. Then release the power button. The LED’s will remain on until the voltage has discharged and it is safe to remove the door. This requires approximately 15 seconds. Do not remove the door until all lights are off.

Once all the LED lights are off, then disconnect the power cable (if required) and place the door in a secure location. Sometimes it is not necessary to disconnect the power cable to get the door out of the way and in a safe location. Rotate the two latches on the door and remove the door.

Cleaning the Pre-Filters

The recommended method of cleaning the pre-filter is by vacuuming the pre-filter outside the home. This ensures that particles from the filter are not re-introduced into the air. The pre-filter can be washed, however, vacuuming is the preferred method of cleaning. Use low pressure water spray for washing such as a sink sprayer or garden hose. Completely dry the pre-filter before re-installing. Note the air flow direction on the pre-filter before re-installing. Do not replace the plastic pre-filter with a metal type pre-filter. A metal pre-filter will cause reduction in efficiency and potential failure of the system electronics.

Cleaning Collection Cells

It is recommended to clean the two collection cells by vacuuming them as well. Vacuum both sides of the collection cells until they are clean. It is recommended to vacuum the collection cells outside the home as well to prevent re-introduction of dust into the home air. The collection cells can be washed, however, vacuuming is the preferred method of cleaning. Use low pressure water spray for washing such as a sink sprayer or garden hose. Stubborn residue like tobacco smoke may require warm water to be removed.

Do NOT use soap or detergent to clean the collection cells. Also, do NOT immerse the collection cells completely in water. And do NOT place the collection cells in the dishwasher to clean them.

Slightly tap the collection cells to remove water retained in the cells. Allow the collection cells to dry completely before re-installing. Re-install the collection cells with the handles facing the front of the unit where they can be grabbed conveniently the next time they are cleaned. Fold the handles flat once the cells are installed.

Reassembly of the Electrostatic Air Filter

Install the door to the Trane CleanEffects Electrostatic air filter once the cleaned pre-filter and collection cells are back in the unit. Rotate the two latches to secure the door. Plug in the power to the unit if removed previously. Turn on the power to the unit by pressing and releasing the power button. The first green LED should be illuminated but will not flash for the first 10 minutes the indoor fan is operating. This is a drying cycle for the pre-filter and collection cells.

Reset the pre-filter timer by pressing and holding the RESET button until the pre-filter LED turns off (1 to 2 seconds). Reset the collection cell timer by pressing and continuing to hold the RESET button until the collection cell LED’s turn off (4 to 5 seconds).

If during operation of the unit, four flashing yellow LED lights are observed, then turn the unit off and clean both the pre-filter and the collection cells to ensure no large materials are trapped in the filters which would be causing the fault.

If during operation of the Electrostatic Air Filter unit, all three red LED lights are flashing continuously, then the filter should be shut down and give us a call to come out and inspect the unit as a qualified service technician is required fore service.

Additional Information

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Additional information about the Trane Clean Effects Electrostatic Whole House Air Filtration System can be found on the Trane website.

A CleanEffects-Owners-Manual is available here.

For a list of HVAC maintenance items that homeowners can perform to help ensure their systems operate well, refer to this blog.

description of what the MERV rating on air filters means is available at this blog.

For a good discussion on what air filter would be best, refer to this blog.

A good discussion about upgrading your existing standard 1 inch filter to a more efficient 5 inch pleated air filter can be found in this blog. For some information on the best way to purify your home’s air, check out this blog on the Air Scrubber.

For a description of home humidification, refer to this blog.

Information on older mercury thermostats found in older homes is available here.

For tips on troubleshooting a gas valve failure, refer to this blog.

Additional Strategies

There are a number of strategies available for improving indoor air quality in a home. Let one of our experienced technicians at Accurate Heating & Cooling come out and assess the current indoor air quality in your home and make recommendations on ways we can improve the overall comfort level in your home. Accurate Heating & Cooling has been in business since 1998 and we can help you with all of your heating and cooling needs. Give us a call today at 402-238-2425.

When your older HVAC system is ready to be replaced, let the professionals at Accurate install one of our flagship Trane furnaces or air conditioners. We also offer a second line of HVAC equipment from Armstrong. For more information on how a new Armstrong air conditioner can improve your system comfort and efficiency, refer to this blog.

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