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What’s the Difference between Charcoal vs. Enzyme Filters?

Mitsubishi Electric MAC-408FT-E compatible filter installation instructions

When it comes to air filters for your home or car, there are a variety of options available on the market. Two popular types of filters are activated charcoal filters and OEM anti-allergy enzyme filters. While both have their own benefits, there are some key differences between the two.

Activated Charcoal Filters:

Activated charcoal filters are made from carbon, which has been treated with oxygen to create millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. These pores help to trap chemicals and pollutants in the air, making them an effective way to improve air quality. Activated charcoal filters are often used to remove odors, smoke, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air.

Benefits of Activated Charcoal Filters:

  1. Effective at removing odors and VOCs: Activated charcoal filters are highly effective at removing unpleasant odors and volatile organic compounds from the air.
  2. Long-lasting: Activated charcoal filters can last up to 6 months, making them a cost-effective option.
  3. Versatile: Activated charcoal filters can be used in a variety of applications, including air purifiers, refrigerators, and even in shoes to remove odors.

OEM Anti-Allergy Enzyme Filters:

Anti-allergy enzyme filters are designed to remove allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and pet dander from the air. These filters are typically made from a combination of materials, including activated charcoal, and are designed to capture microscopic particles that can trigger allergies and asthma.

Benefits of Anti-Allergy Enzyme Filters:

  1. Effective at removing allergens: OEM anti-allergy enzyme filters are highly effective at removing allergens from the air, which can be especially beneficial for those with allergies or asthma.
  2. Customizable: OEM anti-allergy enzyme filters can be customized to fit a specific air purifier or HVAC system, ensuring a perfect fit and optimal performance.
  3. Long-lasting: OEM anti-allergy enzyme filters can last up to 12 months, making them a cost-effective option.

So, which filter is best for you?

Both activated charcoal filters and anti-allergy enzyme filters have their own benefits and drawbacks. If you’re looking to remove odors and VOCs from the air, an activated charcoal filter may be your best bet. However, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, an OEM anti-allergy enzyme filter may be a better choice. Ultimately, the best filter for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

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Insert Filter Guides Now Available

Screenshot of the filter reference guide

We are pleased to announce that insert filter guides for all Mitsubishi Electric and Fujitsu General ductless mini-splits are now available! Use these guides to determine which insert filter your system requires. All systems are referenced, including discontinued and systems more than 20+ years old!

Click here for the Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim M-Series guide

Click here for the Fujitsu General Halcyon and Airstage guide.

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Benefits of Enzyme Filters

Mitsubishi Electric MAC-408FT-E Filters

Anti-allergy enzyme filters are filters that contain enzymes that help to eliminate allergens from the air. These filters are often used in air purifiers and HVAC systems. The enzymes in these filters are specifically designed to break down proteins found in common allergens such as pet dander, pollen, and dust mites. The broken down proteins are then trapped in the filter, reducing the amount of allergens in the air. This can help to reduce the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, itching, and watery eyes, for people with allergies or sensitivities. Anti-allergy enzyme filters are a safe and effective way to improve indoor air quality for those with allergies.

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Our Frames 3D Printed with PLA

Backside view of Mitsubishi Electric MAC-408FT-E compatible charcoal carbon filter media with frames

Some of our charcoal carbon filter frames for Mitsubishi Electric ductless systems are 3D printed using environmentally friendly PLA.

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a biodegradable plastic that offers numerous environmental benefits. Unlike traditional petroleum-based plastics, PLA is made from renewable resources such as corn starch, sugarcane, or cassava roots, which reduces dependence on finite fossil fuels and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When disposed of in the right conditions, PLA biodegrades into water and carbon dioxide, leaving no toxic residue. Furthermore, the production process of PLA uses less energy and produces fewer harmful byproducts compared to the production of traditional plastics, making it a more sustainable option. The use of PLA can also help reduce waste in landfills and litter in the natural environment, making it a favorable choice for those concerned with environmental sustainability.

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Benefits of Charcoal Air Filters

Mitsubishi Electric MAC-418FT-E compatible charcoal carbon filters
  1. Improved air quality: Charcoal air filters absorb harmful pollutants and allergens such as mold, mildew, pet dander, and smoke. This helps to improve the air quality in your home, reducing the risk of respiratory problems and allergies.
  2. Reduced odors: Charcoal is highly absorbent, making it an effective way to remove unpleasant odors from the air. This makes it ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where strong odors can linger.
  3. Improved respiratory health: Charcoal air filters can help to remove pollutants and allergens from the air, reducing the risk of respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.
  4. Increased energy efficiency: Clean air filters can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, reducing your energy bills and helping to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
  5. Better indoor air quality: Charcoal air filters can help to improve the overall indoor air quality in your home, reducing the risk of airborne illnesses and providing a cleaner, healthier living environment.