New product news: Electrostatic return air filter material

The Melbourne Vent Company is pleased to now be selling electrostatic return air filter material! Why is this such a big deal? Well we've done a little write up on why the filter of your return air is more important than you might have originally thought:

An essential part of any ducted heating or ducted refrigeration systems is the return air and specifically the filter within the return air grille. Like the oil filter of your car engine, it needs to be clean to ensure an optimum level of efficiency and performance.

Each time you run your ducted system the return will try and suck up all manner of small foreign objects such as dust, pollen, pet hair and other tiny particles found in every home. These contaminates would pass though the A/C unit/heater if not first stopped by the return air filter.

Over time the dust being collected by the filter builds up which will end up restricting the overall airflow going into the unit. This restricted airflow reduces the efficiency of the system and if it becomes blocked it could cause major damage.

Most homes will have an existing return air grille with a filter made of a grey, cotton-like fabric. When this type of filter becomes dirty it becomes a major obstruction upon the air flow. The simplest way to resolve this is to remove the collected dust by cleaning the filter.

But over many years of repetitive cleaning, there will be a point where this process will no longer be possible. As the fibres begin to deteriorate they separate and break apart having the potential to get caught in the coil of a heater/AC unit, causing damage to the system.

These are some of the reasons why it is important to have a free flowing return air filter which is in good condition and not falling to bits!

It is recommended to change the filter media with new material every few years. A clean filter will not only remove contaminates from the air more effectively but also saves on electricity and extends the life span of your air conditioning system as the fan motor does not have to work as hard.

The ideal replacement for your existing grey fluffy filter is electrostatic. A return air with electrostatic filter material is far superior to the equivalent older (grey fluff) material, it is considerably less restrictive allowing for increased airflow through the filter and back to the unit.

Electrostatic filter material cleans the air by using static electricity (hence the name), airborne particles are attracted to the electrostatically charged material and held in place until it is cleaned off. This type of media is being adopted across the air conditioning industry as the standard for return air filtration for new homes across the country.

Filters should be checked and cleaned every six months at a minimum. Regular washing will keep the electrostatic filtration material operating at peak efficiency. Simply vacuum dust off the surface thoroughly and then wash with warm, soapy water. Allow to dry completely and then replace back into the grille. When cleaned as directed, an electrostatic air filter will give you many years of trouble free use.

Typically 1 linear meter will be more than enough to replace a standard size domestic return air filter, with installation being relatively straight forward, you can replace a your filter in no time at all!

You can purchase new electrostatic filter material by following the following link:

or simply click on the buy now button below:

If you have any further questions regarding return air filters please feel free to contact us at The Melbourne Vent Company at and we’ll assist where we can!

Thanks for reading!

The Melb. Vent Co. team