Air cleaner with remote

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Project by sansoo22 posted 10-18-2020 05:52 PM 1246 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed an air cleaner for my shop and decided to build versus buy. The only real costs I had in this project was the motor, the filters, and the remote unit. The oak plywood and most of the solid oak used for the trim and face frames was all donated by my dad to use building them a new cabinet for above their new fridge.

The small blower motor is rated at 1.28 AMPS and 463 CFM. It’s not a beast by any means but in a 500 sq ft shop it should still be capable of changing the air once an hour at a bare minimum.

Construction is pretty simple. It’s basically made up of face frames joined together in a box shape with a top and bottom. In the second image you can see some metal strips running vertically on each side of the filter. The outer face frames have counter sunk magnets, 6 on each frame, and simply magnet in place. Filter changes are a breeze. Pop a face off, swap a filter, and pop it back on.

The remote unit is nothing fancy either. Simple $20 dollar plug-in model I found on Amazon with on/off, 30 min, 1 hr, 2 hr, and 4 hr timers on it. In the last image you can see it on a cheap D-clip thing with my Jet DC remote.

I have the remote box plugged in to an outlet that sits inside the air cleaner.

The motor came with only 2 bare wire leads which just wasn’t pretty enough for me so I loomed and heat shrunk that. The switch plugs into the remote outlet from an extension cord I cut to the desired length with a little extra in a service loop just in case.

I decided to put the remote box inside the cleaner because it kept it out of the way of any other outlets in the shop. The box isn’t exactly small. In the future when the shop is rewired I plan to put in more smart controls. This cleaner will most likely get a z-wave smart outlet installed so I can use my home automation to turn it on and off based on specific shop conditions. For example if most of the time I use the same outlet for my sanders I can make that a smart outlet. If current is detected then I can make a rule to auto turn on the air cleaner.

I don’t have a air quality meter yet so I have no actual proof but 30 min of the cleaner running and the air smells fresher in the shop so I’m assuming it works pretty well. An air quality meter is on my wish list though so I will know for sure in the future.

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#1 posted 10-18-2020 06:18 PM

I like how it doubles as a planer stand also and it looks like you did it correct GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 10-18-2020 07:16 PM

Nice. What’s the MERV rating of your filters?

-- Dave, Tippecanoe County, IN --- Is there a corollary to Beranek.s Law that applies to dust collection?

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#3 posted 10-18-2020 09:45 PM

Nice. What s the MERV rating of your filters?

- clagwell

Thanks. I went with MERV 13 filters. I’m not entirely sure that was the right choice because I know enough about filters to know they trap crap in them. I just got my Jet DC-1100 hooked up about a month ago and noticed while it kept the shop pretty clean I was still getting a film of super fine dust on things.

I have the air cleaner located just about in the middle of my shop. The vent fins on the blower outlet point up so my theory is it should create air circulation. Clean air goes up while pushing heavier dustier air down to be filtered.

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#4 posted 10-18-2020 10:12 PM

Great idea, which gives me some ideas to look into. Thanks for sharing

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 10-18-2020 10:16 PM

With MERV 13 filters and that blower CFM you should get excellent results in your 500 square foot shop. If you don’t have enough mixing just add a small fan in a corner or somewhere to help with circulation through the shop.

-- Dave, Tippecanoe County, IN --- Is there a corollary to Beranek.s Law that applies to dust collection?

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