Infinity/Evolution Air Purifier Q&As
1. What is the Infinity/Evolution air purifier technology? The Infinity/Evolution air purifier is a whole-home solution that works silently as part of a home’s heating and cooling system, using a filter and electrical charges to remove airborne pathogens, pollen, animal dander and other contaminants. It is a hybrid between an electronic air cleaner and media filter that offers the benefits of a high voltage electrostatic precipitator and the ease of maintenance of a media filter.
2. How does the Infinity/Evolution air purifier technology work? The Captures & Kill® technology that the Infinity/Evolution air purifier uses is a three-step process.
- Charge: The purifier creates a “cloud” of electrically charged ions that attach themselves to airborne dust, pollen, viruses, germs and other particles as they pass through.
- Capture: The ionized particles are pulled toward an oppositely charged, pleated filter and captured at an extremely high rate (similar to how a magnet attracts metal shavings).
- Kill: Captured airborne microbes remain on the pleated filter instead of recirculating back into the home and are subjected to an intense electric field.
3. How efficient is this unit’s filtration? Third-party testing concluded that the Infinity/Evolution air purifier’s Captures & Kills technology inactivates 99% of select airborne viruses and bacteria trapped on the filter, such as coronavirus, a common cold virus surrogate, Streptococcus pyogenes and human influenza.
The Infinity air purifier meets Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 15. MERV ratings are designated with numbers from 1 to 16. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter’s performance (percent efficiency) for smaller particles. A MERV rating of 15 requires 85-95% efficiency for the smallest particles tested down to 0.3 microns.
4. How long will the filter last? Filter life varies from home to home and is based on several factors. Most homeowners find that the filter lasts for six to nine months.
5. Can I use another brand of filter in the Infinity/Evolution air purifier? No. The filter used in the Infinity/Evolution air purifier is patented and uses a design that carries an electrical charge through the filter where select captured organisms are killed. Other filters do not have this technology and will not work in this unit.
6. I don’t have a Carrier/Bryant HVAC system. Can I still buy and install the Infinity/Evolution air purifier? Yes, the Infinity/Evolution air purifier can be added to many heating and cooling systems from a variety of manufacturers.
7. How do I know when to change my filter? If your Infinity/Evolution air purifier is used in conjunction with the Carrier Infinity® System Control/Bryant Evolution™ ConnexTM, the control will notify you when it is time to change the filter. Other thermostats may have a timer or reminder built in.
8. Does the Infinity/Evolution air purifier make any sounds while operating? No. Unlike traditional electronic air cleaners, the purifier creates no zapping noises.
9. Is there a benefit to using ultraviolet (UV) lamps in conjunction with the purifier? Yes. Carrier/Bryant UV lamps installed at the coil and drain pan helps prevent the buildup of contaminants on your air coil.
10. How does the Infinity/Evolution air purifier compare to a HEPA filter? True HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are slightly more efficient at capturing the tiniest particles. However, HEPA filters do not have the Captures & Kills® technology of the Infinity/Evolution air purifier. In addition, HEPA filters have a very high resistance for airflow (pressure drop), and therefore, generally incorporate an additional fan.
11. Does the Infinity/Evolution air purifier capture coronavirus? As part of a complete strategy for slowing the spread of infectious disease in your home, the Infinity/Evolution air purifier should be considered essential. Featuring our patented Captures & Kills® technology, the Infinity/Evolution air purifier offers proven, third-party tested effectiveness with a 99% inactivation of captured select airborne viruses and bacteria when used as instructed, including:
- Common cold virus surrogate
- Streptococcus Human influenza
12. How was it determined that the Infinity/Evolution air purifier captures and kills 99% of coronavirus from filtered air? Our confidence with the performance of our Infinity/Evolution air purifier capturing and killing the coronavirus from filtered air1 is based upon third-party testing at the University of Colorado.
Tests were conducted with a murine coronavirus that is closely related to the human coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
The murine pathogen surrogate allowed testing to be completed safely. Controlled environment tests showed that the Infinity/Evolution air purifier rapidly inactivated 99% of coronavirus on its filter. To learn more about the science, visit carrier.com/purifier bryant.com/purifier.
13. How does the Infinity/Evolution air purifier capture coronavirus even though it’s smaller than the size that can be captured by the filter? Viruses spread from infected individuals when they breathe, speak, sneeze or cough. The viral particles are contained in aerosols, the largest of which quickly settle on indoor surfaces, while the smaller ones can remain airborne. And while the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself is extremely small (about 0.1 microns in diameter), the larger respiratory droplets or aerosols that can transmit viruses are large enough to be captured when passing through enhanced air filtration.
14. How much does the Infinity/Evolution air purifier cost? The cost depends on a number of factors. We encourage anybody interested in adding the Infinity/Evolution air purifier to their home to contact their local HVAC contractor to secure price quotes.
15. Can you install the Infinity/Evolution air purifier with non-Infinity gas models? Yes, the Infinity/Evolution air purifier can be installed with any Carrier/Bryant gas furnace or fan coil.