There are two kinds of filters available for Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division units: hybrid catechin pre-filters and Platinum Deodorizing filters. Both are remarkably effective at ridding indoor air of odors before it is passed through a second filtration system for allergens, pollutants and particulate matter — but they work in different ways.
Catechin filters get their name from a naturally occurring bioflavonoid found in green tea that has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times.
Catechin — which has antiviral and antibacterial properties — is infused into every molecule of these filters, which enables them to strip the passing air of odor-causing pollutants such as tobacco smoke and pet smells. An added benefit is that they trap and deactivate microscopic bacteria and viruses, which can diminish or prevent the spread of some diseases.
Catechin filters are easy to remove, easy to clean and they last a long time — up to a full decade.
Platinum Deodorizing filters, which also cleanse the air of unpleasant odors, are found in premium units. Instead of catechin, these filters absorb foul smells through the use of platinum catalyst. They use nanotechnology, which makes them incredibly efficient at absorbing odor at the molecular level. A nanometer-scale mesh platinum catalyst deodorizing filter catches and absorbs even the tiniest particulate matter in the air.
Different products serve different needs and solve different problems. Someone who is concerned with longevity and ease of use may choose catechin filters because they are easy to clean and last for such a long time. Homeowners concerned with sheer performance may choose Platinum Deodorizing filters for their accelerated absorption at the molecular level.
Either way, the result will be pristine indoor air quality.
This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.