In this interview with Robin Zoufalik, we get an high-level introduction to the FilterScan wifi air filter monitoring device and why it is unique
Please tell the audience about yourself and what you do at CleanAlert.
Robin Zoufalik: My role in CleanAlert is to lead and strategize the commercial marketing and sales of the FilterScan Wi-Fi product, and based on my experience in the industry of the built environment, that's my main mission, is to get the product out into the market and find out, you know, how it can be used very well.
Okay. Let's learn a bit about FilterScan. What does FilterScan do? Tell us about the product, and any accolades, any awards that the product has won. We'd love to hear about that.
Robin Zoufalik: Yeah, so the FilterScan, which is in a ... every so often, we put out a new version. It originally was kind of a basic version, but it was based on some research done by a professor in Oberlin, Ohio, and once he got the centric technology, then we looked for applications. One of the applications for the probe was an air filter monitor, that would basically measure the pressure drop across the filter, which indicates whether or not our filter is clogged.
Out of that invention, the FilterScan was born, and now the version that we have is Wi-Fi capable, so that allows owners to see, across many air handlers and many buildings, what their air filters are doing from a clean and clogged basis. What that does is it allows people to be more efficient in their filter changes, which has a lot of benefit to them. As far as awards, we did win the "Popular Science" Innovation Of The Year award, based on a number of products that they evaluate, and we were one of the ones that was chosen as Innovation Of The Year in 2014.
Are there any other products quite like it out there at the moment?
Robin Zoufalik: There are a couple things that you can compare it to. The only one that is what I would call an electronic sensing or an automatic sensing air filter monitor is quite expensive, and is not as easy to install as the FilterScan. Then .. you have the way that it's been done over the years, through visual inspection, which is not accurate, and then you can also do a Magnahelic gauge across the filter. Unfortunately, to be able to read those pressures, you have to be at the gauge, and every time that anything changes, you have to recalibrate it.
Our product is, however, essentially unique. It's easy to install, fairly inexpensive, very accurate, and you can access the information on the filter clogging status either through a computer, and then if it does go into a clogged condition, then you can either get an alert over a cellphone via text or through email. It is kind of a unique product.