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Roundup: Top Air Filters for Fall

Roundup: Top Air Filters for FallNow that fall has arrived and you’re closing up your home against cooler outdoor temperatures, your indoor air quality can quickly decline. Filtering your air is an option worth considering, especially if anyone in the family suffers with allergies, asthma or other breathing conditions. Here’s a roundup of the best air filters from trusted, industry-leading brands:

Aprilaire Filters

Aprilaire pleated media filters are designed to provide effective whole-home filtration when installed in an HVAC-integrated air cleaner. They’re available ranging from MERV 10 to 16, and depending on the type of air cleaner you have, the compatible Aprilaire filter can capture up to 98 percent of airborne contaminants as small as 0.3 microns in size, which can include plant pollen, fungi, pet dander and dust mites.

Healthy Climate Filters

Healthy Climate air filters are made by Lennox, and they’re available in MERV 11, as well as MERV 16 and HEPA versions like those used in hospitals and medical laboratories.

  • MERV 11 filters catch over 85 percent of particles larger than 0.3 microns, including many that trigger asthma and allergy symptoms, like mold spores and common household dust, as well as viruses and bacteria.
  • Carbon Clean MERV 16 media filters can trap particles down to 0.3 microns, bio-aerosols as small as 0.1 microns, and they remove potentially-hazardous ozone too. Their activated carbon coating also helps neutralize household odors.
  • Healthy Climate HEPA filters employ a multi-stage air cleaning process that includes a “high efficiency particulate arrestancestage to capture 99.97 percent of particles, viruses and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns, and a charcoal/carbon stage that neutralizes odors and traps chemical vapors.

Honeywell Filters

Honeywell air filters fit the brand’s integrated air cleaner units that can be easily added to most types of HVAC systems. These pleated media filters are available in two efficiencies: MERV 11 and MERV 13, which can rid the air of large and microscopic contaminants down to 0.3 microns, such as smoke, soot and dust particles, and mold/mildew spores.

 

For personalized advice about the best air filters for your Peachtree City home, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

 

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What Things You Should Know About Washable Air Filters

What Things You Should Know About Washable Air FiltersYour HVAC system air filter is responsible for trapping dirt, dust, pet dander, hair, pollen and other airborne particles so they don’t accumulate on sensitive system components. Given the filter’s important role, it’s vital to use the most efficient type available for your system and keep it clean.

 

If you’ve always used disposable filters but you’ve heard about washable air filters and you’re wondering if you should switch, here’s a look at how the two compare in some key areas.

Filtering Capabilities

Washable and disposable mechanical filters have different minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings, which tells you their filtering capabilities:

  • Washable HVAC air filters typically have MERV ratings from 1-4, so they’re only effective at capturing particles 10 microns and larger, which can include hair, lint, pollen and dust mites.
  • Basic, throw-away flat-panel fiberglass filters have the same low 1-4 MERV ratings.
  • Disposable pleated media filters offer MERV ratings from 5-13, so they can trap particles as small as one micron, such as mold spores, dust mite droppings and pet dander.

Maintenance Requirements

The main advantage of washable filters is that they’re reusable, but the trade off is you need to wash them monthly. Once the filter is clean, it needs to dry thoroughly before you can reuse it or you’re risking bacteria and mold growth inside the HVAC system. In comparison, there’s zero maintenance required with a disposable filter — you just throw it away when it gets dirty and install a fresh, clean filter.

Performance

With time and use, washable filters can get clogged with debris even if you’re cleaning them as required. As particles get trapped deep in the filter, airflow through the HVAC system can start to decline, which can cause a host of performance problems.

Filter Cost

Washable air filters are designed to last for several years, but the downside is that they can cost considerably more than a quality disposable that provides better filtering capabilities.

 

For expert advice about whether washable air filters are the best choice for the HVAC system in your Peachtree City home, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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What Exactly is a MERV Rating and How Does it Affect My Home?

What Exactly is a MERV Rating and How Does it Affect My Home?If you’re not inspecting your air filter every month and replacing it when it’s clogged, your home’s indoor air may be taking a toll on your health. HVAC air filters not only protect your system, but they also remove harmful particles from the air. Choosing a quality air filter is essential for good indoor air quality and your overall health.

What is MERV?

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value and is an industry standard that indicates the percentage of particles the filter will trap. Although the MERV scale ranges from one to 20, MERV 12 is the highest rating a residential HVAC system can accommodate without restricting airflow.

Choosing the Right MERV Rating 

Most particles in your air fall between .1 and 10 microns in size. Allergens like mold, pollen and pet dander, as well as harmful particles, like lead dust and bacteria, can trigger or worsen allergy and asthma symptoms, causing respiratory illnesses later on in life.

  • MERV 1 to 4 filters trap less than 20 percent of particles between 3 and 10 microns. It’s best to avoid these filters.
  • MERV 5 to 8 filters are of medium quality and are suitable for most air quality needs.
  • MERV 6 filters trap 50 percent of particles between 3 and 10 microns, including pollen, mold and dust mites.
  • MERV 8 filters trap 85 percent of particles.
  • MERV 9 to 12 filters are the best filters for people with respiratory conditions.
  • MERV 10 filters trap 85 percent of particles between 3 and 10 microns, as well as 50 percent of particles between 1 and 3 microns, including some bacteria and fungal spores.
  • MERV 12 filters trap over 90 percent of particles between 3 and 10 microns and about 90 percent of particles between 1 and 3 microns.

Before upgrading your filter, check your system’s specs to ensure it will accommodate higher-rated filters without restricting airflow. For more advice about which MERV rating is best for your home, please contact Powers Heating & Air in the Peachtree City area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Maintain Your A/C Mid Season with These Easy Tips

Maintain Your A/C Mid Season with These Easy TipsThe best time to perform maintenance on your air conditioner system is during spring, just before the peak usage in the summer season. It is important to maintain your A/C to improve efficiency and to prevent breakdowns and costly repair bills. Regular preventative maintenance will improve the efficiency of your A/C, thereby saving you money, and will prolong the lifecycle of your unit.

What Should an HVAC Contractor Check?

  • All the electrical connections should be checked, tightened or replaced. The voltage and current on the motors should also be checked.
  • The lubrication of all moving parts is a crucial part of the preventative maintenance service.
  • The contractor should check the safe operation of the system and the system controls.
  • The air conditioner and evaporator coils have to be checked and cleaned for maximum efficiency.
  • The refrigerant level should be checked and adjusted if needed and all leaks should be repaired.
  • The blower components should be checked and cleaned to ensure proper airflow.

What Can You Check?

  • Dirty air filters can impede the airflow and cause damage to equipment. Air filters should be replaced monthly during peak usage.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain for debris or blockage.
  • Check the thermostat settings and change the batteries on battery operated thermostats.

Preventive maintenance can save money by reducing costly repairs and improving the efficient operation of the air conditioner system, thereby saving money on energy bills. It is important to use a qualified HVAC contractor for any tasks that you are not comfortable performing. Please note that only qualified technicians are allowed to work with the refrigerant in your air conditioner.

For more expert advice about how to maintain your A/C and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve the Peachtree City, GA area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Dust Bunnies are Not Cute — Easy Ways to Minimize Dust in Your Home

Dust Bunnies are Not Cute -- Easy Ways to Minimize Dust in Your HomeFluffy bunnies at your local pet store likely provoke smiles and coos, but dust bunnies under your furniture are more likely to cause grumbles and sighs of annoyance. Dust bunnies are little clumps of debris, pet fur, dust, spider webs, and other not-so-nice ingredients held together by static electricity.

In your Georgia or Peachtree City home, dust bunnies can also wreak havoc. They can harm delicate electronics and can clog air and dust filters, which can hurt air quality. In some cases, they even contain dust mites that trigger allergies.

So how can you get rid of dust bunnies in your home? There are several ways you can minimize dust:

1) Clean regularly. Be especially vigilant under and behind furniture and in corners, where spider webs and dust can lurk.

2) Get rid of dry air in your home. Dry air can make your skin drier and can cause static electricity, both of which can contribute to dust bunnies. A whole home humidifier or small humidifier can make your home more comfortable and may help minimize dust.

3) Tackle your air ducts. Air ducts can blow dust all over your home, so have them cleaned and fix any air duct leaks. When the return duct leaks, especially, it can cause dust to enter your home.

4) Replace air filters in your furnace, air conditioner, and other home systems. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for how often to change the filter. In general, once a month may not be too often. Once you have the filters changed, use duct tape that is metal-backed to keep the filters in place. Be sure to note on your calendar when filters need to be replaced again.

5) Keep debris out. Leave your shoes at the door to prevent tracking in debris and ensure that your clothes dryer vent is clean and not leaking lint into your home. Close any air leaks in your home.

If you need help with the air ducts or other HVAC components in your home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. Our Peachtree City family business would be happy to help.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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