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Using Your HVAC to Prevent Dust Mites

Using Your HVAC to Prevent Dust Mites

Using Your HVAC to Prevent Dust MitesYou’ve probably seen those alarming commercials where you’re told that the weight of your mattress can double in 10 years due to the presence of dust mites and their droppings. So is it true? Probably not.

 

What is true is that there are hundreds of thousands to millions of dust mites in our pillows, mattresses, and carpets. They love being where we are, because they feed off our dead skin cells, which also adds to the weight of your mattress.

 

What does all that mean to you? Maybe you and your family need dust mite protection.

What Are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are a kind of arthropod — like a tick or a spider. They prefer moist, warm environments and find living in our homes — in linens, carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and bedding — just right. What’s more, all that human skin that flakes off in our homes is their primary source of food. That means that in addition to dust mite bodies and skin flakes, these creatures are adding to the mix by producing feces.

 

Because dust mites are so tiny, we’re usually not aware of them until we become allergic to them and their feces. Dust allergies can, in fact, be an allergic reaction to the particles these critters generate.

Dust Mite Protection

Here are a few tips for getting dust mites under control.

  • Vacuum frequently, including upholstered furniture, with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • Wash linens in hot water.
  • Keep mattresses and pillows in anti-mite covers.
  • Use a good quality pleated air filter in your HVAC system to catch airborne particulates.
  • Consider installing a whole-house air cleaner.
  • Run the A/C at a cooler temperature. This will also help dry out the air. Remember, dust mites love humidity.

For more on dust mite protection, or to schedule maintenance, repairs and installations, contact Powers Heating and Air of Peachtree City.

 

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. 

Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter Monthly in Winter

Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter Monthly in WinterEven if you put a brand new air filter in your HVAC system before the heating season started, you’ll need to do it again soon. In fact, you should change your air filter once a month during winter. Doing so provides your HVAC system and your Peachtree City home with the following benefits.

Longer HVAC Lifespan

Air filters that are clogged with dirt and debris force heating systems to work that much harder. This leads to additional wear and tear on these systems, which can cause them to break down earlier than expected. Putting in a new air filter each month helps your HVAC system run efficiently without undue wear and tear for a longer period of time. With new monthly filters, you can expect to wait longer before having to replace your HVAC system.

Lower Energy Bills

Having a clean air filter allows your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible when it’s cold out. Since your heating system doesn’t have to run all or even most of the time to keep your home warm, you end up saving a considerable amount of your energy bills during the winter months. When your air filter is dirty, your heating system works harder and runs more often to warm up your home.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Running your heating system when you have a dirty air filter means that you’re allowing dust and other particles to get into your home. This lowers your indoor air quality, which can cause respiratory problems and other health issues for you and your family. When you change your air filter each month in winter, you’ll have cleaner air overall. This also helps keep germs at bay, so you also have a lower risk of catching colds and other viruses.

Make sure your HVAC system is ready for the heating season, so you don’t end up with unexpected repairs. Contact Powers Heating & Air to schedule an inspection and tuneup today. We provide dependable HVAC services 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). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

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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