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Are All Air Filters the Same?

Air filters are one of the best ways to keep your HVAC running smoothly. Plus, they help us consistently eliminate mold, pollen, spores and other contaminants throughout your home! When our air filters are changed out regularly and they are working for us, our homes will be cleaner, we can actually breathe easier, and they keep our families healthier.

Are all air filters the same? Here we answer that question. Continue reading

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Improve Your Home’s Air Quality This Summer: Everything You Want to Know

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If you’re near exhaust gas coming from the back of a vehicle, you probably try to hold your breath until it passes, right? You can visibly see this type of air pollution, so you do your best to avoid it.

Indoors, it’s a little different. Even though it sounds like a no-brainer to make sure you’re breathing clean air, not seeing anything visibly wrong with the air around you might cause you to push the issue aside.

The quality of the air in your home is more important than you think. In fact, according to a study done by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 87% of their time indoors (1). That’s a pretty significant chunk of your life, which means it’s critical that you’re breathing in clean air while you’re indoors. Continue reading

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Summer is Almost Here: Make Sure Your Home Is As Comfortable As Possible

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Summer weather is (almost) upon us, which means enjoying plenty of sunshine and warm days outside! Of course you’ll want to relax inside comfortably when the fun in the sun ends and you head back inside.

Now is the time to prepare for summer; you can take simple steps to make sure your AC is in proper working condition for these next few months and beyond. Continue reading

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This is What You Might Not Know About Air Filters

everything to know about air filtersHeating and air conditioning can be…well, complex. Want to know one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your air quality? The answer: simply by using air filters.

Originally, filters were built into HVAC systems to keep the moving parts of the furnace free of dust and debris. But, fast forward to today, and air filters are primarily used to improve the quality of the air that flows through your home. Continue reading

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Types of Air Filters For Your HVAC System

types of air filters for your HVAC SystemIndoor air quality is more of a problem today than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Newer, more tightly sealed homes are replacing older, draftier homes. Also older windows and doors are being replaced with newer options that keep your heat and air inside the house where it belongs. This makes changing your air filter in your HVAC system even more important. What types of air filters for your HVAC system, often depends on your lifestyle and how you use your system.

Types of Air Filters For Your HVAC System

indoor air qualityFlat Panel Fiberglass Filters

These disposable filters have a one-inch thick fiberglass pad held in a metal or cardboard frame. They are usually inexpensive which allows you to change them often. They protect the HVAC system from large airborne particles but they do nothing to improve the air quality of your home. If you smoke, live with pets, or have allergies then there are better filters that ensure better air quality.

Pleated Polyester Filters

These filters are also relatively inexpensive and disposable. The have an increased surface area because of the pleats that allows them to catch and contain more air particles. They filter smaller particles such as dust mites, bacteria, viruses and pet dander.

Electrostatic High Efficiency Pleated Polyester Filters

These filters do a better job at capturing smaller particles. They are great for allergy suffers and pet owners. Because they trap particles so well, they can get dirty quickly and if not changed they can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently.

HEPA Filters

Hospitals and medical facilities rely on HEPA  filters because they are the most efficient filters. They capture over 99% of all air particles. They can significantly improve the indoor air quality too. These are normally commercial filters that require professional installation form your HVAC company. Because they can reduce the air flow they don’t always work with home HVAC systems. Your HVAC technician can help you determine if there are HEPA filters available for your unit and if you would be wise to use them.

Reusable Air Filters

Air filters that can be washed over and over are made from material that is durable enough to handle washing and use. They are normally not as effective at improving indoor air quality as disposable filters. They are generally more expensive and require regular removing, washing and installing. They should never be installed wet, to prevent mold from growing.

Your Filter Size

Each HVAC unit has a unique filter size. The easiest way to find the right filter is to check on your current filter and get the same one. Once you know the size, you can buy the right filter each time.

Your HVAC technician from Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning can help you learn how to change your filter and give you recommendations on which filter would be best for your household. They can also let you know how often to change the filter, although once a month is recommended as a general rule. Please call Greater Comfort Heating and Air if you have questions or to schedule HVAC maintenance.

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