How to Clean Your Filter

September 20, 2021

When unwanted particles enter your home, your filter’s job is to trap them and let clean air through. However, over time those particles will build up, causing less air to come through and disrupting the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. There are four steps to clean your filter and avoid loss of efficiency. 1. Removing the Filter Before removing your filter, you’ll want to make sure your system is off to avoid letting particles into your home unfiltered. Then, with a screwdriver, remove the filter and inspect it for any damage or unusual spotting.

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Recent Advancements in the HVAC Industry

November 17, 2020

The heating and cooling industry is always advancing as new technology comes out. Equipment operates more efficiently than ever, and indoor air quality keeps getting better. There’s been a number of notable advancements in the past few years. Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps This type of heat pump can use electricity or gas. They use electricity when outdoor temperatures are mild and switch to gas when it gets cold. A dual-use heat pump uses a substantially smaller amount of energy than conventional ones do. Smart Thermostats Smart thermostats have a number of benefits. You

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A Beginner’s Guide to Air Cleaners

September 23, 2020

People spend about 90% of their time indoors, with most of that in their homes. Indoor air is often polluted, which can negatively impact your health. An air cleaner is designed to remove pollutants from the air and so improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Indoor Air Quality Heating and air conditioning make up about half of the typical homeowner’s utility bills. People want to save money, so homes are built airtight. While this prevents conditioned air from escaping outdoors, it also results in indoor air becoming stale and polluted. Improving Indoor Air Quality

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Will Air Purifiers Help with Musty Smell?

August 11, 2020

When your home has a musty smell, the big question is how to get rid of that odor and fix the problem. Here is a look at why musty smells occur and what you can do about them. Causes of the Musty Odor Many houses can develop musty odors over time, especially those located in humid environments. The musty smell is caused by odorous gasses put off by mold. Musty smells in your residence can indicate high levels of mold growth and the potential for indoor air quality issues. Poor indoor air quality can lead to

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Air Purifiers vs Air Filters

June 22, 2020

If you’re concerned about indoor air pollution and considering upgrading your home, you may be confused by the terminology such as air cleaner, air filter, and air purifier. This confusion exists largely because many companies that manufacture such equipment often use the terms interchangeably in their marketing. Is there a distinction? Yes, but it depends on who you ask, so with that in mind, let’s look at how the pertinent trade organizations define the terms air filter and air purifier. Air Filter Air filters trap particulates and other impurities contained in the air that passes through

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What Are MERV Air Filter Ratings?

May 10, 2020

Your home’s heating and cooling system has air filters designed to keep your indoor air clean. Air filters are rated according to their Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). Here’s how to interpret MERV air filter ratings and choose which filters are best for your circumstances. What Is MERV? MERV is a rating of how much matter can pass through an air filter. The ratings go from one to 20, with a higher number being better. Filters with MERV ratings of one to four capture particles in the air larger than 10 mm. This is enough to

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3 Reasons Why UV Air Purifiers Are Worth the Cost

April 15, 2020

Purchasing a UV air purifier is a great investment that can significantly improve the quality of the air in your home or at your place of business. A UV air purifier also makes it much more difficult for microscopic organisms to reproduce, which further enhances air quality. If you are still undecided, here are the top three reasons to consider a UV air purifier for your home or business. 1. Prevent the Growth of Mold Mold growth is a major problem for many homeowners. However, one of the most effective ways to prevent mold growth is

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