Some Things You May Not Have Known About Your Air Filter


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Do you know if you are using the best air filter for your home’s heating/cooling system?  Most people don’t really understand the differences between the cheap air filters and the higher quality ones. The main purpose for a filter is to protect your HVAC equipment, while improving the indoor air quality in your home. The type of air filter you are using makes a big difference in the air quality you and your family continually breathe in every day, as well as how efficient your unit is working

Are you using those cheap blue air filters?

If you are using the less expensive blue fiberglass filters, chances are more dirt and dust is going into your system. Over time the duct and dust will either stay somewhere in your system or circulate right back into your home. Not only is it unhealthy, but can increase your maintenance bills and cause costly repair bills.

What is the best air filter I should be using?

The best air filter you should be using is one that offers the highest level of efficiency without damaging your HVAC system.  Just because you are using the most efficient filter out there, does not necessarily mean it is the right one for your home. The age of your HVAC system also needs to be considered when purchasing a filter with a MERV rating.

What are MERV ratings?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Rating Value. A MERV rating is a numerical value ranging from 1 (lowest efficiency) to 16 (highest efficiency). The number tells you how well the filter captures and holds dust and dirt of a specified sized range. If you have an older HVAC system, you should probably not be using a filter higher than a MERV 11. Most of the older systems should use a filter with a MERV rating of only 8 or lower. Always make sure to choose a filter rating that corresponds to the requirement of your HVAC system.

What are microns?

Airborne particles are described as microns. Particles that range from 0.3 to 0.9 microns present the most health concerns. This is because they are so small that they get past the tiny hairs in our breathing passages and are too large to be exhaled. Examples include dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and mold spores.

0.1 to 0.3 micron Dust mites and allergens
0.3 to 1 micron Tobacco smoke, metallic fumes and bacteria such as staphylococcus
1 to 5 microns Bacteria and small dust particles
5 to 10 microns Mold, pollen, medium dust particles
10 microns + Large dust particles

If you have decided that you may be using the wrong air filter for your home’s HVAC system, simply visit to find the right filter!

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The Benefits of Air Purifiers

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Let’s talk about healthier indoor air quality. So many people suffer from respiratory ailments such as allergies, asthma, common colds, viruses and are searching for ways to get some type of relief.  We know that we can’t do much about the outdoor air, but with today’s technology, we certainly have options available for achieving better air quality in our homes.

Air quality is a huge factor in our overall health. Every day we are exposed to all sorts of pollutants and toxins, and over time this takes a toll on our body. Did you know that the air in your home can be five to ten times dirtier than outdoor air? With Americans spending an average of 90% of their lives indoors, clean air quality should be a high priority!

There are many air purifiers on the market to choose from. When trying to decide on an air purifier, make a list of what you want to achieve with it. Effectiveness varies from model to model. The makers of air purifiers tend to focus on what happens to the air, not how it affects the body. One of the main reasons people purchase an air purifier is to help control dust that is being inhaled in the home. Other reasons are to help control pet dander, odors (from pets, smoke and cooking fumes) as well as cleaning vapors.

People want to be able to sleep and breathe better in their home environment. Air purifiers are not miracle workers, but do reduce allergens and other irritants, improving air quality.   Some people see a direct health benefit more than others. Perhaps a reason for this may be mismatching between what type of air filtration is actually needed to what is being used?

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What Can Happen If I Don’t Change My Refrigerator Water Filter?

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Have you ever sat down, with a nice glass of ice tea or ice water (or maybe a nice drink on the rocks) after coming home from work and noticed a strange taste?  And even the smell is, well, just not right?  Chances are you have not changed your water filter in your refrigerator recently!

Changing your filter approximately every 6 months guarantees you great tasting ice and water from your refrigerator. The life of the filter really depends on the quantity of contaminants in your water as well as how much water you and your family are drinking.

The filter is there to clean the water of pollutants and sediment that has traveled through your pipes and then to your refrigerator.  By simply replacing your filter on a regular basis, you can avoid drinking unwanted chemicals, particles and bacteria, which can cause or lead to serious health problems.

Another good reason to change your water filter regularly is to prevent scaling and deposit build up that can cause damage to your refrigerator.  A dirty filter not only restricts the water flow, but also allows all of the “junk” to remain in your drinking water or ice.

Check to see if you have a refrigerator with a warning light that changes colors or comes on when it is time for a replacement.  This is a great reminder that it’s time to change the filter!

Now that you realize that it’s time to replace your refrigerator filter, click on  You will be able to find the perfect fit for your refrigerator.  After you have replaced it, you can feel confident that you and your family are drinking clean water!

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