A Simple Guide to Home Air Filtration

We just published our first Buyer’s Guide on air filtration and wanted to share it with our site visitors.

If you’ve ever been to our website before, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a seemingly endless list of product categories – air filters, water filters, humidifiers, air purifiers, water bottles, etc. We know it can be overwhelming to search through all of this, so we’ve implemented a few new features:

One is our new-and-improved search box at the top of the page. When you search for a particular filter or type of filter, the search box offers a drop-down list of suggestions based on what you type in, making it easier for you to find the product you need:

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The second feature is our list of buyer’s guides on air and water filters. We have already published several water filter buyer’s guides, and today we have uploaded our first buyer’s guide on air filtration.

If you’ve been wondering the difference between an electrostatic air filter, a HEPA filter, or an air purifier, look no further. Our Simple Guide to Home Air Filtration breaks it down for you. And if you’ve been asking yourself who this MERV character is that we keep referring to in our furnace filter product descriptions – MERV and his rating system are described in more detail in our guide.

Be on the lookout for more in-depth Buyer’s Guides on particular types of air filters and purifiers in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions, our filter experts are available to chat with you, M-F from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Threatens Indoor Ice Skating Rinks

New ice resurfacers are powered electrically and do not pose a threat.

The EPA provides strict indoor air quality guidelines for recreational arenas, including ice skating rinks, but unfortunately, not everyone follows them. One writer recently noted that carbon monoxide poisoning is a potential threat for people who visit ice skating rinks that use fuel-fired ice resurfacers and edgers. New machines are electrically powered and do not pose a threat, but there are some indoor ice rinks that use machines fueled with diesel, propane or gasoline.

In addition to carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter also pose health risks. Parents should be aware of the signs of poisoning from air pollution if their children frequent these arenas, namely shortness of breath, mild headaches and nausea. These symptoms often mimic flu symptoms, and may be mistaken as such.

Good health starts with indoor air quality. If your children don’t frequent these arenas, it is still important to make sure the air in your own home is clean and safe to breathe. Check out our series, “Filters for Kids,” to learn more about ways to ensure your kids stay healthy with quality furnace filters and air purifiers. And since your children likely spend most of their time at school, it’s important to know what their school is doing to create a healthy environment as well.

Fortunately, we are in the winter season. If you live in a cold climate, you may want to take advantage of an outdoor ice skating arena in your area, while there is still time.

Top of the Line Air Purifiers at Filters Fast

The Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier was recently rated a Consumer Reports ‘Best Buy’!

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, an air purifier just might be your ticket to a healthier home. Many people don’t realize just how crucial indoor air quality is to respiratory health. Contaminants like pollen, dust, ragweed, airborne viruses and bacteria contribute significantly to lung illnesses. If you’re not sure whether or not you need an air purifier, our Home Indoor Air Quality Quiz may help you get a better idea. If you’re in the market for an air purifier, you’ve come to the right place. These four air purifier filters happen to be at or near the top of the Consumer Reports list of recommended room air purifiers:

1. Whirlpool AP51030K Air Purifier

The Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier for Large Rooms (up to 500 square feet) was recently awarded a Consumer Reports Best Buy, receiving high marks for the removal of allergens such as dust, pollen and smoke on its highest setting. This lightweight HEPA air purifer captures 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns, and is one of the quietest air purifiers on the market. With four fan speed settings, you can customize the speed, sound and filtration levels to suit your needs. This purifier also has two separate filter change indicator lights that let you know when it’s time to replace the HEPA filter and the pre-carbon filter. The filter life is approximately six months to one year.

The Whirlpool Whispure 510 is one of several Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifiers available at Filters Fast. It is an upgraded version of the Whirlpool Whispure 450 for Large Rooms, featuring a few new settings, including an additional fan speed, a touch pad control panel, and a sleep mode setting for better energy efficiency at night. For medium-sized rooms, we also carry the Whirlpool Whispure 250. For the price, this line of air purifiers is hard to beat!

2. BlueAir 503 HEPASilent Air Purifier

Rated fourth on the list of Consumer Reports recommended air purifiers, the BlueAir 503 also receives high marks for the removal of many particles including dust, pollen and smoke on its high setting. At it’s lowest setting, this air purifier is also one of the quietest on the market. Using three combination HEPASilent particle air filters, it combines both mechanical and electrostatic filtration technology to thoroughly capture 99.97 percent of airborne particles down to the 0.1 micron level at a quicker rate and with less noise than other comparable models. This purifier features four fan speed settings and an air filter replacement indicator, with each filter lasting approximately 6 months. The BlueAir 503 is designed to work in medium to large rooms of up to 580 square feet.

3. BlueAir 650E HEPASilent Air Purifier

The BlueAir 650E is rated just underneath the BlueAir 503 HEPASilent purifier. It has similar features, but is made to work in larger rooms of up to 700 square feet.

4. 3M Filtrete Ultra Clean Air Purifier

The 3M Filtrete Ultra Clean comes in two sizes, the FAP02-RS for small rooms of up to 160 square feet, and the FAP03-RS for larger rooms of up to 360 square feet. Filters Fast carries the smaller version of this air purifier. Even more effective than a HEPA unit, this model captures up to 99.9 percent of airborne particles. Consumer reports gives it high marks for the removal of contaminants such as dust, pollen and smoke on its high setting. The Filtrete Ultra Clean also features a filter change indicator that lets you know when it’s time to replace the filter.

Order your air purifier from Filters Fast today and receive our low shipping rate of $1.99 on any orders over $99!