Washable Air Filter vs. Disposable Air Filter – Which is the best choice?

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We all know that air filters keep our heating and air conditioning units in our homes working efficiently.  The purpose of an air filter is to catch and trap particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander that circulate throughout the home.  So choosing the best air filter is important but can also be confusing because of the different varieties that are on the market today. If we want to keep the air quality in our homes to be clean and healthy as possible, we have to be diligent on keeping a clean air filter. Keep in mind, not all air filters offer the same performance.

What type of air filter are you using today?  Let’s take a moment and compare the washable air filter and the disposable air filter.

Performance

Washable air filters usually have a MERV rating of 1 to 4.  They can effectively catch larger particles like dust and soot.  But if you have a pet, the pet dander is too small to be caught in this type of filter.  Even bacteria, viruses and smoke are not effectively filtered out.

Disposable air filters are more effective in capturing small particles (dust, allergens, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, and viruses) and MERV ratings go as high as 16.

Maintenance

Washable air filters require you maintain them monthly.  Once you have washed off all of the dust, you must make sure that it thoroughly dries before placing back in your unit.  If placed back when it’s damp or wet, you are inviting bacteria and fungus to form, and then circulating it throughout your home.

Disposable air filters simply require you removing the old one, tossing it in the garbage and replacing with a new one. Done! This air filter takes less time and less effort when it comes to maintenance.

Cost

Washable air filters are costly and most are meant to be last several years.

Disposable air filters are reasonably inexpensive.

If you would like to learn more about these two types of air filters, or need help to determine if you are using the right air filter, please visit www.filtersfast.com.   Find out which is the best product that you should be using to keep your heating and air conditioning unit working more efficiently for you.

Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike April 18, 2015

xtreme hike logo updatedIt’s that time of year again when our CEO and Owner of FiltersFast.com, Ray Scardigno, will once again participate in the Charlotte, NC Chapter’s Xtreme Hike, on April 18, 2015. Having a personal connection to the cause and having made a commitment to help fight for a cure, Ray, representing Team FiltersFast.com, and a group of dedicated hikers, will join together hiking over 30 miles, to raise awareness and funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Approximately 30,000 people in the United States are currently living with Cystic Fibrosis with up to ten million more being carriers of the defective CF gene.  Cystic Fibrosis causes devastating damage to the lungs, sometimes leading to fatal infections, and digestive tract, preventing food from being absorbed and used properly.

One way the CF Foundation raises money is by holding a series of events across the U.S. known as the Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike. Hikers embark on a journey across some of the most scenic terrain in the country, all with one goal and purpose in mind: to bring awareness to Cystic Fibrosis and raise money to search for a cure.

In the past five years, since the XTREME HIKE program began, the Charlotte chapter has raised more than $2.2 Million for vital CF research, care and education.

Please join us, as we support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by making a donation to Ray’s Xtreme Hike on April 18, 2015.  FiltersFast.com will match each donation dollar for dollar up to $7,500!  For more information on Cystic Fibrosis and to learn more about this year’s Xtreme Hike, please visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To donate to Team FiltersFast.com‘s Xtreme Hike to battle CF, please follow this link:

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Basic Air Quality Facts & Indoor Air Quality Solutions

 

Air Quality

Air Quality Indexes (AQI) are numbers used by government agencies to help characterize the quality of air in different locations. I’m sure you have heard on your local news numerous times what the air quality will be for the day. When the AQI increases, you usually see or hear of people experiencing an increase of severe adverse health effects.

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It’s hard to believe that outdoor air quality is better than what we are breathing in our homes (indoor air quality), but unfortunately it’s true. During the winter months, we stay closed up in our air tight homes and the indoor allergens and pollutants are at their peak. Don’t panic!  Here are some indoor air quality solutions for improving your home air quality.

Clean Regularly

I know and totally understand that it’s easy to put off the chore of cleaning. However, it is important to clean regularly to reduce the allergens and irritants. Dust with a damp cloth, as it grabs the dust much better than a feather duster. Don’t forget the ceiling fan blades and the tops of your appliances. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and avoid using cleaning products with harmful vapors. 

Pet Care

Bathing and grooming regularly will help keep fur and dander under control. Don’t forget to wash the bedding frequently in hot water.

Circulate The Air

During the winter months, we aren’t able to open the windows to let fresh air circulate throughout the house. Turn on your ceiling fans to help move the air around. Turn on the exhaust fan to keep vapors, grease, and smoke from lingering.

Air Filters

Replacing your heating/cooling system’s air filter on a regular basis helps to minimize contaminants in the air, and helps to reduce stress on your system.

Minimize Moisture

Keepings the humidity level below 50% will help with mold and mildew buildup. If you don’t own a dehumidifier, you might consider purchasing one. FiltersFast.com (www.filtersfast.com) offers a good variety of dehumidifiers at great prices!

Smoke

Burning fireplaces or the wonderful  scent of a candle gives a home a warm and cozy feeling. The down side is that they can release pollutants that worsen the air quality and even trigger health problems. The best candle to use is non-toxic unscented soy.  Consider natural alternatives such as diffusers and vaporizers that use pure essential oils instead of chemicals. Use cured or dry wood in your fireplace and remember to have it cleaned regularly.

Air Purifier

If you are thinking that you need an air purifier in your home, be sure to select one that is appropriate for your room sizes and the level of purification required. Models range from small to house-wide systems.

By following these suggestions, you can feel confident that you and your family are breathing healthier air in your home. Don’t forget to visit www.filtersfast.com for all of your air filtration needs!