Reduce Dust – Breathe Cleaner Air

Controlling dust within the home is a constant battle for nearly everyone. Numerous sources cause dust and it continually collects on almost any surface in the house. Even with diligent cleaning, it seems to reappear as soon as you turn around. A variety of entry points and methods bring dust into your home’s environment. These places are where you need to tackle the dust in order to minimize it. Although you can noticeably reduce the amount of grime, dirt, soil and filth that originates from these sources, it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate dust.

Outdoor sources: dirt, wind, sand, gravel, streets, sidewalks, garages/driveways, construction, industrial areas

Indoor sources: clothing, dryers, skin flakes/dander, ventilation, carpeting, furniture, linens/drapery, electronics, pets, attics, basements, closets, storage areas, remodeling projects

What is Dust?

Dust is matter that consists assorted ingredients in the form of very fine particles. It is classified as a solid particle, formed by the reduction of a larger particle: indoor and outdoor debris, soot and ashes, food crumbs, dander and skin flakes, mold and mold spores, dust mites and their debris, insect particles, household fibers, lint, hair and fur, and pollen.

Larger particles over 10 microns will settle onto surfaces very rapidly, often within just a few seconds. Because of this, large dust particles aren’t filtered by your HVAC air filter as it never gets pulled into the duct work via the return air vents.  Other particles are so fine that they function like a gas and have no rate of fall whatsoever. These particles, usually less than 1/10th of a micron, remain suspended in the air and are only affected by nearby currents or movement. Small particles between 1.0 – 10.0 microns will take several minutes to make their way to the nearest table, shelf, or floor. Particles this size will make up the majority of those that are able to be collected by your furnace filter or AC filter.

All About Dust

  • On average, households accumulate about 40 pounds of dust each year
  • Dust allergies are triggered by dust mites 
  • Persistent cold and hay fever symptoms are often due to a dust allergy
  • Household dust is the main contributor to indoor allergies
  • The particle size of atmospheric dust varies greatly between .001 – 40 microns
  • July and August are the months for dust allergies as the dust mite population increases, but they can also present problems during the cooler months as more time is spent indoors.

Symptoms of a Dust Allergy

  • ongoing cold symptoms
  • itchy, red, watery eyes
  • runny nose, frequent sneezing
  • cough, headache, fatigue
  • symptoms that worsen when sweeping, dusting, changing bedding/linens, or vacuuming

Dust and other airborne particulate matter can cause these symptoms in those that have a sensitivity or allergy to the type of particle being inhaled. Some allergens, such as soot, ash, lint and pollen, are proven to cause reactive symptoms even when there is no known allergy to that substance. Contaminants and allergens can trigger these reactions in non-allergic individuals simply because they are classified as irritants. This irritation or onset of symptoms will arise when the particles are inhaled. Our respiratory tract allows entry of these particles to different levels based on the size of the particle. The levels can be divided into three areas:

  • Inhalable – particles that are less than 100 microns and can be breathed in through the nose and mouth 
  • Thoracic – particles that are less than 10 microns and can pass the larynx, trachea, and enter into the bronchial region
  • Respirable – particles that are less than 4 microns reach the gas exchange region in the lower airways

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How to Control Dust

  • Use a vacuum with HEPA filtration
  • Frequently clean all of your hard surfaces. Remember air vents, fan blades, books, shelves, door and window frames, vases, artwork, pictures, wall hangings, collectibles, electronics
  • Clean and seal ventilation and ducts
  • Use an air filter with a higher MERV rating to capture the finest dust particles. A MERV 13 pleated air filter is recommended for those with the most severe allergies and excessive dust issues
  • Allowing your system fan to run more frequently to recirculate the air so your air filter can remove the most dust and prevent more from gathering on surfaces
  • Consider reducing the number of cloth items such as drapes, pillows, upholstered furniture, and carpeted surfaces or include them in the list of items that should be cleaned or vacuumed regularly
  • Think about using simple, smoother décor that is less ornate and detailed which will not be as prone to harbor dust and will be easier to keep clean
  • Add entry rugs or mats to all doorways leading in and out of the home to better collect and contain incoming debris from shoes and pets
  • Keep walkways, decks, patios, and garage areas swept to lessen the amount of dirt that can be tracked into the home

Minimizing Dust Improves Your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Nobody wants to breathe dirty air. There’s no doubt that improving the quality of air in your home is highly beneficial. The air you breathe can have a significant impact on allergy symptoms, asthma triggers, and your overall level of comfort. You air transports allergens and contaminants, allowing them to be inhaled or to settle on surfaces where they can spread to other areas. Using high-efficiency pleated air filters is a great added level of defense in helping to clean your air from allergens and dust. Using a minimum of a MERV 8 rating will help to collect large amounts of dirt and debris, not only protecting your HVAC system, but going above and beyond by capturing common allergens such as pet dander, dust mite debris, pollen, and mold spores. Upgrading to a higher level such as MERV 11 or MERV 13 is recommended for those who desire a greater percentage of dust collection and trapping the smallest allergens.

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No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly in order to keep your indoor air quality clean and your unit running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Selecting the filters that are just right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

Humidifier Season is Here

Humidifier PadDid you even know there was a humidifier season? It occurs during the driest months of the year, which is October through March (for most of us). Humidifiers and humidifier pads, also known as humidifier filters, can be very beneficial during the cold, dry, fall and winter months. While our heaters are working hard to keep us warm, air filters and furnace filters clean contaminants from indoor air. Adding a humidifier unit to these elements will make your environment even more enjoyable when cold weather settles in.

Do You Need a Humidifier?

As the weather transitions from fall to winter, the air becomes increasingly cold and harsh. Heaters are being run constantly to keep us warm, but they are also depleting the moisture from the indoor air. This can cause many individuals’ discomfort as excessively dry air can result in a number of issues. The signs that your indoor air is too dry are:

  • Dry, irritated skin, eyes, nose, and/or throat
  • Inflammation of respiratory tract increasing risk of cold, flu, and infection
  • Increased static electricity – flyaway hair, clingy clothes, getting shocked
  • Brittle, warped, cracked wood surfaces, gaps or creaking in floors, loosened furniture joints or window frames

Benefits of Humidified Air

Luckily, these dry-air side effects are not ones you have to put up with. Increasing the level of humidity in your home can provide a significant amount of relief. What can you expect when moisture is added to your air?

  • Soft, supple skin
  • Relief from nasal passage and throat dryness
  • Less risk of sickness and infection
  • Improved healing times
  • Reduction in static electricity
  • Wood surfaces and flooring protection

Humidifier Types

There are two main categories of humidifiers: whole-house and stand-alone. Both perform the same function of adding moister to the air to increase humidity levels. 

Whole house: These humidifiers are installed in line with your heating system. They disperse moisture into the air in your home through the air vents during heating cycles.  

Stand-alone: As their name implies, these humidifiers are separate from the HVAC system. They come in various sizes, a tabletop unit for use in certain rooms, and larger console units that humidify larger areas in your home.  

No matter the type of humidifier, they all require a humidifier pad. The humidifier pad (or humidifier filter) is responsible for helping the HVAC unit distribute moisture evenly into your home’s air. They can also be called wick filters or evaporator pads. Humidifier pads should be changed every 2-3 months, or at minimum once per season.

The Ideal Humidity Level

During the winter season, humidity levels in the home should be between 30-40%, varying based on the outdoor temperature. Humidity levels that are too high will result in condensation on your windows and facilitate the growth of moisture. This also provides the ideal living environment that dust mites thrive in. On the flip side, humidity levels that are too far below the recommended range will cause dry air effects such as itchy skin and irritated airways. Humidity levels are easily monitored with a hygrometer, found at home improvement stores and are relatively inexpensive.

Don’t Suffer This Winter – Try a Humidifier!

Humidity is simply the level of moisture in the air. Utilizing a humidifier increases the level of indoor humidity, decreasing the level of dryness in the air. As noted above, there are many immediate improvements that come from the use of a humidifier. A stand-alone unit is less expensive and easier to set up than a whole house humidifier. If you’re unsure about committing to a whole house unit, a stand-alone unit is the way to start enjoying the results immediately!

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

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Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

Reasons Your Air Filter Isn’t Cleaning Your Indoor Air

Indoor Air QualityResearch has proven that the small, microscopic, nearly invisible particulates that float around in our indoor air are not good for our health. The American Lung Association reports that airborne particles 2.5 microns or less (called fine particles) are an inhalation hazard as they are “easily inhaled deeply into the lungs where they can be absorbed into the bloodstream or remain embedded for long periods of time.” A recent study also showed that the mortality risk showed 17% increase in areas with high concentrations of fine particles. These small particles also greatly affect anyone that has asthma problems. They can trigger asthma attacks, respiratory irritation, coughing and wheezing.

What is the best way to make sure your indoor air is as clean as possible? The first thing to do is filter the particulates out of the indoor air. This is primarily done when the air is pushed through filter in a forced air HVAC system. However, even if an air filter is changed regularly, it may not be helping your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ).

Air Filter Issues That Reduce Indoor Air Quality

No Air Filter Present

You may thing this never happens, but it does. If you don’t have an air filter in place, it definitely isn’t going to filter any of the air that circulates in your home. This usually happens if the filter is removed because it’s hard to reach – like in a crawl space. Other times it may be taken out and then forgot to be put back in. Many things can happen if an air filter isn’t in place: reduced indoor air quality and potential damage to the HVAC equipment as it builds up with dirt, dust, and debris.

Filter Bypass

Bypass happens when a filter is installed incorrectly allowing air to pass right by the filter instead of through the filter. When this happens, air is not cleaned as nearly well as it should be. The type of filter doesn’t matter – bypass can happen any time a filter is improperly installed.

HVAC Runtime

Filters only clean indoor air when the system is running, pushing air through them. No filtering happens when an HVAC system is off. The mathematical equation for this is Filtration volume = Air flow x Runtime. Many times, homeowners may switch the fan to “on” instead of “auto” and this may work sometimes in certain areas, but higher energy bills are a result. Having the fan run constantly may also worsen indoor air quality by raising the humidity levels, especially in humid climates during the cooling season. Those in a dry climate, keeping the fan set to “on” can help.

Your best bet is to make sure you have the right sized HVAC system for your home to get as much filtering as possible. Also, minimize indoor air pollutants that need to be filtered out with source control, ventilation, and air sealing.

Inadequate Indoor Air Flow

As stated above, air flow and runtime go together. If returned ducts and filters are too small, the pressure in the system increases therefore reducing air flow. This can also happen if an air filter is dirty and not changed regularly resulting in high pressure and low air flow.

MERV Rating

Ranging from 1-16, MERV ratings score the performance level of a filter related to the removal of airborne particles from 0.3-10 microns in size. Microns are used as the measurement for airborne particles and a micron is 1/1000th mm…equal to 1/25,000ths of an inch. Logic would make it seem that you would want to buy a filter with the highest MERV rating possible, right? Oddly, that is not necessarily the case.

Air filters with high MERV ratings mean the filter is highly effective in preventing harmful airborne particles from circulating throughout your home. However, a high MERV rating filter could also be overly effective which, in turn, can prevent the air itself from being to circulate. This is a bad thing and the result may be poorer air quality in your home. Also, if the air is unable to circulate due to more resistance, your HVAC is doing more work than it should be. The result is an inefficient HVAC system, high energy bills, and it can even lead to costly repairs in the long run. Too low of a MERV rating doesn’t filter out enough particulates to keep your indoor air clean.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

20x25x1 Home Air Filters

The 20x25x1 air filter is one of the most common sized air filters and can be found at most retail locations. A home’s air filter is quite often overlooked but maintaining it is, in fact, one of the most important steps you can take to keep your HVAC system efficient. Changing your 20x25x1 air filter has the following benefits:

  • Increased overall comfort
  • Improved indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Increased lifespan of HVAC equipment
  • Decreased energy bills
  • Increased efficiency of cooling and heating

How does your 20x25x1 filter work?

20x25x1 Air Filters Clean Your Home’s Indoor Air

20x25x1 air filters

The EPA has done studies that show indoor air pollution as being one of the top 5 environmental health risks. Multiple sources decrease indoor air quality such as airborne particulates and matter getting indoors,  poor ventilation, increases in temperature and unbalanced levels of humidity. Other sources within your home also increase indoor air pollution. Fumes and smoke from cooking, the use of scented candles and air fresheners, cigarette/cigar smoke, carpet, drapes, furniture and even printers in the home contribute to indoor air pollution.

Improving Your Home’s IAQ

HVAC systems allow air to circulate through a home – air that is brought indoors from outside. During this circulation process, air is forced to pass through the air filter. The 20x25x1 filter traps the particles, dust and debris in the air, therefore pushing clean air back into your home. These particulates include:

  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Hair
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Vapors, odors, gasses
  • Organic waste
  • Carpet and fabric fibers
  • Smoke and emissions
  • Microbiological growth

Protecting your homes IAQ is possible by reducing the sources that are causing an increase in indoor air pollution. Reducing these sources results in the 20x25x1 air filter effectively capturing these pollutants and returning clean air back into the home. Air filters must be changed on a regular basis to ensure the cleanest indoor air possible.

Air Filters Protect HVAC Systems from Damage

Air filters not only protect indoor air quality, but they also protect your HVAC equipment from damage. Routine HVAC maintenance includes changing the air filters on a regular basis. Damage can happen to your AC system if dust and debris are allowed to build up on the motor and wires. If water collects around the evaporator coils/condensate lines mold can begin to flourish. Any holes and/or leaks within the equipment will allow debris to enter the system. Any of these can lead to very expensive repair costs or even permanent damage to the entire system. A clean 20x25x1 air filter saves you from damage to the following pricey components:

  • Thermostats
  • Flame sensors
  • Blower motors
  • Fire exchangers

20x25x1 Air Filters Improve Energy Efficiency

According to the Department of Energy, replacing dirty filters can reduce energy consumption up to 15%. Heating and cooling systems are responsible for nearly 1/2 your energy usage which means that there is a potential savings of 7.5% each month!

For example, in a home that has an energy bill of $100 per month and regularly replaces the air filters, there could be an energy savings of ~$7.50 monthly. Energy bills in the $200+ range will see even more energy savings – up to $30/month.

Other ways to improve indoor air quality:

  1. Housekeeping: Sweep, dust and vacuum floors and carpets, as well as blinds and vents regularly.
  2. Indoor air pollutant sources: Air quality is better in homes with hardwood floors and open windows than in homes with drapes and carpets. Any leaks and holes due to improper insulation will let unwanted pollution in if the home. Limit the sources of indoor air pollutants as much as possible so there is less stress on your 20x25x1 air filter and improve indoor air quality.
  3. Pets: Dander is the dead skin cells from an animal, much like human dandruff. Pets also track in all kinds of dirt, debris, pollen and dander from outside. If possible, keep animals out of bedrooms and off furniture. Wash blankets and floors on a regular basis to help keep the dander at minimum.
  4. Allergies: Seasonal allergies and/or asthma sufferers need indoor air clean to remain healthy and comfortable. Dust and other pollutants in the air irritates respiratory sensitivities.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency this Fall and Winter. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

Analyzing the Air We Breathe

analyzing the air we breatheRecently, many people began thinking about the air we breathe, especially indoors, and the quality of that air. On top of that, it’s also important to understand the process of breathing and what the air we breathe is made up of. This seemingly insignificant subject actually has a great deal of interesting data, including the important role that air filters play in the air quality of our indoor spaces. Spending a lot of time in the unhealthy indoor environment can result in symptoms like a tight chest, wheezing, sore throat, eye, and nose irritation and in some sever cases, dizziness, and nausea. Pleated air filters used in HVAC systems is a highly beneficial way to scrub the pollutants and allergens that cause those symptoms from indoor air. Here’s what you need to know about how we breathe, the makeup of that air and the benefits of air filters.

Did You Know?

  • An average adult inhales and exhales approximately 400 cubic feet of air everyday
  • We average 17,000 – 23,000 breaths per day
  • Oxygen makes up about 20% of our air and our body only requires 5% of that
  • If Earth were compared to an apple, the layer of atmosphere containing the air we breathe would be the skin of the apple

The Anatomy of the Air We Breathe

Air is a combination of multiple gases: 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% argon, carbon dioxide, and trace amount of other gases. There are particles and gases within the air that come from many sources, both nature and man-made. Much of what we breathe is filtered and exhaled, however, there is a host of contaminants that can directly impact our health and our surroundings. Whether the source is indoor or outdoor, naturally occurring or result from a man-made process, all particles are fall into two categories: aerosol or gas. Many types of particles can be captured with the air filters used in HVAC systems.

Aerosols – a suspension of a solid or liquid particle in the air which can be a solid, liquid, or compound:

  • Dust – a solid aerosol resulting from the reduction of a larger material or solid particle. Dust can be created by drilling into a surface (e.g. wood or concrete) or from natural occurrences (e.g. a volcano or sandstorm)
  • Mold – a bioaerosol derived from indoor and outdoor sources such as soil, plants, and moist surfaces such as walls, insulation, clothing, or carpet.
  • Bacteria and viruses- also bioaerosols with millions of varieties that are transported by air currents 
  • Fumes – created from vapor condensation from processes like combustion or welding
  • Fog – a liquid created during water vapor condensation
  • Mist – a suspension of liquid droplets that can include oils, paint, acids, and chemicals
  • Smoke – created from the burning or combustion of organic matter such as wood, coal, or tobacco
  • Smog – air pollution caused by industrial or chemical processes

Gases – a material that can expand indefinitely and fully occupy the space it is in. Gases exist in the form of molecules and include vapors and the gases that make up the composition of air. Gases can be odorous, toxic, and corrosive in nature. The presence of most gases will be recognized, but some (like carbon monoxide) are not detectable by the sense of smell. Gases may originate from chemical, manufacturing, and biological processes.

The Micron

Particles are measured in micrometers (also referred to as a micron), and have the abbreviation “μm”.  A micron is a unit of measurement that is the millionth part of a meter. One inch is equal to 25,400 microns. To put that into perspective, the average human hair is approximately 50 microns and the human eye is only able to see particles that are at least 5 microns in size. Particles measuring less than 1μm make up over 98% of the particles found in the outdoor atmosphere while only 0.005% consist of those measuring 20 μm.

The Role of Air Filters

Air filtration provides a way to attain a higher level of indoor air quality. Originally air filters were intended to simply shield the components HVAC systems and protect them from harmful dust build-up and extending its life. The manufacturing process of air filters has evolved over the decades and filtration media has become more refined and specialized. This allowed us to go beyond system protection into cleaning contaminants, allergens, and other bothersome particles from the air with the use of high-efficiency pleated air filters. The result was a significant improvement in indoor comfort and cleaner air in our homes and businesses.

For the best indoor air quality select the level of filtration based on the types of particles that you aim to capture with your air conditioning  and furnace filters. Choose a MERV rating that targets specific types of particles like pollen, mold spores and pet dander. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particle that can be captured. A general guideline for MERV ratings is:

  • MERV 8 – for mild allergies and average dust particles
  • MERV 11 – for moderate allergies and smaller dust particles
  • MERV 13 – for severe allergies and the finest dust particles

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

Your 20x20x1 Air Filter

The 20x20x1 air filter is one of the more popular air filter sizes and is available at most retail stores. Taking care of your home’s air filter is quite often overlooked but is one of the most important things you can do to keep your HVAC system working at max efficiency. Changing your 20x20x1 air filter:

  • Increases overall comfort
  • Improves indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Increases your HVAC equipment’s lifespan
  • Decreases energy bills
  • Increases efficiency of heating and cooling

How does your 20x20x1 filter work?

20x20x1 Air Filters Clean Indoor Air

20x20x1 air filters

The EPA reports that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. There are multiple sources that reduce indoor air quality such as allowing airborne particulates and matter to get indoors, poor ventilation, temperatures increases and unbalanced humidity levels. Sources throughout your home also increase indoor air pollution. Smoke and fumes from cooking, scented air fresheners and candles, cigar/cigarette smoke, carpet, furniture and even printers contribute to indoor air pollution.

Improving Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

HVAC systems allow air that comes indoors to circulate through a home. During this circulation, forced air is passed through the air filter. The 20x20x1 filter traps particles and particulates in the air pushing clean air back into the home. These particulates include:

  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Hair
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Vapors, odors, gasses
  • Organic waste
  • Carpet and fabric fibers
  • Smoke and emissions
  • Microbiological growth

To protect your homes IAQ you need to reduce the sources that are increasing indoor air pollution. When these sources are reduced, the 20x20x1 air filter effectively captures the pollutants and returns clean air back into the home. Air filters need to be changed regularly to ensure the cleanest indoor air possible.

Air Filters Protect HVAC Systems from Damage

Air filters protect indoor air quality AND protect HVAC equipment from damage. HVAC maintenance includes replacing dirty air filters with clean ones. Particles that cause indoor air pollution can also cause damage to your AC system if dust and debris are allowed to build up on the motor and wires. Water that collects around the evaporator coils/condensate lines leads to mold growth. If there are holes and/or leaks within the equipment they allow debris to enter the system. Any of these scenarios can lead to expensive repair costs or even permanent damage to the whole HVAC system. Using a clean 20x20x1 air filter saves you from damage to these expensive components:

  • Thermostats
  • Flame sensors
  • Blower motors
  • Fire exchangers

20x20x1 Air Filters Improve Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy reports that replacing dirty filters with clean air filters reduces energy consumption up to 15%. With heating and cooling systems being responsible for nearly half your energy usage, that is a potential savings of 7.5% every month!

To break that down, if you regularly replace your air filters and your energy bill is $100/month, there could be an energy savings of ~$7.50 monthly. Energy bills in the $200+ range will see even more savings – up to $30/month.

Other ways to improve indoor air quality:

  1. Housekeeping: Sweep, dust and vacuum floors and carpets, as well as blinds and vents regularly. IAQ decreases when the circulating air from the AC blows particles around the house.
  2. Indoor air pollutant sources: Air quality is better in homes with hardwood floors and open windows than in homes with drapes and carpets. Any leaks and holes due to improper insulation will let unwanted pollution in if the home. Limit the sources of indoor air pollutants as much as possible so there is less stress on your 20x20x1 air filter and improve indoor air quality.
  3. Pets: Dander is an animal’s dead skin cells like human dandruff. Pets track in all kinds of debris, pollen and dander from outside as well. If at all possible, keep pets out of bedrooms and off furniture. Washing blankets and floors regularly to help keep the dander at minimum.
  4. Allergies: Seasonal allergies and/or asthma sufferers need indoor air clean to remain healthy and comfortable. Dust and other pollutants in the air irritates respiratory sensitivities.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency this Fall and Winter. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

What is the Best Air Filter for My Home?

Which Air Filter is the Best for Your Home?Typically, if you need of a new air filter you go to the nearest hardware store, grocery store or wholesale warehouse and pick a filter that fits into your HVAC system. Picking out a random air filter, however, may not save you money nor improve your home’s indoor air quality. Just like other purchases you make, there are many factors that go into selecting the right air filter for your home. The filter should perform efficiently and cost effectively.

Before making your selection, the first thing to understand are MERV ratings. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiently Reporting Value. It is a numerical value that rates the effectiveness of an air filter. MERV ratings are calculated by measuring the number of particles trapped in a filter compared to the total number the particles in the air trying to go through the filter. This means that if there are two filters in the same room, the filter that traps fewer particles will have a lower MERV rating.

MERV ratings aren’t the only factor involved in choosing the right filter for your AC unit. Selecting the filter with the highest MERV rating may lead to purchasing an air filter that potentially makes your HVAC system less efficient as it will block too much air flow. If this happens, the system is unable to heat or cool enough air to correctly maintain the temperature in your house. This means higher energy bills and the entire system could overheat.

The answer is BALANCE. The best choice is a filter that removes the most pollutants (MERV rating) and allows your HVAC system to perform efficiently. The following are the four different types of filters, their material makeup, their MERV rating and additional information that will help you make a decision.

Fiberglass Filters

Made from spun fiberglass and typically blue in color, these filters are one of the most popular types. They’re MERV rating is between 1 and 4 (low) and they trap 80% of particles 50 microns and larger/25% of particles between 3 and 10 microns. They do a great job of protecting your HVAC unit from large dust particles; however, they do not trap mold, pollen or other small particulates and are not recommended for people with allergies.

Pleated Air Filters

Comprised of folded sheets of cotton or a polyester-blend fabric, pleated filters are folded accordion style that allows for a larger fabric surface in a smaller area. The pleats make it easier for the air to pass through the filter making them more efficient. These air filters have a MERV rating between 5 and 8, trapping 80-95% of particles 5 microns and larger. If you find a cotton/polyester filter with lots of pleats and a MERV value of 6 or greater, this could be an ideal air filter solution. With these ratings, the filter removes a large number of pollutants AND keeps your HVAC system working at max efficiency.

Pleated air filters are also found with high MERV ratings from 11 to 13, trapping particles as small as 0.3 microns. At this efficiency level, they are approximately 2″-5″ thick and fit into box-like housings mounted onto the air handler.

Disposable Electrostatic Filters

Boasting a MERV rating of 10+, these filters are very effective at decontaminating indoor air. Electrostatic filters are composed of multiple layers of self-charging, polyester-blend fibers that create a static charge which attract particulates out of the air. They are framed by a polyester mesh that is positively charged. As air passes through the outer material, particulate matter becomes positively charged which is attracted to the negatively-charged inner material. Electrostatic filters are usually more expensive than fiberglass or pleated air filters.

Washable Electrostatic Filters

These filters are made of washable material, cased in aluminum mesh and framed in aluminum and MERV ratings of up to 10 or higher. For max efficiency, they need to be washed about every 3 months and their quality varies with cost. Higher quality washable electrostatic filters can last up to 8 years! There are some, however, that aren’t high efficiency and its difficult to determine the difference. After the filters are washed, they must be dried completely. Even the littlest bit of moisture left on a filter that is placed back in the air exchange can grow mold and bacteria that is recirculated back through your home.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

 

Can HVACs Spread COVID-19?

COVID-19 and HVAC SystemsWe are in the dead of summer across the country, which means our home’s HVAC systems are in full swing, cooling our indoor air. The United States is also in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. With more time being spent in our homes, have you ever wondered if our indoor air can circulate and spread the COVID-19 virus? There are a few things to understand first before coming to a conclusion on the topic: how the coronavirus is spread and how HVAC systems work. Here’s what you need to know.

How COVID-19 is Spread:

The spread of the virus is still being heavily researched; however, right now droplet transmission is thought to be the primary method. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or even breathes, particles of breath or spit carrying the virus comes out of the persons mouth or nose. These particle droplets then spread into the air, up to 6 feet (if not more) and can transmit the virus by coming into contact with another person’s mouth, nose, or eyes.

Another possible way the virus is spread is through aerosol transmission. This happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs and the tiny COVID-19 infected particles linger in the air and are carried around in air currents, spreading the virus further. There isn’t concrete evidence on to what extent aerosol transmission spreads the virus, but it is does occur and mainly in closed indoor areas.

This leads into the chance that air conditioning could potentially transmit the virus. Your HVAC system continually circulates the air throughout your home and could, potentially, suck in the virus particles expelled from an infected person and then blow these particles back out into the indoor air, much further than just the room you’re in. Other infectious diseases like smallpox, measles, SARS, chickenpox, tuberculosis and influenza all have been shown to spread through improperly used HVAC systems.

How HVAC Systems Work

HVAC systems don’t bring fresh air in from outside, rather they recirculate air in the home. When working properly, HVAC systems should improve your home’s IAQ (indoor air quality) by removing dust, dander, dirt, and other debris and by controlling the humidity in your home via ventilation. When your home is properly ventilated, contaminated air and excess humidity are vented out of your home year-round.

With forced air systems, air is passed through an air filter that traps volatile organic compounds (VOCs), airborne particulates, mold, dust, and allergens. Improving air filtration is the most beneficial thing that can be done to reduce the effects of poor indoor air quality. Air filtration provides a means to attain the desired level of indoor air quality.

HVAC Systems and COVID-19

Now that you know how the coronavirus is spread and how an HVAC system operates, the conclusion would be that yes, theoretically virus infected particles in the air could, in fact, be sucked into the AC unit and circulated around your home. However, definitive answers about this topic are not readily available as there has only been a little bit of research on the topic.

The main thing is to make sure your HVAC system is working properly and efficiently – especially regarding ventilation. During the summer months when we go indoors to find comfort in the air-conditioned rooms, there is less ventilation and more opportunity for the disease to spread. And it’s not really the air conditioner’s fault. It’s more about when inside a home or building, you are not socially distancing and re-breathing air that others around you just exhaled. Combine that with doors and windows being shut to keep the cool air inside, there is virtually no fresh air flowing and everyone is breathing and re-breathing the same indoor air. The good news is this is mainly more of a concern in public indoor places. When you’re at home, contracting COVID-19 via air conditioning units or through air currents is no more probable than the virus being spread by close contact with contaminated surfaces.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly in order to keep your indoor air quality clean and your unit running at its maximum efficiency – especially when we’re all home due to COVID-19! US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter in your furnace is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are just right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! You can order directly online and have the air filters shipped to your door, safely distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic. Make it even easier and sign up for automatic shipments! You’ll never run out of air filters when you need them most. Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

All About 16x25x1 Air Filters

The 16x25x1 air filter is available at most retail stores as it is one of the more common air filter sizes. The importance of taking care of your home’s air filter is quite often overlooked, but keeping on top of it comes with many benefits, like:

  • Increasing overall comfort
  • Improving indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Increasing your HVAC equipment’s lifespan
  • Decreasing energy bills
  • Increasing efficiency of heating and cooling

How does your 16x25x1 filter work?

16x25x1 Air Filters Clean Indoor Air

16x25x1 air filters

According to the EPA, one of the top five environmental health risks is indoor air pollution. Factors that cause a decline in indoor air quality include multiple sources that allow airborne particulates and matter to get indoors, poor ventilation, increase in temperatures and off-balance humidity levels. There are sources throughout your home that attribute to indoor air pollution. Smoke from cooking, air fresheners and candles, carpet, furniture, cigarette smoke and even printers contribute to indoor air pollution.

Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Yes! HVAC systems allow air that is coming indoors to circulate throughout the home. It is during this circulation that air is forced to pass through the air filter. The 16x25x1 filter traps the particles and particulates in the air therefore passing clean air back into the home. These particles and pathogens include:

  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Hair
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Vapors, odors, gasses
  • Organic waste
  • Carpet and fabric fibers
  • Smoke and emissions
  • Microbiological growth

The main way to protect your homes IAQ is to reduce the sources that are contributing to indoor air pollution. As a result, the 16x25x1 air filter can effectively capture the pollutants and return clean air back into your home. Most importantly, your homes air filter needs to be changed regularly to ensure the cleanest indoor air possible.

Air Filters Protect Your HVAC System from Damage

Air filters not only protect indoor air quality, but also protect HVAC equipment from damage. Regular maintenance of a HVAC system includes changing dirty air filters with a new, clean one. The particles that cause indoor air pollution can also destroy your AC system. If dust and debris build up on the motor and wires, and water collecting around the evaporator coils/condensate lines lead to mold growth. Holes and/or leaks within the equipment also allow for debris to enter the system. Any of these factors can cause expensive repair costs and even permanent damage to the whole system. Using a clean 16x25x1 air filter saves you from damage to these pricey components:

  • Thermostats
  • Flame sensors
  • Blower motors
  • Fire exchangers

16x25x1 Air Filters Help Improve Energy Efficiency

According to the Department of Energy, replacing dirty filters with clean air filters can reduce energy consumption up to 15%. Combine that with the fact that heating and cooling systems are responsible for nearly half your energy usage, there is a potential savings of 7.5% each month.

For example, let’s say your home’s energy bill is $100/month. If you regularly replace your air filters, there could be an energy savings of ~$7.50 monthly! Energy bills in the $200, $300, $400 range are looking at even more savings – up to $30/month. Regularly maintaining your HVAC system with clean air filters is definitely worth it, but there are other ways it saves money as well.

Other factors to take into consideration to improve indoor air quality:

  1. Housekeeping: Regularly sweep, dust and vacuum floors and carpets, as well as blinds and vents. The circulating air from the AC blows particles around the house, worsening IAQ.
  2. Indoor air pollutant sources: Drapes and carpets in the home contribute to decreased air quality more than in homes with hardwood floors and open windows. Leaks and holes let unwanted pollution in if the home is not properly insulated. Limiting the sources of indoor air pollutants as much as possible will put less stress on your 16x25x1 air filter and improve indoor air quality.
  3. Pets: Like human dandruff, dander is an animal’s dead skin cells. Pets can track in all kinds of pollen, debris, and dander from outside as well. If possible, keep pets off furniture and out of bedrooms. Regular washing of blankets and floors will help keep the dander at minimum.
  4. Allergies: Seasonal allergies and/or asthma sufferers need indoor air clean to be comfortable and remain healthy and comfortable. Air filled with dust and other pollutants aggravates respiratory sensitivities.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your heat running at its maximum efficiency this Fall and Winter. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.

Moldy vs Musty

musty or moldy?It’s a fact that every home has its own unique odor or smell. A home’s “smell” reflects the nature of the home’s environment and those that live there. There are other factors too that also play a role in the odor in a home and some of them can be cause for concern. Environmental factors such as heavy rain and seasonal changes can bring with them that “musty” smell, but when does that smell mean you should be worried about a bigger problem? The first thing to know is the difference between a “musty” smell and a “moldy” smell.

Musty or Moldy? What’s the Difference?

If you get a whiff of a musty or moldy smell, you know that something isn’t right. These smells are caused by the presence of mold or mildew, both of which are fungi and thrive in moist places but there are differences between the two.

Mold, as a substance, is typically thicker and has the ability to penetrate deep into the material it grows on, therefore can cause more structural damage. It can grow many places, but is primarily found on building materials like flooring, walls, ceilings and home contents like clothing, books, and cardboard. Mildew, on the other hand, is a powdery or downy substance that grows on surface of things, most often plant materials like flowering or decorative plants and fruits and veggies.

The main way to tell the two apart is how strong the odor is that you smell. Musty odors are not as strong as moldy odors. Either way, smelling a musty or moldy order should alert you to the possibility of mold growth. It is important to take the appropriate steps quickly not only to prevent damage to your home, but also prevent a lingering musty odor that you just can’t seem to get rid of.

Musty Smell and Mold Growth Prevention

  1. Investigate Possible Sources of Moisture Buildup: Check for any water leaking from the plumbing, roof, and walls and make sure all air conditioning units and drain lines aren’t clogged/leaking. Also look for condensation around exterior walls and windows and examine your fridge/freezer drip pans and door seals. Wastebaskets and trashcans should also be looked at to make sure there is no liquid waste lingering behind, as well as any materials that may have gotten wet in the past (like carpet, cardboard, magazines, books, newspapers, etc.)
  2. Avoid Moisture: High humidity levels, general dampness, and recurring condensation can all cause a musty smell. Stay on top of higher moisture areas since dampness is a breeding ground for mold growth and it’s most likely beginning to form once you notice the musty smell.
  3. Clean Leaks Right Away: Everything must be thoroughly dry within 48 hours, otherwise mold will begin to grow in the areas that are still damp.

The Consequence of Mold Growth

An even more dangerous consequence of mold growth is the spread of mold throughout your home. From its breeding ground in the drip pan and other areas of your home, millions of airborne mold spores are spread every hour. The microscopic particulates have the perfect opportunity to slip into your AC systems airflow and circulate through the HVAC ducts, contaminating your indoor air. Mold spores can cause health issues, asthma, and allergies, especially affecting those with weakened immune systems. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) also links household mold to the development of childhood asthma.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

No matter which HVAC system you have, every unit needs a quality filter that fits properly to keep your indoor air quality clean and your unit running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filter available! Changing the filter is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

Order now from US Home Filter and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order!

Selecting the filters that are just right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. At US Home Filter we understand this, which is why we offer an experienced staff to help answer any questions you may have. For personal assistance with your air filter needs, please contact us now online or call us at (855) 237-1673 and we will do our very best to assist you in selecting the right filter for your individual needs. We want to earn your business and we guarantee your satisfaction! Take advantage of our quality products, vast selection, low prices, and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on every air filter order within the Contiguous USA.