Protecting Your Home from the Flu

preventing home fever and fluOn top of everything else going on, flu season is here! Unfortunately, avoiding the flu virus is tricky. On top of getting a flu vaccine annually, health officials emphasize regular hand washing as it has proven to be the best way to stop the spread of the virus. The CDC also recommends these actions we can do everyday to prevent the spread of germs:

  • If possible, avoid close contact with people that are ill
  • Limit contact with others while sick
  • If you experience any flu symptoms, do not return to work or school for 24 hours AFTER your fever has subsided
  • When sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue after use.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand rubs should be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes as germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces and objects.

Indoor areas have multiple surfaces where viruses and germs can land. From sinks to telephones, children’s toys to doorknobs, these are all areas that need to cleaned and disinfected regularly. The germiest thing in your home is the remote control because the virus spreads through touch. Your remote control is touched by every person in your house at some point, especially when sick. Make sure you regularly disinfect your remote controls! You may still find yourself exposed to the flu virus outside of the home by co-workers or school-aged children. Here are additional steps you can take to protect your home from the virus taking up residence in your house.

Flu-Proofing Your Home

Humidify

A 2013 study reported that the ability of airborne viruses that cause flu infections declined when humidity levels were at 43% or above. In low humidity environments 70-77% of viruses retained their infectious nature, and when humidity was increased to 43%+ that number dropped to only 14%. A 2009 study showed the same result: humidity limits the transmission of the influenza virus. Bacteria and viruses cannot travel well in moist, humid air. Controlling the humidity in your home could mean the difference between staying healthy this winter or getting the flu.

Even with all of the benefits of humidifiers, they can become a source of bacteria and mold if not properly maintained. Make sure you humidifier is working for you and not against you by:

  • Using demineralized or distilled water. Tap water minerals build up in your humidifier and increase bacteria growth.
  • Cleaning your humidifier once a week. The longer you wait the harder cleaning will be plus the increased risk of bacteria and mold build up.
  • Changing the filters regularly! Not all humidifiers have filters, but if yours does, change it following the manufacturer’s directions. US Home Filter has a FULL selection of humidifier pads!
  • Keep humidity at the ideal range between 40-50%. Not enough humidity can be just as big a problem as too much humidity. A hygrometer, available at home improvement and electronic stores, measure the humidity in your home.

Ultraviolet Air Cleansing

Adding UV light air purification is another way to protect your home from the flu virus. A UV light air purification system typically combines a UV lamp with a traditional filter. A standard HVAC or furnace filter’s main job is to trap dust and other particles from the air, not allowing them into the air you breathe. When a traditional air filter is combined with a UV lamp, the particulate matter is removed from returning into your indoor air AND the germs and bacteria are killed.

UV light air purification, however, is not a replacement for regular disinfection in the home or office. When used in conjunction with traditional cleaning methods, UV light air purification enhances any system in place that reduces the spread of diseases.

US Home Filter Carries HVAC 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 and AC running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filters 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.

HVAC Filters, Asthma & Allergies

HVAC filters for Allergens and AsthmaThe NHLBI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) reports that more than 25 million people suffer from asthma in the United States. Those affected experience asthma attacks where their chest tightens, and they experience wheezing and shortness of breath. These attacks can be triggered by environmental conditions, allergies and can also happen out of nowhere. Common allergens and pollutants like ragweed, pet dander, pollen, mold, and cigarette smoke can trigger both allergies AND asthma. Clearing your home air from as many of these impurities as possible makes a huge difference for those affected. There are many methods to do this but the easiest, and sometimes most forgotten, is your home’s HVAC filters. Here’s how your heating and cooling system can help relieve your asthma and allergy symptoms.

HVAC Filters Make a Difference

The filter in your HVAC unit’s main job is to maintain/increase your homes indoor air quality by trapping dust and other pollutants. HVAC filters are essential for those that suffer from asthma and allergies as the filter captures the common allergens listed above – keeping them out of the air you breathe. Those with respiratory conditions will breathe easier indoors when the indoor air is clean. This is the primary reason it’s so important to change your air filters on a regular basis.

What Filter is Best?

Selecting the right filter requires some research, especially when trying to help prevent allergy and asthma symptoms. This is where a filter’s MERV rating comes into play. MERV stands for “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value”. It is a numeric value for rating and comparing the filter’s efficiency and performance. The range for standard MERV values is typically from 1 to 16; the number indicating how well the filter will remove material from the air. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filtration.

MERV 1-4: Common standard filters. Basic filtration. Low cost.
MERV 6-8: Good filtration and typically used in residential settings. Made of cloth or pleated paper.
MERV 9-12: Middle of the road filters with relatively high efficiency. Can trap particles of 1 micron or larger.
MERV 13-16: Highest efficiency, best standard filters available. Can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns or larger.

Just like all other items purchased, HVAC filters too have a low-end, mid-level and high-end choices. Not all air filters are created equal and they don’t all clean your indoor air with the same efficiency. The higher the MERV rating, the more contaminants/pollutants that are removed from indoor air. As with most high-end purchases, higher quality air filters come at a higher price point. There are also additional units that can be installed along with your HVAC system that are designed for air filtration and purification. These air cleaners provide an additional step “on top” of the regular filtration, cleaning your air even further.

US Home Filter Carries HVAC 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 and AC running at its maximum efficiency. US Home Filter can supply you with the best and most efficient HVAC filters 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 24x24x1 Home Air Filter

The standard sized 24x24x1 air filter is readily available at local retail/hardware stores. The term “standard sized” means the air filter is cut nominally with a 1/2″ undercut according to industry standards. Air filters are an easy thing to forget about as they are typically behind closed doors; however, regular maintenance is essential for HVAC system safety as well as home comfort. Regularly changing your 24x24x1 air filter:

  • Increases comfort
  • Improves indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Protects the HVAC equipment
  • Lowers energy bills
  • Improves the efficiency of cooling and heating

How does your 24x24x1 filter work?

24x24x1 Air Filters Clean the Air Indoors

24x24x1 air filters

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is in the top 5 of environmental health risks. When airborne particulates/matter enter and circulate throughout your indoor air, your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) decreases.  IAQ also worsens with improper ventilation and when temperatures and humidity levels increase. There are also many other sources of indoor air pollution that are abundant in our daily lives. The include, but are not limited to, cooking fumes, smoke from cigarettes/cigars and fires, scented candles, spray air fresheners, drapes/carpet/furniture, and even printers.

Increasing IAQ in the Home

An HVAC systems primary job is to bring outdoor air inside and circulate it through the home. During the circulation process, outdoor air is forced through the air filter. 24x24x1 air filters trap dust, particles and debris that is present outdoor air, pushing clean air into the home. These particulates include:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Human hair
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Vapors, odors, gasses
  • Organic waste
  • Carpet/fabric fibers
  • Smoke and emissions
  • Microbiological growth

When you reduce indoor air pollution sources, you’re also protecting your home’s IAQ. By reducing the sources, the 24x24x1 air filter can more efficiently and effectively capture pollutants that would otherwise enter into the indoor air you breathe. Air filters should be changed regularly (every 1-3 months according to manufacturer’s directions) to ensure your home always has the cleanest indoor air possible.

24x24x1 Air Filters Protect Your HVAC

On top of protecting indoor air quality, air filters also protect HVAC equipment from damage. Regular HVAC maintenance includes changing your air filters on a regular basis. Mold growth and even permanent damage can occur if dust and debris is allowed to build up on the motor and wires, water pools around the evaporator coils/condensate lines, or if holes and/or leaks in the equipment are left unfixed. A new 24x24x1 air filter will prevent damage to these expensive components:

  • Thermostats
  • Flame sensors
  • Blower motors
  • Fire exchangers

Ways to Improve IAQ:

  1. Regular cleaning: Dust, sweep and vacuum on a regular basis. Vacuum not only floors and carpets, but blinds and vents as well.
  2. Reduce sources of indoor pollution: When choosing a flooring for your house, hardwood is always the better option over carpet to reduce indoor air pollution. For windows, choose open and natural light over drapery. Check around your home for any leaks/holes and patch them up so the outdoor pollution doesn’t make it’s way in your home. By following these steps, less stress will be put on your 16x20x1 air filter and improve your home’s IAQ.
  3. Pets: Although so cute and lovable, pets are a source of indoor air pollution for multiple reasons. Pet hair and dander (dead skin cells from an animal) easily becomes a problem quickly if pets aren’t brushed/bathed regularly. Our furry friend’s paws track in all kinds of dirt, debris, pollen, and dander from outside so wiping your pets paws after coming in the house is a huge help. If at all possible, try to keep your pets off furniture and out of bedrooms and wash blankets and floors regularly to keep the dander at bay.
  4. Dust Allergies: Dust and other particulates in the air results in respiratory sensitivities to those that suffer from seasonal allergies and/or asthma. Clean indoor air is essential to help those that are sensitive stay comfortable and healthy.

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.

Top Reasons to Use Humidifiers

humidifiersDuring this winter season, the air has become increasingly cold and harsh. Running the heat keeps us warm, but it also depletes the moisture from indoor air. This can cause many individuals’ discomfort as excessively dry air can result in dry skin, irritated eyes, nose, and/or throat, respiratory tract inflammation increasing risk of cold, flu, and infection, static electricity – flyaway hair, clingy clothes, getting shocked, brittle, warped, cracked wood surfaces, gaps or creaking in floors, loosened furniture joints or window frames. Humidifiers are invaluable during this cold, dry season. They increase indoor comfort, soothe dry skin, and can even reduce your heating costs! On top of that, humidifiers have another important purpose: keeping you healthy. If you aren’t using a humidifier already, here are the main reasons you should start right now.

Humidifiers Help Stop the Spread of Flu and Other Viruses

Germs and viruses, including the flu and COVID-19, survive and spread in dry air conditions. Keeping your indoor humidity level in the appropriate range means these germs are less able to survive and be passed to those around you. A2013 study reported that the ability of airborne viruses to cause infections was significantly reduced in indoor areas with humidity levels 43% or above. In low humidity environments, 70-77% of viruses retained their infectious nature, and that number decreased to only 14% when the humidity was increased to 43%+. This was also confirmed in another study completed in 2009 that resulted in the same conclusion: humidity decreases the transmission of the influenza virus.

Humidifiers Help You Breathe

The flu, runny nose, cough and congestion, and sore throats often make breathing seem difficult in dry conditions. Humidifiers add the moisture back into the air you breathe moisturizing your nasal, throat, and lung passages, letting air pass through easier. Whenever you or a family member are sick, run a warm mist humidifier to soothe symptoms and for increased comfort.

Humidifiers Help You Recover Faster

Since humidifiers make your indoor environment more comfortable, they allow you to relax and fight off whatever germs/viruses faster. Dry air also plays a role in snoring which increases with dry sinuses and throats. Humidifiers put that moisture we need back into the air to soothe throats and sinuses. They also make your house feel warmer and more comfortable, encouraging a good night’s rest.

Humidifiers Help Prevent Future Illness

Our noses are equipped with cilia which are tiny hairs inside the nasal canals. Cilia protects the nasal and respiratory passages from bacteria, germs, dust, and other foreign particles which, if let through, can possibly trigger illness. When nasal passages are dry, the cilia can’t do their job effectively. Humidifiers ensure your nasal airways stay moist and help these tiny hairs continue to do their job of warding off germs and bacteria.

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!

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.

All About Mold

What is Mold?  

mold

Classified as fungi, mold is a living organism that reproduces by developing spores that are separated and dispersed from a parent source or organism.  In ideal environments, the spores or “seeds” attach to a source of nourishment and establish a colony. Mold spores are present pretty much everywhere, year-round and there are many indoor and outdoor sources for mold to flourish. Ranging in size from 3-30 microns, there are over 100,000 types of mold!

Mold Facts

  • Bleach is usually recommended to kill mold; however, it is not effective for removal as dead or dormant mold spores are just as toxic as living spores. The dead/dormant spores must be properly removed.
  • A study in Science Daily indicated that Vitamin D supplements are helpful in the treatment and prevention of mold allergies.
  • In many cases, mold is harmful, but also has many beneficial properties. It assists organic material decomposition, aids in medication production, produces enzymes that help make certain foods (like cheese), assists in the production of alcohol, flavorings, and even plastic!
  • Molds are classified as either an A, B, or C hazard level. Aspergillus fumigatus, a hazard A classification, is commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens. It is highly unsafe and needs to be immediately remediated if present. A class C mold, Wallemia sebi, can grow in your carpeting or mattresses. Although not considered a health concern, it is capable of damaging the surfaces it lives on and should be removed.

Requirements for Growth

Mold requires only 3 basic conditions to grow:

  • Food – any organic material or surface where organic material is present. These include upholstery, carpet, leather, wool, cotton,  paper, wood, leaves, dirt, food, grease, insulation, drywall, dust, wallpaper
  • Moisture – Areas with standing water, humidifiers, garages/outdoor sheds, leaky roof or pipes, damp basements/closets, condensation on window sills,  vaporizers, drains
  • Temperature – Growth can happen in temperatures between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but the ideal temperature for rapid growth ranges between 79-90 degrees. When temperatures fall below freezing, mold goes dormant and activates once the temperature reaches the ideal range.

Accelerating Growth

Mold will grow when the minimum requirements above are met, but there are certain conditions that increase the rate at which mold can multiply.

  • Humidity levels of 50% or greater – higher indoor humidity can allow moisture to develop on surfaces
  • Poor ventilation in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or kitchens. Proper air circulation can significantly reduce moisture in the air
  • Areas where piles have collected – leaves, damp clothing, food waste – ideal for holding moisture

Inhibiting Growth

  • Reduce humidity – indoor humidity should be below 50%, air should circulate via fans or proper ventilation, windows should be closed if raining outside
  • Prevent moisture – when the idea conditions and moisture are present, growth begins in 24-48 hours. For instance, if you leave a load of laundry in the washing machine for a day or two, that musty odor is mold!
  • High-efficiency pleated air filters remove airborne mold spores that settle on surfaces and potentially begin to multiply. Mold can enter your indoor air through doors, windows, and can be transported on your skin, clothing, shoes, and pets. Proper circulation and a quality furnace filter or air conditioning filter are necessary to reduce the amount of spores floating around in your air.
  • Indoor room air cleaners are very useful if you have a mold sensitivity. They provide additional relief and protection from microorganisms that drift through your air.

Indoor and Outdoor Mold

Mold is typically found indoors. The effects range from unnoticeable to debilitating for people as well as animals. Indoor mold is usually identified by a musty odor and can be visible in different colors depending on what type is present. As mentioned above, moisture is a requirement for mold to multiply. Common types of indoor mold are Cladosporium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium.

The outdoor airborne variety of mold particulates are fungi related to mushrooms but they have no roots, leaves, or stems. Outdoor mold spores can be present almost anywhere and are carried in the same way as pollen by air currents, insects, animals, people, leaves, grasses, weeds, and flowers. Outdoor mold growth begins in the Spring with the highest concentrations occurring in different months by region. Common types of outdoor molds are Bipolaris, Ascospores, and Torula. Wet branches, leaves, compost piles, grass clippings, and structures that are frequently shaded and damp are all outdoor sources.

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.

14x24x1 Home Air Filters

The standard sized 14x24x1 air filter is easily found at your local hardware/retail store. Standard sized air filters are cut nominally with a 1/2″ undercut based on industry standards. Since air filters are usually behind closed doors within your air handler, they tend to be easily overlooked; however, regular maintenance is an absolute must to ensure your HVAC system is safe and to keep your home comfortable. Regularly changing your 14x24x1 air filter has the following benefits:

  • Increased comfort
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement
  • HVAC equipment protection
  • Lower energy bills
  • Higher efficiency for cooling and heating

How does your 14x24x1 filter work?

14x24x1 Air Filters Clean Your Indoor Air

14x24x1 air filters

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air pollution is one of the top 5 environmental health risks. Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) gets worse as airborne particulates/matter get inside and are circulated around your home.  As temperatures and humidity levels increase along with improper ventilation, indoor air quality gets worse. Other sources attributing to indoor air pollution include cooking fumes, cigarette smoke, burning scented candles, spraying air fresheners, drapes/carpet/furniture, and even printers.

How to Increase Your Home’s IAQ

An HVAC systems main function is bringing outdoor air in and circulating it throughout your home. It is during this circulation process that the outdoor air is forced through the air filter. 14x24x1 air filters trap debris, dust and particles present in the outdoor air allowing clean air to enter the home. These particulates include:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Human hair
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Vapors, odors, gasses
  • Organic waste
  • Carpet/fabric fibers
  • Smoke and emissions
  • Microbiological growth

Protecting your home’s IAQ can also be accomplished by reducing the indoor air pollution sources. When these sources are reduced, the 14x24x1 air filter can capture pollutants more efficiently and effectively, returning clean air back into the home. Changing your home’s air filters regularly (every 1-3 months according to manufacturer’s directions) ensures your home consistently has the cleanest indoor air possible.

14x24x1 Air Filters Protect Your HVAC from Damage

On top of protecting indoor air quality, air filters also protect HVAC equipment from damage. Regular HVAC maintenance includes changing your air filters on a regular basis. Mold growth and even permanent damage can occur if dust and debris is allowed to build up on the motor and wires, water pools around the evaporator coils/condensate lines, or if holes and/or leaks in the equipment are left unfixed. A new 14x20x1 air filter will prevent damage to these expensive components:

  • Thermostats
  • Flame sensors
  • Blower motors
  • Fire exchangers

Other ways to improve indoor air quality:

  1. Cleaning: Sweep, dust, and vacuum floors, carpets, blinds, and vents on a regular basis.
  2. Reduce indoor air pollution sources: Hardwood floors are better than carpets and open windows are better than drapes when looking at ways to reduce sources of pollution. Also make sure to seal any leaks/holes around your home to limit the ways pollution can enter your home. Following these steps allows for less stress to be put on your 14x24x1 air filter and improve indoor air quality.
  3. Pet Hair/Dander/Paws: Pet hair and dander, the dead skin cells from an animal, can easily get out of control easily. Your pets’ paws also track in all kinds of dirt, debris, pollen, and dander from outside. If at all possible, try to keep your pets out of bedrooms and off furniture. Wash blankets and floors regularly to keep the dander at bay.
  4. Reduced Dust = Reduced Allergies: Clean indoor air is essential to help those that suffer from seasonal allergies and/or asthma stay comfortable and healthy. Dust and other particulates in the air results in 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.

Common Home Heating Mistakes

Winter is upon us and many homes throughout the country, the heat is kicking on. When you hear that initial click and smell the “first use of the heater” scent, you may not be thinking about the cost of the heat – just that it’s working. While  you have no control over the cost of electricity, oil or natural gas, there are ways you can cut heating costs. The following are common home heating mistakes to keep in mind to avoid to keep your home warm and your energy bills down.

Mistakes to Avoid When Heating Your Home

common mistakes when heating your homeCranking Up the Thermostat

The temperature in your home has dropped significantly, so to heat it up faster you crank up the thermostat, right? Wrong. This puts excessive stress on the system and leads to higher energy bills. The best way to warm up your hose is to gradually increase the temperature so your system can run efficiently without stress. So grab those blankets and snuggle up while your heater does it’s thing.

Closing the Curtains

Sunlight isn’t enough to heat your home entirely, but it does help reduce the work your furnace has to do to heat your home. Opening your curtains and blinds can do just enough to help your heater from having to run all day long. Sunny winter days are the perfect time to open your blinds/curtains to let the passive solar heating warm up your home as glass windows are great heat absorbers.

Using Space Heaters

According to the EIA, heating and cooling accounts for more than half a home energy usage. Therefore, you may think that running space heaters is a way to save money on heating costs. While this works in some cases, like heating one small room, if you’re attempting to heat your entire house or a whole floor, it doesn’t cut any costs. In fact, you’ll end up seeing your energy bill rise as you’re running multiple high-energy appliances at once. On top of that there are safety concerns…space heaters account for over 40% of all heating equipment-related fires.

Closing Unused Vents

You may think that closing the vents in unused rooms will push the air to other rooms that need it. However, HVAC systems don’t work that way. Your home’s heating system and ducts are set up to spread even amounts of air to each area of your home. When this operational balance is disturbed, stress on the system increases, decreasing efficienty and can cause long term damage all together. Leave all vents open throughout your home no matter a rooms usage or size.

Blaming the Heating Equipment for Problems

If you find your home is having problems reaching the right temperature, you may think that there is a problem with the heating equipment. Although this may be the case, it may also be structural problem with your home itself. If there are small cracks or gaps around your windows and doors, warm air is able to leak out. Letting leaks and drafts go unchecked can cause your HVAC system to be unable to heat your indoor air to the temperature you desire.

Delaying Regular Maintenance

You may think that if your system is running it’s working fine. However, just like the unseen issues under the hood of your car, your HVAC system’s components may not be working correctly even though warm air is coming out of your vents. Skipping regular maintenance, such as changing your air filters, will cause your system to run less efficiently and can even lead to costly, major repairs in the future.

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All Heating, Ventilation & AC 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.

Problems Caused by Dirty Clogged Air Filters

clogged air filters and the problems they causeWe’ve talked about the importance of changing your HVAC systems air filters, but why is it so important? Not only does it affect your indoor air quality, but clogged, dirty air filters are also the main cause of heating and cooling system problems. If left untouched, the buildup of dust and debris caught in a home air filter restricts air flow. This, in turn, forces your furnace to work harder and use more energy to cool or heat your home. In the same way your car engine’s oil and air filter should be changed every 3,000 miles to protect your car’s mechanical parts, a clean filter protects your HVAC system from damage and, ultimately, failing entirely.

It may be hard to believe that a $14-$30 filter can protect a $3,000+ HVAC system, but it’s true. To understand how, there are a few things to learn about first: 1. how your home is heated and cooled and 2. how clogged air filters prevent your HVAC system from efficiently operating.

How HVAC Systems Work

The most common heating and cooling system uses a forced-air system which uses a heat exchange to heat or cool the air coming into the system which that is then blown out through the air ducts to the various rooms in your house. As the (cooled or warmed) air flows through your home, the fan in the return unit pulls the existing air out of the rooms through the “return” ducts. The air is then pushed toward the heat exchange (where it is again cooled or heated) and the circular cycle continues until the selected temperature is reached.

What Happens When an Air Filter Is Clogged?

When an air filter is clogged, the air handler must work harder to compensate for the air flow being blocked. This not only increases your energy consumption and ups your utility bill, but it can also cause the heat exchanger to overheat and shut off prematurely. If this continues to happen, there is an electronic “limit switch” safeguard in place that will fail causing the furnace not to fire up at all leading to a costly repair.

Clogged Air Filters Cause:

  1. Increased Energy Consumption:
    HVACs rely on constant air recirculation so the system’s blower fan can have a significant impact on home energy consumption. The harder the fan has to work, the higher your energy bills become. According to the Department of Energy, clogged filters can use up to 15% more energy.  As the air filter becomes more and more clogged, the inefficiency increases rapidly until the filter is changed.
  2. Frozen Evaporator Coils:
    During the hot weather when you’re cooling your home, a clogged air filter can cause the evaporator or cooling coil to freeze. This happens because there is not enough air moving past the coil to evaporate the condensation that is produced during the cooling process. The lack of airflow causes the condensation to freeze therefore reducing the unit’s ability to remove the heat from the air and cool your home and eventually causes your AC to break down.
  3. Inadequate Heating/Cooling:
    The blower fans within an HVAC system push the air through the filter. If the filter is clogged, the blower has to work harder to pass the air through the clogged filter. This results in hot and cool spots throughout the home and the inability to reach the desired temperature levels. The reduction in air flow also means the HVAC system will run longer and work harder to heat or cool the air, increasing energy consumption.
  4. Unhealthy Air:
    Clogged air filters allow all the dust and debris that would normally be filtered out to be re-circulated back into the home. This can result in chronic allergies and is especially dangerous for those who suffer from asthma and/or other respiratory conditions. Add pets and indoor air pollution in from cooking, burning candles, etc., your indoor air quality (IAQ) gets even worse. Overtime, poor indoor air quality can have very negative effects on your health.
  5. Furnace Failure:
    Clogged air filters can cause a heater to stop working all together – the costliest of repairs. The overworked air blower mentioned in #3 above can break down entirely which causes the whole system to fail and leads to a repair that can cost you thousands of dollars.

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.

Improving Winter Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Improve Your Homes Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)You might expect some relief from allergens and the allergies that they cause during the winter months. However, the colder months have proven to be very a very challenging time for those that suffer from indoor air allergies. Indoor air allergies are caused by dust and the allergens that are contained/associated with it. Weather you can see them or not, pollutants, allergens, and other debris are lingering in your air. Improving your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) during the winter months can make a big difference, especially to those with allergies and respiratory issues. The EPA reports that the air that we breathe in our homes, in schools and in offices can put us at risk for health problems. Improving your IAQ will reduce allergens such as dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and other impurities and help your family breathe a bit easier.

Five Tips for Improving Your Winter IAQ

Circulation – The most beneficial thing you can do during the winter months (when your home is typically closed up) is keep the air circulating, which is a form of air replacement. On a “warmer” winter day, let some clean fresh air in to circulate throughout your home. This refreshes your indoor air and allows the allergens that are “trapped” inside your house a chance to move outside, increasing your home’s IAQ.

Humidity – As the air becomes more and more dry, increased humidity is often desired in the cold, dry months. However, many allergens, such as dust mites, mold, and bacteria thrive in overly-humid conditions. Turning on your humidifier is definitely necessary, but make sure to keep the relative indoor humidity level around 35%-50%. Also important – replacing your humidifier filters with fresh humidifier pads or filters about twice per season. When using the bathroom, especially when enjoying hot sowers, use the bathroom exhaust fans to keep the moisture level down. Keep an eye on basements and storage areas as well, as these are ideal locations for potential moisture.

Smoke – A tiny vapor particle that, in any form, will affect your indoor air quality. Examples include: smoke from tobacco, fireplaces, cooking, and even burning candles. Some of these produce a desirable scent or cozy atmosphere, however, they do not improve the quality of the air you breathe. Continue to enjoy and use your fireplaces and candles, but be aware that smoke particles can be bothersome to those respiratory conditions.

Air Filtration – Your furnace filters are a huge help with improving IAQ as their function goes beyond the basic purpose of just protecting your HVAC system (their main job). In fact, they add a level of defense by cleansing your air of impurities. Always keep on a regular schedule with changing your air filters as well. This allows your system to function optimally and continuously provides new surface areas for dust and allergens to collect on.

Regular Cleaning – Maintaining a clean home will only help keep the level of contaminants and dust to a minimum. Once dust and debris has settled, it is more difficult for them to be picked up by your furnace filter unless the area is disturbed. Regular vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning of surfaces will re-disperse the dust, allowing another opportunity for it to be captured by your filter before settling again.

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.

14x20x1 Air Filters for Your Home

The 14x20x1 air filter is a standard sized filter. Cut nominally, standard sized air filters are 1/2″ undercut, based on industry standards (just like disposable air filters you find at your local hardware store and retail locations). Air filters can be easily overlooked (out of sight, out of mind!), however, regular maintenance is extremely important to keep your HVAC system safe and your home comfortable. Changing your 14x20x1 air filter has the following benefits:

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

How does your 14x20x1 filter work?

14x20x1 Air Filters Clean Indoor Air

14x20x1 air filters

According to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, indoor air pollution was reported as one of the top 5 environmental health risks. Indoor air quality (IAQ) decreases as airborne particulates and matter get indoors and circulate around the home. Increased temperatures, humidity levels & improper ventilation also decrease IAQ. Other sources that usually aren’t even thought of to be sources of indoor air pollution are: cooking fumes/smoke, lighting scented candles, sprayair fresheners, cigarette/cigar smoke, drapes/carpet/furniture, and even printers.

Increasing Your Home’s IAQ

An HVAC systems job is to bring outdoor air inside and circulate it throughout the home. During this circulation process, outdoor air is forced through the air filter. 14x20x1 air filters trap the debris, dust and particles present in the air and push clean air back into the home. These particulates include:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Human hair
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Vapors, odors, gasses
  • Organic waste
  • Carpet/fabric fibers
  • Smoke and emissions
  • Microbiological growth

You can further protect your home’s IAQ by reducing the indoor air pollution sources. When the sources are reduced, your 14x20x1 air filter can capture pollutants more efficiently and effectively, returning clean air back into the home. Always change your home’s air filters on a regular basis (every 1-3 months according to manufacturers directions) to ensure your home has the cleanest indoor air possible.

14x20x1 Air Filters Protect HVACs

Not only do air filters protect IAQ, they also protect HVAC equipment from damage. Regularly maintaining your HVAC system includes changing air filters on a regular basis. Dust and debris build up on the motor and wires, pooling water around the evaporator coils/condensate lines, holes and/or leaks in the equipment left unfixed can lead to mold growth and severe, or even permanent damage to HVAC equipment. A clean 14x20x1 air filter prevents damage to the following expensive components:

  • Thermostats
  • Flame sensors
  • Blower motors
  • Fire exchangers

Other ways to improve indoor air quality:

  1. Regular cleaning: Make sure to sweep, dust, and vacuum floors, carpets, blinds and vents on a weekly basis.
  2. Reduce Indoor air pollutant sources: Selecting hardwood over carpets and open windows over drapes will reduce pollution sources. You should also seal any leaks/holes around the home to limit the pollution that enters your home. These steps will put less stress on your 14x20x1 air filter and improve indoor air quality.
  3. Keep on top of Pet Hair/Dander/Paws: Dander is the dead skin cells from an animal. Pets also track in all kinds of dirt, debris, pollen and dander from outside on their paws. If possible, keep animals out of bedrooms and off furniture and wash blankets and floors regularly to keep the dander at bay.
  4. Reduce Dust = Reduced Allergies: Seasonal allergies and/or asthma sufferers need clean indoor air to stay comfortable and healthy. Dust and other particulates in the air can irritate 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.