Reduce Dust – Breathe Cleaner Air

Controlling the level of dust indoors is a continuous struggle for nearly everyone. Dust originates from numerous sources and persistently collects on almost any surface. Despite ongoing efforts and diligent cleaning, it always seems to return before you know it. It is constantly introduced into your home’s environment through a variety of entry points and methods. The most effective way to minimize dust is to tackle it at its source. While you can noticeably reduce the amount of grime, dirt, soil and filth that originates from these sources, dust will still be very difficult to completely eliminate.

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 exactly is dust?

Dust is matter that consists of various fine particles of assorted ingredients. It is classified as a solid particle that is 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.

Large particles over 10 microns will settle onto surfaces very rapidly, often within just a few seconds. Because of the faster rate of fall, this type of dust is nearly impossible to be filtered by your HVAC air filter as it will rarely have a chance to be pulled into the duct-work by your return air vents. Some particles are so fine that they function like gases and have no rate of fall whatsoever. These particles, usually less than 1/10th of a micron, will remain suspended in the air only affected by nearby currents or movement. Small particles in the range of 1.0 – 10.0 microns will take several minutes to make their way to the nearest table, shelf, or floor. Particles in this size range will make up the majority of those that are able to be collected by your furnace filter or AC filter.

Dust Facts

  • The average household accumulates about 40 pounds of dust each year
  • Dust mites are a primary trigger for those with dust allergies
  • Persistent cold and hay fever symptoms are often due to an allergy to dust
  • Household dust is the main contributor to indoor allergies
  • The particle size of atmospheric dust varies greatly between .001 – 40 microns
  • Dust allergies tend to flare during the months of July and August when the dust mite population increases, but can also present problems during the cooler months when we typically spend more time indoors.

Dust allergy symptoms

  • 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

Keeping Dust Under Control

  • 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 decor 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 IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

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.

At US Home Filter, we take pride in helping our customers find the best filtration solutions to fit their individual needs. Whether you need help with one of our standard stock size air filters, a Whole House Air Cleaner replacement filter, Grille filters, or a custom size air filter built to your specifications, we will be happy to personally assist you with any of your filtration needs!

 

Improving Winter Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Improve Your Homes Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)Winter is a time where you might expect some relief from allergens and the allergies that they cause. Actually, however, the colder months can prove to be very challenging for those with indoor air allergies caused by dust and the allergens that are contained within and associated with it. Pollutants, allergens, and other debris may be lingering in your air whether you see them or not. Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) can make a big difference, especially to those with allergies and respiratory issues. According to the EPA the air that we breathe in our homes, in schools and in offices can put us at risk for health problems. Improving your IAQ means that you are working to reduce allergens such as dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and other impurities – all to help you and your family all breathe a bit easier.

Five Tips for Improving Your Winter IAQ

Circulation – This is actually a form of air replacement, which can surprisingly be most beneficial during the winter months when you typically keep your home closed up (for obvious reasons). Pick a warmer winter day and allow some clean, fresh air to circulate throughout the home. This can refresh your indoor air quality and allow the allergens that are “trapped” inside your house or home a chance to move outside.

Humidity – Many allergens, such as dust mites, mold, and bacteria thrive in overly-humid conditions. More humid air is often desired in the cold, dry months, but ideally you should try to keep the humidity level around 35%-50%. Be sure to replace your humidifier filters with fresh humidifier pads or filters about twice per season. Using bathroom exhaust fans is also highly recommended when enjoying hot showers to keep the moisture level down. Keep an eye on basements and storage areas as well, which are also ideal locations for potential moisture.

Smoke – This tiny vapor particle, in any form, affects your indoor air quality (IAQ). Examples can include smoke from tobacco, fireplaces, cooking, and even candles. While some of these can produce a desirable scent or cozy atmosphere, they are technically not contributors to improving the quality of the air you breathe. This does not mean that we should not enjoy and use our fireplaces less during those snowy days and nights, but it is something to be aware of as smoke particles can be bothersome to most respiratory conditions.

Air Filtration – Your furnace filters can be a huge help by going beyond the basic purpose of just protecting your system. This is your air filter’s main job, but you can actually benefit from the added level of defense it can provide in cleansing your air of impurities. Make sure you always keep on a regular schedule with changing your air filters. This will allow your system to function optimally and continuously provide new surface area for dust and allergens to collect on.

Regular Cleaning – Of course, we all know that maintaining a clean home will only help in keeping the level of contaminants and dust to a minimum. Once dust and debris have settled, it will be much more difficult for them to be picked up by your furnace filter unless the area is disturbed. This will re-disperse the dust, allowing another opportunity for it to be captured. Unfortunately, it will eventually settle again. Dust is an ongoing battle that must be controlled at the source. Regular vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning of surfaces is one sure way to help tackle these issues and improve your IAQ!

Call us at 855.237.1673 for help with your air filter solutions today!

Family owned and operated for four generations now, we may not be doctors but we certainly know about allergies and air filters! Over the years our experienced staff has help thousands of customers by answering the same questions that you may have.

Additionally, we know that selecting the air filters that are just right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. What MERV rating is best for my family? Is there an advantage to getting a pleated filter? Am I paying the right price? 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.

Custom HVAC and Air Filters

Custom Replacement Air FiltersCustom air conditioning and furnace filters are necessary when you cannot find a standard stock size air filter to fit your filter housing, track, slot, or vent properly. We discussed measuring your air filter housing slot in our last post about how to figure out if your air filter is too small for your unit. Once measured, if you are unable to find a standard sized air filter within 5/8th-in smaller than the housing slot, your unit requires a custom sized air filter. Custom sizes are not stocked on shelves or available at local stores. With literally tens of thousands of possible size combinations, there is simply no way to keep each size in stock. However, you can select the exact size you need by building a custom air filter from US Home Filter where we keep a vast array of standard sizes, including many uncommon hard-to-find sizes, in stock and can make any custom size air filter that you may need!

Unfortunately, while there are many standard and commonly used sizes, the HVAC industry as a whole has not standardized air filter sizing. The majority of the time, air filter sizes are determined by the manufacturer of your unit and the size is generally determined based upon the finished size of the unit itself, rather than what would be known as a common air filter size that you can easily find at a local store. This can prove to be quite an inconvenience for many.

Some will recommend to put your main focus on the type of air filter you use. While that is an important factor, when you are faced with choosing a custom sized air filter your first and foremost concern should be in determining the exact size you need. The type of filter you use is irrelevant if it does not fit properly.

Custom Filters Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. Ensuring your air filter fits properly within your system and regularly cleaned is imperative to your furnace or air conditioning system operating properly and preventing costly repairs and replacements. This is where custom sized air filters are essential. The air should move through the filter, not around it, so those indoor air pollutants are caught in the filter and not returned into your home and the air you breathe. At US Home Filter, we have a step by step process to determine the appropriate air filter dimensions for your heating and/or cooling system and we deliver your custom air furnace filters straight to your door.

Once you have figured out the exact dimensions you need for your custom air filters, then you can select the type of filter you need based upon your needs. Your needs will likely depend on how much you prefer to spend balanced with what level of filtration you desire. It is also extremely important to change your custom air furnace filter on a regular basis. This allows for a constant flow of clean air into your home which will help you and your family avoid respiratory difficulties, allergies, and illness and keep your family safe and comfortable. It will also allow your system to work efficiently increasing its performance and longevity and decreasing energy bills.

In conclusion, a properly fitting air filter is necessary to keep your home safe and the air you breathe clean. There are hundreds of air filter sizes and US Home Filter is here to help you get the correct filter as easily and efficiently as possible.

 

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.

Is My Air Filter Too Small?

How to determine if your air filter is the correct size for your unitIs the air filter I have too small for my unit? We hear this question from a lot of our customers. Each air conditioning system or HVAC unit has a certain size filter that allows the filter to perform correctly by protecting your heating/ac system. The filters don’t need to fit with an “air tight” seal, but you should be able to easily install and uninstall your filter without a struggle, plus the filter shouldn’t be so small that it moves freely within your unit. Your filter should be a bit smaller on each side of the filter housing slot, thus allowing you to slide the filter in with ease. Most AC and HVAC units use standard sized filters, but some do require a custom size air filter.

Some Signals that Your Air Filter is Too Small:

1. The air filter moves around too much inside the filter housing slot.
2. When your unit turns on, you hear noises such as knocking, whistling, or rattling.
3. Once installed, the air filter does not completely cover the vent or duct opening.
4. You notice that the air filter does not seem to get dirty.

Consequences of Using an Air Filter That is Too Small:

1. The filter can be sucked into the ventilation if it is much smaller than it should be.
2. Dust, allergens and pollutants will not be filtered from your indoor air, as the air is bypassing the filter and entering into the ventilation and is returned back.
2. The filter will be unable to protect your AC/HVAC unit and the unfiltered air will collect on internal components of your system, such as the coil and fan, which can lead to expensive repairs.

If you are questioning whether or not your filter is too small, here are a few suggestions on how to check:

Measure the air filter housing slot, but only the usable space where the filter can fit into. Make sure to take into consideration any overlaps or recessed edges that may obstruct installing or uninstalling the filter. For most systems you can use a standard sized filter within 5/8-in smaller than the air filter housing. If you are not able to find a standard sized filter within that parameter, you will need to order a custom sized air filter.

There are also air conditioning/HVAC units that are open-ended, meaning you don’t close a door or panel over the air filter housing. In these cases, you have more flexibility in selecting your filter size, as you can choose one that is longer than the size of the opening. This also gives you a pseudo “handle” that sticks outside the opening that allows you to grab onto for ease of removal when it’s time for the filter to be changed.

An excellent resource to help you is the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guide To Air Cleaners in The Home.

How to Choose Your Air Filter Size for Each Unit Type:

1. If your unit has wall and ceiling vents that do not have clips or brackets that secure the filter you want to find the closest fit possible (within 1/8-in. smaller than the opening) that prevents movement or noises as mentioned above.
2. If your unit has wall and ceiling vents that has clips or brackets that secure the filter you can select a filter size within a 1/2-in. smaller than the opening.
3. If your unit has a standard filter slot (typically located near the blower unit) you can select a filter size within 1/8-in – 5/8-in. smaller than the two longest sides. As mentioned above, you can also choose a longer filter as there is no door or cover that needs to be closed over the filter.
4. If your unit has a filter cabinet or drawer/large housing compartment you will need to select a specialty Whole House Air Filter (filter depth should be over 4 inches). Look  for the part number or model number on the door/panel/housing or the reference number on the air filter to find the actual filter size.

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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 carry humidifier filters and pads for all major manufacturers (including Air King, American Standard, AprilaireGeneralAire and Honeywell). 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

Most of us do not spend too much time analyzing or thinking about the process of breathing, what our air is made up of, and the role that air filters play in the air quality of our indoor spaces. Using pleated air filters in our heating and cooling systems can be highly beneficial in scrubbing pollutants and allergens from the air in our homes.  There is actually a great deal of interesting data about this seemingly insignificant subject.

Did you know?

  • The average adult inhales and exhales almost 400 cubic feet of air each day
  • We take an average of 17,000 – 23,000 breaths per day
  • While oxygen makes up about 20% of our air, our body only requires 5% of that
  • If Earth were compared to an apple, the layer of atmosphere containing the air we breathe can be compared to the skin of the apple

The Anatomy of Air

The air we breathe is a combination of gases: 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% argon, carbon dioxide, and trace amount of other gases. Within the air are particles and gases that originate from many sources, nature and man-made. Although much of what we breathe is filtered and exhaled, there is a host of contaminants that can impact our health and surroundings. Whether the source may be indoor or outdoor, naturally-occurring or from a man-made process, all particles are categorized as either an aerosol or a gas. Many types of particles can be captured with the air filters we use in our heating and air conditioning systems.

Aerosols – defined as a suspension of a solid or liquid particle in the air. This encompasses a multitude of particulates that can be a solid, liquid, or compound:

  • Dust – a solid aerosol created from the reduction of a larger solid particle or material. This can be created by drilling into a surface such as wood or concrete or from a natural occurrence such as a volcano or sandstorm
  • Mold – a bioaerosol that has indoor and outdoor sources derived from soil, plants, and moist surfaces such as walls, insulation, clothing, or carpet.
  • Bacteria and viruses- also classified as bioaerosols that are transported by air currents and are estimated to include millions of varieties of each
  • Fumes – created from vapor condensation from such processes as 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 – from the burning or combustion of organic matter such as wood, coal, or tobacco
  • Smog –  air pollution caused by industrial or chemical processes

Gases – defined as a material that can expand indefinitely to fully occupy the space it is in. Gases exist in the form of molecules and include vapors along with the gases that make up the composition of our air. Gases can be odorous, toxic, and corrosive in nature. The presence of most gases will be recognized, but some such as Carbon monoxide are undetectable 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), using the abbreviation “μm”. A micron is 1 millionth of a meter or an inch divided by 25,400. For perspective, the average human hair is about 150 μm while the smallest visible particle is around the 25 μm range. 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 us with a means to attain the desired level of indoor air quality. Air filters were originally intended to simply shield the components of your expensive HVAC system, thus protecting it from harmful dust build-up and extending its life. As the manufacturing process of air filters evolved over the decades, filtration media became more refined and specialized which allowed us to go beyond system protection into cleaning contaminants, allergens, and other bothersome particles from our air using high-efficiency pleated air filters. This has allowed a significant improvement in indoor comfort and cleaner air in our homes and businesses.

If indoor air quality is important to you, begin by selecting the level of filtration based on the types of particles that you aim to capture with your air conditioning filters and furnace filters. You can choose a MERV rating that targets specific types of particles such as pet dander, mold spores, or pollen. The higher the 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

Determining the size that your system requires and choosing the MERV rating that is best for you can be a little overwhelming, especially if you have never purchased air filters for your home or if you have a new unit or home to buy filters for. You can take a look at our air filter measurement guide to help you pick the right size or call us and we can easily assist you with ordering the exact air filter size you need and recommend the best rating for you depending on the level of filtration you want. Whether you need AC or furnace filters, a specialty Whole House filter, a Grille filter, or even a custom air filter size, we have a professional and helpful staff ready to take care of you!

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Humidifier Season is Here

Did you even know there was such a thing as humidifier season? It occurs during the driest months of the year, typically from October to March for most of us. Humidifiers and humidifier pads, also known as humidifier filters, can be very beneficial during the chilly, dry winter months. In the wintertime, our heaters work hard to keep us warm and cozy. Our air filters and furnace filters strive to keep the air inside clean and free of contaminants. Along with these elements that keep you comfortable and improve your indoor air quality, why not add a humidifier unit that will make your environment even more enjoyable when that cold weather settles in?

How can you tell if you need a humidifier?

As the fall weather transitions into the winter months, the air becomes increasingly cold and harsh. While our heaters are running strong to keep us warm, the moisture is depleted from the air inside and can cause many individuals a lot of discomfort. Excessively dry air can result in a number of issues. What exactly are the signs that your indoor air is too dry?

  • 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

While these are the undesirable side-effects of the dry air that occurs this time of year, you do not need to suffer needlessly. Increasing the level of humidity in your home can provide a significant amount of relief. What can you expect when you add moisture to your air?

  • Skin that does not feel stretched, dry, and flaky
  • Nasal passage and throat will be less dry and irritated
  • Reduced risk of sickness and infection, plus improvements in healing times
  • Decreased static electricity
  • Wood surfaces and flooring are protected from effects of overly dry air
  • You can set your thermostat lower – moist air is warmer than dry air, so with the use of a humidifier you will achieve a warmer indoor temperature at a lower setting

Types of humidifiers

There are basically two main categories of humidifiers – whole-house or stand-alone. Both function in the same manner of adding moisture to increase the indoor humidity levels in your home.

Whole house – these are installed inline with your heating system and will disperse moist air into your home through your air vents during heating cycles.  

Stand-alone – as their name implies, these humidifiers are separate from your heating system. They are available in various sizes, such as a tabletop unit for use in a particular room, or larger console units that will humidify a larger area of your home.  

Regardless of the type of humidifier unit, they all require the use of a humidifier pad.  The humidifier pad or humidifier filter, also known as a wick filter or evaporator pad, is responsible for assisting your unit in distributing moisture evenly into your home’s air.  Most humidifier pads need to be changed every 2-3 months or at least once per season at a minimum.

Ideal humidity level

The ideal range for the humidity level in the home during the winter season is between 30-40%. Levels will however vary depending on the outdoor temperature. A level of humidity that is too high can cause condensation on your windows and facilitate the growth of moisture, as well as providing the ideal living environment for dust mites to thrive in.  Both of these will commonly trigger allergic reactions in many people, including those without a specific allergy to them. Conversely, if your humidity level is too far below the recommended range, you may begin to feel the effects of dry air such as itchy skin and irritated respiratory airways. You can easily monitor the humidity level with a hygrometer which can be found at home improvement stores for a pretty low cost.

Don’t Suffer This Winter – Try a Humidifier!

Humidity is simply the level of moisture present in the air. We can utilize humidifier units to increase our level of indoor humidity, thus decreasing the level of dryness in our air. We have outlined many immediate improvements that remove or drastically reduce some of the most annoying issues that we complain about when the air is too harsh and dry. A stand-alone unit is the least costly and easiest to set up, so if you are unsure about committing to a whole house unit, try this option first and start enjoying the results right away!

US Home Filter offers a full selection of humidifier pads.

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 carry humidifier filters and pads for all major manufacturers (including Air King, American Standard, AprilaireGeneralAire and Honeywell). 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.

FIGHTING FALL ALLERGIES

Fall allergies: Tips to reduce symptoms and provide reliefThe fall season is quickly approaching. For many that means preparing for the “fight against fall allergies” that afflicts numerous individuals. Although a favorite time of year for most people with its vibrant colors of leaves, milder temperatures, and delicious comfort foods, many live in fear of the sneezing, runny nose, and red, watery, and itchy eyes that the season brings them. The once prolific summer blooms will come to pass and make way for autumn shades, cool evenings, and more time spent indoors.

In addition to the wonderful elements that many look forward to, the autumn weather welcomes in a new season of allergies for others that can be particularly bothersome. While some will find relief from summer allergies as fall begins to commence, others may just be preparing to take their turn. Those that are the least fortunate seem to battle with various forms of allergens throughout the changing seasons.

What are the most common allergy triggers that come about during this time of year?

Ragweed – Until the first hard freeze, ragweed will continue to pollinate and cause misery to its victims in the form of hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Ragweed is one of the most prolific and widespread types of pollen, with each plant being capable of producing up to 1 billion grains of pollen each season. There are numerous other types of weeds that generate pollen such as sagebrush and goldenrod. Types of pollinating weeds vary depending on various regions of the country.

Mold – According to some sources, mold allergies will be especially troublesome this year and bad enough to cause allergic responses for those who are not normally bothered by mold. This perfect storm, as they are calling it, is brought about by warmer weather and greater levels of moisture. Wet surfaces such as tree bark, brick walkways, and gathering leaves provide an ideal breeding ground for mold.

Indoor Allergens – On average, most will have a habit of spending more time indoors. If your home is a biotechnology clean-room, then you should have no issues. But on average, no matter the attempts a person makes to have a contaminant-free environment, you will still be exposed to some degree to dust and pet dander – the most common indoor allergens.

Knowing these prevalent autumn allergens is helpful, but those with allergies or sensitivities to these allergens are accustomed to practices that minimize exposure and help defend against the effects of these airborne irritants. If allergies are a new concern, you will find an overwhelming amount of tips and advice online, but there are a few basic points to become familiar with.

What are the most common allergy prevention or reduction recommendations?

Pay attention to the pollen count – Pollen count fluctuates daily and even multiple times during each day. Pollen can have a significant impact on those who are allergic. As a result, these individuals often utilize numerous online resources and apps that are available to plan their outdoor activities around the anticipated pollen count when it is an option. Find one that you like and remember to use it when planning YOUR outdoor schedule.

Minimize mold mold can grow anywhere indoors or outdoors where conditions are right. Mold has a couple of basic requirements in order to grow – moisture and food. Moisture can come in the form of humidity, condensation, standing water, or water leaks. Food comes in the form of a surface for which the mold can grow on. Ideal surfaces are natural or organic in nature and include items such as leaves, paper, wood, and clothing.

Do away with the dust – Dust is nearly impossible to eliminate completely as it must be controlled at the source. The level of difficulty is high because there are numerous sources of dust and it is constantly reintroduced into the environment, despite efforts to remove it.

Hold back the humidity – While the air tends to be more dry in some areas during this time of year, some regions have a higher level of humidity. Dust mites and mold thrive in more humid environments. Using a dehumidifier can be very beneficial in removing moisture from the air which, in turn, provides the least ideal conditions for the dust mites and mold to multiply. If you already use a dehumidifier at home or at work, remember to change the humidifier pad regularly.

Improve your IAQ – IAQ refers to Indoor Air Quality. One of the best things you can do to assist with keeping your air clean is to regularly change your air filters (including your air conditioning, furnace and whole house air filter). Your air filter is a great added level of defense against dust as it will not only protect your HVAC system components and keep your unit clean, but it will also remove the dust and allergens from your air.

Contact us if you have any questions!

Family owned and operated for four generations now, we may not be doctors but we certainly know about allergies and air filters! Over the years our experienced staff has help thousands of customers by answering the same questions that you may have.

Additionally, we know that selecting the air filters that are just right for your home can be difficult and confusing at times. What MERV rating is best for my family? Is there an advantage to getting a pleated filter? Am I paying the right price? 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’S THE DIFFERENCE IN MERV RATINGS FOR AIR FILTERS?

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The MERV system was designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as a scale to measure the effectiveness of air filters. Basically, this system allows you as the consumer to easily and effectively compare air filters to each other. It means that any MERV 8 rated filter, for example, will filter the same as another. Though there may be some slight differences in construction and quality between manufacturers, the MERV system provides clarity as to the level of filtration you can expect from an air filter with a certain MERV rating.

MERV ratings range from 1-16 and address the performance level of a filter as it relates to removing airborne particles from 0.3 to 10 microns. Airborne particulates are referred to in microns. How small is a micron? A micron is 1/1000 mm which is 1/25,000 of an inch. Although it may be possible to see particles as small as 10 microns under the right conditions, particles are typically visible beginning at about 20 microns. To put it into perspective, a dot (.) is about 600 microns.

System Protection Level Dust Control Level Allergy Concern Level
MERV 8 Good Good Mild
MERV 11 Better Better Moderate
MERV 13 Best Best Severe

WHY CHOOSE CUSTOM AIR FURNACE FILTERS

Air filters keep atmospheric dust and other airborne particles from surface buildup on heating and cooling system`s fan motor, coil and drip pans.  Without clean air filters, a furnace or air conditioning system cannot operate properly and leads to costly repairs and replacements.  It is imperative to maintain air filters by checking them regularly and ensuring they fit properly to your system. This is where custom air filters can be extremely beneficial. You want the air to move through the filter, not around it so it is important for the filter to fit the air return.  At US Home Filter, we can walk you through a step by step process to determine the appropriate air filter dimensions for your heating and cooling system and deliver your custom air furnace filters straight to your door.

Once you have determined the size of the filter you need, it is important to change your custom air furnace filter on a regular basis.  This will allow a constant flow of clean air into your home to help avoid respiratory difficulties, allergies, and illness keeping your family safe and comfortable.  It will also allow your system to work efficiently increasing its performance and longevity and decreasing energy bills.