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.

Benefits of Attic Fans and Ventilation

attic fans and proper attic ventilationHeat rises by nature and the highest hottest spot in your home is the attic.  Even on a relatively warm, 80-degree day, your attic can reach upwards of 100 degrees. These extreme temperatures can be damaging to the major components in your home such as insulation, venting, plumbing and electrical wiring that are often located in the home’s attic space. The good news is, attic fans can make a significant difference in energy costs and in the lifespan of major components mentioned above. Because of this, new homes are being built with whole house fan systems which prevent heat from building up in the dead air spaces of the house.

Benefits of Improved Attic Ventilation

Energy.gov reports that ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with other methods that avoid heat build up in your home.

Attic fans are now integrated with the roof shingles and use very little energy (less than 300 Watts each). The attic essentially acts as a “buffer zone” between the interior of your home and the outside world, so its important to regulate the temperature in this zone, therefore maintaining a consistent temperature in your living space. Attic fans can:

  • Reduce upper floor room temperatures by an average of 10 degrees
  • Lengthen the life of roofing materials and major home components
  • Save up to 30% on home air-conditioning costs

Another layer of protection from the heat and cold for your home is  attic insulation. Attic insulation works by hindering the upward movement of heat, keeping cooler air in during the summer months and warm air in during the winter months. It also contains built in paper or aluminum foil that is forward facing on the insulation panels. These are air-vapor barriers keep moisture that rises up from inside the home from penetrating the insulation.

Attic and roof ventilation are important components to regulating temperature and moisture levels in the home as the weather conditions and seasons change. When it’s cold outside, air can leak in around attic access panels, ceiling light fixtures, exhaust fans, etc., which brings outside moisture into your home’s attic space. Even just going into the attic to get something from storage can significantly increase the moisture level in your home as warm moist air is allowed in through the open access panel.

Types of Attic Ventilation

  1. Non-Mechanical Attic Ventilation – Also called “gable vents”, this type of ventilation is found in many older homes (pre-1980). They are screened and louvered vents that are located up near the roof peak in the side walls of the attic. They are quite efficient at keeping the highest airspace in the attic cooler; however, in areas where there is no air movement, they can often cause hot spots. If your home is equipped with gable vents, you’ll want to consider installing a fan as well which will eliminate the hot spots and keep things cooler. The other option is to use soffit vents and ridge vents, both of which provide adequate non-mechanical venting. Unfortunately, most roof designs do not allow for adequate non-mechanical ventilation alone for optimal performance.
  2. Solar and Electric Attic Fans – Solar powered attic fan or roof vent does significantly improve air flow in the attic space but is not as powerful as an electric fan. Without an attic fan, temperatures in your attic can reach upwards of 150 degrees during the hottest seasons. The fan creates steady air-flow through the attic space; however, if too much air flow is exchanged between outside and the attic, moisture from rain and snow can permeate. In areas of the county with high humidity/wetness, a humidity control system in your attic is recommended as well to prevent moisture issues. The two most common types of electrical/solar attic fans are roof top and gable end. Electric fans are more powerful and cost efficient while solar powered models are most costly but leverage green electric power. Whichever you choose, the attic fan(s) you install should have a programmable thermostat and a firestat, which shuts the fan off in case of fire. Avoid plastic options and go for all metal as well as models that that have solid screens to keep pests out of your attic.
  3. Whole House Fan Systems – Whole house systems keep dead spaces from heating up and pull cool air throughout the home. For those that live in milder climates where the temperature stays below 82 degrees, they can being used as an alternative to traditional home air conditioning. This is also the case for older homes where its too expensive or difficult to install a central air. One potential downfall for whole house fan systems is noise but the system should run quietly and efficiently if it is engineered correctly. Fans with more blades will be quieter than those with fewer blades and the fan should be mounted with foam or rubber strips to reduce vibration and sound.

US Home Filter Offers AC Filters for Every HVAC System

No matter which type of HVAC system your home has, every unit needs a quality air filter that fits properly to maximize your indoor air quality and keep your unit and ventilation system running efficiently. US Home Filter can provide 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 offers filters to fit all heating and air conditioning 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 exactly 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.

Types of Mechanical Ventilation

mechanical ventilationWhether you are fixing up an old house or building a new one, proper ventilation is of the utmost importance.  Whole-house mechanical ventilation is the automatic controlled rate exchange of indoor air for fresh outdoor air via the use of fans. The main purpose of ventilation is to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). When mechanical ventilation was initially introduced, it was limited to controlling moisture an odor in specific areas like kitchens and bathrooms through exhaust fans. At the time homes had enough natural ventilation due to leaks in the building enclosures and additional ventilation was not necessary. Fast forward to present day and the standards have changed. Over the past 10-15 years, regulations have become stricter regarding ventilation, codes have been updated, energy efficient programs are in place and there is an overall desire to reduce energy consumption.

Whole-house Mechanical Ventilation Benefits:

  1. Improved indoor air quality and comfort due to a steady supply of fresh outdoor air
  2. Regulated amount and source control of outdoor air
  3. Reduction of indoor air contaminants like allergens and odors
  4. Decreased moisture accumulation and control of relative humidity during the cold months

Types of Mechanical Ventilation

Energy.gov lists 4 types of whole-house ventilation systems: exhaust-only, supply-only, balanced and energy recovery. Each system uses a combination of fans, ducting, dampers, and controls, and they each have different pros, cons, and costs accompanying them.

Exhaust-Only Ventilation

Exhaust-only ventilation typically consists of a fan that exhausts indoor air. They work by depressurizing your home, exhausting indoor air, and drawing outdoor into the house through leaks in the building’s enclosure and intentional passive vents.

The pro of an exhaust-only ventilation system is that they are relatively inexpensive and simple to install; however, the con list is quite long. They only work well in cold climates with low humidity and can also draw contaminants into the house via the attic, crawl space, garage, etc. Exhaust-only systems can also pull humid outdoor air in which could condense, making them unsuitable for warm, humid climates. Lastly, they can increase your heating and cooling expenses.

Supply-Only Ventilation

Supply-only ventilation systems pressurize your home using a fan that forces outside air inside. The indoor air then leaks out of the building through exhaust ducts and any other intentional vents if they exist in the structure.

Like exhaust systems, supply ventilation is also low in cost to install; however, they are better at reducing outdoor contaminants from entering the home and allow for dehumidification of the air. This means they can be used in warm or hot/mixed climates. Outdoor air that is drawn in is from a single location, controlling the air quality coming into the building. However, they can cause moisture problems in cooler climates and are not very energy efficient, increasing your heating and cooling bills.

Balanced Ventilation

Balanced ventilation systems do not pressurize or depressurize your home. If properly installed, they bring in and exhaust almost equal amounts of fresh outside air and polluted inside air.

The good news is, balanced systems are good for all climates; however, they are typically more expensive to install as they require 2 duct and fan systems. This also means they use more energy than a supply or exhaust system. Like the other two systems, they do not temper or remove moisture from the air before it comes into your house.  As with supply ventilation, to avoid cold drafts in the winter, outdoor air may need to be mixed with indoor air before delivery into your home.

Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery Ventilators

Energy recovery ventilation systems control the ventilation of the home, reducing energy loss. In the winter, they are more efficient at heating the air by transferring heat from the warm air inside the outgoing air to the incoming cold air. During the summer months, the air inside cools the incoming warm air supply. Due to this, heating and cooling costs are reduced.

The only downfall is that energy recover systems that are installed in cold climates must have additional Also, energy recovery ventilation systems operated in cold climates must have tools installed to prevent freezing and frost accumulation. Frost buildup on the heat exchanger can cause equipment damage and reduce the effectiveness of the ventilation.  This type of system also requires more maintenance than the aforementioned systems. It is important to have them cleaned regularly to prevent deterioration and mold/bacteria growth on the heat exchanger surfaces.

US Home Filter Offers AC Filters for Every HVAC System

No matter which type of HVAC system your home has, every unit needs a quality air filter that fits properly to maximize your indoor air quality and keep your unit and ventilation system running efficiently. US Home Filter can provide 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 offers filters to fit all heating and air conditioning 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 exactly 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.

Sick Building Syndrome and IAQ

Sick Building Syndrome and Indoor Air QualityThe term “Sick Building Syndrome” is not readily known. Just by the name alone, you can imagine it has something to do with being in an unhealthy indoor environment. Sick Building Syndrome, or SBS, is a medical condition where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or feel unwell for no apparent reason. Spending a lot of time in the unhealthy environment result in symptoms such as tight chest, wheezing, sore throat, eye, and nose irritation and in some sever cases, dizziness, and nausea. But what makes a building ‘sick’? The causes of SBS are usually linked to flaws in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Factors That Contribute to Sick Building Syndrome

Inadequate Ventilation

Ventilation, the amount of fresh air that is brought indoors, is extremely important. Shockingly, a NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) research study concluded that over fifty percent (52%) of SBS cases could be traced back to inadequate ventilation. When HVAC systems were first installed in buildings, building ventilation standards called for around 15 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of outside air for each building occupant. The oil crisis of the early 1970s further reduced the ventilation standards to only 5 cfm to save energy. And it did just that. However, building occupants health began to decline and people started getting sick in droves. Thankfully, 20+ years later, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) developed a ventilation standard that balanced adequate ventilation and energy efficiency to prevent sickness. Now the requirement is back to a minimum of 15 cfm of outdoor air per person and 20 cfm per person in office spaces.

Carbon Dioxide

When CO2 levels are high (> 800 to 1000 parts per million) room air begins to feel ‘stuffy’. However, SBS symptoms can occur at a much lower concentration and anything above 1000 ppm can cause people to become quite sick. Thankfully, this level is very uncommon due to the proper ventilation system requirements in place as described above.

Chemical Contaminants from Indoor Sources

The amount of chemicals that make up the structure of our indoor spaces is quite overwhelming. Carpet, upholstery, paint, adhesives, copy machines, cleaning agents, etc. are all a part of our everyday lives, bringing an abundance of unhealthy chemicals into the air we breathe. These toxins include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), e.g. formaldehyde, which cause chronic and acute health effects at high levels.

Outdoor Contaminants

The outdoor air that enters a building is also a factor in indoor air pollution. Although adequate ventilation is a requirement, the type of air that comes inside is just as important. Think about all the exhaust fumes toll road workers are exposed to. Or the drive-through operator at a fast food restaurant who has the window open while idling cars wait for their order. Outdoor contaminants can also get into a building if the air intake vents are poorly located and polluted air and not fresh air is sucked into the building.

Natural Toxins

Mold, bacteria, viruses and pollen are all examples of natural toxins that can grow if your HVAC system is not properly maintained. Mold will grow in any standing pools of water near an HVAC unit, especially as outdoor temperatures increase. Water damage inside the building’s carpet, ceiling tiles or insulation can also be a cause of mold growth if not properly taken care of. Plants and weeds growing around the HVAC unit also cause issues as air flow into the building is restricted, pulling more pollen and allergens into the indoor air.

How Can We Prevent Sick Building Syndrome?

The most beneficial thing that can be done to reduce the effects of poor indoor air quality is to improve air filtration. 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, protecting it from harmful dust build-up and extending its life. As the manufacturing process of air filters evolved, filtration media became more refined and specialized. This allowed air filtration to go beyond system protection into cleaning contaminants, allergens, and other bothersome particles from our air using high-efficiency pleated air filters. Since then there has been a significant improvement in indoor comfort and cleaner air in our homes and businesses.

US Home Filter Offers AC Filters for Every HVAC System

No matter which type of HVAC system your home has, every unit needs a quality air filter that fits properly to maximize your indoor air quality and keep your unit running efficiently. US Home Filter can provide 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 offers filters to fit all heating and air conditioning 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 exactly 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 Causes of HVAC Issues

A working, efficient HVAC system is a must for two important reasons: 1. comfort level and 2. energy bill. To get the most efficient, low-cost, and longest life out of your HVAC unit, all parts of the system must be fully functional.  If your energy bill is rising and your home is not as cool and comfortable as you would like, here are the main causes HVAC issues and reasons why the unit isn’t working as it should be.

Issue #1: Dirt Buildup

HVAC System

Before thinking it is something huge that is going to cost you lots of money to fix, check and make sure your system is clean. If you’ve recently notices a reduction in its efficiency, it may just be a buildup of dirt and grime. When the buildup occurs, your HVAC unit is unable to heat or cool your home as evenly and quickly as it should.  You may also notice an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms in yourself or your family as your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) has also been greatly reduced.

The first and MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is make sure you are using a clean air filter.  Air filters should be checked at least once a month (some every 3 months depending upon the manufacturer’s directions). If they are dirty, change them out with a fresh clean air filter. To check if your air filter is dirty, remove it from the air filter and hold it up to a light source. If you cannot see the light through the filter, then it’s time for it to be changed. Another area to check are the heat pump condenser coils. Coils that are dirty cause a decrease in air flow capacity and greatly reduce the efficiency of your unit.

Issue #2: HVAC Equipment Age

If you’ve noticed that your home has become less and less comfortable over the past few years, your HVAC unit may be close to the end of its lifespan. It would be nice if HVAC equipment lasted forever, but unfortunately that is not the case. Even with perfect maintenance and upkeep, you may only get a few more years on the lifespan of your unit. Most units last about 10-15 years, and luckily, the newer models are much more efficient. If you feel like your unit may be on its last leg, get it checked out by a professional and consider replacing the system.

Issue #3: Improper Installation

If your HVAC system isn’t installed properly it will not run efficiently. When this is the case, your energy bills will skyrocket, and your home isn’t as cool or warm as you expect it to be. Always hire a licensed, insured professional to install your equipment.

Other problems that may occur with improper installation:

  • Short circuit: the electric voltage is key for the unit to run properly. If it is not correct it will cause a short in the circuit.
  • Poor results: the size of your unit is also important. If a unit that is too small for the size of your home is installed, there will be problems getting the house to feel comfortable and result in uneven cooling and heating.
  • Uneven cooling and heating: If you notice temperature differences throughout your house, the ducts may have not been installed correctly. When this is the case, the ducts develop air leaks which cause drastic temperature changes from room to room.

Issue #5: Lack of Maintenance

HVAC systems work hard to continually make your home comfortable. Scheduling a professional maintenance check and cleaning is essential to make sure everything is running correctly. The checkups can also find small problems and resolve them before they turn into major problems, causing equipment failure and damage. Looking for a heating and cooling contractor to inspect your HVAC system? The Department of Energy website offers instructions to help you find the right contractor for your needs.

US Home Filter Offers AC Filters for Every HVAC System

No matter which type of HVAC system your home has, every unit needs a quality air filter that fits properly to maximize your indoor air quality and keep your unit running efficiently. US Home Filter can provide 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 offers filters to fit all heating and air conditioning 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 exactly 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.

Energy Saving Tips During Covid-19

saving energy during COVID-19Not everyone may be feeling it yet, but the weather is warming throughout much of the country. As spring and summer bring in warmer temperatures, the more we rely on our Air Conditioners and HVAC systems to keep us cool and comfortable.  As a result, energy bills begin to increase as well.  The most dramatic increase in energy demand is during the afternoon hours of the summer months when the temperatures peak. The NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has again predicted that a majority of the United States will see above normal temperatures from July-September, increasing energy demands across the nation. In the mist of this, American families and businesses have transition to remote-work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With children out of school and parents working from home, the energy usage will be even higher than “normal” with everyone under the same roof. Below are a few tips to help keep your energy costs down while the temperature and the amount of time you spend indoors increases.

COVID-19 Energy Saving Tips

1) Check for Leaks – It is of the utmost importance that cool air created by your HVAC system is kept contained. You want to keep the cool air IN and the hot air OUT. If  cooled air escapes through small leaks, the systems run time and amount of energy it uses increases. Hot air leaking into your home from the outside also causes your system to work harder to cool the indoor air. Check for leaks by looking for small holes in your window seals and weather stripping around your doors. There should be no gaps. If you spot a crack, fill it with caulk and replace any weather stripping necessary to make sure there is a tight seal around the door. Attic insulation should also be checked to make sure there is an adequate amount to keep the hot attic air from seeping into your living space.

2) Lower the Water Heater Temperature – The Department of Energy reports that water heating accounts for approximately 18% of a home’s energy use. The good news is, this is easily reduced by lowering your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees. The water temperature will still be hot enough for bathing and dishes as well as reduce energy costs. Consider also taking shorter showers and installing a low flow shower head.

3) Install Programmable Thermostats – A programmable thermostat helps manage energy usage when the cooling system is needed most. Additionally, it takes guesswork and human error out of the mix. To maximize energy savings, set your thermostat at a warmer temp when you are sleeping or not at home. Energy.gov reports a savings of upwards of ten percent (10%) a year on heating and cooling bills when you turn the thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. When temperatures are higher the unit runs less and saves energy. When the system is programmed to go back to the normal setting, the cool temperatures should have been maintained long enough to lower the temperature quickly and efficiently (provided the home is properly sealed…see #1). Thermostats should also always have a fresh set of batteries.

4) Use Ceiling Fans – Shockingly, running ceiling fans while your AC is on allows you to increase the temperature by 4 degrees without feeling the difference! The ceiling fan direction should be set to PULL AIR UP toward the ceiling as cool air sinks and hot air rises. For maximum energy savings, make sure to turn ceiling fans off when no one is in the room to decrease consumption.

5) Keep Your HVAC System Running Efficiently – It is always a good idea to schedule an annual maintenance checkup for your HVAC system to ensure its running at peak performance when you need it most. There are also quite a few things you can do yourself to help keep your AC efficient: vacuum out the air intakes and ducts, clear away plants and/or weeds growing around the HVAC unit and clean up any standing water. Most importantly – change your air filter on a monthly basis! This prevents any unnecessary stress on your equipment that can lead to equipment breakdowns as well as higher energy bills.

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!

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Deadly Diseases Preventable With Air Filters

preventing diseases with air filters What is air pollution? According to the Environmental Pollution Center, “air pollution can be defined as the presence of toxic chemicals or compounds (including those of biological origin) in the air, at levels that pose a health risk.” This means that air pollution is the presence of biologics or other chemicals or compounds living in your breathable air that can cause harm to humans. Air pollution has become an unintended consequence of our everyday lives. With the increase of cars, trucks, and factories, it has greatly affected the health of people worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 4.2 million people die each year as a result of exposure to air pollution, making the air we breathe the world’s largest environmental health risk. However, outdoor air pollution is not the only culprit. The indoor air we breathe can also put us at risk if it is polluted and not properly filtered before recirculating. This leads to the question: Are deadly diseases and other illnesses are preventable through the use of a home HVAC filter? Let’s take a closer look at the top 3 health consequences to ourselves and families when the air in our homes is polluted.

Top Three Diseases Caused by Indoor Air Pollution

Stroke

Approximately 15 million people suffer a stroke worldwide each year and 33% of these cases are associated with exposure to indoor air pollutants in the home. Studies have shown that there is a direct connection between particulate matter (soil or dust particles, organic chemicals, allergens [fragments of pollen or mold spores], sulphates, nitrates, and metals) and an increase in hospital admissions and death from strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). TIAs, also known as ‘mini-strokes’, can lead to full ischemic strokes later.

Heart Disease

Air pollution is believed to have inflammatory effects on the heart which causes chronic cardiovascular problems. For anyone with underlying or already existing heart disease, the effects of air pollution is even greater. Just the mere exposure to the pollution can increase their heart rate and blood pressure. When the small particulates within polluted air enter into a person’s blood stream, they begin to irritate the lungs and blood vessels around the heart. Lowering exposure to air pollution results in the reduction of this inflammation and improves the overall health of the lining of the blood vessels.

Lung Cancer

The World Health Organization also reports that lung cancer is the cause of approximately 6% of all fatalities attributed to indoor air pollution. Research studies have shown that household dust can contain toxic, cancer inducing compounds and chemicals in both significant varieties and quantities. A recent study reported that ~45 toxic chemicals were commonly found in the dust of many US households and homes. They also found that ten of these harmful chemicals were found in an estimated ninety percent (90%) of all the homes that were tested. Children are the most vulnerable members of the household, as the majority of dust collects at the ground level. The study also documented the most common chemicals seen were a variety of flame retardants that are directly linked to lung cancer. They can also cause further adverse reactions and effects on an individual’s central nervous system.

The Role of Air Filters

Knowing these facts can be scary, but it also makes it clear how important it is to reduce exposure to air pollution indoors to prevent these deadly diseases. Reducing exposure to these potentially harmful toxins and chemicals saves lives. Although there isn’t much we can do regarding exposure to outdoor air pollution, we CAN control the amount of pollution we are exposed to in our homes. By using high-quality air filters in your HVAC system, the number of pollutants you are exposed to is greatly reduced, therefore leaving you and your family healthier.

Air filtration provides a means to attain the highest level of indoor air quality possible in our homes. Air filters were originally intended to simply protect your HVAC system, but as filtration media became more refined and specialized, filters now clean contaminants, allergens, and other bothersome particles from indoor air using high-efficiency pleated air filters. This has resulted in a significant improvement in the ability to provide the cleanest air to breathe inside homes and businesses.

How do you choose the right filter for your home and your family? The first step is to select the level of filtration based on the types of particles you aim to prevent entering your “breathable air” with your air conditioning and furnace filters. You also want to choose a MERV rating that targets specific types of particles – such as mold spores, pollen or pet dander. The higher the rating, the smaller the particle that is 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 in order to prevent deadly diseases by keeping 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.

How to Keep Your Home Comfortable During Quarantine

We’re all “stuck” inside more these days and with that, we need to make sure our home is as comfortable as possible. It’s tough spending this much time inside and not being able to socialize like we’re used to, but it is essential to make sure we keep ourselves, family and friends safe and healthy. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your home safe and comfortable during this time of quarantine while we’re spending more and more time inside.

Home Comfort Quarantine Tips

quarantine tips to keep your home comfortable

Consider installing a bidet.

It’s the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020. TP is hard to find anywhere! The good news is, there are other options – one of them being adding bidet on your home toilets. Although not exactly main stream in the United States, bidets are the norm in other countries. They are hygienic and reduce or even eliminate the need for toilet paper – this is essential when there are multiple people home all day during a quarantine! The other good news is that there are multiple options. You can have a bidet installed by a plumber, or there are bidet attachments you can add to your toilets yourself. They come in a wide variety of types and price points and use very little water. Just look at all of the bidet options on Amazon!

Clean and disinfect regularly.

It’s important to realize that there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes germs and/or dirt from surfaces, wiping away pathogens but not killing them. This includes things like dusting, vacuuming, mopping and wiping countertops. While cleaning still lowers the spread of infection, disinfection is the next essential step. Disinfection is the use of chemicals to kill germs on surfaces via the use of CDC-approved, EPA-registered disinfectants such as Clorox bleach, Lysol sprays and toilet bowl cleaners, and Purell disinfectant wipes. It is important to disinfect surfaces that have greater amounts of contact such as doorknobs, light switches, remotes, phones, desks, chairs, sinks, handles and toilets.

Let fresh air and sunlight in.

When you find yourself inside more, like during a quarantine, ventilation is critical. Get fresh air circulating throughout your house. Open doors and windows as much as possible. Higher ventilation is key in reducing the risk of viruses. Vitamin D from sunlight also plays a critical role. It aids in the body’s ability to absorb calcium from the gut, maintains bone health, brain function, a strong immune system and reduces inflammation. Studies have also shown that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with higher risk of respiratory diseases like COPD and asthma and is also linked to decreased lung function. Vitamin D is produced in the skin by exposing the body to just 10-15 minutes per day of sun. If you can’t get outside or have limited access to the sun, eating foods like oily fish, eggs, vitamin D fortified cereals or dairy products and a taking a daily 400 IU vitamin D supplement can help prevent a deficiency.

Invest in UV light air purification.

Another option to protect your home from viruses and other germs, not only during a quarantine but always, is to add a UV light air purification to your home. A UV light air purification system usually combines a traditional filter with a UV lamp. A traditional HVAC or furnace filter’s main purpose is to trap dust and other particles from the air, not allowing them back into the air you breathe. When you combine a traditional with a UV lamp, both the removal of particulate matter from the air and the killing of germs and bacteria is maximized.

UV light air purification is by no means a replacement for the regular disinfection in a home or office. However, when used in conjunction with traditional cleaning methods, UV light air purification enhances any system in place that reduces the spread of diseases.

Change your filters monthly.

All the air that circulates through your HVAC system, to heat or cool your home, will eventually pass through the air filter. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep your air filters clean and change them regularly. Dirty, clogged air filters can:

  • Cause HVAC system malfunctions and equipment damage.
  • Reduce airflow inside the HVAC system, making the fans work harder and wear out quicker.
  • NOT remove particulates and contaminants as effectively as they should, therefore releasing these back into your indoor air (the air that you and your family breathe).
  • Cause contaminates to build up in your duct work.
  • Cause the HVAC equipment to work harder, increasing your home’s energy usage and your monthly electric bill payments.

Air filters should be checked at least once a month. If they are dirty, change them out with a fresh clean air filter. To check if your air filter is dirty, remove it from the air filter and hold it up to a light source. If you can’t see the light through the filter, then it’s time for it to be changed.

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 trap pollutants (including viruses), keep your indoor air quality clean and your unit running at its maximum efficiency. This is especially important during a quarantine! 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.

Coronavirus: How to Protect Yourself in Your Home

Coronavirus - protecting your indoor airDid you know that average person spends 90% of their time in indoor spaces? This is also where concentrations of pollutants are 2-5 times greater as compared to the outdoor levels. As more of us are under a stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the amount of time spent indoors is increasing, making indoor air quality in the home more important than ever. Our focus has shifted to ensuring we’re taking the necessary precautions needed to protect our families and reduce the chances of coming into contact with the virus. However, it is important to remember that the Coronavirus is not the only virus, germ, disease or pollutant we need to protect ourselves from in our home.

Coronavirus: Particle Size and Spread

It is believed that the Coronavirus is spread mainly by respiratory droplets that can travel several feet from the person that is infected when they cough or sneeze. Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing is the first thing you can do to help control the spread. It is also the reasoning behind the recommendation to wear a face mask while out in public.  The virus has the same traits as other viruses like a sore throat, common cold and flu, by how it spreads from person to person.

According to the American Lung Association, airborne particles 2.5 microns or less (called fine particles) are considered an inhalation hazard as they can be “easily inhaled deeply into the lungs where they can be absorbed into the bloodstream or remain embedded for long periods of time.” A respiratory droplet is approximately 1 micron in size. A micron (or micrometer) is a unit of measurement that is one-millionth of a meter. To put that into perspective, the average human hair is approximately 50 microns. The human eye is only able to see particles that are at least 5 microns in size. 98% of all the particles floating around in our indoor air are </= 1 micron in size, including the coronavirus.

Will HVAC Filters Capture These Small Coronavirus Particles?

HVAC filters come with a micron rating representing an air filters effectiveness in removing particles of specific sizes. Standard air filters found in most HVAC systems are designed to capture particles that are 5-10 microns or larger. So, if a filter has a micron rating of 7, it is able to trap particles that are 7 microns and larger. That sounds shocking after learning the micron size of the Coronavirus, doesn’t it? However, there is still another level of understanding when it comes to an air filter’s effectiveness in removing particles of specific sizes. Here are two important terms:

  • Nominal Micron Rating: This rating measures how efficient an air filter is at capturing airborne particles of a certain size, ranging from 50-98.6%. It tells you the smallest size particle that may get trapped. For instance, if you have an air filter that removes particles as small as 8 microns with a 50% nominal micron rating, then the filter will capture around 50% of airborne particulates 10 microns in size.
  • Absolute Micron Rating: This rating gives the size of the largest particle that will pass through the filter and means that the filter is capable of removing at least 98.7% of a specific size particle. It basically tells you the filter is able to better remove particulates of the specific micron size. If your current home air filter has a micron rating of 5, it is leaving a great majority (98%) of indoor air pollution floating around your home.

Now that you have all the information on microns, it’s clear you need an air filter captures airborne particles smaller than 1 micron. But do they exist? On to the last thing you need to know about protecting your indoor air with the right air filters: MERV ratings.

MERV Rating

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiently Reporting Value. It is a numeric value that tells you the effectiveness of your selected air filter. MERV ratings are calculated by measuring the number of particles a filter can trap compared to the number the particles it’s trying to filter. This means that if there are two filters in the same room, the one with the lower MERV rating traps fewer particles. The range for standard MERV values is typically from 1 to 16 for home HVAC systems, with the number indicating how well the filter removes particles from the air. The higher the MERV number, the better the filtration.

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

There are filters available with MERV ratings higher than 16; however, they are thick and dense, and a typical residential HVAC system cannot readily handle them. In fact, they can end up interfering with the airflow by restricting it. This could end up reducing the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system and result in HVAC equipment damage. If you want an air filter with a MERV rating higher than 16, you must make sure that your HVAC system can handle them before buying and installing one.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Indoor Air

  • Cover your mouth with your elbow (NOT YOUR HANDS) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wear something over your mouth when in public spaces (mask, scarf, or a bandanna).
  • Get fresh air circulating throughout your house. Open doors and windows as much as possible. Higher ventilation is key in reducing the risk of viruses.
  • Consider removing shoes before coming in the house. Shoes carry in dirt and particles that can be kicked up into your indoor air.
  • Get outside as much as possible, keeping a safe distance (6 feet or more) from anyone other than your immediate family.
  • Monitor your indoor humidity level as viruses survive longer in lower humidity. For more information on humidity levels, click here.

Most importantly, check your air filters and change them regularly. If they are dirty, they need to be changed with a fresh clean air filter. How do you know if your air filter is dirty? When removing the air filter from the handler, hold it up to a light source and you will be able to see if the filter is dirty or clogged – if you can’t see the light through the filter, then it’s definitely time for it to be changed. Dirty, clogged air filters can’t do their job of trapping viruses like the coronavirus and other indoor air pollutants!

US Home Filter is Here for YOU

In times like these, emotions are running high and there is fear and concern about the unknown. Most of us probably feel like we need to become experts on things we never imagined having to think about. If you have ANY questions regarding your filter size or choosing the MERV rating that is best for you, don’t fret. 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. You can also 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! 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.