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Covid Virus and Home Air Conditioning Filters

Research has been ongoing to understand COVID-19’s transmission and spread since it began way back in January of 2020.

CDC guidance indicates that COVID-19 primarily spreads through large respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes, but there’s mounting scientific evidence indicating that even smaller virus particles can stay in the air and infect people as they breathe.

These risks are greatly increased in enclosed spaces with smaller particles, such as your home, where the air isn’t circulated as often, and you may be interacting directly with others.

In such a situation, the air conditioning filter in your home is the first line of defense against airborne transmission and is  the easiest to replace.

Air Cleaners and HVAC Filters

Air filters and air cleaners are equipped to remove pollutants and contaminants from the air. By purifying and cleaning the air, airborne contaminants, such as viruses, can be reduced. When extra ventilation with external air is not possible without compromising indoor comfort (temperature or humidity), or when outdoor air pollution is excessive, portable air cleaners (also known as air purifiers) can be very useful.

Air cleaners and HVAC Filters in Homes

There are a variety of air conditioning filters and cleaners available, including;

  • Air Filters and Furnace Filters

    The primary purpose of air conditioning filter and furnace filters is to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on your system’s vital components. As a result, dust, pollen, and pet dander are collected and reduced, as well as airborne viruses. US Home Filter offers a wide range of MERV ratings and sizes to fit your specific requirements.

  • Whole House Air Filters

    A whole-house air filter is also called a residential air cleaner, a media filter, or a whole-house air cleaner. All of them protect your HVAC system, remove contaminants from the air, and improve indoor air quality. Due to the large surface area of these large filters, they only require replacing every 6-12 months.

  • Grille Filters

    The grille filters are used in return air vents, in-wall and ceiling grilles, and in-ceiling grilles as well. Ideally, the grille should extend 7 inches behind the wall. In this way, it will be possible to install the filter and let air flow through it. Compared to standard 1-in filters, grille filters offer greater airflow and efficiency due to their increased surface area and depth.

  • Humidifier Pads

    When it’s cold outside, humidity helps to stop your skin from drying out because of the furnace. Having a humidifier in your home can also help you save on energy costs! By reintroducing moisture to the air, the air can feel warmer and more comfortable despite its lower temperature.

Air Cleaners and HVAC Filters & Coronavirus

While portable air conditioning filters have not yet been proven to filter out COVID-19, there is research to support the assumption that an air purifier can filter common airborne viruses, provided the air is captured by the system.

As mentioned earlier, an air cleaner, a furnace, or an HVAC system filters the air throughout a home. It can improve indoor air quality by reducing pollutants in the air, such as viruses. HVAC filters and portable air cleaners do not provide enough protection against COVID-19. However, when combined with other best practices such as filtration can help keep people safe indoors.

To mention a few, bipolar ionization can be used in HVAC systems or portable air cleaners to produce positively and negatively charged particles. Some manufacturers market these devices for removing viruses from the air, including SARS-2-CoV, which causes COVID-19, or for disinfecting surrounding surfaces such as doors, windows, and other surfaces.

A limited amount of research has been done to evaluate this technology outside of lab conditions, as it is an emerging technology. Newer technologies are typically less well documented in terms of safety and effectiveness than older ones. Nevertheless, it can generate ozone and other potentially harmful by-products indoors, unless specific precautions are taken in the product design and maintenance.

It is also possible to supplement increased HVAC system ventilation and filtration with portable air cleaners, especially in areas where adequate ventilation is difficult to achieve. When the airflow is directed away from people, it reduces the chance that infectious viral droplets will spread from person to person.

It may not be possible to prevent viruses with air filtration methods. Keeping your hands clean and disinfecting surfaces is still essential. In the end, more infections are contracted while you’re outside (at work, shopping, etc.) than at home. However, keeping your home clean and safe from dirt must not be avoided.
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Top Causes of HVAC Issues

An efficiently working HVAC system is a must for two very important reasons:
1. It maintains a certain comfort level that you choose.
2. It saves quite a lot of money on your energy or power bill.
In order to get the most efficiency, the lowest energy costs, and the longest life out of your HVAC unit, all parts of the system must be fully functional, plus well maintained. If your energy bill is rising and/or your home is not as cool and comfortable as you would like it to be, here are the some of the main causes of HVAC issues and the reasons why your AC unit isn’t working as well as it should be.

Issue #1: Dirt Buildup

HVAC System

Before overreacting and thinking that the issue(s) is something huge that’s going to cost you lots of money to fix, first check and make sure that your system is clean. If you’ve recently noticed a reduction in its efficiency, it may just simply be an excessive buildup of dirt and grime on your HVAC unit. When this buildup occurs, your HVAC unit is unable to heat or cool your home as evenly and quickly as it should, or as it did in the past. 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 to make sure you are using a clean air filter. Air filters should be checked at least once a month (although some only every three months, depending upon the AC manufacturer’s directions). If they are dirty, simply change them out with a fresh clean air filter. To check if your air filter is dirty, remove it from the air conditioning unit and just hold it up to a light source. If you cannot see the light through the filter, then it’s definitely time for it to be changed. Another area to check are the heat pump condenser coils. Coils that are dirty cause a decrease in your AC unit’s air flow capacity and will 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 temperature wise over the past few years, then perhaps your HVAC unit may be close to the end of its lifespan. It would be nice if HVAC equipment lasted forever, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Even with regular upkeep and perfect maintenance, you may only get a few more years on the lifespan of your unit. Most units last roughly about ten to fifteen years, and luckily, the newer models are tremendously much more efficient than the unit you likely have now. If you feel like your unit may be on its last legs, get it checked out by a professional and consider replacing it with a brand new high efficiency HVAC 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 immediately skyrocket, plus your home is never as cool or warm as you expect it to be. It’s important that you always hire a licensed, insured professional to install your equipment.

Here are some additional HVAC issues or problems that may occur with improper installation of your AC unit:

  • 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 in your home.
  • Duct Leakage: If you notice temperature differences throughout your house, the ducts may not have 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 efficiently and correctly. These checkups can also find small problems and resolve them before they turn into major problems, resulting in both equipment failure and damage to your system. 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!

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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.

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Signs You Need to Replace Your HVAC System

HVAC SystemReplace my AC or HVAC unit? How do I know? Summer is approaching which means that your HVAC system is going to be working overtime. Air conditioning systems are one of the largest investments we make for our homes, so of course you want to get the most out of yours, right? Even if you keep your HVAC system well maintained, plus clean and change your filter regularly, it’s going to have to be replaced at some point. Older or damaged HVAC systems can result in increased energy bills and poor indoor air quality (IAQ). The good news? Newer HVAC systems are up to sixty percent (60%) more efficient than most of the older models – saving you money in the long run. But while installing a new HVAC system is a terrific (yet pricey) investment, most homeowners will only get a new system when the old one stops working. But is that really a good idea? Or are there signs to look for letting you know its time to be replaced?

7 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your HVAC System

1. Your System is Greater than 10 Years Old

Do you even know when your HVAC system was installed? According to the Department of Energy, air conditioning systems should be replaced every 10-15 years. Although durable, the major components of any HVAC system will begin to deteriorate after around 10 years (dependent obviously upon how often they’re used and how well they’re maintained). Systems that are over 10 years old also use a type of Freon (R-22) that is not only outdated, but also is extremely harmful to the environment. When a newer unit is installed, you will not only lower your energy bills but also help to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.

2. Repair Costs are Greater Than Half the Cost of a New System

Many times as an AC unit is going and growing old, you’ll find yourself having to pay for frequent repairs to the system and eventually replacing some of the major components. When that starts happening, it’s time to see if replacing parts is really going to be saving you any money in the long run. If the repair costs are greater than half the cost of a new system, then it’s time to be “out with the old and in with the new”. Purchasing a new system will be a smart investment, saving you money in the long run, as well as reducing your immediate energy costs.

3. Your Energy Bills Keep Going Up

It is normal to expect increases and decreases to your energy costs as the seasons change, but each individual month should be relatively the same compared to the year before. If you have unusually high energy bills in a month where it’s not expected, it is a sign that your HVAC system needs to be serviced and possibly replaced – the older the system becomes, the less efficient it becomes. Regular maintenance (especially changing your air filters monthly), will increase the life of your HVAC system and keep it running efficiently as possible… but at some point you will need to upgrade it to a newer system. The good news is that installing a new air conditioner can cut down on your total energy bills by as much as 20%. Many people find that over a relatively short period of time their new AC unit has actually paid for itself!

4. Your House is Always a Little too Hot, or Else It’s a Little too Cold

An old HVAC system will have problems keeping your house at a consistent temperature. It could be a maintenance issue (e.g. a damaged or inaccurate thermostat, low fluid levels, cracked ducts, clogged filters, etc.); however, temperature inconsistencies usually mean that your AC system is either not powerful enough or that the duct work is not properly installed. Either way, keeping an HVAC system that is not working properly and efficiently is going to result in an uncomfortable home environment and much higher energy bills.

5. You’re Noticing More Dust in Your Home

In addition to providing you with cooled or heated air in your home, your HVAC system is also responsible for providing proper ventilation. When working properly, the system should improve your home’s IAQ (indoor air quality) by removing dust, dander, dirt, and other debris and by controlling the humidity. If you are noticing an increase in the amount of dust in your home, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is no longer operating efficiently enough to remove it.

6. Unusual Smells & Odd Sounds

If you notice an unusual smell coming from your HVAC system, it could be just dust burning off; however, it could be something much more serious, such as melting wiring or mold in the ducts. If it is a more concerning odor, turn off your system immediately and get it inspected right away.

A properly working HVAC system should also be relatively quiet. If you hear noises that sound like grinding or squealing, this is also a sign that you need to have your system inspected immediately.

7. You Have Poor Indoor Air Quality

Your air conditioner is the biggest factor when it comes to your home’s indoor air quality, especially during the summer. The air conditioning unit may be damaged if you notice mold, mildew, dust or unusual humidity levels and all may be signs that your system should be replaced. Always keep in mind that a  NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) research study concluded that over fifty percent (52%) of Sick Building Syndrome cases could be traced back to inadequate ventilation!

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. 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 air filters to custom air filters, to whole-house filters, grille filters, and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

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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 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.

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

What Does Energy Efficiency Really Mean? Ways to reduce your carbon footprintIn honor of Earth Day 2021, we thought it was appropriate to discuss ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. Carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions is wrapping the earth with damaging heat, reducing the amount of oxygen available to us to breathe.  Every human being on earth is covering the world with carbon footprints, but there are ways we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from inside our homes. By making these small adjustments in our everyday life, we can help preserve the Earth for ourselves and future generations.

Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Minimize Gas Usage

A large portion of gas usage is from the amount it takes to power a furnace/broiler. To make the biggest impact on reducing your carbon footprint, start with minor adjustments in how you use the largest appliances and systems in your home. For instance:

  • Wash your laundry with cold water.
  • Avoid using hot water when not necessary.
  • Carpool to work to reduce gas emissions.

Learn About AC and Furnace Efficiency

Proper maintenance of your HVAC system is essential for keeping the air you breathe in your home clean, lowering energy costs, and reducing your carbon footprint. Here is what you need to know:

  • Lowering the thermostat by just two degrees for heating and two degrees higher for cooling reduces your energy consumption, and you probably won’t even notice the difference.
  • According to energy.gov, you can save as much as ten percent (10%) a year on heating and cooling costs by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
  • Replace dirty air filters with new, clean ones regularly. This prevents costly damage to major equipment, lowers energy usage, and maintains high IAQ (indoor air quality).
  • Have your HVAC system inspected at least once a year. Doing this ensures your system is running at its maximum performance and ensures energy efficiency.

Lower Electricity Usage

Something so simple but often overlooked:

  • Unplug cords for appliances/devices that are not being used.
  • Put appliances that aren’t used every day away.
  • Only run the dishwasher when both racks are full of dirty dishes.
  • Skip the dry cycle and opt to air dry by opening the dishwasher after the dishes are rinsed.

Invest in Smart Features to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

If you’re building or remodeling a home, the choices made in the process can make your home energy efficient:

  • Opt for all energy-saving lightbulbs, such as CFL or LED. They last longer and use 85% less energy.
  • Choose energy-efficient windows to control the amount of heat that can enter your home. This reduces the heating and cooling costs for inside your home.
  • Use weather stripping and caulk to fill cracks and crevices around your home’s doors and windows.
  • Block small entryways from outside cold and heat to keep your IAQ high and maintain a comfortable atmosphere.

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 in your furnace is as important as changing the oil in your car and US Home Filter makes filters that fit all AC/HVAC units. From standard to custom air filters, to whole-house filtersgrille filters, and humidifier filters, we have all of your filter needs covered!

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

Selecting the filters that are 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.

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Tree Pollen Signals the Onset of Spring

The beginning of spring can be a time of awakening and a much welcomed reprieve from the cold and gloomy winter weather. However, for many of us, springtime also means the beginning of allergy season. For those that suffer from pollen allergies, the effects can start to appear as early as January in the southern US states while those in the north won’t feel it until until May or June. Trees are the earliest producers of pollen and trigger the first onset allergy symptoms in those that have a sensitivity to pollen. In fact, the pollen count is currently so elevated in some areas of the United States that people without a known allergy to tree pollen can feel some allergy symptoms.

Interesting Tree Pollen Facts

  • The earliest seasonal allergen of the year
  • The oak is the most common allergenic tree
  • Tree pollen is similar to proteins found in some varieties of nuts, fruits, and vegetables. This means there is a higher chance for someone that has tree allergies to also have some food allergies
  • The World Health Organization and the International Union of Immunological Societies (WHO/IUIS) allergen nomenclature subcommittee have established 53 different allergens associated with trees.
  • The onset, length, and severity of pollen season is affected by changes in weather

When To Expect Tree Pollen Season In Your Area

As seen on the map below, tree pollen season rolls out as early as January in the southern states and lasts into June. This season begins starting a little later as you move north up the map. The best region for those with tree pollen allergies is in the northern states as tree pollen is usually only active for about 4 months out of the year. In the southern states, it gets warmer earlier in the year and tree pollen can be in full force for six whole months.

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Which Trees Are The Biggest Culprits?

Pollen allergens are viewed as a significant health factor responsible for allergic rhinitis and asthma, so there have been and continue to be numerous in-depth studies regarding this subject. Allergenic trees can basically be divided into four orders that have been determined to be the most potent sources: Fagales, Lamiales, Proteales, and Pinales. There is a pattern of geographical distribution for each order and allergenic trees are found in almost every part of the world. Below is an outline of the basic details of each order of allergenic tree and the typical location of each within the United States.

tree pollen is the most common allergen that can begin as early as January
Geographic distribution of allergenic Fagales, Lamiales, Proteales, and Pinales species. The distribution data were extracted from maps provided on www.eol.org. Photographs of florescences of members of the Fagales (birch Betula verrucosa), Proteales (plane tree Platanus acerifolia), Lamiales (lilac Syringa vulgaris and olive Olea europaea), and Pinales (mountain cedar Juniperus ashei and Japanese cedar Cryptomeria japonica) were obtained from Fotolia.
  • Fagales
    • come in tree or shrub form
    • may have cylindrical or spiked flowers
    • grow in more temperate climates
    • found mainly in eastern and extreme western US
    • types include Birch, Alder, Hornbeam, Hazelnut, Beech, Chestnut, and Oak
  • Proteales
    • drops leaves annually and grow laterally
    • produce ball shaped flowers
    • located mainly in Arizona, New Mexico, and California
    • types include American Sycamore, California Sycamore, Arizona Sycamore, Western Sycamore, American Plane, and Buttonwood
  • Lamiales
    • flowering shrubs or trees
    • scattered widely across the United States
    • includes over 23,000 species, four of which have been noted to contain allergenic proteins
    • types include European Ash, Common Privet, Olive, and Lilac
  • Pinales
    • produce cones
    • the most widespread group throughout a majority of the US
    • there are seven families within this order, but only one genera (Cupressaceae) has been marked as allergenic
    • types include False Cypress, Japanese Cedar, Arizona Cypress, Mediterranean Cypress, Japanese Cypress, and Junipers

Dealing With the Symptoms

You probably have a tree pollen allergy if you find yourself sneezing and sniffling at the start of spring, or even earlier if you in the southern US states. Many times, the symptoms of a pollen allergy are referred to as hay fever. These symptoms include:

  • sneezing, runny nose
  • congestion, stuffy nose
  • red, itchy, watery eyes
  • swollen or puffy eyes

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends the following treatments:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene receptors
  • Cromolyn sodium nasal spray
  • Immunotherapy

US Home Filter Offers AC Filters to Help Reduce Allergens

No matter which type of HVAC system your home has, every unit needs a quality air filter that fits properly in order 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 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.

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Air Purifiers – Are They Worth It?

Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaners and Air PurifiersThe popularity of air purifiers, also known as air cleaners, has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Everyone is looking for the healthiest indoor environments, bit it at work or at home. There is a lot of information out there, some better than others, regarding air purifiers and their ability to further protect us and our families from contaminated air. Here’s what you need to know.

What is an Air Purifier?

Air purifiers are installed in your home’s HVAC system ductwork and provide an additional layer of trapping and removing indoor air pollution on top of your pleated air filter. Air cleaning devices use a variety of means to further clean your indoor air via UV light, high efficiency mechanical filters and even electrostatic force. These different methods aid in the removal of pollutants, allergens, and microscopic particulates.

Benefits of Air Purifiers

As we’ve stated in past posts, the EPA reports that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. People who suffer from asthma and/or allergies can be greatly affected, sometimes life-threateningly, from indoor air pollutants. If you, your children or loved ones suffer from severe reactions to indoor air particulates or allergens, you want to do everything in your power to remove the source from your home.

Small particulates that easily pass through a standard air filter are trapped and ionized by air purifiers. These particulates include:

  • dust mites
  • molds
  • bacteria
  • viruses

Some air purification systems may also destroy gaseous pollutants (such as cigarette smoke) as well as offgassing. Offgassing, sometimes called outgassing, describes the release of gases, chemicals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air from building materials, cleaning products, paints, adhesives, varnishes, carpets/upholstery and even printers.

Types of Air Purifiers

There are two main system categories for air purifiers: filtration based and “other”. The “other” system category includes those with UV-light and UV light enhanced systems, like ozone generators. The EPA website is a great tool for air purifier information and available products.

Are Air Purifiers Worth It?

Air cleaning devices can vary in their effectiveness and cost, especially the ones that are integrated into your HVAC system’s ductwork. The easiest way to implement a new air purifier within your HVAC system is to do so when a new system is installed, rather than adding one into an existing unit. Although effective, the best thing to do is try to eliminate source of the pollution or allergen. Deep clean your home, remove mold and other pollution/irritant sources first, then try adding an air purifier or high-MERV air filter system if removing the pollutants was ineffective or impossible.

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 in order 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 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) 435-9600 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.

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Pet’s Impact on Indoor Air

pet's and home allergensHaving pets makes home and health maintenance critical. This is especially important when we learn about how pets can affect the air your family breathes. One of the leading causes of indoor air pollution is pet dander, and it can cause major problems on both immune systems and HVAC systems. Pet allergens are exceptionally light weight and small and can remain suspended in the air for a long time. Even longer than allergens from dust mites and cockroaches. The American Lung Association reports that 27% of homes in the United States have pet cats and dogs are in 32% of homes. Due to all these factors, it is important to understand how your pet’s dander can affect your home and health.

Your Pet’s Dander

Pet’s dander is equivalent to human dandruff, however, as stated above, these skin cells are much smaller and lighter than most of the other allergens in the home. Due to their microscopic size and sticky texture, they can stay airborne longer and cling to the surfaces in your home. Pet’s fur carries the dander and releases them into the air, they eventually settle on everything in your home – your floors, furniture, bedding, walls – and can retain their potency for months.

Even though roughly 15% of Americans are allergic to dogs and/or cats, 1/3 will still own one of the two animals, if not both. This is most concerning for people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory sensitivities, especially since Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors. Other ways pets can impact household irritants are:

  • HVAC systems circulate allergens throughout the home after grooming.
  • Filters clog quicker from increased hair and dust.
  • Contaminants increase with litter box waste, odors, and dried saliva.
  • Outside allergens such as mold, pollen and others are carried in from outside on our pets.

If possible, keep pets away from bedding and furniture. Regular cleaning is also essential, especially changing your air filter on a regular basis. Don’t forget that pet owners may need to change their home air filters twice as often as a home without pets!

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

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

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

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

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Naturally Improve Your Home’s IAQ

As you probably know by now, the MOST effective way to improve your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is to regularly change your air/furnace filters. However, in addition to that very important task, there are other ways to further clean your indoor air.

How to Increase Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality…Naturally

Improve Your Home's indoor air quality IAQ

Houseplants

Houseplants are not only a great addition to your home’s décor, but they also help to improved indoor air quality as well! NASA’s 1989 Clean Air Study reported that houseplants help with the removal of chemicals from your home’s indoor air. Plants remove chemicals such as ammonia, xylene, trichloroethylene, benzene and  formaldehyde, all of which have been linked to negative health effects like eye irritation, headaches, and nausea. For best results, one plant per 100sq.ft. is necessary for the most effective air cleaning.

The clean air study also found that some plants are better at purifying the air than others.  Spider plants and Boston Ferns are two of the best at air purifying as they ward off xylene and trichloroethylene which are known to cause nausea, headaches, and dizziness among other symptoms. Bring a Peace Lily and Chrysanthemum into your home and it battles all 5 indoor air pollutants, although they may require extra care.

Salt Lamps

Salt lamps are made from Himalayan pink salt and are natural air purifiers due to salt’s natural hygroscopic qualities. Hygroscopic means that it attracts water molecules from the surrounding air. It is this quality of salt crystals that reduces airborne irritants, allergens and pathogens by attracting the water vapor and toxins out of the air and then neutralizing them. Salt lamps not only improve air purification when they are turned on, but they also work when turned off too!

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around for centuries, but in recent years have grown in popularity. They are the final natural air purifier on our list. Essential oils such as tea tree, grapefruit, lemon, thyme, cinnamon, oregano, clove and rosemary can eliminate indoor air of bacteria, mold, viruses and fungi. Thieves Oil, a blend of pine needle, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, lemon and grapefruit, has shown to kill 99.96% of airborne bacteria. Essential oil diffusers can be purchased almost anywhere.

US Home Filter Carries HVAC Filters to Fit All Units

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

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

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Top Reasons to Use Humidifiers

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

Humidifiers Help Stop the Spread of Flu and Other Viruses

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

Humidifiers Help You Breathe

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

Humidifiers Help You Recover Faster

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

Humidifiers Help Prevent Future Illness

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

Don’t Suffer This Winter – Try a Humidifier!

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

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All Units

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

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

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

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Improving Winter Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

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

Five Tips for Improving Your Winter IAQ

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

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

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

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

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

US Home Filter Carries AC Filters to Fit All HVAC Units

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

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

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