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!

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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!

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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.

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.

Biological Pollutants Facts and Impacts

Biological pollutantsBiological pollutants are in our walls, in our food, in the water, even in the air around us. These pollutants are living organisms (i.e. enzymes, fungi, bacteria, viruses) or their byproducts which can be hazardous to human (and animal) health if they are swallowed, inhaled, or otherwise enter the body. The growth and spread of these biological contaminants are affected by nutrient sources, temperature, air movement and relative humidity. These pollutants can contaminate the indoor air in various situations: when living, dead, or debris from dead organisms are distributed by ventilation systems. Here’s what need to know about biological pollutants and how can you protect yourself and your family.

Sources of Biological Pollutants

Biological contaminants are living organisms themselves or the byproducts produced by living organisms. They are often found in areas that provide their preferred food and moisture. These areas include humidifiers, condensation pans, unvented bathrooms or cooling coils – these are all areas that can be breeding grounds for mold. Drapes, carpet, bedding and other dust collecting areas may also attract/accumulate biological pollutants. According to the EPA the following are the main sources of biological contaminants:

  • pollen (from plants)
  • viruses (transmitted via people and animals)
  • mold
  • bacteria (carried by people and animals, soil and plant debris)
  • household pets (saliva and animal dander)
  • droppings and body parts from cockroaches, rodents and other pests or insects
  • airborne dried protein from rat/mice urine
  • Contaminated HVAC systems (can breed mold, mildew and other biological contaminants, distributing them throughout your home)

Health Effects

The health effects felt from exposure to biological pollutants are extensive. Allergic reactions can include asthma, allergic rhinitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Illnesses such as chicken pox, measles and influenza are spread through the air while mold and mildew release disease causing toxins. The symptoms of exposure to biological pollutants may include coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, watery eyes, fever, dizziness, tiredness and even digestive problems.

Reduce Exposure to Biological Pollutants

The main rule in reducing your exposure to these pollutants are to keep up with your general housekeeping (dusting and vacuuming), as well as properly maintaining your HVAC system. Ventilation and air circulation are also important as well as controlling the relative humidity level in your home. By keeping the humidity at 30-50%, the growth of mold, mildew, dust mites and insects is inhibited. You’ll also want to:

  1. Install exhaust fans that are vented to the outdoors in your kitchen, bathroom and make sure your clothes dryer is vented outdoors.
  2. Ventilate your attic and any crawl spaces to prevent moisture from building up.
  3. If you use humidifiers, be sure to clean the appliances and fill them with fresh water every day.
  4. Water damaged carpet or building materials should be thoroughly cleaned and dried or removed or replaced if water damage is severe.
  5. Maintain regular housekeeping. Dust mites, dander, pollens and other allergens can be greatly reduced by regular cleaning.
  6. Take steps to reduce biological pollutants in basements by cleaning and disinfecting the basement floor drain. Run a dehumidifier in your basement if the humidity levels are above 50%.
  7. Change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly and check for any standing water in the condensation pan that is not being flushed out.

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 reduce biological pollutants, 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.

Thermostat Tips for Each Season

programmable thermostatAs we get closer to Spring, fluctuations in the weather may have you switching from heat to air conditioning within the same week depending upon where you live. Constantly monitoring and adjusting the temperature inside your home can become cumbersome during these months. The good news is, there is a way to make it easier on you, and save you money: a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats help you manage your energy usage for when the cooling or heating system is needed most, and they take the guess work and human error out of the mix. Shockingly, a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study showed that nearly 90% of Americans say that they’ve rarely, or never have, programmed their thermostats because they don’t know how. The good news is it’s not hard and its worth learning to do as it can save money on your energy bill. 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.

The first thing to do is figure out the right thermostat to fit your scheduling needs. The goal is to “set it and forget it,” enabling you to get the maximum amount of savings.

Programmable Thermostat Types

7-day programming: This type of thermostat lets you program a different heating and cooling schedule for the entire week. It is by far the most flexible option, so if you have a busy schedule, this one is worth considering.

5-1-1 programming: The programming on this thermostat breaks apart the 5 weekdays from the 2 weekend days. You set one heating and cooling schedule for Monday through Friday, and then different heating and cooling plans for Saturday and Sunday individually.

5-2 programming: This follows the same programming functionality as 5-1-1 except Saturday and Sunday cannot be scheduled separately – they will have the same heating and cooling schedule.

1-week programming: Here you set one schedule and that heating and cooling plan will be used for the entire 7 day week.

With all of the programmable thermostat types above, you’ll also need to set a program for the heat in the cooler or chillier months as well as the air conditioning in the warmer months. You also want to be sure to figure out what type of equipment your HVAC system uses. If you choose a programmable thermostat that is not compatible with your equipment, you may end up actually causing damage and not see any of the energy savings that the correct thermostat could provide.

Programmable Thermostat Tips

Update the Factory Settings

When you purchase a programmable thermostat, it usually comes with pre-programmed settings. These settings are based on the typical American family, which may or may not fit your family’s needs. This may seem intimidating, but the good news is that you’ll only have to do this once. Again, set it and forget it!

Programming options are based on:

  1. Wake Time
  2. Sleep Time
  3. Leave Time
  4. Return Time

The Department of Energy suggests the following settings as an energy-saving rule of thumb:

Winter months:
Set the thermostat to 68°F while you’re home and awake. When you are asleep or away from home, lower the temperature by at least 10°.

Summer months:
This follows the same strategy as the winter months – just flip flopped. You’ll want to keep your house warmer than normal when you are away and cooler when you are at home. While you are home, set the thermostat to 78°F. When you are away, set the temperature as high as comfortably possible, keeping in mind that you also need to control the humidity. Note: The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Set-It-And-Forget-It Tips:

  • Turn off the heat or air conditioning 20-30 minutes before you leave
  • Turn on the heat or air conditioning 20-30 minutes before you come home
  • Reduce the heating or cooling temperature 1 hour before you go to sleep
  • Increase the heating or cooling ~30 minutes before you wake up in the morning

It may take a few days of tweaking your program to get it exactly where it needs to be to fit your needs. Also, it’s important to note that lowering the temperature while you’re away does not cause your furnace to work any harder to warm up your house when you arrive back home.

Consider a Wifi-Enabled Programmable Thermostat

Wifi-enabled programmable thermostats allow you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere. This is especially useful when you’re on vacation and you need to create a new program. Two of the newer Wifi-enabled thermostats available are:

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat: This thermostat has a large color interface that has a simple menu that literally walks you through the custom heating and cooling  programming steps. It’s also a smart device! The thermostat learns when your home and also sends you personal notifications if the temperature isn’t right or if the power has gone out. Price: Ranges from $70-$200 depending upon features and model selected.

The Nest Learning Thermostat: This thermostat uses motion detection technology to create a custom heating and cooling schedule for your home and will automatically adjust itself to your comfort level. It now also includes Farsight technology. When this technology spots you across the room, Farsight will light up and show you the target temperature or the time, in a digital or analog clock view. The Nest Thermostat also alerts you on you systems safety status. Price: Around $250.

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How to Protect Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Improve Your Home's IAQ Indoor air quality has grown increasingly important as more time is being spent indoors. We typically think of allergens as an outdoor issue, but they are alive and rampant in our homes and other indoor spaces as well. According to the EPA, the air that we breathe in our homes, schools and offices can put us at risk for health problems. By protecting the indoor air quality in your home, you are working to reduce common allergens such as mold spores, pollen, dust, pet dander and other impurities. So, what can you do to protect your home’s indoor air quality? The following are tips from the EPA to help you take immediate steps to protect your home’s IAQ and prevent IAQ problems.

Steps to Protect Your Home’s IAQ

Test for Radon

Radon is a chemical you can’t see or smell and one that can greatly affect your home’s IAQ. It is a naturally occurring chemical that comes from dirt and rocks in the ground. This means that there is always some amount of radon in the air around us. It can become a problem when the radon gas from underneath your home leaks into your indoor space through cracks and gaps. When this happens, the levels of radon gas begin to build up and get trapped indoors. The radioactive particles from radon gas can get trapped in your lungs and over time, can cause lung cancer. Testing for radon in your home is easy – simply pick up a radon test kit from your local hardware store. If levels are too high, contact your state radon office. They will direct you to a local expert for advice on addressing the issue. You may be able to fix radon problems with simple solutions at low or no-cost to you. If you have a big radon problem, a specialist, called a mitigation contractor, will need to come out to fix the problem.

Reduce Asthma Triggers

In America, we spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Indoor allergens and pollutants are a significant source of asthma attacks. Triggers of asthma attacks are anything that cause an asthmatic reaction, be it an episode, attack or just making asthma worse. Triggers are not the same for everyone, so if you have asthma it’s important to work with a doctor to figure out what your triggers are. They can also help you come up with a plan to reduce exposure to your asthma triggers, specifically indoors.

Prevent Mold Growth

Mold thrives in humid conditions, so the first step is to reduce the humidity level in your home to below 50%. Keep air circulating with fans or proper ventilation, and close windows when it is raining outside. When conditions are right and moisture is available, mold will begin to grow in 24-48 hours. High-efficiency pleated air filters should be used to help remove airborne mold spores which eventually settle on surfaces and potentially begin to multiply. Mold can enter your indoor air through doors, windows, and can be transported on your skin, clothing, shoes, and pets. With proper circulation and a quality furnace filter or air conditioning filter, you can drastically reduce the number of mold spores floating in your air. Adding indoor room air cleaners is another option to prevent mold growth if you have a sensitivity to mold. They provide additional relief and protection from microorganisms such as mold that drift through your air.

Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Like radon, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that you cannot see or smell. It is so toxic, in fact, that carbon dioxide can kill you before you’re even aware it is in your home. The effects of being exposed to carbon monoxide varies greatly from person to person, dependent on concentration/length of exposure, age and overall health.  The average level of carbon monoxide in homes without gas stoves ranges from 0.5 to 5 parts per million (ppm). In homes that have (properly adjusted) gas stoves, levels are usually 5 to 15 ppm and those near poorly adjusted stoves can reach 30 ppm or higher. Carbon Monoxide alarms will alert you immediately if you are being exposed to this toxic gas in your home.

Use and Maintain Your Ventilation System

When working properly, your HVAC system should improve your home’s IAQ (indoor air quality) by removing dust, dander, dirt, and other debris and by controlling the humidity in your home through ventilation. Your home’s HVAC system is forced to work harder than it needs to when air filters are dirty and clogged. They also lead to poor indoor air quality as the pollutants and allergens that are no longer being trapped in the filter are released back into the air we breathe. Be sure to check your air filters at least once a month during the fall and winter and change them with a fresh clean air filter if they are dirty. When your home is properly ventilated, contaminated air and excess humidity are vented out of your home year-round.

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

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All About Dust & Dust Mites

dust and dust mitesHave you ever finished cleaning only to turn around and see dust particles on the surfaces that you just cleaned? Every home has dust and, unfortunately, there isn’t a way to totally prevent or eliminate it entirely; however, you can control it. Dust and dust mites are one of the primary causes of indoor household health issues that include asthma, allergies and respiratory problems. So, what can you do to minimize and manage the dust in your house and improve your home’s Indoor Air Quality?

What is Dust?

There are many factors that contribute to the production of dust, but first it’s important to understand what dust is. According to BusinessDictionary.com, dust is “airborne particulate matter ranging in diameter from 10 to 50 microns, generated by activities such as cutting, crushing, detonation, grinding, and handling of organic and inorganic matter such as coal, grain, metal, ore, rock, wood.”

Controlling the level of dust indoors is a continuous struggle for nearly everyone. Dust originates from numerous sources and persistently collects on almost any surface. The most effective way to minimize dust is to tackle it at its source. While you can noticeably reduce the amount of grime, dirt, soil and filth that originates from these sources, dust will still be very difficult to eliminate.

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

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

What are Dust Mites?

Within dust, there are also tiny bugs called dust mites that survive on the skin cells shed from humans. They are commonly found in rugs, carpets and upholstered furniture, as well as commonly seen in bedrooms. Dust mites are one of the most common year-round triggers of asthma and allergies and in a warm, humid house, dust mites can survive all year long. With excess dust in the home, and humans shedding on average 1.5 grams of skin each day, it’s important to keep that dust under control in order to help reduce and minimize the amount of dust mites living in your house.

According to the Mayo Clinic, dust mite allergy symptoms caused by inflammation of nasal passages include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
  • In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose

If your dust mite allergy contributes to asthma, you may also experience:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • An audible whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • Bouts of coughing or wheezing that are worsened by a respiratory virus such as a cold or the flu

How to Control Dust and Dust Mites

There are four main or primary problems that can contribute to dust in your home. Luckily, there are ways to remedy these issues which can help reduce the dust in your house.

1. Air Filters

If you have excessive dust in your home, the most likely culprit is a dirty HVAC filter that isn’t working efficiently to effectively clean the air. A clean air filter that is working properly prevents dust and debris from collecting on the mechanical parts of your HVAC system, minimizing the dust levels in your home’s air. Using a high-efficiency pleated filter provides a large surface area with high dust-holding capacity. Pleated filters trap and hold several grams of dust that would otherwise be blown into your ducts and back into your air, settling on the surfaces you just cleaned.

To control average levels of dust, we recommend a minimum of a MERV 8 rating on your home air filter. For greater protection from smaller dust particles (fine, suspended dust), a higher MERV rating is recommended. As the MERV rating increases, the finer the particles that are captured by the filter, therefore a higher percentage of dust and microscopic particulate matter is removed.

Battling dust that continues to reappear on bookshelves, tables, window treatments, and decor is a constant point of frustration for many people. It is virtually impossible to totally eliminate the dust because there are so many sources, but your air filter is a great supporter of your fight to reduce dust as much as possible.

2. Leaky Ducts

If you have efficient, clean air filters and are still battling large amounts of dust, leaky ducts may be your actual problem. If there is a leak in your ducts, they could be releasing dusty, unfiltered air back into your home. When you turn on an HVAC system that has ducts with holes or leaks, the ducts suck up the dirt, dust, and other contaminants in and around your crawl space/attic. This dirt and dust then get blown out of the air vents in your home, reducing your indoor air quality and increasing your energy bills. If you notice that your energy bills are higher, have hot and cold spots in your house or see dirty/lint covered vent registers, you may have leaky ducts.

The best way to resolve this is to call an HVAC technician who can perform a pressure test that will tell them if the ducts need to be resealed. Getting your ducts cleaned and resealed by a professional will save you money in the long run by controlling your indoor temperature, reduce energy costs and most importantly, reducing the amount of dust in your home.

3. Humidity Level

The humidity level both on the outside and inside of your home is another main cause of dust. If you live in a dry climate, or perhaps in a dry season, this can affect the amount of dust in your home. Relative humidity inside and out also contributes to the survival of dust mites, so is related to the amount of dust mites in your home. According to the American Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), dust mites thrive in temperatures of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 25 degrees Celsius). They also like humidity levels of 70 to 80 percent. So, to put it simply, there will be a lot of dust in the desert, but relatively no dust in the rain forest.

If your indoor air is too dry, you’re going to see more dust in the air. The solution for this is to invest in a humidifier that will help you find a balance in the humidity level in your home. It’s also important to note that dusty and dry air may be a signal that there is a problem with your HVAC system, so if the dust is excessive, you’ll want to get your system checked out.

4. Flooring

The last primary factor that affects the amount of dust is the type of flooring in your house. If your home is carpeted, research has found that carpet harbors dust and dust mites; however, it also holds in the dust making it easier to vacuum it up. Controversially, hard floors don’t hold onto dust and dust mites, but they do contribute to the stirring up of the dust and getting it back into the air when vacuuming, sweeping or simply walking through the house. Regardless of the type of flooring that you have in your house, you’ll want to have a high quality vacuum cleaner that sucks up the dust and dirt, efficiently trapping it so it isn’t released back into the air that you and your family breathe.

US Home Filter is Here for You

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

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Benefits Of Home Air Filters

How Air Filters Work and their benefitsThe list of benefits that come from the use of home air filters can be outlined easily; however, the list contains three very valuable benefits. You may not think about it often but having a full understanding of the true advantages of these relatively simply items will make you realize their importance. Air filters come in a vast number of sizes and several MERV ratings. No matter the size difference or the types available, all air filters are designed to fill these main purposes. The filter size you need is determined by the HVAC unit installed in your home, but there is flexibility in selecting the MERV rating that is best for you regarding desired level of dust control and reduction in allergens. So, what are these three top benefits of home air filters?

Top 3 Home Air Filter Benefits

#1 HVAC System Protection

The lack of maintenance is the most common reason for HVAC system malfunction or failure. Dust is often the culprit as it can build up on the integral parts of the unit. Once the dust has accumulated to a high enough level, there will inevitably be problems. These problems; however, can almost always be prevented by regular maintenance. One of the simplest ways to maintain your system and preserve its life is to use an air filter that fits properly and change your air filter regularly. By doing so, a proper rate of airflow will be circulated around your home so it can be heated or cooled to your desired temperature. This also provides your HVAC system with a protective barrier against dirt and debris; the original and primary reason for home air filter use. Air filters, although inexpensive in comparison to the cost of your HVAC unit, carry a high level of responsibility in keeping your system running efficiently and smoothly. Your air filter traps dust and dirt particles before they can reach and accumulate on the internal and moving components of the unit. The following parts can be contaminated with dust build-up when a poorly-fitting, low quality, or dirty filter is used:

  • fan blade
  • motor
  • coil
  • duct work and vents

#2 Reduction of Dust in Your Home

Your air filter works hard to minimize the dust levels in the indoor air you breathe by preventing dust and debris from collecting on the mechanical parts of your heating and air conditioning system. High-efficiency pleated filters provide a large surface area and a considerable amount of dust-holding capacity. Pleated filters trap and hold several grams of dust, preventing it from blowing through your duct work back into the air you breath and inevitably settling on the surfaces in your home. Battling dust that continues to reappear on bookshelves, tables, window treatments, and decor is a constant point of frustration. Although virtually impossible to eliminate, dust can be greatly reduced by your home’s air filter, assisting you in the fight against dust in your home. US Home Filter recommends a MERV 8 rating at the minimum on your home air filter to control average levels of dust. If you need greater protection from smaller dust particles (fine, suspended dust), then you would benefit from a higher MERV rating. As the MERV rating increasing, finer particles are captured and a higher percentage of dust and microscopic particulate matter (PM) is removed. It is this subject of filtering fine particles, even as small as attached bacteria and viruses, that leads us into the next benefit, a recently popular topic of discussion.

#3 IAQ Improvement

While system protection is the priority and dust reduction is a close runner-up, the importance of air filters related to our indoor air quality (IAQ) is the third on the list of benefits of home air filters. This has become increasingly important as the average person spends 90% of their time in indoor spaces where concentrations of pollutants are 2-5 times greater as compared to the outdoor levels. Wouldn’t you want the cleanest air in the areas where you spend the greatest amount of time? IAQ may be the most important factor in air filtration for those that have serious concerns such as severe allergies and sensitivities to certain particulates and contaminants, perhaps just as important as other items they use, such as allergy medication, to lessen the symptoms caused by allergens. A MERV 8 rating is enough for those that have mild allergies and sensitivities. We recommend a MERV 11 rated air filter when you experience a moderate level of allergy issues. If you are highly sensitive to particulates, pollution, contaminants and various allergenic elements, you should consider a MERV 13 filter which will scrub your air from the finest particles, keeping your air as clean as fresh as possible.

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 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.