Why Switch to a Permanent, Washable Furnace Filter

Why Switch to a Washable Filter

If you have a home with central heat and air, you know how important furnace filters are (also called A/C filters).  Traditional filters can be a hassle. You have to go to the store every time you need to change it out if you don’t have enough on hand. Fortunately, there’s a better solution with a washable furnace filter. Here are five benefits of washable furnace filters:

  1. Cost. While traditional furnace filters may not cost much to start with, you have to buy them time after time, which adds up. A washable AC filter is permanent so you make one initial investment.  These filters cost $48.95 and pay for themselves in about 1 year.  They last for 15 years or more.
  2. Convenience. Imagine being able to change the filter without having to see if you have any on hand or having to run to the store to get them. With a washable furnace filter, it’s always there when you need it. You simply vacuum it off or rinse it out and you’re all set. With a non-rusting, durable frame, you don’t have to worry about it wearing out either.
  3. Green Living. Ever wonder where all of those filters you throw out end up? With a furnace filter that is washable,  you’re not adding non-biodegradable products to landfills any longer.   They are a sustainable and green product you can feel good about.
  4. Health. Allergens and dust are cleared from the air you breathe with a washable filter. Washable filters trap 10X more dust than traditional throw-away filters.  Also, most people don’t change their filters as often as needed simply because it’s inconvenient to buy more. Since this is a permanent filter, you can clean it when it needs cleaning and have a healthier home.
  5. Customization. Sometimes finding the right size can be a chore. Since the washable furnace filter from Healthy Home Filter Company can be fit to any size in 1/8″ increments, you always have the right size when you need it.

There are many benefits to a washable furnace filter.  Our filters have a great balance of low air resistance and high dust arrestance.  If you’re ready to order or have more questions simply visit us and we’ll be glad to help.

Remember that our motto is, “Save time, save money, save the environment.”

 

 

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Treat Your Home’s Air with UV Light for Better Air Quality

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Hospitals and government buildings within the United States have a secret weapon, keeping their air supply clean. Many of them use UV lights within their heating and cooling system, which eliminates almost all the harmful pathogens. This same technology is available for your home, so that you can enjoy the same clean and safe air to breathe.

Cleaner Air

Having a clean air supply within our homes can make a big impact on our health and wellness. The air within a house can contain numerous pathogens including mold, various fungi, bacteria, and viruses. This is a major source of illness for Americans, and improves with treatment from a UV light. UV light kills, or neutralizes many pathogens that affect people. Installing a UV light within a heating and cooling system allows you to effectively treat your home’s air efficiently. The light kills the pathogen as they flow over the light, cleaning your home’s air every time your system runs. They also eliminate VOC’s, as well as any odors within your home.

Ease of Installation

Adding a UV light system to your home is easier than it sounds. UV Light kits come in an easy to install module that plugs into a standard wall outlet. Homeowners with even limited how-to knowledge can install the light, if not any professional HVAC technician can. Its design does not inhibit the efficiency of your unit in any way.

If you would like more information on how you can use UV light to improve your home’s air quality, please contact us.

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Fight Dust With A Furnace Filter

Whether you are a homeowner or a purchasing manager for a large facility that includes offices, condos or retail space, you can spend more time fighting dust than you ever expected.  Unfortunately, there are some angles for fighting this annoying layer of filth — and one area that you can take control of right away is the furnace filter.  To get a better understanding of how a simple filter can cut down on the amount of dust your home or businesses has, keep reading.

How dust presents a problem in winter

Naturally, if retail spaces and businesses are always covered in dust, merchandise can get damaged (especially if humidity or moisture are an issue). Worse, customers may feel deterred.  Keeping a home or professional space clean is also a symbol of health.  Dust is well-known allergen, and during the winter months it can exacerbate health conditions.  If you own rental properties, having a living or working space with too much dust can present potential legal and health code violation issues.

How dust is exacerbated by lack of filters

Depending on the type of furnace you have, it can produce a lot of dust.  This happens when the fuel is burned.  Regardless, this issue is made worse by the dust that travels through the ducts. At some point, this dust cycle needs to be interrupted, and regularly changing the filters is a top priority.  Alternatively, an electrostatic furnace filter, like the ones we sell, do not need to be changed out monthly because they work without a barrier material. In addition, a filter that addresses the air that is pulled into the furnace itself (as well as the exiting, heated air) will increase the longevity of your furnace.

Cleanup cost issues related to dust

Do you have cleaning companies for your home or businesses that charge by the hour?  Of course, if they leave a bunch of dust behind, they are going to lose you as a client — therefore cleanup crews work hard to make sure each speck of dust is cleaned up.  In the end, this means dust can end up costing you a pretty penny.  Plus, if you have a new business that moves into a retail or commercial space, they are going to notice if their privately hired cleaning company starts billing them extra hours because the janitors are battling dust.

Get a furnace filter and see the savings!

Now that you have a better understanding of how dust problems flourish, how they will cost you, and how dust can be prevented with a furnace filter, the next step is to contact us.  We can help you get the dust situation under control in your home or businesses with electrostatic furnace filters that are worry-free because they are barrier-free. On top of that, and we offer discount rates for commercial, rental, industrial, and retail customers that purchase furnace filters in bulk.  Thank you in advance for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Prepare for the Onset of Spring Allergies with a Austin Air HealthMate

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Springtime is a time for new growth, warmer temperatures, and for Americans to once again enjoy outdoor activities. Unfortunately, this outdoor activity also comes with a price, as seasonal allergies worsen with the warm weather. Don’t let your allergies put a damper on your springtime fun, when you can take steps to alleviate allergens from affecting you.

The intense spring sunlight and warmer temperatures, allow trees and plants to grow. This is the time when many plants produce buds and flowers for reproduction. The pollen within these flowers is the main cause of most allergy symptoms in America. According to an article by the Mayo Clinic “Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud” millions of Americans suffer from springtime allergies, which are manageable with a few simple strategies.

Reducing exposure to common allergy triggers can prevent symptoms all together. This includes, limiting outdoor activities, removing clothing worn outside when entering your home, and if necessary wear a mask when outdoors. This is especially true on dry and windy days, as these conditions make it prime for pollen release.   Pollen counts within the air fluctuate, and can make symptoms worsen within minutes.

During the height of the spring pollen season, it is often hard to escape the airborne allergens. The Mayo Clinic recommends keeping your indoor air clean to limit exposure. An Austin Air HealthMate, is a home air purifier that reduces all airborne particles within your home. Using an air purifier quickly and efficiently improves the air quality within your home. Austin Air utilizes true medical grade HEPA technology, as well as a 4-stage filtration system. This removes the pollen, and other allergens, which reduces your seasonal allergy symptoms. If you would like to improve the air quality of your home, please contact us.

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Understanding MERV Ratings for Your Furnace Filter

There are many benefits to replacing your disposable furnace filter with a permanent one. Instead of having to go out every few months and buy a new filter, you simply clean the one you already have. While a permanent filter costs more upfront, it typically pays for itself in one year or less.

One consideration that is easy to overlook is how much better an electrostatic filter traps airborne pollutants when compared to disposable paper filters. The MERV rating, which stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, is an easy way to determine the efficiency of a filter before you buy it.

Categories of MERV Ratings

MERV ratings go from 1 to 20 and are divided into five different categories. These are as follows:

  • 1 to 4: A filter with this rating cannot trap particulate matter smaller than 10 microns. It is between 65 and 80 percent efficient at pulling in common household particles like dust mites, sanding dust, and carpet fibers.
  • 5 to 8: This filter can capture particulate matter sized as low as 3 microns. It is between 80 and 90 percent effective at trapping airborne pollutants like hair spray, mold spores, and cement dust.
  • 9 to 12: A filter in this range can capture particulate matter sized as low as 1 micron. It is between 90 and 95 percent efficient in trapping lead dust, milled flour, and auto emissions. MERV filters rated 9 to 12 are frequently used in commercial buildings and hospital laboratories, but they also offer superior residential air filtration service.
  • 13 to 16: This high quality filter traps particulate matter as tiny as .30 microns, including up to 95 percent of bacteria and tobacco smoke. It is most often used in hospital surgery centers and smoking lounges, though it is also available for home use.
  • 17 to 20: This professional grade furnace filter traps particulate matter smaller than .30 micron. It is most often used in clean rooms, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and around radioactive materials.

Choose a Permanent Filter with a MERV Rating

Healthy Home Filter Company offers a range of furnace filter options for both home and business owners. We encourage you to check for a MERV rating and then purchase according to your needs. Please contact us if you need more information or help placing an order.

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Poor Indoor Air Quality-Recognizing Sign and Symptoms of Indoor Air Pollution

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According to the EPA, people spend more than 90% of their time indoors–this explains why poor indoor air quality ranks in the top five health risks. We all know that spending time outside in the fresh air makes us feel healthier and more energized, and this is not surprising considering the amount of pollutants found in our own homes. Tobacco smoke, dust, allergens, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and viruses are just a few of the pollutants that can diminish the air quality inside your home. It is important to learn the signs and symptoms of indoor air pollution, and how you can improve the air quality inside your home.

You may find that members of your family experience symptoms inside your home that seem to disappear or lessen when they spend time outdoors. This is an indication that you may be suffering from indoor air pollution. These symptoms and physical ailments may include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Watery Eyes
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Asthma complications
  • Headaches
  • Eye irritation
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Nose bleeds

There are other signs that can indicate air pollution inside your home. These include:

  • Stale smelling air
  • Mold or mildew
  • Dirty air conditioning and/or heating equipment
  • Discoloration from cigarette smoke

You can protect your family from indoor air pollution in a number of ways.

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Use vacuums with HEPA filters to prevent dust and dirt from leaving the exhaust.
  • Mop floors after vacuuming to pick up dust that vacuums miss.
  • Remove shoes when entering your home.
  • Reduce indoor air moisture by using a dehumidifier.
  • Don’t smoke inside your home.
  • Invest in radon testing. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from decay of uranium found in soil. It can enter a home through cracks and holes in foundations.
  • Cut down on VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are found in air fresheners, home cleaners, hairsprays, etc. Opt for all-natural cleaners, natural fresheners such as lemons and baking soda, and add houseplants to your home.
  • Invest in a high-quality, high-performing air purifier. Air purifiers can remove many pollutants from the air, including dander, dust, bacteria, and viruses.

Poor indoor air quality can cause both mild and serious health problems. Eye and throat irritation, lung diseases, and even cancer can be caused by indoor air pollutants. Learn to recognize the signs and protect your family by following these tips to improve your air quality. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about making your home a safer, more comfortable place.

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Austin Air Room Air Purifiers – Prevent the Buildup of Dust and Dust Mites in Your Home

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Our homes have microscopic particles and organisms that are not easily seen by the human eye. They collect on almost every item that resides within our home and are often stirred up by human and animal activity. Homeowner may think they have the cleanest home around, yet still have large populations of dust mites lurking throughout their home.

Dust mites are an organism most people don’t even know exist, let alone in their own home. They feed off the dust that collects within our home that includes a variety of organic matter and skin particles shed from humans and animals. Although they are not seen or smelled, they do impact our lives, especially those who are prone to allergies and illness. They are a major cause of allergy symptoms that is often overlooked. Common symptoms often attributed to dust mites are sneezing, runny nose, itchy water eyes and a similar symptom to the common cold.

Preventing dust buildup within your home is the best way to keep dust mites from overtaking your home and general health. Frequent cleaning including vacuuming and dusting help keep their numbers in check, but does not rid your home from them. Austin Air room air purifiers are an ideal solution that will continuously remove dust and dust mites from your living space. They feature 4-stage filtration that removes even the smallest particles such as dust mites. When used continuously you remove the food for mites and them as well, which can completely remove them from your home and prevent any ill symptoms.

If you would like more information on the benefits on an air purifier in your home, please contact us.

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