Fall Tips for Winter Comfort

by Dan Eaton 30. October 2013 14:24

 

Remember the first snow of 2012? Sure was pretty however many homeowners woke up with a dry scratchy throat from the dry air produced by the furnace. This dry air may also cause itchy eyes, nose bleeds, dry skin not to mention the static electricity shock and even cracked woodwork. It only gets worse as the heating season continues.  This is totally preventable by simply adding a whole house humidifier to your furnace system. FiltersAmerica.com is featuring the Aprilaire Brand of automatic humidifiers that keep your home within recommended relative humidity range of 35% - 55%. Set it and forget it! No more filling and lugging around water tanks for room humidifiers. Whole house humidifiers saves energy and lowers your heating bills by providing an increase to “apparent temperature”. With the added humidity, you can lower the thermostat and still feel warmer.

FiltersAmerica.com offers several popular Aprilaire models to choose from that work well in houses all the way up to 4,200 square feet of living space.  These computerized models with outside sensors and digital controls automatically adjust for maximum efficiency. Make it a week-end do-it-yourself or hire an installer, Aprilaire Automatic humidifiers are awesome. Quiet, efficient and reliable they are a valuable addition to your heating system. Learn more about the Aprilaire Humidifier at FiltersAmerica.com.

If you already have an Aprilaire humidifier, FiltersAmerica.com has the tune-up parts to keep them running as efficient as when it was installed. From evaporator water panels to replacement parts, FiltersAmerica.com has it all. FiltersAmerica provides great values and delivers products to your doorstep, even on Saturdays.

FiltersAmerica.com with its warehouse and distribution facility located in Huntley, Illinois, delivers all types of indoor air quality products such as high efficiency furnace and air conditioning filters, Hepa air cleaner filters and humidifier evaporator panels directly to the consumer.  FiltersAmerica buys in high volume, passing down the savings to the consumer, including many hard-to-find air filters including great prices on refrigerator water filters.  FiltersAmerica.com was founded in 2001 by a team of HVAC experts with a goal to deliver the convenience high quality products to consumers doorsteps at factory direct pricing.

We put our combined 60 years of HVAC expertise into educating consumers on getting the best quality air in their home.  Whether fighting allergens, mold, dust or simply looking to improve the overall quality of their home's air, FiltersAmerica.com shows homeowners the best way to improve indoor air quality.  You can see what it’s all about at http://www.FiltersAmerica.com.

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Heading Back to the Campus Dorm? Keep your mind fresh with clean and comfortable air in your dorm room.

by Dan Eaton 5. August 2013 08:00

The heating systems in campus residence halls can be much different than what you're used to at home. Many have a central boiler where hot water is circulated through radiators in the rooms. Heaters have a tendency to dry out the air leaving you with a dry scratchy throat. There is a simple cure that you should pack with your back to school supplies and that is a room humidifierThese simple to use appliances offer night time relief so you can get a good nights sleep to wake ready and refreshed. FiltersAmerica.com offers the best values on room humidifiers. Manufactured by Honeywell they offer both cool moisture and Quicksteam models that are reliable, quiet and easy to maintain. If you don’t already have one, come January you’ll be glad that you did.

Some dormitory heating systems do not have method to filter the air. If this is the case for you, you should also consider a room air cleaner.   FiltersAmerica offer two models that are perfect for the dorm room. The first is the Holmes Allergen Remover and the other is the Honeywell HEPAClean Tabletop Air Purifier. Both the models are perfect for smaller rooms and reduces airborne dust, smoke, pollen and other allergens.

There is much on your mind in preparing for school, however these two simple appliances can improve your indoor air quality your entire term so you can breathe a little easier and study a little harder.

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Air Conditioning Filters Are Not Created Equal --Get the Right Air Purifier Filter for Your Home; FiltersAmerica Discusses Which Filter is Best For You

by kkubik1@comcast.net 22. July 2013 11:33

There are many different types of air filters for air conditioners and furnaces. Each type has its own benefits and will capture airborne particles based upon the size of the particulate. The most common are those 99 cent filters found at the hardware store. Most of these are designed to keep foreign objects from reaching the blower motor. If you can see through the filter, they will not provide adequate filtration against dust and allergens such as pollen and mold. A simple upgrade is the 1” pleated filter. The pleats increase the filter surface area offering less pressure drop while increasing filter efficiency. Well, how do you tell what makes a filter efficient? The method to which a filter is rated is referred to its MERV rating.

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, commonly known as MERV Rating is a measurement scale designed in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to rate the effectiveness of air filters. The scale is designed to represent the worst case performance of a furnace filter when dealing with particles in the range of 0.3 to 10 micrometers. The MERV rating is from 1 to 16. Higher MERV ratings correspond to a greater percentage of particles captured on each pass, with a MERV 16 filter capturing more than 95% of particles over the full range.

For those that have allergies or if indoor air quality is a concern, consider HEPA type filters for your home. According to Bill Lea, President of FiltersAmerica.com, “The letters in the word HEPA stand for High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance. The HEPA filter was developed during World War II by the Atomic Energy Commission and it was designed to remove and capture radioactive dust particles from the air which might escape and present a health hazard to the researchers. The HEPA filter was specifically designed to protect the Human Respiratory System.”

For a filter to be labeled "True" HEPA, it must be certified 99.97% efficient in capturing 0.3 micron (not 0.1 or 0.01 etc...) respirable-size-particles (RSP) according to the U.S. Military Standard MIL-STD-282, commonly known as the DOP test. The reason 0.3 micron is used and no other is because 0.3 micron is the size at which all mechanical filters are LEAST efficient in capturing. Other methods of testing do not give a true picture of efficiencies relative to respirable-size-particle (RSP) capture.

These pleated air filters can be anywhere from 4" to 6" thick and may have a MERV rating greater than 10. These types of filters fit into a special box that is sold to consumers as an "add-on" or upgrade to their furnace or air handler. Many homeowners have upgraded their ventilation system with the popular Aprilaire Air Cleane. These filters are ideal for allergy sufferers as they remove very small particles such as pollen.

Many households including condominiums have what is referred to as “return grill filters” or fan coil filters. Some of these filters may be washable however they may not offer the same efficiency as a pleated filter. Consumers are finding another alternative to their 1” thick filter and that is the replacement electronic air cleaner that fits into existing 1” filter rack without modifications. Offered by FiltersAmerica.com, the Dynamic Air Cleaner installs quickly and captures over 97% of airborne particles .3 microns in size. Keith Kubik, the Vice-President of Marketing for FiltersAmerica.com went on to say, “Whatever the size, style or manufacturer, FiltersAmerica.com is the one-stop-shop for indoor air quality products for consumers. We buy in volume and pass the savings on to the consumer with fast delivery direct to their doorstep. ”

Founded in 2001, Filters America specializes upon indoor air quality bringing value to consumers with great prices and exceptional service. Learn more about indoor air quality at www.FiltersAmerica.com

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The New FiltersAmerica

by kkubik1@comcast.net 18. June 2013 16:09

After reviewing all of the feedback and comments we have received from you our valued customers, we have re-designed our website.

The new FiltersAmerica.com website will provide you with an overall quicker and easier buying experience.

You will be able to view your order history, copy your previous order (from our new site) and place it directly into your shopping cart. You will also have easy access to update your account information, change email addresses and passwords.

The first time you place an order on our new site, you WILL need to set up a new account. If you do not want to set up a new account you have the option of checking out as a "guest", but keep in mind that your order history will not be saved.

Thank you for your continued support, and keep your feedback coming.  Please feel free to email me direct... my name is Keith Kubik and I am the Marketing Director as well as an owner of FiltersAmerica.com.  My direct email is:  keith@filtersamerica.com

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Fix Dry indoor air for good

by Keith Kubik 20. May 2013 10:00

Winter brings along with it the busy holiday season. It also brings the problem of dry air. The process of heating your home tends to dry the air, resulting in dry, scratchy throats and could possibly even dry out your furniture. To make your indoor air more comfortable, consider the purchase of an air humidifier.

So what is an air humidifier? It’s a household appliance which is used to increase the relative humidity level of the room or the entire home, depending upon the humidifier’s size and style. Besides size and style, air humidifiers also differ with respect to the method of humidification. Some induce moist warm air, similar to vaporizers, while others deliver cool air through a wicking process.

Air humidifiers go a long way in making your home comfortable and healthier too. The same dry air that warms your home can set in motion various ailments like headaches, dry skin, coughing and sneezing, itchy eyes, and cracked lips.

A sure sign that you need to add moisture into your air, is static electricity. That zap of static electricity shock is telling you something. If you do not already have a humidifier, you should consider installing a central humidifier on your furnace or purchasing a portable room humidifier.

A central humidifier that attaches to your home heating system adds moisture to the air when your furnace is running. Re-filling of water canisters is not required as it’s directly attached to your plumbing system. Installation can be a simple do it yourself project that can be completed within a day or you can hire a professional contractor. Answers to common installation questions can be found at FiltersAmerica. Either way, you home will become comfortable at lower temperature. The lower you set that thermostat, the more you will save on your heating bills.

Room humidifiers are simple and affordable. These come in various models like tabletop and console, for humidifying one room or the entire area. As the name implies, portable humidifies can be re-located from one room to another as needed, for example to a bedroom at night. The device is simply plugged into an electrical outlet and water is added as needed manually.

With a humidity range of 45% - 65% in your rooms, your family can breathe easier this winter season. FiltersAmerica offer a handy Humidity Calculator. The bottom line is a humidifier is a valuable product for your home which provides many benefits.

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The Daily Blog - Tips for cleaner air

by Keith Kubik 13. May 2013 10:00

Maintaining your system, whether it is your HVAC system, or room type air cleaner or humidifier, routine maintenance is essential for your safety and to maintain top performance of your system.Here are some tips:

Time to Change Your Furnace Filter

A furnace filter is a removable filter that fits somewhere in the furnace unit between the location of air intake and the motor, fan, and heating coil. Originally meant to prevent clogging of the internal components of the furnace from dust and other airborne particles, the furnace filter has taken on more functions.

Modern furnace filters improve indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen, smoke, lint, mold spores, animal dander, bacteria, smog and other indoor pollutants. They contribute to good health and well-being by cleaning the air circulating through the house as well as increase the life of the furnace. The furnace filter also keeps the heating or air conditioning system coils cleaner, which can save up to 15% on electricity bills.

Generally, furnace filters should be replaced every three months to maintain maximum efficiency. However some types of filters may require a change on a monthly basis, while others may only need to be washed and not changed. So it is important to check the type of filter one has and the manufacturer’s directions before deciding that it is time to replace the filter.

Other factors like increased usage during the winter and summer months, keeping open windows during pollen season, several pets in the household, dirty duct work, tobacco smoke, remodelling or woodwork in the house lead to faster saturation of the filter and they may need to be changed earlier than usual. A clogged filter not only produces poor air quality, it also produces greater strain on the blower motor which may produce higher maintenance costs. Therefore it is necessary to replace furnace filters on time.

Different Types of Filters and When They Need To Be Replaced

Disposable Fibreglass Filters

They are capable of protecting the internal components of the furnace from large dust or pollen particles which tend to block the heating and cooling coils. They are the least expensive of all filter types. However, they are also the least effective in filtering out smaller particles. So they are not suitable for those who suffer from mold or pollen allergies. Generally, these filters should be changed every 1 to 2 months. The effectiveness of fibreglass filters in removing sub-micron particles is up to 2%.

Washable/ Reusable Electrostatic Filters

These filters are of better quality than traditional disposable filters. They use an electrostatic charge to filter out dirt, dust and other particles. This has the benefit of having very little impact on air flow into the furnace. Some filters limit air flow, causing the furnace to overwork which reduces its efficiency. These filters are washable. This eliminates the need to spend money on new filters every month. These filters should be cleaned out once a month. These filters may last 3-5 years or less depending upon usage and other factors. Even electrostatic filters still do not filter out all necessary pollen, molds, dust or other allergens and are estimated to block around 15-20% of the particles in the air. The initial cost may be high but they result in considerable amount of savings in the long run.

Pleated Allergy Filters

These filters provide more filtering capacity than a simple electrostatic filter which uses flat sheets. These filters use several pleats to increase the total available surface area for catching dust, allergens and mold. The pleats are made with electro statically charged fibres that attract small particles. They are better at filtering out pollen, molds, dust or other allergens in the air than electrostatic filters or disposable fibreglass filters. They're estimated to be between 35-50% efficient. Usually pleated filters do not need replacement before 3 months. However, factors like increased usage, pollen season and household pets may call for early replacement.

‘High Efficiency Particulate Air’ (HEPA) Filters

These filters are the best of all the available filters. They capture an astounding 99.97% of the particles found in the air that passes through them. These filters are used in hospitals, manufacturing plants and research centres in order to maintain the highest quality air possible. However they are not recommended for home furnace use since they create too much air flow resistance. This means that the filter will have to work harder resulting in frequent breakdowns.

Thus ‘time to change a furnace filter’ depends on a number of factors, stated above. Industry standard for replacement of the furnace filter is once a month for maximum effectiveness. However, the specific environment and the frequency and amount of furnace usage dictate determine when to change the furnace filter. Changing filters are easy. Learn how to change your furnace filter.


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