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.


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.

Did you know - MICROBAN coated products are antimicrobial protected. This is especially important for room humidifier filters.
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