Choosing the Best Air Filter For Your Home

In yesterday’s post, The Truth About Air Filters, we shared with you a few facts about this important household feature. We explained the real reason why homes need air filters and gave an example of a decent option for the long-term maintenance of your HVAC unit. With that information fresh in mind, here are a few more great options for you to choose from when it comes time to change the air filter again. Why Choose the Right Air Filter Choosing the wrong air filter for your home is an expensive mistake to make. You cut your HVAC’s efficiency by as much as 10 percent. You’ll essentially be throwing your money down the drain. So, check out these air filter options available to you: Fiberglass filters. This is an inexpensive option that we don’t recommend. They cost about $1 each, however you get what you pay for. The filters are very flimsy and really don’t do any filtering of the air at all. MERV Rating = 1-4 Polyester filters. These filters cost approximately $10 each and are a much more effective option than fiberglass filters. MERV Rating = 8-13 Washable filters. Depending on who you ask, washable filters are either fantastic or horrible. They cost about $20 each but they can last for years as long as they are washed properly. The only downside is that they can grow bacteria and fungus if the filter is not allowed appropriate time to dry after a washing before reinstallation. MERV Rating = 1-4 High-efficiency filters. This type of filter is made with densely woven fibers that do a great job of...

The Truth About Air FIlters

Yesterday we shared a post busting a few misconceptions about air filters. Today, we’re following that same pattern of thought. Here’s a guide explaining a few truths about the type of air filters you should be purchasing. Fact #1 | The filter is for your HVAC unit, not your lungs. Air filters are made to protect your heating and cooling unit from large dirt particles and debris that will affect it’s efficiency. The truth of the matter is, air filters don’t protect you from small dust particles in the air at all. Because of this, it may be unnecessary to purchase high efficiency air filters. The tightly woven fibers in those filters can actually block air flow more than they help. Fact #2 | Washable filters get the job done perfectly. You can opt for electrostatic filters that can be reused for as many as 10 years. All you have to do to maintain them and your unit is wash them once a month and allow them to dry before you re-install. The price per filter can vary greatly. However, don’t let the higher price tag concern you. Electrostatic filters do cost more initially, but over time, the investment pays for itself tenfold. For more information about air filters and the best options available for your heating and cooling unit, contact an air conditioning repair company at 702.227.5622...

The Importance of Changing Your Air Filter

Most people know that it’s important to regularly change the air filter in your home’s HVAC unit. Unfortunately, many don’t understand the real reason why it’s so important. So, we prepared a guide describing the truth behind air filters. Myth: Air filters purify the air I breath. Truth: While air filters do help with that, purifying the air is not their purpose. Air filters are there to stop large particles of dust, dirt, and dander from getting into your HVAC and interfering with it’s efficiency. Changing your air filters is important here because not doing so will lead to the eventual breakdown of your system. Clean air filters make it possible for HVAC units to deliver conditioned air throughout a space. However, if the filters are dirty, then the airflow is obstructed and the unit cannot perform its duty. You won’t likely tell the difference in the quality of air you’re breathing, but you will notice when your unit stops working. Myth: I should change my air filter quarterly. Truth: In many climates, changing the air filter once every three months is enough to properly maintain your HVAC unit. Unfortunately, in the desert, this isn’t usually the case. It’s better to change your air filter every month. That’s because it air is much dustier here. Furthermore, from April to October, most homes in Las Vegas run their HVAC units 24/7. That means the unit is picking up and filtering more dirt from the air. If you have questions about air filter maintenance for your specific unit, contact an HVAC specialist at 702.227.5622...

Your Broken HVAC May Be Your Fault

Even though heating and cooling units are arguably the most important part of your home, it’s surprising how often they’re neglected. While it’s usually not intentional, the neglect of your HVAC unit is what causes a majority of the issues we see when on a service call. So, we’ve compiled a quick guide to show a few of the ways we see homeowners kill their own HVAC units. Armed with a little awareness, you can hopefully prevent an unnecessary repair bill in the future. #1 | Ignored regular maintenance The easiest way to protect your HVAC is to get it inspected and serviced by a professional at least once a year. Ideally, a heating and cooling unit should get a tune up before winter and before summer to make sure that everything is running up to speed. During these inspections, the technician will clean your outdoor unit and inspect all the parts inside your home. This inexpensive bi-annual inspection will save you a ton of money in the long run by catching costly repairs before they’ve gone too far. #2 | Ignoring filter changes Your air filters should be changed every three months at the very least. Ideally, you’ll change your filters once a month because the air here in Las Vegas is so dry and dusty. Further more, air conditioning units run harder here than they do in many areas of the country because they battle triple digit temperatures for a majority of the summer. Just this one behavior extends the life of your unit exponentially. #3 | Running the A/C too hard A/C units have to work...

3 Reasons to Hire an HVAC Pro

This week, we turn our attention to all the DIYers out there. It pleases us to see so many homeowners taking responsibility for the maintenance of their heating and cooling units. In fact, we recommend that every home owner have at least a basic understanding of what makes their HVAC units tick. However, we don’t recommend you take on the following three repairs to your A/C alone. #1 | The unit isn’t cooling. If your air conditioner is running but there’s no cool air, there’s a problem with the condenser. Go check the part of your unit that’s outside. Clear away any debris or overgrowth and then drop the temperature a few degrees. If it doesn’t work, you need a pro because the condenser is probably broken. #2 | The condenser is broken. This is definitely not a problem you want to fix yourself because installing a new condenser is no easy feat. More often than not, DIY attempts to repair this issue damage the unit further. #3 | You don’t know what’s wrong. If your A/C isn’t working but you can’t pinpoint what the problem is, you definitely need the help of an air conditioning repair professional. Call 702.227.5622 today to schedule an 18-point HVAC inspection so you can make sure your A/C is ready to take on the triple digit temperatures that are right around the...