Why Does Air-Filter Replacement Matter?
The air handler is going to pull air into the unit whether the filter is dirty or not. The question is: How hard are you going to make it work? The job of an AC filter is to remove debris from the air before it enters your system. When things clog up, the unit pulls that much harder and uses more energy—causing a substantial rise in the electric bill. Dirt in the filter also shortens the life of your air conditioner because dirt pulls into the inner workings of the unit. The strain on the fan and motor from the increased effort will take its toll, as well.Here are averages that might help you know how often you should change the air filter at home:
- * Vacation home or single occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6-12 months
- – “Average” suburban home without pets: every 90 days
- * Add a dog or cat: every 60 days
- – Add more than one pet or anyone has allergies: 20-45 days
Our Duct Cleaning Process
Our Certified Technicians begin by laying drop cloths and moving/covering any furniture within the vicinity of the work area to protect your home during the cleaning process. Next, we go through and remove all the register covers and bring them outside to be thoroughly cleaned. Your technician then begins the actual process of cleaning your air ducts. We use a large HEPA vacuum that has a soft bristled brush on the end of the hose that simultaneously scrubs and vacuums your ducts clean while ensuring all dust and debris remain trapped in the HEPA filters. After the ducts are scrubbed clean, we lightly fog your system with a EPA-Registered antimicrobial fog that will sterilize your duct work while leaving your home with a pleasant scent.
What are the Benefits of the Auto-Filter program?
* Right size filters every time without the hassle
– Dirty filters are removed and placed directly into containment bags
* Your Universal Duct Cleaning technician takes care of the disposal of your dirty filters
– HVAC grills are vacuumed with every filter change
– Don’t worry, we will remember when your filters need to be replaced
* We will sanitize your air ducts each time we service
– Spend your time the way you want to, not changing filters
What are MERV Ratings?
MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is the industry-standard ratings system used to measure the effectiveness of air conditioner filters. Ratings for residential and commercial AC filters typically fall between MERV 5 and MERV 12. Filters with higher MERV ratings remove more particles and allergens than lower-rated filters. The MERV system was developed in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the international trade group that represents HVAC professionals.
Why is MERV important?
Studies show that central air filtration is the best way to improve indoor air quality. MERV ratings determine how effective that filtration is. Good indoor air quality reduces the symptoms of asthma and allergies, especially in children.