January 2015 - ACS Absolute Comfort Heating & Cooling

Air Filters Protect Your HVAC Equipment, But Do They Clean the Air?

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air filtersYou may already be aware of how important the air filter is in order for the furnace to operate correctly. This material prevents large particles of debris from reaching the furnace blower. However, did you know that traditional furnace filters aren’t meant for removing smaller particles? These particles could have a profound effect on the air quality in your home and aggravate allergies and other respiratory problems.

Some of the contaminants in your air that you should be concerned about that aren’t trapped by regular air filters, including dust mites and their debris, pollen, mold and pet dander.

Not All Filters Are Equal

Some furnace filters are better at removing smaller particles than others. Pay attention to the MERV ratings when you purchase filters. The minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) is a standard set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) that rates the effectiveness of air filters. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particles the filter will block.

For example, a filter with a MERV rating between 1 and 4 may be able to trap pollen and dust mites. To block mold, dust mite debris and pet dander from being re-circulated through your home, opt for a filter with at least a rating of 5 to 8.

Another option to look for is an electrostatic filter. These filters use electrostatic energy to trap the smaller particles that may be in the air. You may save money on electrostatic furnace filters by choosing ones that can be washed and reused.

Indoor Air Quality Concerns

Poor indoor air quality is a concern for many, as our homes become more energy efficient and less natural ventilation occurs. If you or your family suffers from allergies or respiratory problems, you may want to consider installing an air cleaner that works in conjunction with the furnace.

To learn more about furnace filters, or for other home comfort concerns, contact the HVAC experts at ACS Absolute Comfort in Houston.

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How to Benefit Most From Working With a Trusted HVAC Contractor

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HVAC contractorIf you’re looking for a new furnace, a tune up or other heating and cooling services, working with an HVAC contractor should be your top priority. The contractor that you choose should be staffed with knowledgeable and professional HVAC experts who can provide you with everything that you need.

When to Lean On an HVAC Contractor

If you’re experiencing any problems with the furnace or air conditioner in your home, or if you have an indoor air quality issue or would like preventive maintenance performed before the harsh winter conditions arrive, reach out to an HVAC contractor. A skilled heating and cooling technician will also be able to install, inspect and clean air conditioners and furnaces as well.

When you contact an HVAC contractor, describe your problem or need in as much detail as you can. This will help the technician to better understand the challenge. When he diagnoses the problem, be at his side so you can learn more about your heating and cooling system. A reliable HVAC contractor will be there when you need them the most.


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energy auditMore homeowners today are just as concerned with the efficiency of their homes as the interior aesthetics and curb appeal. This would explain why more home remodeling projects are geared toward home efficiency, such as installing Energy Star-qualified windows or upgrading to energy-efficient siding. But how do you know which remodeling and efficiency upgrades offer the best investment? That