Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Filtration’

Air Filtration and Purification Explained

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

germicidal-lightWhile doing your online research, you might come across the fact that there are two approaches to cleaning the air in your home:

Air filtration and air purification.

While the methods are similar, and some of the products even have overlapping functions, they’re not quite the same. However, if you’re working with an HVAC expert in Avon, OH from the very start, you won’t need to worry too much about it. Your technician will be able to test the quality of your air and install the right systems for you.

However, we’re still happy to help explain the differences between them with a couple of examples.

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How to Find the Right Air Filtration for Your Home

Monday, March 11th, 2019

air-filterIf you go online and start reading about indoor air quality, you’ll find countless articles and blogs about how your indoor air is swarming with dust, dirt, viruses, high and low humidity, particles… the list goes on. It’s enough to make you want to rush out and go buy an air filter immediately.

But there’s a problem with that. It’s the same as reading about all of your symptoms online and being convinced that you now have some sort of incurable illness. However, you wouldn’t want to go out and buy medicine for an illness that a doctor hasn’t diagnosed you with.

Likewise, we don’t think you should go spend money on air filtration systems until your home has been properly diagnosed by a qualified HVAC contractor. Here’s what you should do instead:

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Consider an Air Purifier to Improve Your Quality of Life

Monday, December 18th, 2017

happy-family-IAQDuring the winter, we rightfully focus on our heating systems to keep our homes warm and our families healthy. But it’s not the only factor involved in maintaining a pleasant atmosphere in your home. Cold air means dry air, and that can foster dust and dirt spreading throughout your ducts and other spots in your home. Most heaters come with filters to help catch the dust, but they can get clogged easily and need to be replaced often.

An electronic air purifier, on the other hand, is the perfect way to get rid of excessive dust in your home. With the holidays here, now makes an excellent time to get one installed. How do they work and what kind of benefits do they provide? We’ve placed a quick guideline below.

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Air Purifiers Can Help Your HVAC System

Monday, November 20th, 2017

air-filter-systemFall is an excellent time to look into improvements in your HVAC system. With winter on the way and cold weather already here, you’re going to be depending upon reliable heating day in and day out. That means now is the time to correct any problems with your system and look for ways to improve its performance. And believe it or not, some improvements rest in areas other than the HVAC system itself. In particular, an electronic air purifier can be just the thing you need to help your system do its best, as well as provide a number of other benefits in the bargain. A trained technician can easily install one in your home before winter arrives.

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How Do Air Filtration Systems Help My Home?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

We live in Westlake, OH, with hot and muggy summers and freezing cold winters. That places a lot of emphasis on temperature control in your home, and to be sure, air conditioners and heaters are vital parts of your household. Whether you use a filter, a UV germicidal light, a humidifier, or dehumidifier, an air filtration system is a useful and even important addition to your home. If you don’t have one, you should consult with a trained technician about the best option for you, then arrange for an installation session.

“How do air filtration system help my home?” you ask. The answers are simple.

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What You Need to Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Do you find yourself coughing and sneezing a lot, even when you’re in your own home? Do you often get sick, even outside of common seasons for it? If so, then you just might have a problem with your indoor air quality. It may seem like the air in our homes is largely empty, but in fact it is brimming with millions of microscopic particles. These particles include dust, mites, insect dander, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and all sorts of other harmful contaminants. Some are lung irritants, some are allergens, and some are infectious agents. All of them lower your quality of life when you breathe them in.

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Isn’t the Air Filter in my HVAC System Enough for Clean Air?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

When it comes to the job of keeping unhealthy particles from circulating through a home, one of the best options is to have mechanical air filters professionally installed into the HVAC system. Mechanical filters require no power to operate; they capture pollutants down to 0.3 microns in size (which includes dust, pollen, dander, dust mites, and lint that can fill your air) in a mesh of fibers. You can call on the indoor air quality specialists at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning if you are interested in installing air filtration in Avon, OH for your home. Our technicians will see that you receive the best filter type to match your HVAC system and remove the airborne particles that are affecting your home.

But doesn’t my air conditioner/heater already have an air filter?

Well, it should. (If it doesn’t, give us a call right away and we will help fix that.) This filter is an important part of the operating of an AC and a forced-air heater such as a furnace. The filter is part of the return air vents that bring air from the rooms of the house into the HVAC system where it is heated or cooled. The filter prevents contamination from the inside of the house from entering and damaging the components of the air conditioner and/or heater. This filter needs to have regular changing or cleaning to make sure that it doesn’t clog up the airflow into the HVAC system and lead to inefficient performance.

This filter isn’t enough to clean the air you breathe

The air filter for an air conditioner and heater is not designed to remove airborne contaminants from the air moving around your home. It does some good, but not enough. If you are experiencing low quality air right now, chances are high that your HVAC system has an air filter in it—and it clearly isn’t taking care of the job.

The air filters that will keep contaminating particles from polluting your air are specifically designed with your health and comfort in mind. If matched correctly to your HVAC system and installed by professionals, they can remove more than 99% of the unwanted particles attempting to move through them without negatively affecting the airflow from the system.

Our team at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning is dedicated to finding the right air filtration systems for our customers. If you want excellent air filtration in Avon, OH, give us a call.

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What MERV Means and Why It’s Important

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Your indoor comfort isn’t just about temperature; it’s also about the quality of the air you breathe. If you are experiencing issues with your indoor air quality, you can improve it with the addition of an air filtration system in Avon. Your HVAC system comes with a standard air filter, but the job of this filter isn’t to improve your indoor air; rather, this filter’s job is to trap dirt and dust before it can enter the various parts of your HVAC system. To find an air filter that will help you improve your indoor air quality, one of the first things you want to do is review its MERV rating. We’ll explain more about MERV below, but remember that for any upgrade to your HVAC system, be sure to call the people you can trust: Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

What Is MERV?

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and it is a scale that represents how effectively a particular air filter will operate. The scale ranges from 1 to 20, with 1 being the lowest. As an example, the standard filter that comes with your HVAC system usually has a MERV rating somewhere between 1-4. Here is an overview of MERV ranges and the particles that can be filtered within a specific range:

  • MERV 1-4 – large particles of dust and dirt (over 10 micrometers), fibers and large particles of pollen
  • MERV 5-8 – pollen, some mold spores, dust mites, pet dander,
  • MERV 9-12 – very fine dust and dirt particles, smaller allergen particles
  • MERV 13-16 – bacteria, droplet nuclei from sneezing, most smoke, some viral contaminants
  • MERV 17-20 – this is HEPA level, which can effectively trap over 99% of contaminants, including most biological contaminants (but not all)

The best MERV range for a home air filter is 5-12; air filter with MERV ratings higher than this can seriously restrict the air flow in your system, and cause mechanical problems. The best way to ensure you get the correct air filter for your home is  to consult with a specialist.

An air filtration system in Avon can give you the indoor air quality you want and need, but to ensure you are installing the correct type of air filter, it’s always best to work with a trained specialist. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality specialists.

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Isn’t the Air Filter in My HVAC System Enough to Clean the Air?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Your air conditioner comes with a standard air filter, but its job isn’t to improve your indoor air; rather, it is there to reduce the amount of dirt and dust in your system. To improve your indoor air quality, you’ll want to consider installing a whole-home air filtration system in your Westlake home. There are several types of air filters you can add to your HVAC system, and choosing one depends on your needs. To gain the benefits of any upgrade to your HVAC system, it’s important to schedule a professional installation. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning has the indoor air quality products and trained technicians to help you improve the comfort of your home, so call us today.

Types of Air Filters

There are two main types of whole-home air filters:

  • Mechanical
  • Electronic

Mechanical Air Filters

Mechanical air filters are very commonly used with HVAC systems; in fact, the standard air filter that comes with your system is a mechanical filter, but as mentioned above, it is not designed to filter the air. Mechanical filters are square-framed and have filter media inside that traps particles. The kind of particles a filter can trap depends on the material used and how tightly together the material is woven. The best way to determine how effective a particular mechanical filter will be is to check its MERV rating. Mechanical filters should be changed every 3 months to remain effective.

Electronic Air Filters

There are two types of electronic air filters:

  • Ion Generators
  • Electronic Precipitators

Both use electricity to capture particles, but each does this a little differently. An ion generator disperses negative ions into the air that attach themselves to particles; the ions are attracted to the surfaces in your home, like walls, counter tops and tables, and attach to them with the particles. When these surfaces are cleaned, the particles are also removed.

Electronic precipitators do a similar thing, but they are built differently. Rather than dispersing ions into the air, they draw particles inside it and into an area known as an ionization section. In the ionization section, these particles are charged; these newly-charged particles are then moved to an area in the precipitator where there are oppositely-charged metal ion plates. The charged particles are attracted to the ion plates, and are captured there. The plates need to be cleaned approximately every 3 months to remain effective.

Adding an air filtration system to your Westlake property can greatly improve your indoor air quality. If you are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment.

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Pollutants That Air Filtration Will Remove

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

An unfortunate side-effect of the modern energy-efficient home is that the heat sealing on the home prevents the circulation of fresh outdoor air. This results in a buildup of pollutants inside the home that cannot escape but instead continue to move about the house. Because of this, low indoor air quality has become a significant health issue in the U.S.

One of the best ways to counteract the trouble of low indoor air quality is the installation of an air filtration system into your home’s ventilation. Whether mechanical or electronic, and air filtration system will clean out the air passing through the ducts before it reaches your indoor air.

You will need air quality specialists, like those at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, to help you choose and install the right system for your home. Air filtration in Rocky River, OH can remove many types of particles, and the installers need to know which type to target so they can install the filtration system that will do the best job. Below are some of the pollutants that pass through a ventilation system that filtration will eliminate:

  • Dust and dirt: The most common contamination is old-fashioned dirt, dust, and lint. These are the easiest to stop using filtration; standard mechanical air filters can trap particles down to 0.3 microns in size, and sometimes smaller.
  • Dander: Hair dander, especially from pets, is a major trigger for allergies. Mechanical filters easily catch these nuisances.
  • Dust mites: These tiny insects are responsible for symptoms in humans similar to asthma and allergies: red, irritated eyes; stuffy nose; sneezing and coughing. High efficiency filters like HEPA filters can stop dust mites.
  • Gaseous pollutants: Numerous kinds of gases and odor molecules can circulate through your home and cause health issues. Among the more common are carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, smoke, pesticides, and residue from cleaning products, paints, and adhesives. Mechanical filters usually will not stop gaseous pollutants, and electronic air purifiers that use ionization are a better solution.

The best way to start with cleaner air for your home is to schedule indoor air testing services. Professionals will perform a series of tests that will identify exactly what is lowering your air quality and how best to treat it. They can then install an air filtration system that will eliminate the problem.

Our indoor air quality team at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning perform air testing services and the installation of a variety of systems for air filtration in Rocky River, OH. We have NATE-certified technicians on staff who are familiar with ventilation systems and will make sure that you receive the best air filtration installation possible. Contact us for other indoor air quality services such as installing humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and UV germicidal lights.

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