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19 Common Things Air Filters Catch in Your Indoor Air

Posted by Keith Hill on Apr 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

How many of us really pay attention to the work our HVAC filters do? Most of us know the importance of regularly inspecting and replacing furnace or AC filters, but you may be surprised by some of the pollutants those filters actually capture and remove from your breathing air.

Here are some of the most common indoor air pollutants, and ways that air filters can eliminate them.

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Topics: air filters

What Does the MERV Rating Say About My HVAC Air Filter?

Posted by Gregg on Jun 20, 2017 2:06:46 PM

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is a third-party system for rating air filters. It’s a convenient way for homeowners to compare different filters and choose what’s best for their particular situation. Essentially, the higher the MERV rating, the greater the ability to filter contaminants. We talked with Keith Hill, Stay Comfy’s resident HVAC expert to learn more.

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Topics: air filters

4 Ways Dirty Air Filters Can Hinder Air Conditioner Performance

Posted by Gregg on May 18, 2017 1:05:20 PM

Summer is almost here and it's time to make sure your air conditioning unit is ready for the hot temps we’re sure to see. An annual inspection is always a good idea, and there are even some DIY steps you can take to make sure your system is running in top shape. It may be surprising that the easiest and cheapest of those is replacing dirty air filters.

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Topics: air filters

Spring Allergies: Tips to Keep Allergy Triggers Out of Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Apr 20, 2017 10:37:21 AM

Spring is officially here—what we’ve waited so patiently for through the snow, the ice, and the chilly temps. But for about one in four Americans, spring also means the return of spring allergies. Managing allergies can be a challenge, especially when enjoying the outdoors. But for many, the challenge doesn’t end outdoors. Allergens can be present indoors as well. The good news is that there are several things you can do to lessen the presence or effects of indoor allergens. Here are some tips for keeping allergens out of your home.

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Topics: air filters, Electronic Air Cleaners

Top 3 Reasons to Change Your Furnace Filter Often

Posted by Gregg on Mar 2, 2017 9:07:39 AM

Sometimes the simplest home maintenance chores are the easiest ones to forget—or put off. But hopefully changing your furnace filter isn’t one of them. HVAC professionals recommend checking your filter monthly and changing it as soon as it’s dirty or clogged. A good way to check is to hold the filter up to the light. If you can’t clearly see light through the filter, it’s time to replace it. At the very minimum, professionals recommend you change the filter every three months. Here’s why you’ll want to stay on top of this particular household chore.

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Topics: air filters

Air Filters 101

Posted by Kelly on Mar 26, 2015 2:58:00 PM

Why Is It Important to Change Air Filters Regularly?

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably heard all about the importance of changing the filters in your HVAC system. So, what exactly does a filter do? How do you pick the right one? And why is it so important to change filters regularly? To answer those important questions, we’ve put together our own version of Air Filters 101.

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Topics: Air quality, air filters