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What Type of Air Filter Do I Need to Order?

What Type of Air Filter Do I Need to Order?

When you set out to purchase air filters for your home HVAC system, you’ll realize there are a lot of air filter types out there. With different levels of quality and filtration, it could get confusing knowing which to choose. At Crockett Filter Club, we’ve done all the research for you, making it easy to get the high-quality filters you need, right when you need them.

Understanding a MERV Rating As you consider different types of air filters, you’ll notice they have something called a MERV rating. “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value” is the technical term, but it basically refers to how effective the air filter is. These ratings begin at one and go through 16. The higher the rating, the better it is at preventing contaminants from passing through it. Most of the filters made for homes will rate between 7 and 12, while hospitals and other sanitary settings will have filters with a 13 to 16 MERV rating.

Considering Three Grades

Crockett Filter Club only offers the best types of air filters for your home. All homes are full of dust, bacteria, pollen, mold, and other allergens. Even if you clean on a regular basis, there are contaminants floating around that come in on your pets, your food, visitors’ feet, and just through the air. Depending on the severity of health issues and allergies the people of your household have, there’s a filter that can help. Our three grades are:

  • Good – Our good filters have a MERV 8 rating. They filter out dust, pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander. If you have a rental, our good filters are of perfect quality. They’re also effective for families with common allergies and one or two non-shedding pets.
  • Better – Our better filters have a MERV 11 rating. They filter everything the good filters do, in addition to more severe allergens. If you have multiple pets or more serious allergies, these filters will work just fine.
  • Best – Our best filters have a MERV 13 rating. They filter everything our better filters do, with the addition of smoke, smog, and cooking oil smoke. Some of the microscopic filters that unknowingly affect allergy sufferers or those with respiratory problems are also filtered out. If someone who lives in your home has asthma or severe allergies or smokes in the home, these filters would be most effective.

Keep in mind, the better the grade, the denser the filter, and the less airflow it will allow. Because of this, the best grade will need to be changed more frequently than the better, and the better more frequently than the good.

Choosing a Delivery Frequency

After you know the grade you’re going with, you’ll need to determine the frequency at which to have your filters delivered. Crockett Filter Club delivers once per month, once every other month, or once every three months. Your schedule will depend on a few things:

  • How many people are living in your home? The more people, the more dust and debris that will be created and sent through the filters. You might need more frequent delivery.
  • How good are you at remembering to change the filters? If you have three filters delivered every three months, you can change them each month if you remember. If you don’t have a good memory or haven’t put changing filters at the top of your maintenance list, it might be a good reminder to have the filters delivered each month.
  • What additional contaminants are in your home? If you have multiple pets and someone who smokes lives in the home, you’d probably go with the best filters, but you should also have them delivered more frequently because of their dense makeup. Any additional contaminants you add mean added frequency.

Getting Your Order Placed

Once you know which air filter types you want and how often you want them delivered, it’ll be time to place your order. Contact Crockett Filter Club today to start giving your home the love it needs with our convenient air filter subscription service.

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How Will Dirty Air Filters Impact my HVAC?

How Will Dirty Air Filters Impact my HVAC?

Turning on the HVAC system should be like taking a breath of fresh air, but if the filters are dirty, that’s not going to be your experience at all. HVAC air filters need to be changed regularly, especially if someone in the home has allergies, breathing issues, or is susceptible to other toxins and bacteria. You can see how dirty air filters can affect your physical health, but there are some negative impacts a dirty filter could have on your HVAC system as well.

System Failure

When a dirty air filter restricts the airflow of your HVAC system, it often causes system failure. This is because the air handler doesn’t get the air it needs to function correctly. Additional strains are placed on the fan motor, which often overheats and fails the system. When you replace your filter, you’re only spending a small amount of time and money when compared to the high expenses and extended time it could cost you to repair or replace your HVAC system.

Energy Consumption

Any time a motor has to work harder, it’s going to consume more energy. A clogged air filter is inevitably going to make the system work harder because of the restricted airflow. This means you have to pay more in energy bills, your system gets more and more worn out every time it is on, and your carbon footprint isn’t getting reduced as it could.

Dirty Ducts

The air that flows through your filters is going to pick up some of the dirt and dust contained in them. Especially if they’re dirty and clogged, the air is going to take some of that dirt and dust and deposit it inside your ductwork. As you may have guessed, it’s eventually going to blow into your home as well. When your ducts are dirty, the other components of your HVAC system are going to also be dirty. Dirt and dust may lead to more repairs, if not an early replacement of the entire system.

If you have dirty ducts, you’ll also need to spend some money on getting your ductwork cleaned out. This is something that’s recommended every three to five years to begin with, but if they’re particularly dirty because you haven’t changed your filters, you may have to do it more frequently.

Freezing or Burning

If your air filter is dirty and unable to collect any more particles, all that dirt and other debris are going to settle on the heating and cooling coils. When this happens, they begin to work overtime. Heating and cooling coils that work overtime typically end up burning out or freezing over. Your HVAC system won’t work at that point, and you’ll end up spending more money on repairs.

What You Can Do To Save Your HVAC System

As you can see, your air filters are an essential part of your HVAC system. With a dirty air filter, there are a host of issues that can result. These issues not only impact your health but impact your finances, your comfort level, and your time.

Your best solution to this problem? Give your home a little more love with Crockett Filter Club’s subscription service for air filters. With three options, you can decide which will be the best products for your home. Simply pick the filter you wish to use, schedule delivery service frequency, choose the quantity and size, and you’re ready for a convenient service that will keep your HVAC system in good condition. Contact Crockett Filter Club today at 1-844-401-4604 to get started.

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How to Reduce Pet Dander and Pet Odor

How to Reduce Pet Dander and Pet Odor

Your pet is probably your best friend, but no friends come without those little things that just seem to irritate you no matter what. As you’ve gotten to know little Fluffy, you may have realized she puts off a lot of strange odors, and there’s pet dander all around the house. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce and eliminate the dander and the odors, so your home smells like a home, not the zoo.

Keep It Clean

You most likely already have a cleaning schedule and like to keep up on it because it’s just more comfortable, but it becomes an essential step in your daily routine as a pet owner. If you let your dog or cat use your bed or couch, you’re going to need to clean those furniture items on a regular basis. Keep them vacuumed, so no pet hair or dander hangs around. If they begin to smell, you’ll need to work on getting rid of that as well. You should wipe down hard surfaces, vacuum your carpets every day, and even clean the curtains and other linens in rooms where your pet is allowed.

Minimize the Smells

You can minimize pet smells by sprinkling baking soda on the areas where you can smell your pet the most. Baking soda is excellent at neutralizing odors, even if pet urine is something you’re dealing with. Simply sprinkle it on, wait a few minutes to absorb the smell, and vacuum the baking soda back up.

Clean the Pet Products

If you’re hoping to reduce cat dander or dog dander, you’ll need to keep your pet’s items clean as well. Many owners forget about the dog or cat toys because they seem to get dirty so fast. They may forget to clean the dog bed because it’s tucked into the corner, but it’s important you don’t forget. Throw your dog’s or cat’s toy in the wash every few days. If there’s a leash and harness that gets regular use, keep it clean as well. Your doggy beds, blankets, and other comfort items should be thrown in the wash at least a couple of times per week.

Not only should you clean soft items your pet regularly uses, but you should also clean the hard items. This includes hard toys, but also includes food and water dishes. Toss them in the dishwasher to ensure they are sterilized. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you should still wash them by hand using the hottest water you can stand.

Brush Your Pets

To reduce dog dander, especially, brush your pet regularly. Many dogs need to be brushed daily, depending on the type of fur they have. If your dog only has medium-length fur, you can wait about a week between brushes, and short-haired dogs only need to be brushed every few weeks.

Change Your Filters

The filters in your HVAC system are created to collect the allergens, dirt, and dander you don’t want hanging around your home. Unfortunately, they also trap smells, so if you don’t keep a fresh filter in your system, it’s going to get full and start emitting the allergens, dander, and smells back into your home. If you have filters delivered to your home regularly, you won’t have to even think about it, but will still benefit from the filter’s efficiency in reducing pet dander and odors.

Schedule Your Filter Delivery Today

While there are many things you can do on your own to reduce pet dander and smells, you can’t change your filters without the help of a filter professional. Contact Crockett Filter Club today at 844-401-4604 to get your questions answered, learn about filters, and get your deliveries scheduled.

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Where are My Air Filters Located?

Where are My Air Filters Located?

Regularly changing your HVAC filters is an essential part of home maintenance. It protects your family by easing allergy and asthma symptoms. It gives you cleaner air to breathe and allows you the chance to avoid more expensive AC repairs. When you regularly change your filters, dirt, mold, allergens, and pollutants are removed from the air you breathe. If that’s not enough, you’ll also see savings on your energy bill when you keep a clean filter in your system.

Not sure where your filters are located? Not sure how to get them changed? The following should give you some direction.

Locating Your Filters

The majority of HVAC systems have filters right in the main system. They’re generally located right by the air handler, which is the main unit holding the fan motor and fan itself. If you’re unsure where your HVAC system is located in the first place, check your basement, your attic, the laundry room, or another out-of-the-way area.

Once you’ve found your unit, look for something that could be a removable cover. It may be horizontal, or it may be vertical. Most units have a one-inch removable cover, but others may have a four-inch cover. The size of the cover coincides with the size of your filter, so that should be a good hint as to what you’re looking for. When you open the cover for the first time, you should find an air filter already inside, which is the best indication you’ve found what you’re looking for.

Depending on the style and age of your HVAC system, you may not be able to find the area where a filter would be inserted. If that’s the case, you may need a professional to show you, or you may need to change the filter at the return vent.

Your return vents are typically found on the wall that looks similar to your standard air duct vents but is larger. There are certain homes in which they are located on the floor or the ceiling as well. Removing the cover with a screwdriver, or by pulling a tab, will reveal to you the filter sitting just beyond.

Changing Your Filters

Now that you’ve figured out where the filters should go, it’s time to learn how to change an air filter. The good news is it’s a simple process. To change the filter near your HVAC system air handler:

  1. Open the cover
  2. Remove the old, dirty filter and throw it away
  3. Insert the new filter, ensuring the airflow arrow is pointing toward your unit
  4. Replace the cover

To change the filter in a return vent:

  1. Locate all the return vents in your home
  2. Remove the vent covers
  3. Remove the dirty filters and throw them out
  4. Insert the new filters, facing the metal wiring away from you
  5. Replace the cover

As you can see, changing a/c filters isn’t too hard, which is why having your filters delivered right to your home and changing them yourself is one of the best money- and time-saving maintenance issues you can handle.

Learning More and Ordering Your Filters

When you’re ready to learn more about how to keep your home clean and free of allergens, contact Crockett Filter Club to speak with a representative about ordering filters. Call 1-844-401-4604 or fill in the online form, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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What MERV Filter Should I Use?

What MERV Filter Should I Use?

Using the right filter could be the difference between a healthy family and one that experiences health issues. While there are a lot of filters on the market, and a lot of factors to take into consideration, one thing you need to look at is the MERV rating. These ratings range from good to better to best, but how do you know which is right for your home and family? The following are some things to consider.

The 3 Common MERV Filters

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. There are ratings ranging from 1 to 20, but the most commonly used filters in residences are 8, 11, and 13. By the MERV rating, you can understand how well each particular filter does at keeping contaminants out of your home. The greater the number, the better job it does, and need varies from home to home. For one family, an 8 might do the job just fine, while another might require a 13 because of their specific circumstances.

How Pressure Drop Relates to Filters

Anything that gets between your vents and your HVAC system is going to cause air resistance. While you need those filters, they are one of the causes of air resistance. This is called pressure drop. As you look at different filters, you want one with a lower pressure drop, but not so low that it won’t work efficiently. A good filter with a higher MERV rating is going to cause pressure drop, so don’t shy away just because it’s slightly higher.

A MERV 8 Rating is Basic

If you live in an area that has relatively low air pollution, you keep your home clean, and you don’t have any pets or allergies, a MERV 8 rating might be just right for your air filter. This rating will keep bacteria, dust, dust mites, mold, and pollen out of your air. Because the filter isn’t as tight, the pressure drop will generally be pretty low. MERV 8 filters would be classified as a “good” option for your home.

A MERV 11 Rating is More Significant

Going up a level to a MERV 11 rating, you’re going to filter out everything the 8 filters, in addition to the pet dander floating around your home. If you’ve got pets or mild allergies, this could be the right filter for you. The pressure drop is slightly higher, but that’s to be expected considering it filters more, and it’s still not high enough to be a concern. MERV 11 filters would be considered a “better” option when it comes to complete filtration for your home.

A MERV 13 Rating is Top Quality

A MERV 13 filter will rid your home of everything the 11 filters, but also gets rid of smoke, smog, cooking oils, and virus carriers, making this a top-quality filter. If you live in an area with a high level of air pollution, you’d want to use a filter with a MERV 13 rating. It’s also an acceptable option for families with multiple pets or individuals who have severe allergies. You’ll see a higher pressure drop with a MERV 13 filter, but again, it’s nothing to be concerned about. You might consider a filter with a MERV 13 rating your “best” option.

What Will You Choose?

As you can see, there are many factors at play when you’re choosing a filter for your HVAC system. Take some time to consider your specific circumstances and call Crockett Filter Club at 844-401-4604 with any questions.

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