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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Breathing In A Furry Wonderland: Your Pets And HVAC

heating repair serviceWith fall on the way out and winter rolling in, American families are spending more and more time indoors. However, as you prepare your home and HVAC system for the winter, it’s essential that you don’t forget about your pets.

With great pets comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to your home heating system during the winter. Just like your air conditioning unit, your pet’s fur and dander can build up in the vents of your heating system without proper cleaning.

With that being said, here are some things to keep in mind this winter regarding the ways your pets affect your home’s air quality and HVAC systems.

Seasonal shedding

Although pet hair can build up in the filters of your HVAC systems throughout the year, it’s more likely to build up quicker prior to winter. This is because your furry friend is exchanging their thinner fur for their winter coat.

For this reason, you’ll need to change your filters frequently in the winter with the help of a heating repair service. This is especially true if your pet has long hair like a ragamuffin or a collie.

If you don’t change your filters, the hair can easily build up and block your filter. As a result, your air quality will be poor and may even cause respiratory issues. To keep your air quality as high as possible, contact a heating repair service to change your furnace filters at least once a month during the colder season.

Your pet’s favorite snooze spots

Pets, especially cats, love to lay on the heating vents on a chilly winter night. While this isn’t a problem for your heating system directly, it’s good to check and see if your pet has accidentally closed the vent itself.

A closed vent can be problematic for your heating ventilation and cause improper heating distribution around the house. This can make your HVAC system work harder than it needs to properly balance the heating around the house. The harder your system has to work, the less efficient your system will be and the higher your utility bills.

The Air Scrubber Plus®

The typical American household will have their air ducts cleaned every three to five years. However, as mentioned above, pet hair and dander can cause your HVAC filters to clog up even with the help of a heating repair service.

With the Air Scrubber Plus®, you don’t have to worry as much about the contaminants in your home air quality. The Air Scrubber Plus® uses ActivePure Technology to destroy up to 99% of surface contaminants.

The Air Scrubber Plus® has also been proven to reduce up to 90% of all airborne contaminants in the American home. To find out more about the Air Scrubber Plus and what it can do for your home, visit Pioneer Heating and Air today.

Will Your Heating System Last Through Another Winter?

heating systemDespite proper maintenance and care, your heating system won’t last forever. The average furnace only lasts for up to 15 to 20 years and the older they get, the less efficient furnaces become. You’ll be spending more calling your furnace repair service than relaxing and enjoying the cozy warmth of your home.

Before the colder weather becomes downright chilly, it may be in your best interest to consider installing a new furnace. Here are some key determining factors to help you make a well-informed decision whether to upgrade your heating system.

  1. Your heating system is getting older
    As mentioned above, the average furnace typically lasts between 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance and routine repairs by your furnace repair business. While some furnaces continue to work efficiently enough past 20 years, the odds are slim. The older your system gets, the less likely it’ll be able to keep your home adequately warm during the winter months.
  2. Your furnace doesn’t produce heat like it used to
    If routine maintenance and changes in the HVAC filter don’t seem to make a difference in the efficiency of your furnace, it may be a sign to get a new one. Poor heating efficiency can cause your furnace to overwork itself, which may lead to short cycling and overheating, which can be dangerous to you and your family. However, regardless of the amount of heat given off by your furnace, be sure to keep all flammable objects at least three feet away from your system to prevent fire hazards.
  3. Your bills are higher without any changes in your home life
    One of the best ways to determine whether your furnace is malfunctioning and losing energy efficiency is to look back and compare your utility bills over the years. While your utility may change month to month, the average cost over the course of the year should remain steady. If you’re noticing a gradual increase over the years, it may be a sign that your furnace is working harder to keep your home warm. Therefore, it may be time for a new furnace installation.

Even with routine maintenance and proper care, your heating system may eventually succumb to age and performance issues. Should this be the last winter your furnace produces sufficient heat in your home, consult your heating contractor for more information on furnace installation options.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until The Cold Sets In To Tune Up Your Furnace

furnace repairMany Americans enjoy the gentle chill of the autumn weather when it’s too cold to run the air conditioning, but not quite cold enough to relish in the warmth of the furnace. However, waiting until the last minute to turn on your heating system can be a problem.

Your HVAC system should be checked at least twice a year, once in the spring and the other in the fall. This is so your heating and cooling system is well-prepared for both the hot and cold seasons.

A furnace that’s been dormant throughout the summer may not be ready to charge ahead during the winter months. You don’t want to wait until you’re shivering to realize there’s a problem.

Preparing your heating system for winter
Begin by checking your furnace for anything flammable around or inside the unit that may have made its way inside during the summer months. As a rule of thumb, anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away from a running furnace.

Once you’ve established that nothing flammable is present around or inside your furnace, open the windows in your house before turning on your furnace. This is because dust and lint can settle inside the system during the summer. These particles are harmless, but they can often cause a slight burning smell as the furnace gets rid of them during its first cycle.

After turning on your furnace, let the system run for up to 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the slight burning smell from the dust and lint should dissipate. However, should the smell continue after 10 minutes, turn off the heating system and contact a furnace repair service immediately for maintenance.

Conduct routine maintenance on your system
Performing routine maintenance on your HVAC system is essential to ensure proper and long-term heating function. A professional heating contractor or furnace repair service should take a look at your furnace at least twice a year.

Every 30 days or so, you should conduct your own heating system maintenance by changing the HVAC filter. This will help to keep your heating system working properly and your air clear of dust and debris.

Additional maintenance you can do around your system includes testing the thermostat for accurate control of the furnace. If your thermostat isn’t working properly, it can cause your furnace to short cycle, which can result in overheating or other damage.

An overheating furnace can be especially dangerous, which is why it’s also important to replace and test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors prior to the colder weather.

The colder weather can be pleasant to many American homeowners before it gets too chilly. However, it’s essential not to wait too long to tune up and turn on your furnace. The earlier your furnace repair service can catch a problem with your furnace, the less likely you’ll have to worry about your heating system failing in the bitter cold.

What’s Causing My Furnace To Short Cycle?

furnace repair serviceHaving a working furnace is essential what with the weather brewing colder temperatures outdoors. However, sometimes furnaces can falter when they’ve been inactive during the summer. This is especially true if they haven’t been tuned up efficiently for the colder weather.

One of the most common problems homeowners often face with their furnace is called short cycling. Short cycling is when the furnace turns on for a short period of time but then turns off. This start-and-stop cycle can keep your home from properly warming up and may also damage your furnace itself.

But what causes your furnace to short cycle? The following are some of the key problems behind the short cycling of furnaces and how you can fix them.

Your furnace is too big
Short cycling that happens as soon as the furnace is installed may be caused by the furnace itself rather than a problem with the furnace. That is, the furnace may be too big or too strong for the space in which you’ve installed it.

An oversized heater will use a lot of energy to heat your space, which can cause the distribution of warm air in your home to be uneven. Uneven heat distribution causes the furnace to turn on and off again in order to compensate.

Contact your furnace repair service before assuming the problem with your furnace is its size. While it may be the cause, there could be another problem with the device.

Your furnace is overheating
Another common cause of a short cycling furnace is that the furnace itself is overheating and it’s turning itself off to prevent damage. An overheating furnace can be caused by restricted airflow. This causes the hot air in the furnace to become trapped. Restricted airflow is often the result of interior vents being blocked, a blocked exhaust vent, or a dirty air filter.

If your furnace is overheating, it’s essential for you to contact your furnace repair service immediately. This is because cracks can occur in the heat exchanger of the furnace when the machine overheats. Heat exchanger cracks can result in carbon monoxide leaks, which are life-threatening to both you and your family. For this reason, the carbon monoxide alarms in your home should be tested at least once a month.

Your thermostat is malfunctioning
Finally, another common cause of a short cycling furnace isn’t your furnace at all. When your thermostat malfunctions, it can signal to your furnace that the set temperature in the room has been met, causing the furnace to prematurely turn off.

A short cycling furnace can cause your home heating system to break down prematurely, which can be a big problem during the winter months. If your furnace is short cycling and you can’t seem to get the problem under control, contact the heating contractors at a professional furnace repair service today.