Changing you AC filter is the most important thing you as a home owner can do to improve the longevity of your air conditioner. Improving indoor air quality, protecting your coils from harmful dust and debris, and keeping your AC efficiency levels at their peak are just a few reasons why changing your AC filter is a must especially during the summer months.
Dirty Filters Can Cause
Increased Electric Bill
AC systems now run off of the R-410a refrigerant AKA Puron. These Puron systems require much more airflow than your previous R-22 or Freon systems therefore it is best to steer clear of the ultra-thick filters. Below I have listed my top 3 filters on the market based on my first hand experience in the field.
3. The Filtrete Electrostatic Healthy Living Filter
This filter does a great job of eliminating dust, pet dander, pollen, viruses, and other air pollutants from your home all while allowing maximum air flow for your air conditioning system. This Filter is a 3 month change. For A Special Deal On A 6 Pack Click HERE
2. Filtrete Allergen Defense Odor Reduction Filter
This filter is similar to the Healthy Living so it is electrostatic but it also reduces odor in the home such as smoke, mold, and pet smells. This filter is also a 3 month change. For A Special Deal On A 2 Pack Click HERE
1. Six Stage Electrostatic Washable Permanent Home Air Filter
This heavy duty filter is the best on the market right now because is allows more air flow then your typical disposable filter as well as maximum dust and particle capture. The best part is this filter is permanent so you aren’t continually shelling out money for replacement filters. I recommend washing this filter with water only once per month. This filter is normally $99 but you can order yours for $36 HERE
Weather or not your AC system is old or new this applies to you! Your duct system serves as the respiratory system of your beautiful home. Depending on the size of your heating and cooling system (1.5-5 tons) that size will determine how many tons of air the machine needs to output as well as intake through the duct system. If your ducts are leaking air into your attic or sucking in hot air from your attic that could mean your air conditioner is in big trouble. Not only is this bad for your air conditioner its bad for the indoor air quality in the home because leaky duct work equals DUST ! On 50-60% of my service and maintenance calls I find that the home owners duct system is not mastic sealed and just taped. Over time the heat from the attic combined with the air pressure from your AC system causes the tape to peel and eventually your duct system will begin to tear and start leaking.
How Do I Know If My Duct Work Is Leaking?
Make sure the AC is on Check in your attic or under your home depending on where your duct system is located. First look to see if the duct system is mastic sealed. When you have leaks in your duct system you will often find that your attic is cooler then it should be.
Examples of Leaky Duct Work
Examples Of Properly Sealed Duct Work
When your duct system is properly sealed you will achieve maximum airflow throughout your home as well as maximum efficiency for your heating and cooling system.
Mastic Seal Your Ducts Yourself
Estimated Time Required: 45 min.
What You Will Need
- Tape Around Every Joint And Connection In Your Duct System
- Generously Apply Mastic Seal Over All Joints And Connections
Have you ever wondered how the professionals get rid of home odors such as cigarette smells, pet odors, and mold smells ? Or do you just have really bad allergies and are looking for relief without breaking the bank? Your air conditioning system is like the lungs of your home and circulates all the air in your home on average of 100 times per day. Typically to have a company come in and fog your air vents and sanitize the duct system will cost you anywhere between $500-$1000 if not more depending on the size of your home or home many AC systems you have. What I’m about to share with you is how to clean and sanitize your entire air duct system yourself with no experience!
What Fogging Your Air Duct System Remedies
- Cigarette or “Smoke Smell”
- Pet Odors
- Mold or Mildew Smells
- Damp Musty Smells
- Indoor Air Pathogens
What You Will Need
Fogging Your Duct System
Estimated Job Time: 5-10 min.
Tools And Equipment Needed: Fogger Jr, Screwdriver, Odor Eliminator
Difficulty: Very Easy
Once you have your fogging machine filled with your odor eliminator turn your AC system on. Then go to where you insert your air filter in at and remove the filter. Turn fogging machine on and for every 500 square feet you have in your home fog for 30 seconds. leave your air conditioning system on for at least 20 minutes after you apply the odor eliminator. Repeat this process once per day until any odors cease to exist this is typically achieved in 2-3 applications.
Q: Is the odor eliminator harmful to breathe?
A: No, all odor eliminators are hazardous to breathe. However, do not ingest or come in contact with eyes or open wounds.
Q: Does this hurt any plants or animals?
Q: Can you use on carpet or furniture?
A: Yes most odor eliminators can be used on all carpet and most furniture.