Indoor Air Quality In Mesquite, Forney, Balch Springs, TX, and Surrounding Areas
- Air Purifiers
- Whole House Dehumidifiers
- Whole House Air Purification
- Air Purification
- Air Purifier Installation
- Air Filters
- Air Filter Changouts
- Air Filter Installation
- UV Lights
- UV Light Installation
- UV Light Replacement
- Allergy Reducers
Living in Texas means that your AC unit is vital for your health and comfort. Keeping up with air filter replacements is important for both the proper function of your air conditioner and air quality.
Here are 4 Common Questions and Things to Know About Your AC Filters:
1. Does it matter which side faces down?
Yes. Every filter comes with an arrow printed on the cardboard frame letting you know which end should be facing up towards your air ducts (airflow). Although both sides of the filter may look similar, they are not made the same. If you place it backward, your unit will have to work harder to circulate the air through it.
2. Does it matter what kind of filter I use?
You’ve likely seen a wide variety to pick from when shopping for filter replacements. According to the EPA, pleated filters tend to be more effective due to the surface area that particles need to pass through.
You may think you need to buy the super expensive kind each time. Depending on your household, you may or may not need the upper echelon of filters. For example, if your household consists of one person, unless you suffer from allergies or respiratory issues, you most likely don’t need to invest in the most expensive HEPA filters.
3. What happens if I don’t change it?
A dirty air filter causes your AC unit to work harder, as the filter is full of dust, particles, and even pet fur, blocking the flow of air. This negatively impacts your unit’s efficiency. In fact, according to energy.gov, by replacing a dirty air filter you can reduce the energy used by your AC unit by up to 15%! Our electricity bills during Texas summers are already high enough, we don’t need them to be even more costly due to avoiding the simple task of changing out the AC filter.
4. We know everything’s bigger in Texas, but does filter size matter?
Yes. If you use one that’s too small, you risk unfiltered air circulating back to your home. If you try to force one that’s too large to fit in the opening, it will cause small gaps in the frame which allow unfiltered air to again circulate in your home. This includes dust mites, pet dander, pet fur, pollen, and other allergens that can also accumulate in your ductwork, resulting in you needing to have it professionally cleaned.
If you have replacement filters but need help to change them, contact us! We will be happy to help you.
Key Factors that Influence Indoor Cooling Performance and Efficiency
Each cooling component plays a vital role in making sure that you enjoy a comfortable indoor environment in your home. A complete cooling system may be composed of:
- Outdoor air conditioner and indoor air handler
- Outdoor air conditioner and indoor gas furnace
- Outdoor heat pump and indoor air handler
- Outdoor heat pump and indoor gas furnace
According to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), “Improperly matched indoor and outdoor units can create undue stress on a cooling system, dramatically reducing efficiency.”3 AHRI suggests that mismatched systems are at least 30 percent less efficient than matched systems.”
Indoor Air Quality – Servicing the Mesquite, Forney, Balch Springs, TX, and Surrounding Areas
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