Sunday, October 29, 2017

Reduce Indoor Pollutants

Ways to reduce the allergens in your home

For some, allergies can affect us all year long. Millions of people each year suffer from allergies during the spring and summer, but continue through the fall and winter months as we are cooped up indoors. Here are some tips to reduce the amount of allergens in your home so that you and your family will be on their way to easy breathing.
First of all allergens enter your home through your HVAC unit. The ragweed, pollen, grass particles, pet dander and other allergens get into your home and settle on all of your items. This makes it much more difficult to breathe comfortably in your own home. The key to minimize your suffering is proper HVAC maintenance.


The air filter you choose is the first step to breathing easy in your home. Choose a filter that has an MERV rating of eight or higher to maximize the collection of the harmful particles and reduce your indoor allergens. During high allergy season you should check your filters every month and replace them as often as necessary.  Dirty filters not only increase the allergens and particles in your home but reduce airflow and cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently. 

Dust and debris

Make sure your outdoor unit is not blocked by allergy producing debris such as leaves, plants or brush.  Also check indoors. You should vacuum and dust away the area around the indoor unit to prevent the allergens from continuing to cycle through your home.


Mold is a common allergen.  It is unhealthy to breathe and it can cause allergies.  Mold is not only bad for allergy sufferers but it can make anyone sick. Make sure your condensate is not overflowing and that your air ducts don't have any mold. When it starts to get humid out, you should regularly check for mold around your inside and outside HVAC components.


Many people are allergic to dust which is present every day of the year. The best way to tackle dust is to clean all of the registers and return vents and then all of the surfaces in your home. It's best to use a damp cloth's because it will trap the dust rather than pushing it around.  Don’t let dust build up, clean your home regularly if you want to lessen allergens.
If you suffer from severe allergies any time during the year, you need to start with taking care of your HVAC system. Follow these tips and you will be breathing easy this year.  For all of your HVAC needs call the experts at Air Expo NJ. 
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Do You Know All the Different Types of HVAC Air Filters?

Quick Tips on the Types of HVAC Air Filters

 Hopefully you know enough about your home furnace and HVAC  system to know that you need to regularly change the air filters. When you head to the store to purchase a filter you're faced with a large wall of a variety options. In order to pick the best one for your needs here is an overview of the different types of filters.

What is the filter rating system?

One of the first things you will see on the filter is a rating system. Different companies have different rating and number systems. The numbers typically tell you the amount of particles and pollutants that can be captured in the filter. The higher the number the larger the amount of particles the particular filter will collect.

Minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV)

The MERV rating has been established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning engineers. It rates the filter’s ability to capture and hold particles and pollutants. For residential filters the numbers range from 1 to 12. With the higher number referring to the higher amount of particles collected.

Microparticle Performance Rating (MPR)

This system has been developed by the 3M Company and is solely used in 3M products. The amount of microparticles that the filter captures is what determines the rating. The numbers range from 300 to 2800 with the higher number meaning more particles captured.

Filter performance rating (FPR)

 This system utilizes the color code and a number scale ranging from 4 to 10 which is similar to the MERV rating. The FPR system has been developed and is only used by The Home Depot.
What are the three basic types of filters available?

Washable air filter

At first the washable filter may seem like a budget friendly and environmentally friendly option, however they are not highly recommended. Washable filters have very low ratings and do not trap as many particles as they're disposable counterparts. They require regular maintenance via washing and must be thoroughly dried prior to reusing so as not to spread mold into your home. Washable filters are not recommended for homes that have anybody with allergies in them.

Fiberglass air filter

Fiberglass filters are the least expensive option. They do have the ability to track a larger air particles however do not capture smaller allergens and pollutants very well. The MERV rating is typically only between one and four. If you have a fiberglass air filter the air quality in your home will not be improved. They also tend to need replacement more often.

Polyester and pleated air filters

These are the most commonly use filters and the most recommended. There are MERV rating is from 8 to 13 which is much higher than washable and fiberglass filters. Polyester and pleated filters are highly effective in trapping and holding a variety of particles pollutants and allergens from your home. These types of filters are available in most stores and come in a variety of options that can help even the most severe allergy sufferer.

Keep this guide in mind the next time you head to the store for a filter replacement. Purchasing the proper filter for you and your family will make all the difference in the air-quality in your home. If you have any questions about air-quality or filters for your specific HVAC system call the experts at Air Expo for all of your maintenance needs.
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When Should You Replace Ductwork in Your Home?

How do I know if the ductwork needs to be replaced in my home?

The ductwork in your home is largely unseen. You probably rarely ever think about the fact that it is keeping the air flowing to all of the different rooms in your home. Overtime you could have issues with your ductwork that could lead to energy loss, unhealthy air quality and increased heating or cooling bills. Even though the ductwork is out of sight there are issues that you can look for to determine if you are having a problem.

Age of ductwork

In the majority of cases of the ductwork was installed when the home was built. This original air ducts are typically done at a builder’s grade quality and likely not intended to last a lifetime. There are seals and joints in the ductwork that can deteriorate over time. If your home is 15 years old or more you should consider having the ductwork examined for any problems.
Look at the ductwork that you can see
Some of the ductwork is able to be seen from the attic or crawlspaces. Use a flashlight and look at the joints and check for any duct tape that could be fraying or deteriorating in any way. You also need to check for rust or corrosion. If you spot any problems you must call for inspection as you could have moisture issues.


If you have certain rooms that are experiencing issues in airflow this could indicate a problem with the specific span of ductwork designated for that area. If the ductwork has deteriorating insulation or a leak then it will cause uneven airflow.

Duct blower test

The best way to determine if you are having duct work issues is to have a duct blower test which is performed by a professional. Your HVAC contractor will use a fan and sensors to determine airflow and the efficiency of your current ductwork. Leaks and inefficiency will be determined via computerized specific results.

The ductwork in your home is kind of like the veins in your body bringing airflow all through the rooms. If any part of it is working incorrectly or has a leak you will experience uneven air loss and high electricity bills due to inefficiency. Call the experts at Air Expo today to schedule a maintenance check and an air duct blower test to determine the efficiency of your ductwork.
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