Three Reasons to be on a filter program:
- The filters help keep the HVAC clean so your system runs efficiently.
Having filters changed on a consistent basis will help with the dust in your home as well as the air quality.
But most importantly, you won't have to remember to go to the store and buy the filters and the correct size will be shipped to you.
How often do I really have to change my filter?
In the summer or winter, changing your filter once a month is a good idea – for your health and your HVAC system! Besides reducing allergens like pollen and dust in your home’s air, a clean filter keeps dust and dirt from building up in your HVAC system, a problem that can lead to early system failure.
A dirty filter also slows down air flow, so your air conditioner has to work harder to keep you cool. That means a high energy bill you’ll have to work harder to pay for.
One Hour Heating offers a special filter system called the MicroPower Guard which helps purify the air in your home. The particles hit the polarized media technology which generates an active electromagnetic field to charge both the airborne particles and the fiber of the disposable carbon-filled media pad. The polarized particles stick to the media and each other. This creates a virtual force field within the ductwork, capturing 97% of the most dangerous-to-breathe airborne particles.
Not only does it catch the particles, the carbon-filled media pad helps absorb odors and gases for better air quality in your home.
This MicroPower Guard system fits easily into your existing 1” furnace filter area. The carbon-filled media pad should be replaced every 3 to 4 months for peak operating efficiency. The replacement media pads are available in 3 or 4 packs.
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The number one reason why furnaces shut down and aren't working properly is...the FILTER is DIRTY.
Changing your filters in your heating system is so important to make sure your furnace continues to perform at its most efficient capacity. Apparently, the dirt and dust clogs the filters and makes it so the furnace can't get enough airflow which in turn either stops your furnace from working all together or make it so it's not functioning properly. So to make sure your system is running at its peak performance, be sure to check and change your filters regularly.
Filters need to be changed on a monthly basis if you have a 1" filter; otherwise, they can be changed every 2-3 months; and non disposable filters – wash every month.. Vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning your house needs to be done on a regular basis too just like changing your filters. Changing the filters also helps with dust control in your home which in turn helps with allergies and good air quality. Each heating system has different sizes of filters so when you go to purchase new filters, make sure you have the correct size with you.
If you are interested in getting a year's supply of filters delivered to your home on a regular basis, give us a call and we can get you on our Filter Program.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from allergies. There are 3 elements in your home:
Element #1: Allergens and Particulates: dirt, dust, pollen, mold, fungi, tobacco and/or wood smoke, dust mites, pet allergens, insect debris, etc.
Health Effects: Nose and throat irritation, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, cough and wheezing, and asthma flares.
Element #2: Infectious Agents: germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Health Effects: sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, throat and ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia.
Element #3: Toxic Compounds: toxic gases, odors, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, methylene chloride, nitrogen dioxide, pesticides, toluene and benzene, toxic mold.
Health Effects: memory lapse, mild depression, lung dysfunction, blurred vision, headaches, lethargy.
What can I do in my home to help with my allergies? Did you know that clean air in your home is determined by the efficiency of a filter or an air cleaner? Filters have an efficiency rating called MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). MERV ratings are used to rate the ability of a filter to remove particles from the air as they pass through the filter. The higher the MERV rating the cleaner the air.
Store bought filters are typically MERV 1-4 removing airborne particles at less than 1%. You can get up to 4% airborne particles removed with a MERV 5-12 filter system. However, if you install a MicroPower Guard (MERV 13-16), it will capture 97% of the airborne pollutants.
If you want your whole house to have clean air from the Elements 1-3, add the MicroPower Guard to your system as well as a OxyQuantum LED. These two items will not only remove the airborne particles at 97%, but will also remove the toxic gases, odors, and will reduce airborne germs, bacteria, and viruses for healthier air.
If you add a PureSept HEPA to scrub the air, your home will have hospital-like quality air. These 3 items: MicroPower Guard, OxyQuantum LED, and PureSept HEPA will remove 99.97% of airborne particles plus remove toxins and scrub the air.
How many airborne elements do you want to get out of your home? For more information, check out One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning’s website.
Do you get up in the morning and have a stuffy nose and then you make the mistake of itching your eyes? Then all day, you are miserable or you have taken medication to help each of your symptoms that then makes you feel groggy or fuzzy. So then you can’t wait to get into bed so you can shut your eyes because they are burning and itching. Then you start the process all over again the next day.
Steer clear of pollen by:
- Keeping pets out of the bedroom. Pets that go outdoors bring in the pollen on their fur.
- Keeping windows closed to keep the pollen from floating into your home.
- Keeping windows closed in a car, run AC but with the air re-circulating. Don’t pull the air from outside.
- Replacing your furnace and AC filters with MERV rated filters of 12 and change every 2-3 months or invest in a MicroPower Guard, OxyQuantum LED, and PureSept HEPA equipment to eliminate 99.97% airborne particles and toxic gases, as well as scrub the air.
- Checking pollen counts by visiting www.weather.com to see how high the levels are in your area and then plan your day accordingly.
- Wearing sunglasses to help protect your eyes from allergens.
- Showering before going to sleep to get the pollen off your hair and skin before contaminating your sheets and pillow with pollen.
- Wearing a mask if you have to mow the yard or hire somebody to do yard maintenance for you.
- Washing your hands throughout the day and using hand sanitizers.
- Allergy proofing your bed by placing your mattress, box springs, and pillows in airtight plastic fabric covers.
For more information on how to enjoy cleaner air in your home:
In the indoor air quality arena, there is a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) that is given to filters. The rating is used to rate the ability of a filter to remove particles from the air as they pass through the filter. The higher the MERV rating the cleaner the air! Did you know the number one killer of a furnace is DUST? Yep it’s true that we need to keep our furnaces cleaned and maintained to help with the air quality of our home.
The first level of defense is to change your filters in your heating system on a regular basis. Store bought filters catch dust particles. Typically store-bought filters have a MERV rating of 1-4 removing less than 1% of airborne particles. A brand name pleated Fantastic Filter MERV 8 rating filter removes less than 2% of airborne particles. And a pleated Fantastic Filter MERV 12 rating filter removes less than 4% of airborne particles. For the best defense, the MERV 12 rated filter would be recommended.
The second level of defense is to install a MicroPower Guard. The internal part of the MicroPower Guard has a filter that has a carbon center collecting the bigger particles flowing through your system. It actually captures 97% of airborne particles and cleans the air of contaminates that can aggravate asthma and allergies. MicroPower Guard has a MERV rating of 13-16.
The third level of defense is to install an OxyQuantum LED to help purify your home’s air. This is normally installed before the filter for best results. The OxyQuantum LED UV light system removes toxic gases, reduces and control odors, airborne toxic compounds, and infectious agents; capturing 97% of particulates. Ozone is blown through the ductwork helping sanitize the ducts and air at the same time. These two items together: MicroPower Guard and OxyQuantum LED can protect your air quality as well as help protect your heating and air conditioning equipment.
The fourth level of defense is to install a variable speed motor in your system. The motor reduces cold spots in the home and is always running to filter your air. This help keep the air clean by having a constant flow of air through your MicroPower Guard and then through your OxyQuantum LED system without shutting down. So it is constantly cleaning and purifying your air.
The fifth level of defense is to have your ductwork cleaned. Duct Cleaning removes all the dirt and debris for better ventilation.
Clean air is determined by the efficiency of a filter and/or an air cleaner. Protect your family’s air quality and heating and air conditioning equipment with incorporating some or all of these levels of defense into your home’s environment.
Saving money on your electric bill doesn’t have to be a huge challenge. Just take a few simple steps to manage your home’s energy use. Here are 10 suggestions to help you slash your electric bill:
1. Unplug all those appliances and electronics that you aren’t using or when you are gone. These actually drain power even when they are off! Even though this may not be a huge savings, everything helps. You can even buy smart power strips that turn off automatically so you don’t have to run around the house unplugging everything.
2. Turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees for the winter months when at home and lower 7 to 10 degrees when away or sleeping (per Honeywell instructions). If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, installing one is a great way to save money on your heating bill. If you are cold, only adjust your thermostat by 1 degree at a time so that your auxiliary heat doesn’t kick in. It takes a lot more energy and money to heat your home in the auxiliary or emergency heat mode. Click here: Honewell Tstat Energy-Saving Settings
3. If you have baseboard heat, turn the heaters off in the vacant rooms and close the doors. Or you may want to invest in a ductless mini split heating/cooling system. This system requires no demolition of your home, just an install of a heating/cooling wall unit(s). These ductless splits are far more energy efficient in heating your home, PLUS you get the added bonus of air conditioning for those hot summer months! You can save up to 60-70% on your utility bills.
4. Your heating system is the most expensive item to run in your home. So be sure to have your furnace cleaned every year for optimum performance and to lengthen the life of your system. Also, change your system’s filters on a regular basis. Having a dirty filter means your system has to work even harder costing you a lot more money.
5. When you have a forced air system, closing vents may not be the best solution to keep the costs down on your electric bill. Closing vents forces your system to work harder to push air through the system. It’s better to have more airflow in your home. Make sure there you don’t have furniture or other items blocking your registers.
6. Space heaters are expensive to run. If you need supplemental heat, isolate to one or two rooms by hanging up blankets, shutting doors, etc. to keep the heat in one area.
7. The second most expensive appliance to run in your home is the hot water heater. Make sure your hot water tank is well insulated. Keep the thermostat at 120 degrees or the low setting. Wash your clothes in cold water as much as possible. Don’t run half loads of laundry or dishes, wait until you have a full load and take shorter showers J. And if you want to make an investment, you can have a tankless water heater installed. These tankless water heaters provide only the water that is needed and doesn’t use energy keeping stored water warm. You will have the added benefit of continuous hot water, meaning you’ll never have a cold shower or bath again. You’ll save money on water, power to heat the water, and you’ll be helping the environment at the same time.
8. You may want to look into switching out your regular light bulbs to the Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). These bulbs consume 75% less power and last up to 10 times longer; however, they are a bit more expensive to buy upfront. Look for coupons or sales and contact your utility provider about possible rebates.
9. Replacing old appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, etc for more energy efficient appliances will save you money in the long run after the initial investment. Don’t move the old refrigerator or freezer to the garage and start using it because it can cost up to an additional $100 a month to run a non-efficient old appliance. As an added bonus, a lot of utility companies will offer rebates to consumers who swap out their old power hungry appliances for newer ones with better efficiency!
10. Make sure your home is properly sealed. Caulking around windows and doors will help keep the cold air outside, and insulated windows will keep the warm air inside. Be sure your attic, walls, crawl space, and ductwork are all well insulated for minimum heat loss and maximum heat gain.
Here’s to a happy, warm, efficient home!!!
Are you feeling sad? Experts say that 5-10% of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). And many more suffer from milder winter blues.
Common symptoms of SAD are low energy, social withdrawal, sadness and despair, difficulty concentrating, and cravings for high carb foods such as pasta. These symptoms are most prevalent during December and January where light is in short supply. Here are a few items to help with feeling SAD.
Lighten up by opening the curtains or take a brisk walk outside for some rays. Or you can always switch out your light bulbs to the natural light bulbs.
Fuel well by eating a balanced diet and avoid the cravings for high carb, surgary foods. Sweet and starchy foods cause your blood levels to spike and then plummet, making your cravings even more fierce. It is recommended to eat 20-30 grams of protein per meal to help boost your mood.
Supplement by taking a multi-vitamin and adding extra Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium supporting a healthy heart and immune system. Most people report improved mood after taking Vitamin D3 supplements.
Move it by get out an exercise: walk, run, or bicycle outside if possible for extra light. Physical exercise increases the oxygen flow to the brain and diminishes the body's response to high stress.
Change it by making sure you replace your furnace filters on a regular basis to help with the air quality in your home.
Stress less by scheduling fun things to do that give you pleasure not stress. Like playing a sport, scrapbooking, reading a book, going to the movies, etc. Also, alone time helps energize the mind and body too.
Schedule sleep by keeping your body on track with your sleep patterns. Set your alarm to wake up after 8 or 9 hours. Open your curtains and wake up to the early-morning light. Good sleeping habits keep your biological rhythms steady.
Get help if you can't shake the SADness. Keep a journal so when you meet with a therapist, they can help guide you better so you can cope through these dreary long winters.
Be happy by enjoying the wintertime as much as the summertime. Don't hibernate until spring. Find fun stuff to do in the winter that will get you out of the house and on a different routine. Have fun experimenting with life.
Last year Washington State had a mild winter, so plan for a harsh winter with all types of extremes this year. Here are some tips to protect you, your family, and your home before the severe weather hits.
- If you have an electric garage door opener, locate the manual over-ride.
- If the power goes out, turn off the stove and other natural gas appliances.
- During a windstorm, go to a lower floor in a multi-story house to avoid falling trees, branches, or debris.
- Make sure you have battery-operated flashlight and you have extra batteries. Candles can cause fires.
- Turn off all lights and electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and freezer. When the power comes back on it may have pikes or surges that can damage your appliances and electronics. When the power comes back on, the fridge/freezer will come on automatically and hopefully you will not have lost a lot of food.
- Be sure to unplug computers to protect them from possible surges when power is restored.
- Conserve water, especially if you use a well for your water needs.
Winter Storms – Ice and Snow
- Wrap pipes, especially those near outer walls or attics/crawl spaces. Remember, broken pipes can lead to a huge repair bill.
- Have rock salt or sand handy for traction with ice and snow.
- Be sure to fill up your gas and propane tanks before the snow starts.
- NEVER use a BBQ in the house to cook or heat your home. BBQr’s can explode and/or cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Educate yourself on how to shut off your home’s gas, water, and power.
- Get your heating system checked before the winter starts.
- Change your furnace filters and change the batteries in the thermostat and smoke detectors.
- To avoid damage from power surges, install a whole-house surge protection system in your home.
- By installing a GenTran near your electrical panel, you can plug your generator directly into the GenTran and flip the breakers "on" that you want running such as the well pump, freezer, fridge, and some lights.
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