Comparing and Choosing A Filter – Part Three

As a general rule, the filter is either determined by the manufacturer or by your service company when they install your system. This is an often overlooked, but very important, aspect of system design. First we will see how a filter should be sized and then see what the options are for the everyday homeowner after the fact. Choosing a Filter Based on Design: Today’s high efficient system need to be able to breathe to achieve

Comparing and Choosing A Filter – Part Two

Using the information we learned in the previous article, Understanding Filters, we are now ready to apply that knowledge to choosing the correct filter. Filter Types: Filter size, and we are not talking about the frame size, but the thickness of the filter. Filters are available from One inch thickness to five inch thickness for normal, everyday filter applications. The part of the filter that ‘catches’ the particles is called the media. The air, which

Which Air Filters NOT to Use

Early in this series we talked about “filter ratings” which amount are equivalent to a bucket of hogwash. We will see some of these here and discuss some other “over hyped” types of filters. The Home Depot Air Filter Performance Rating (FPR) System From the Home Depot Website: The Home Depot Air Filter Performance Rating System, tested by an independent third-party lab, measured all brands of air filters we sell by measuring: 1) ability to

Two Stage Air Conditioners

Two stage air conditioners have gained significant popularity in recent years, and rightfully so. Once a property owner experiences the benefits of two stages, it’s hard to go back. In many cases, our customers tell us that they feel comfortable during summers at higher indoor temperatures, and that they feel the benefits of reduced humidity every time they walk through the door. A two stage air conditioner can back off to operate at 60% of

AC Replacement vs. Repair

It is often brought up when is a good time to replace your air conditioner and not repair it. When it begins to fail there are so many scenarios that run through your head. Here are things to consider. Utility Bills Most systems have a life expectancy of 10-13 years. At 10 years the cost to repair say a capacitor could be hundreds of dollars and this will have no positive effect on your utility

Understanding Air Filters – Part One

Filters for your HVAC system are essential; yet most people do not fully understand their importance. Prevailing marketing hype only tends to confuse people even more! This article will establish what a filter’s job is, how we select the proper filter and the differences in the filter types. A Filter’s Job: Easy right; a filter is designed to “clean the air” of dust particles! Well, yes and no… The primary job of the filter is