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Posted: January 23, 2015

Is your filter dirty? The number one cause of failure and breakdown to an air conditioning unit is a dirty air filter. These particles are composed of hair, dust, chemicals, pet dander, bacteria, mold, and other allergens. They begin to effect the systems electrical components creating poor air flow. As particles and infectious agents start to pass the air filter it clings to your air coil and blower. A buildup of as little as 1/20th of an inch can reduce your systems air coil can decrease efficiency about 21% and 1/8th of an inch on the blower can reduce the air flow up to 30%. Remembering to change your air filter is critical to your systems life, can benefit your health, and will help prevent overpaying the energy bill.

We recommend filters that are capable of removing particles 1 micron or less. Below is a filter description and comparison.

1″ PLEATED or FIBERGLASS or WASHABLE
– Filters about 200 microns: Dirt and Dust we can see
– Inexpensive to replace
– No health benefits
– Poor Equipment protection

4-5″ MEDIA FILTERS
– Filters about 30 microns: Pet Dander, Large Mold Spores and Pollen
– Can be Expensive to replace
– little Health benefits
– Decent equipment protection

1-5″ PLEATED ALLERGY FILTERS
– Filters about 5 microns: Plant and Mold Spores
– Expensive to replace
– OK Health benefits
– Good equipment protection
– Good for allegies

1″ POLARIZED MEDIA, ELECTRONIC and HEPA AIR CLEANERS
– Filters 1-.3 microns 97% of all particles: Fungi, Smoke, etc.
– Great for allergies
– The best equipment protection
– Great Health benefits
– Inexpensive to replace

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