We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Why a Higher-Efficiency Air Filter Out Performs the Cheaper Models
Air filters are often only an afterthought for homeowners. If that statement applies to you, you may not realize that switching to a higher-efficiencyair filter can both improve the quality of the air they breathe and save you money in the long run. Here’s how:
One purpose of an air filter is to clean the air you breathe. As dust, dirt, residues from cleaning sprays, and other pollutants build up in your home, they become airborne. Your home is designed so that all air flows back to your HVAC system, and when it does, the particles pass through the filter and are removed from the air. The efficiency of a filter determines exactly how much is removed, and a more efficient filter creates cleaner air.
The particles that get into your air don’t just get you sick; they can also harm your HVAC system. They can build up on the motor and cause it to wear out faster, damage the fan, or clog your ducts and block system airflow. A low-efficiency air filter allows more particles to slip through and build up over time.
So Will I Save Money?
The answer is almost certainly yes. Even though a higher-efficiency air filter may cost more, the cost is outweighed by the other gains. Experts estimate that your HVAC-related expenses can be reduced by as much as 10 percent from lower fuel use and reduced repair and maintenancecosts.
Of course, for maximum savings you’ll need to consider your whole home. First, older HVAC systems may not be able to run with a higher-efficiency air filter. If they aren’t, your airflow will be reduced and will actually increase your energy use and wear your system out faster. Second, you don’t want to forget other improvements such as improving your insulation and upgrading your windows.