Air On Demand Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Filtration’

3 Indoor Air Quality Myths

Monday, October 29th, 2018

virus-cells-germsIndoor air quality is one of those topics that garner plenty of misconception and myths. Most of what we know about IAQ is backed by research and tests, as opposed to what’s visible by the eye. And from the perspective of the HVAC services, there’s no shortage of misconceptions about air quality, so we’ll go over a few of them here today.

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Look into these 4 Home Air Quality Improvements

Monday, March 5th, 2018

As air conditioning contractors, we spend most of our time helping people lower the temperatures in their home. But as comfort specialists, we know that temperature is not the only factor in home comfort. Indoor air quality is just as important to your comfort and to your health.

Unfortunately, most indoor air quality solutions (like plug-in portable air purifiers) don’t truly resolve problems with germs or particulate in the air. For that, you need a whole-house solution, and we’ve got some suggestions for you.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

Monday, March 20th, 2017

changing-air-filter-homeSpring is here, and the allergies are too. This time of year, you may be used to taking allergy medication and spending money on doctor’s visits, or perhaps restricting outdoor time in order to keep allergies under control. But what if we told you that the biggest problem was likely within your own home?

We spend about 93% of our time indoors, according to a study by the EPA. And air quality inside of the house can be just as bad as outdoor air quality—if not worse.

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How to Clean a Reusable Air Filter

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

dirty-filter-reusableSome things are designed to be thrown away. That Styrofoam container you got with your takeout order? Trash it! But that plastic container you saved last night’s pasta in? That one can be reused time and time again.

Air filters that work with your home’s air conditioning system are the same way. There are some filters designed for only one use (although “one use” is about a month). Others can be used time and over and over—as long as you keep them clean.

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Choosing a Quality Air Filter for Your HVAC System

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Picking up an air filter for your HVAC system is as easy as going to your local hardware store and grabbing the one that fits your unit—right? Not if you want quality filtration for your indoor air quality. As it turns out, air conditioning and heating filters were not originally designed to improve our health. In reality, a filter’s first function is to keep debris out of the HVAC system. Imagine if a large piece of debris jammed a motor. This would result in a costly repair, which is why a filter first and foremost protects the unit.

Over time, professionals found ways to filter smaller particles out of the air with more advanced air filtration systems. The HVAC filter you use currently does provide some level of filtration. But it may not filter some of the most common contaminants that stay in the air you breathe. A quality air filter will help to eliminate some of the most common pollutants found in homes in Miami, FL. So how do you choose the right one?

Look for the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating! The MERV is a number 1-12 which lets you know how effective that filter is. A filter with a MERV of 3 is effective enough to eliminate dust mites but not pollen in many cases. A MERV of 4 can get rid of pollen, while it takes a MERV of 8 to eliminate mold spores that pass through the filter.

Unfortunately, if you choose a filter that has a MERV that is too high, it can damage your system. Your air conditioner needs a certain amount of airflow in order to work properly, and a filter that is too thick will prevent air from flowing in, which could lead to frozen coils and overworked parts.

It’s best to work with a technician when choosing the best filter for your health, family, and HVAC unit. The indoor air quality experts at air on Demand offer air filtration service, and can even help you to find an electronic filter for advanced purification. Give us a call today to get our quality air filtration services in Miami, FL.

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Air Filtration Recommendations in Pinecrest, FL

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

If you aren’t worried about the air quality in your home, you should be. Unbeknownst to many homeowners, the air inside their homes is teeming with millions of microscopic pollutants and contaminants. Some of these tiny particles are harmless, but most are not. Dust, pollen, insect dander, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, and mold are just a few of the many kinds of air pollutants that can cause harm to the occupants of your home. So, what are you supposed to do about it? Well, the best way to address air quality problems is to use an air filter or purifier. Read on for a brief outline of the available air purification systems and their advantages.

Air Filters

Air filters are passive devices that are mostly just a finely woven fiber mesh stretched over a frame. These can be portable, or installed in the ducts to service the entire house. As particles encounter the air filter, they become trapped in the mesh. Meanwhile, the air flows through the filter unimpeded. Filters are great all-around choices, and can improve the air quality in almost any home. They do need to be cleaned on a regular basis, however, so as not to become clogged and lose their efficiency.

Ionization Filters

Ionization filters are air filters that use electricity to catch particles instead of fiber. An ionization filter generates an electric field around itself during operation. As particles pass through this field, they gain a negative charge that causes them to be attracted to the closed positively charged surface. Most ionization filters include metal plates inside the unit, which capture the charged particles. Then, the metal plates simply need to be removed and wiped clean to get rid of the particles. Ionization filters can capture a great many particles with their unique method. However, poor quality ones can also release ozone into the air, which is toxic. So, be sure that the filter you pick is of a high quality.

UV Germicidal Lights

UV germicidal lights capitalize on the vulnerability of many germs and molds to ultraviolet radiation. These lights give off short-wave ultraviolet radiation, which is harmless to humans but destroys the cell functions that allow these germs to reproduce. In some cases the germs are outright destroyed, while in others they are simply sterilized. Regardless, once exposed to this radiation they become unable to infect and sicken people. UV germicidal lights can really improve your health by sterilizing the air. However, they don’t have any way of affecting non-biological contaminants.

If you aren’t sure which filter to choose, call Air on Demand to speak with one of our specialists today. We provide professional air filtration services in the Pinecrest area.

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Why You Should Consider DustStopper Filter Installation

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Do you or your family members have severe allergies that need to be managed throughout the year? Indoor allergies can be a challenge, especially during the hottest and coldest times of the year when you can’t open your windows for extra ventilation. If you’ve considered adding an air filtration system to help reduce the allergens in your Miami home, you may want to look at the DustStopper.

What’s the DustStopper?

The specialized design of the DustStopper makes it a great choice for air filtration, particularly for allergy sufferers. There are two reasons for this: first, the DustStopper is made from synthetic fibers that can capture up to 99% of particles that are 10 microns or bigger in size. The synthetic fibers used in the DustStopper are designed to filter more air than other mechanical filters, enabling the DustStopper a larger volume of allergens and contaminants. The second reason the DustStopper is great for air filtration is that it doesn’t restrict the airflow in your HVAC system the way a HEPA filter can. The bottom line is that with a DustStopper, you’ll get the highest of air filtration ability without having to worry about airflow restriction in your system.

Install with a Professional

If you choose to install a DustStopper filter, you should also hire a professional to perform the installation. This is because the DustStopper filter needs to be the correct size for your HVAC blower in order to work correctly. Additionally, the DustStopper filter should be changed regularly to ensure proper functioning, which is something you can schedule with the technician.

Think a DustStopper air filtration system is a good fit for your home in Miami? Then call Air on Demand today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts!

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Benefits of a High Quality Air Filter in Cutler Bay

Monday, January 21st, 2013

You may not realize it, but on average most people spend the majority of their time indoors. That’s why indoor air quality in your home is so critical. The EPA estimates that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading threats to respiratory health in the United States. Having a good indoor air filtration system can have many positive benefits for your home. At Air On Demand, we provide complete indoor air quality services throughout the Cutler Bay area. We wanted to help out our customers in the area by putting together a quick list of some of the benefits to having a good indoor air filter for your Cutler Bay home.

Reduced Contaminants in Your Air

Obviously, the main reason for you to get a whole home air filtering system in Cutler Bay is to improve the quality of the air. Whole home air filtration systems use mechanical filters or electronic filters to remove pollutants like pet dander, dust, dust mite droppings, bacteria and mold spores from your air supply. This can potentially have a positive impact on the comfort of people in your home who may have allergies or asthma.

Reduced Dust Collection

With a whole home air filter, you’ll be able to remove much of the dust in your air before it has a chance to settle on your floors or furniture. Not only is this helpful for the quality of air in your home, it also may be able to help keep your home cleaner.

Particulate Destruction

There are also products available on the market that rather than removing particles from your air: they destroy them. Ultra-violet germicidal lights are designed to sit in your ducts and destroy organic contaminants like viruses, bacteria and mold spores. While ultra-violet light is only slightly damaging to humans, it is lethal to microorganisms. UV germicidal lights are great for homeowners in Cutler Bay that are interested in taking the next step in their home’s air filtration process.

If you’re interested in home air quality control in Cutler Bay, call Air On Demand. We have many years of experience offering complete home air filtration services throughout the Cutler Bay area.

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SoBAY Home Show

Friday, November 16th, 2012

SoBay Home Show | Miami | Air On DemandAir On Demand will be exhibiting at the SoBAY Home Show. December 1st and 2nd starting at noon the home show will feature designers, manufacturers and retailers of all varieties of home products. This family friendly event features a kids area, wine tasting and live music.

Air On Demand will have information about all of the latest air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality services and products. We also offer pool heater, ductwork and commercial HVAC services to residents and businesses in the Miami-Dade area.

Check out our specials offers and promotions online, and visit our booth at the SoBAY home show for more opportunities to save!

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Miami Air Quality Guide: What Air Filtration Options are Right for You?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

There are a number of air filtration options currently on the market in Miami that provide substantial protection against high levels of pollutants, allergens and contaminants in your home’s air supply. From dust and pet dander to mold spores and bacteria, a good air filtration system can remove almost anything. Here are some options and how to ensure you get the right one for your home.

  • Standard MERV Rated Filters – MERV ratings are used to measure the efficiency of a filter at removing smaller particles from the air. Your air handler came with a stock MERV rated filter that could remove between 40% and 60% of the particles in your air – enough for most homes without high pollutant levels or those who suffer from asthma or allergies. There are higher MERV rated filters that capture many more allergens, however.
  • HEPA Filtration – HEPA filtration is the equivalent of an MERV rating of up to 20, meaning it can remove 99.9% of all contaminants 0.3 microns or larger, a perfect fit for homes with pets and plants and those who suffer from allergies to both or asthma.
  • Electronic Air Cleaners – Electronic air cleaners remove smaller particles from smoke or exhaust fumes and are highly efficient at ionizing and separating air from other gasses.
  • Comprehensive Air Purifiers – Air purifiers combine both mechanical filtration and electronic air cleaning to remove smaller particles from your air. They are also very efficient in other ways, often managing humidity levels and sometimes containing UV germicidal lights.

Depending on the scope of the air quality problem in your Miami home, there are quite a few possible solutions you can turn to. The key is to ensure that the solution you choose will be sufficient for the health of your family members. Call Air on Demand today to learn more about improving the air quality in your Miami home!

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