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Protect Your Health with a Whole House Filter

Posted on: January 15, 2017

Air Filters & Indoor Air Quality

For all the effort we put into eating healthy, exercising, and running to the store to get a flu shot and grab some vitamins, changing up the air we breathe falls off our health to-do list. Why? Allergy season and flu season are some of the worst times of the year to be caught without a strong immune system, yet many of us forget that we have some control over the airborne germs and allergens in our homes!

If you have ever woken up with allergies, the flu, or feeling downright congested, it could be an indoor air quality problem, where too much “gunk” isn’t getting filtered out of your AC or heating system. Thankfully, a whole house air filter can help.

Why Should I Consider a Home Air filter?

Deltona Whole House Filter

Most homes use forced air systems that move cold or hot air through the vents. The air is sucked in through the intake vent; it moves through the heating or cooling system, then it is pushed through the ducts to reach the vents throughout the house.

As the air moves, it will naturally pick up dust and debris, which is then pushed into the air of your home. So, it is essential that you have a Deltona whole house filter which will help to remove these small microscopic particles. You might not notice that the air in your home is affected by the airborne particles. But, these small things are impacting your health.

Not only will the dust have a negative impact on your health, but it can also influence the performance of your HVAC system. When the air conditioner is running, the filters can quickly fill up with debris and limit the function of the equipment. Failing to change the air filters can lead to expensive utility bills, avoidable repairs, and even a shorter lifespan for the HVAC system.

How Whole House Air Filters Work

As your heating or cooling system operates, millions of airborne particles circulate through your home’s ductwork. A whole house air filter helps to trap a majority of these large particles, preventing them from flowing out into the air you breathe.

Smaller particles (those pesky allergens!) may attempt to escape the air filter, but they won’t get far. Many whole house air filters contain a field charger, which creates a small series of electric charges that trap airborne contaminants as they pass through.

Although whole house air filters can be very beneficial for improving your indoor air quality, you will want to replace them from time to time! Many factors go into determining when you should replace a home air filter, but the general rule of thumb is about every 1-3 months, or when it looks dirty.

Is your Indoor Air Quality Worse than Air from Outside?

Homeowners are often surprised to learn that the indoor air quality is worse than the quality of the air outside. As you learn more about indoor air quality and health, you will feel motivated to make the changes that are needed in your home. One of the most affordable, but least thought about methods used to improve the indoor air quality of your home, is to install a home air filter.

Small, one-room air filters might help a little bit. But, they don’t offer the full performance benefits that are available from a filter designed for the entire house. These small units can’t address the particles that are pulled in through the intake vents. Plus, the coverage area is limited by the size of the air filter.

A better solution is to invest your money in a way that will protect the entire family. You can install a whole house filter so that you don’t need to worry about the logistics of maintaining smaller air filters in every room of the house.

Talk to Your Local HVAC Experts

Here at Jacob Heating and Air, we want to be sure that you are satisfied with the quality of your HVAC system. Our team is here to help with air filter installation as well as any other services that you need. If you have questions about indoor air quality, whole house air filters, or want to request an HVAC inspection, give us a call or contact us online!

Jacob Heating and Air Conditioning has been a staple in the HVAC industry since 1921. We provide high-quality HVAC services throughout and nearby DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Orange City, Lake Helen, Osteen, Pierson, Astor, and Deleon Springs, Florida.