Best Air Filters for Allergies and Asthma

Guide to buying the best air filters for allergies and asthma.

If you or a family member is suffering from asthma or allergies, it is important to ensure that the air you breathe is clean and free from allergens and contaminants.

However, the air in our home is usually not truly clean. This is why some family members may be sneezing a lot of the time or experiencing difficulties in breathing. To ensure the air in your home is clean, you need a good air purifier that will remove all allergens in the air that may result from air conditioner leaking freon, smoke, odor, among others.

Read on for an overview of the best air filters to buy if you or your family members have asthma or other air allergies.

Best Air Filter for Asthma Suffers [REVIEW]

#1.  IQAir HealthPro Plus

IQAir HealthPro PlusThe IQAir HealthPro Plus does a great job of filtering allergens from the air. The asthma air filter has an ultrafine filter that can eliminate airborne particles that are as small as 0.003 microns. When using this air filter, you can be sure no allergens will be lurking in the air at home.

We love this air filter because it is energy efficient and quiet. It consumes as little energy as conventional light bulbs do. The fan motor is placed between sound-attenuating filters that ensure it remains quite. The air filter also has a double-walled housing and rubber suspension pads.

Pros

  • Double-walled housing
  • Comes with an extended manufacturer’s warranty
  • Uses HEPA filtration
  • Can be used on larger areas of the house
  • Easily removes small particles in the air

Cons

  • This is an excellent purifier with no downsides

#2.  Alen BreatheSmart-Pure

Alen BreatheSmart-PureThe Alen BreatheSmart removes over 99 percent of airborne particles, no matter how small they are, and in turn helps to keep your asthma allergies on bay. The device has a SmartSensor feature that enables it to automatically detect the quality of air and, in turn, change its cleaning speed to ensure you have the cleanest quality air.

The WhisperMax technology in-built into the air purifier makes it operate quietly. Therefore, you can turn on the air purifier in your bedroom at night and not have to worry about noise.

The air filter is Energy Star rated as it only consumers 105W when on its highest sped. Moreover, the air purifier comes in 14 different color options for … Read More

Benefits of HVAC Preventive Maintenance

hvac unit repairIt makes sense to maintain a HVAC even if it is under warranty. The average warranty covers the compressor and all parts for 10 years.

However, the warranty is usually limited to parts only, not to labor after the first year. The cost of labor for air conditioning repair can be very expensive when a coil or the compressor needs to be replaced.

Secondly, today’s conditioners are up to 3 times more efficient than the models they replace. If you have an air conditioner that is 15-20 years old it might make more sense to replace it now, before it wears out. You will begin to save on energy costs immediately. In addition, many high-efficiency central air conditioners are eligible for tax credits and utility rebates, reducing your expenses considerably.

Finally, it might be wise to replace your central air conditioner preemptively before it fails. Here’s why. Being proactive will give you the opportunity to take your time to find the best unit, the best price and a competent installer. You won’t be rushed and will likely make a better decision.

According to Home Advisor, having your central air conditioner fail in the middle of summer can be expensive. You’ll pay higher prices when HVAC companies are busiest. If you have to relocate to a hotel for a few days because your house becomes too hot, your expenses will add up quickly. If you do decide to replace an older system, always get multiple written estimates on a new system. You’ll save money when contractors know that they are competing for the work.

Air Conditioning Parts Repair Costs

It is important to understand that each job presents a slightly different challenge, which may affect the price. For instance, if you need to have an evaporator coil replaced, but it’s in the crawl space that’s only 18 inches high, your repairman may charge more due to the 4-5 hours he has to spend crawling under your home. The only way to get an exact price, is to have a company come on site and give you a firm quote.

This information can be empowering to the homeowner or building owner. It can help you be proactive about maintaining and replacing your air conditioner. You’ll make better decisions and likely spend less in the process of keeping your home or business air conditioned.

The above is an overview of why … Read More

Central Air Conditioning Repair

There are over 1000 companies offering Air Conditioning repair and installation services in the country. The companies range from from Mom and Pop independent repair services to large corporations.  In  this article, our goal is to assist both residential and commercial property owners in finding a trustworthy and reliable air conditioning repair specialist. Special thanks goes to CoolAirUSA.com for additional contribution to this article. Make sure you follow the firm at twitter.com/coolairusa

Important Tips Before Calling a AC Repair Firm

ac repairOutside of a proper maintenance program to keep your air conditioning unit running properly,  when your air conditioning unit goes down, there are a few common troubleshooting steps you can perform yourself in order to eliminate the obvious problems ( the kind you don’t want to have to pay a technician to come out and do for you )

1) Is the Power on to Your AC Unit ?

The breaker on your fuse / electrical panel blowing is one of the more common problems that cause an air conditioning unit to not work. A blown breaker can be caused by a variety of issues, but before calling a repair person, be sure to check that your breaker are all on.

Time to Replace your AC ?

Tips for purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioner

If you are reaching the point where you are spending more annually to repair your air conditioner than you would be to replace it – it might be time to look at investing in a new unit for your home. The biggest consideration for buying a new AC unit is called SEER – a rating that refers to Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. For central ac units, a SEER ratings of 13 or more should be your baseline and for room AC units, a SEER of 11. High efficiency units have a higher price tag at the time of purchase, but in most cases, energy efficient models will recoup their cost of purchase rather quickly. Any unit you consider should have an Energy Star Label and a SEER / EER rating sticker that shows the units efficiency rating.

Did you know that a new AC unit can reduce your monthly electricity bill by over 50% – savings that can really add up.

The next important consideration for deciding on what type of AC unit to go with is the specific needs of the space you are planning … Read More

The Cost of Installing a Split Air Conditioning System

split-system-installationNo two air conditioner installations are the same. The materials and time required to install an AC usually determines its price.

Installing heating, ventilation and air conditioner (HVAC) equipment can improve the value of your home. When installing HVAC equipment, one of the things customers are mostly concerned about is price. A competent split system air conditioning installation company will do its best to minimize the cost.

However, most of the time, minimizing costs is not the best way to go. No customer will be happy with an air conditioner that comes close to their car every time it’s backed in the driveway or that is sitting next to their front door.

A good rule of thumb is to avoid installing the air conditioner:

  • In garages or driveways. These are not good locations to install an air conditioner. Installing the units there can be expensive and dangerous to repair.
  • In deckings or entertainment areas. You do not want to be staring at the unit whenever you are relaxing at home.
  • In narrow pathways. You don’t want to lose or limit access for things like bikes, wheel barrows and bins.
  • At the front of the house. The unit can be installed here but it won’t look good.

Best Location to Install an Air Conditioning Unit

Here is a quick case study of split system air conditioner installation by Snowman team on how they dealt with a customer’s difficult location.

The design of your building can make it difficult to find the right place to install an air conditioning unit. The unit cannot be installed on external walls that have sliding doors or windows. In such a case, you can opt to install the air conditioner back-to-back. However, if this option would mean the unit will be next to the entertainment area and back door, then you have to consider a different area. For example, you can opt to have the unit located down a side of the house that is rarely used.

Installing an AC unit on the side of the house may mean getting pipes to run outside, and then up into the roof and back down to the wall. With all these extra pipes, extra care should be taken to get them neatly. Of course, this will mean more cost for the customer. However, the end would result in a neat job.

This is an example of how … Read More