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Enjoy Fresher, Cleaner Indoor Air

Technician installing a furnace filter

Many newer homes today are nearly airtight and well insulated.  While this is great in regards to energy efficiency, it means more polluted indoor air, as volatile organic compounds and other airborne particles are trapped inside your home.  We want to introduce a new air purifier that absorbs odors while helping to clean the air inside your home.

The Honeywell 24V Ultraviolet Air Purifier with AirBRIGHT Odor Absorption utilizes ultraviolet light and provides many benefits including:

  • Improves overall air quality
  • Inhibits the growth of certain bacteria and mold spores by up to 99%
  • Improves comfort and HVAC efficiency
  • Energy savings

You may not realize it, but your HVAC equipment will not perform as efficiently as it should when mold and mildew grow in the system.  The Honeywell air purifier is installed directly on your HVAC system where bacteria grow.

How does the 24V UV Air Purifier work to eliminate particles and odor-causing bacteria in the air?  Most mold spores are located in the air conditioning coil.  This air purifying system works by using carbon cells and ultraviolet rays to capture particles floating in the air, transforming them into harmless water vapor.

For years, restaurants and hospitals have been using a similar type of light to help prevent the spread of germs and disinfect the environment.  Studies have proven that the air inside most people’s homes is far more polluted than outdoor air, which means more illness, aggravated conditions such as asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems.  The growth of mold has even been connected to serious health issues.

Is the Honeywell 24V UV Air Purifier with Air BRIGHT Odor Absorption right for your family’s needs?  It may be if:

  • You experience odors caused by cooking, pets, tobacco smoke, or from other sources
  • The climate is humid
  • You are concerned about HVAC efficiency and energy costs
  • The doors and windows in your home stay closed the majority of the time
  • Family members have an allergy or asthma problems

At Haley Mechanical, we know the importance of clean, fresh air inside your home, and the problems contaminated air can cause.  We invite SE Michigan homeowners to learn more about this air purification system, and how it can not only freshen and clean the air inside your home but help you save on energy costs as well!

Spring Cleaning Time! While Cleaning Your Home, Consider the Air

Picture of a Cute Puppy

Spring is a time we all love; as nature renews the outdoors, we are more invigorated and ready to refresh the indoors by doing a little cleaning. Cleaning the windows, ceiling fans, maybe even cleaning out the closets and doing a few of those chores we only do once in a blue moon – while you are cleaning your home, don’t forget about the air your family breathes! You may not know it, but we breathe about 3,000 gallons of air each day. Shouldn’t the air in your home be as clean as possible?

The invisible problem – indoor air pollution

Spring is a time we all love; as nature renews the outdoors, we are more invigorated and ready to refresh the indoors by doing a little cleaning. Cleaning the windows, ceiling fans, maybe even cleaning out the closets and doing a few of those chores we only do once in a blue moon – while you are cleaning your home, don’t forget about the air your family breathes! You may not know it, but we breathe about 3,000 gallons of air each day. Shouldn’t the air in your home be as clean as possible?

No matter how much you vacuum, dust, and mop, it does not clean the air inside your home. If you do not know it, the air inside your southeast Michigan home can be 100 times more polluted than the air outdoors! Considering most people spend as much as 90% of their time inside rather than outside, this can be a serious issue, especially for those with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions.

How to clean the air inside your home? A whole-home filtration system
A whole-home filtration system such as the PureAir Air Purification from Lennox cleans the pollen, dirt, and dust from every inch of your home, unlike devices designed for a single room which improves the air quality only in the immediate area. Each time a window or door is opened, more pollen, dust, and other contaminants make their way into your home. A whole-home filtration solution continuously filters the air in every room, cleaning the air and keeping it clean.

The culprits

The primary pollutants in the indoor air include airborne particles, bacteria and germs, and chemical odors/vapors.

Airborne particles include cloth fibers, pet dander, pollen, household dust, dirt – the things found in most homes.

Bacteria and germs such as those found in viruses, mold, spores, mildew, and other tiny organisms can make your family sick, as these organisms can enter the lungs. Allergy sufferers will find these germs and bacteria also trigger their symptoms.

Chemical odors/vapors that originate from paints, cleaning products, gas fumes, even cooking smoke also irritate allergies and may increase the risk of serious health issues and breathing difficulties.

How can you effectively fight all three pollutant types in your home?

There are many whole-home filtration solutions on the market today, but none uses multiple technologies to address all three types of pollution like the PureAir system.

The Carbon Clean 16 Filter media and charcoal filter removes 95% of fine particles and infectious bacteria, and 99.9% of pet dander, dust, pollen, and mold spores. Talk about clean air! The Carbon Clean 16 Filter also helps reduce ozone levels.

PCO Cartridge and Ultraviolet Light. PCO, or Photocatalytic Oxidation, is a process that breaks down potentially harmful fumes, vapors, and odors using a catalyst plate; these vapors and fumes are reduced to harmless water and carbon dioxide through the combination of UV light and PCO.

No ozone, no odors!

Lots of localized and whole-home filtration systems create ozone while they are operating, which can have a negative impact on the lungs of your family members including frequent bronchitis, asthma, and irritation. PureAir is different from other solutions in that it is capable of breaking down existing ozone in your home and generates zero ozone, so your air is cleaned while you enjoy knowing there is no potential harm. Unlike some systems, the air inside your home will be fresher, cleaner, and nearly free from odors, so you know it is truly clean. In a 24-hour period, PureAir will destroy half of the vapors and/or odors in your household*!

At Haley Mechanical, our goal is to help you achieve the cleanest, freshest, healthiest air possible inside your southeast Michigan home. To learn more about the PureAir system, contact us today. As a trusted Lennox dealer, we know a thing or two about improving indoor air quality!

* Based on field and laboratory studies

Plants That Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Picture of Household Plants

Being in the outdoors is excellent when the weather is warm and sunny in SE Michigan.  You may be an avid gardener who loves outdoor plants that add to your landscape and curb appeal.  Going outdoors and enjoying natural surroundings is useful for many things – depression, reducing stress and giving you an overall sense of calm and well-being.  Something about the trees, flowers, greenery, and other flora is just relaxing and soothing.  However, did you know that certain types of plants can not only brighten your home and add to the decor but purify the air as well? While you may not have room for them all in your Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti home, all of the plants below help improve indoor air quality and offer other benefits as well. English Ivy not only absorbs formaldehyde, but it also filters the air inside your home.  According to NASA, English Ivy is a top houseplant for homeowners and is easy to grow as long as you have medium sunlight filtering through your home and a moderate temperature. Peace lilies thrive in cooler temperatures and shade and are beautiful to look at as well.  A plant that requires little maintenance, peace lilies are capable of reducing the levels of numerous toxins that may be in the air inside your home. Like English Ivy, the philodendron is excellent for absorbing formaldehyde and can live for many years when properly cared for.  A little sunlight and water are all it takes to care for this heart-shaped plant. You’re probably already aware of the healing properties of aloe vera for cuts, sunburns, and stings, but did you know aloe helps purify the air by clearing pollutants found in many chemical-based cleaning products?  Brown spots will appear on the leaves if the level of harmful chemicals in your indoor air becomes excessive. While the name may sound a bit frightening, the snake plant is exceptional when it comes to absorbing carbon dioxide, and grows with a minimum of care considering it doesn’t need much water or light.  A good choice for the bedroom, the snake plant releases oxygen during nighttime hours. Rubber trees are common in households and offices, and for a good reason – they don’t require much nurturing.  If your home lacks sunlight, the rubber tree is a perfect choice, and it also eliminates toxins in the air. Also on NASA’s list of the most effective air-purifying plants, the spider plant is easy to grow and decorative, capable of fighting off carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants. Another of NASA’s favorites for indoor air purification is the bamboo palm, a plant that is said to intensify the peace in a home. Just place in indirect sunlight or shade and water frequently, and your bamboo palm will clear out trichloroethylene and benzene. A plant capable of growing to ceiling height, the red-edged dracaena is perfect for a bare area in your home that could use a little decor and removes xylene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and other toxins from the air. The golden pothos thrives in shade or indirect sunlight and cool temperatures and is a beautiful plant that grows in cascading vines while removing formaldehyde from the air.  Hang one in your living room, and enjoy the simple beauty along with cleaner, healthier air. Why not enjoy tropical, lush surroundings in your Michigan home while every member of your family benefits from a cleaner, healthier air?  Many plants offer fantastic benefits, including indoor air purification. In addition to plants, there are other ways to purify the air in your home.  Contact Haley Mechanical today to learn more!

Professional Installation Is Key with Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heater

Why Professional Installation is Important When Having a Tankless Water Heater Installed

If you are one of the many southeast Michigan homeowners who enjoy making repairs or installations yourself, you may want to reconsider when it comes to having a tankless water heater installed.  Perhaps you have installed a traditional water heater yourself a time or two, or have a “handy” friend who’s adept at these kinds of things.  When it comes to installing a tankless water heater, it’s better to leave it to the professionals for a number of reasons.

When you decide to make the switch to a tankless water heater, Noritz is a manufacturer who helps homeowners find a professional located locally who is highly qualified, trained, and certified.

Here is a quick overview of the tankless water heater and how it works:

Water is circulated through a small heater that is highly efficient as it is drawn toward the faucet once you turn it on.  Ultimately, routing the water into the tankless heater and heating the water via a tankless heater powered by propane or natural gas are the two primary (and most important) steps in installation.  A tankless water heater is typically mounted on the wall and may be installed in a basement, on an indoor wall, or even on the outside.

Many people wonder if they can use the gas line and water line they have previously used with a traditional water heater, or if it can be vented through a chimney.  This is one more reason to let professionals install your tankless water heater!  This variety requires more BTU, so if you have a 1/2″ gas line you will definitely want to call in a professional plumber who can determine the right size gas line for your needs.  Noritz typically recommends a gas line that is at least 3/4″, and in some cases bigger depending on the BTU load.

The same is true for water lines, which must be 3/4″ to be most effective.  The NC380 model requires a 1″ water line.  Using a 1/2″ copper water line will likely limit the flow capacity through your tankless water heater.

Venting through the chimney is not advised, as back pressure prevents exhaust escaping and vents must allow the heat to dissipate.  They should also be easily accessed for inspection of the joints, so it is not recommended that the venting system is routed through existing masonry or other vents.

As you can see, the installation of a tankless water heater is far more complex than the installation of a traditional storage tank.  Leave it to the experts to ensure you enjoy perfect operation of your new hot water system!

Have other questions about tankless water heater installation in your SE Michigan home?  Give Haley Mechanical a call today.

Differences Between Direct Vent and Power Vent Water Heaters

Nick O'Neil Demonstrating the difference between water heater types

At Haley Mechanical, we understand that given the various terms used to describe them, choosing the right water heater can be difficult. There are several variations, and determining which is best for your situation can seem like an overwhelming task.

Two of the most popular types of water heaters today include the direct vent and power vent. Basically, the difference between the two is that the power vent water heater removes combustion gases from the atmosphere via a powered venting fan, while a direct vent water heater vents these gases into the outdoor atmosphere using a chimney or exhaust pipe.

Direct Vent Water Heater

When using a direct vent water heater, water is heated by the heat of fuel combustion. A direct vent system typically results in lower water heating costs, because the exhaust gases are vented vertically, with no extra power required as is the case with the power vent water heater.

Power Vent Water Heater

A power vent water heater uses a blower or fan to exhaust gases by pushing them through vent pipes that are horizontal. In some situations, this may be the only type of water heater that makes sense, because a chimney or vertical vent is not necessary. Some locations don’t have access to a chimney or vertical vent, so your options are limited.

The primary advantage of a power vent is that the water heater can be located in any area and does not require a vertical vent or chimney. It could be that the location where you want to install your hot water heater is not near the chimney, or your home does not have a chimney. Either way, a power vent can be vented by simply running inexpensive pipe horizontally. However, the drawback to this type of water heater is the total cost considering the blower/fan portion of the vent requires electricity to operate, the cost of the actual blower or fan, and running a power line to the fan. Essentially, because the power vent requires a fan/blower to operate, the costs of heating water will be higher over the power vent’s life span.

Noise is another disadvantage with a power vent, as there is a slight sound some homeowners notice when the blower or fan runs as the hot water heater is operating. For most people, the noise is not that noticeable or distracting, however it’s something you should be aware of should you consider this type of vent. When installed properly, the noise can be minimized or nearly eliminated.

There are several differences between a power vent and direct vent hot water heater, and it’s obvious a power vent will result in higher cost – but sometimes it simply cannot be avoided. When you don’t have access to a vertical vent or chimney, a power vent may be the right solution for you.

In need of a new water heater for your southeast Michigan home? At Haley Mechanical, we can help determine which type is best for your particular situation and your budget. Give our plumbers a call today!

How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Theft

The Daikin Fit - Compact AC System

“Honestly, I am thinking of just taping a $100 bill to the next one I install,” the business owner said, shaking his head. For the second time in a year, he was making a police report on a stolen central air conditioning unit. “It will be cheaper for me. They get something like $80 worth of copper out of the thing, and it costs me $1400 to replace it!”

In the last few years, as the price of copper has risen, so has the price of air conditioners and the demand for scrap copper to recycle. Theft of air conditioners and air conditioner parts have risen right along with the price of copper. Imagine coming home from vacation and finding an empty concrete pad where your central air conditioning unit used to be. Or waking in the middle of the night to a strange hissing sound or a too-warm house, and finding your air conditioner gutted but still safely bolted to its foundation!

While taping $100 bills to your AC unit is not feasible, there are steps you can take to make your air conditioner harder to steal. No system is perfect, but most thieves are after the easy score. Anything you can do to “harden the target” will make it more likely that the thief will bypass your home, or even get caught in the act.

There are two kinds of thefts, for two kinds of resales. One is theft of complete units, which is mostly done by organized rings who sell the units directly to consumers (some of whom are trying to replace their own stolen units on the cheap!) or unethical builders and renovators who reinstall the air conditioners elsewhere. The more common type of theft targets the copper innards, and this is usually done by a single thief. He destroys your air conditioner by prying it open and removing the copper parts. These thefts are most prevalent in areas near a metal recycling business, but thieves have been caught ransacking subdivisions fifty miles from their home as well!

Once the theft has occurred, there is little that the police can do to catch the perpetrator after the fact. Although such a theft can be financially devastating to a homeowner or business, in a busy police department, violent and person crimes such as murders, rapes, and robberies take priority over property crimes. Even if a police officer or detective wants to work the case, there are few leads. As they are working with leaking coolant and sharp metallic edges, thieves almost always wear gloves. The metal recyclers know that a significant portion of incoming metal is probably stolen, but they usually follow a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” In fact, county and state governments have been scrambling to put laws in place requiring the recyclers to keep records of sellers, because the industry has been so loosely monitored in the past.

So what can you do? The best approach is to keep a thief from going after your air conditioner at all by making it too hard to steal.

1. Fence in the yard, and lock the gate.

If your air conditioner is behind the house or on a side near the back, install a back yard fence that has the unit inside its perimeter. Make the fence as high as allowed by your local zoning regulations–backyards are usually allowed to have higher fences. Anything under 6 feet is too easy to climb over. For the same reason, choose a fence made of closely set wooden panels over chain link, and face the side with the braces to the inside rather than the outside. Have a lockable latch on the gate, and buy a lock that is more difficult to pick or cut. Higher end, specially keyed locks require special picking equipment most thieves will not have, and the round locks are impossible for most amateurs to cut.

2. Cage your air conditioner.

Any barrier around the unit will make it a less tempting target. Businesses have added chain link enclosures with locked gates, and landscapers can suggest thick, thorny bushes to make the unit less accessible (although any HVAC technician will also be cursing you!). Make sure that there is enough space between the barrier and the unit that air can circulate freely. Otherwise, the air conditioner will not work correctly. In response to the increase in thieves, different types of steel and iron cages have come on the market, some as cheap and basic as a criss-crossed pair of rebar pieces, and others with decorative leaves and vines in the design to make the cage less of an eyesore. The 2-piece rebar cages will not prevent a determined vandal from opening the unit and salvaging the copper from it, so if you decide to go this route, choose a true cage made from strong metal. And again, lock it up with a padlock that is difficult to impossible for the typical thief to defeat. And while you are at it, lock up the power box too–a thief will think twice about your air conditioner if he cannot turn off the juice running to it!

3. Light it up.

Place motion sensor lights that will shine directly onto the area where the air conditioner is. This is especially useful if your air conditioner is within view of the street. Of course, this only works in places where there are more likely to be observers. If you live in an area where the houses are more spread out, or if your business is in an industrial area that is mostly deserted at night, the lights will help the thief work faster!

4. Include the air conditioner in your alarm system.

If you already have an alarm system on your home or business, talk to your vendor about expanding it to include proximity or motion sensors near the air conditioning unit. Choose an audible alarm as well, which will likely scare off a thief in a quiet residential area or business district. A silent alarm will aid in catching a crook in the act, but by the time he is caught, he will probably have damaged the air conditioner. If you do not yet have a security system for your location and decide to get one, get quotes that include air conditioner sensors.

5. Keep eyes on the air conditioner at all times.

Businesses with large, very expensive air conditioning systems, or who have been frequent targets of theft, might consider upgrading their security to a camera system that is continuously monitored by the security company. Many services offer guarantees that include paying your expenses if a thief gets past their monitoring without being noticed. Such a service can cost several hundred dollars per month, but for larger or frequently victimized businesses, it can be money well spent.

If you take some extra steps to make your air conditioner harder to steal or break into, you will be able to keep your cool throughout the hot season–literally!

Who Knew Fido Could Be Such a Threat to Your A/C System?

Picture of a Cute Puppy

Many Southeast Michigan homeowners are dog lovers; in fact, many of us think of our pets as a member of the family.  Just like your children, it’s likely your family dog has a few habits you aren’t too fond of.  While it’s common knowledge that dogs (especially puppies) enjoy chewing on those things they aren’t supposed to chew on, scratching furniture, jumping up on the sofa, and damaging other belongings, you probably didn’t know that your beloved Fido may be putting your air conditioning system at risk!  Even if your dog is well trained, there is one “secret” habit he may have that he’s hiding from you:  Urinating on your air conditioner.

For A/C Equipment, Dog Urine Can Be Deadly

Ultimately, dog urine can damage your A/C system to the point that it’s beyond repair, meaning you must replace your air conditioner.  Hopefully, though, you’ve discovered the issue before it’s gotten to this point.

When a dog urinates on an air conditioner, the urine will literally disintegrate the outer shell over time, and destroy the interior coils.  Eventually, if the ‘habit’ is not discovered, the air conditioner’s coils will spring a leak which makes it possible for the refrigerant to escape.  Refrigerant is essential for cooling, so when this happens your A/C system cannot cool your home.  At the point leaks have formed in your air conditioning’s coils, making repairs is no longer an option.

The good news?  If things haven’t progressed to this stage yet, you can create a barrier to keep Fido a safe distance from your unit.  A simple fence placed about 1 1/2 to 2 feet from the unit will allow for air flow, while preventing your dog from causing any further damage.

How Haley Mechanical Can Help

First of all, you may want to consider checking your air conditioner for discoloration and corrosion around the base, along with the unmistakable odor of urine to determine if your male dog (or even a neighbor’s) has been doing the dirty deed to your A/C system.  If you do detect signs, Haley Mechanical can help.

All you have to do is give us a call, and we will be happy to schedule a complete inspection of your cooling system.  A coil cleaning may be all it takes to get your A/C back in good working order if the damage is not extensive. Otherwise, we can assist you in finding a new system that is energy efficient, and right for your needs regarding size.  If your current system is salvageable, we’ll help you determine how to best protect the unit from potential further urine damage.

Live in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Ypsilanti or nearby communities of SE Michigan?  Give us a call today for all of your air conditioning installation or maintenance needs.

What Are the Advantages of a Ductless Mini-Split?

Mini-Split installation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

What are Mini Split Heat Pumps & What are the Advantages

Many Southeast Michigan homeowners have heard of mini-split heat pumps, and they’re growing in popularity every day. Still, there is quite a bit of confusion as to what these systems are, how they work, and what the advantages are over other heating/cooling systems regarding comfort, performance, and energy efficiency. We’ve got the answers!

What is a Mini Split Heat Pump?

It’s a system consisting of four components that are capable of cooling or heating either large, spacious areas in your home or individual rooms. The elements of a mini-split heat pump include a compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator. Ideal for homes with a central thermostat and rooms that tend to be too warm or too cool, a mini-split heat pump provides cool air in summer months and warm air in winter months. Refrigerant circulates through copper coils that transform it from liquid to vapor in a closed loop. You’ll enjoy the silent operation as one component sits outdoors.

Mini Split Heat Pumps & Their Numerous Advantages

Compared to traditional HVAC systems, mini split heat pumps offer several advantages including:

  • Improved indoor air quality. Allergens and contaminants in the air are reduced as heat pumps filter the outdoor air.
  • Comfort for your lifestyle. Many homeowners prefer not to heat or cool every room of their homes; mini-split heat pumps let you cool or heat the rooms of your choice, providing superior comfort while reducing energy costs.
  • Energy efficiency. If cutting down on energy costs is your primary focus, no other type of heating/cooling system is as efficient as a mini-split heat pump.
  • You can cool or heat almost any room or area of your home you choose because there is no ductwork to worry about.
  • Simple installation. Compared to traditional HVAC systems, mini split heat pumps are minimally invasive and use small pipes that carry hot and cold air between the inside and outside units.
  • Reduced carbon footprint. Now you can heat or cool various “zones” in your home without ductwork and their problems (holes, leaks, etc.), making it possible to customize your comfort! This means no air loss, no cooling or heating spaces that don’t need it. Efficient, cost-effective, and reduced overall carbon footprint.

Ready to get started on a more energy-efficient, comfortable, healthier Ann Arbor home? Give the experts at Haley Mechanical a call today for all of your heating and cooling needs.

The Importance of a Quality Furnace Filter

Technician installing a furnace filter

Southeast Michigan homeowners are advised, over and over again, to change their furnace filters often, yet many neglects to take care of this simple task. The fact is, there is no other factor that affects the performance of your system and energy efficiency like a dirty or clogged filter, which will impede airflow. Most homeowners aren’t aware that the blower of their systems sends all the air volumes in their homes through the filter countless times each day. Along with the air, imagine all the airborne particles including lint, dust, dirt, pet dander, and other contaminants! Not to mention pollen, mold spores, and other tiny microorganisms that aren’t visible.

Cheap Filters are Inexpensive for a Reason

A dirty filter can reduce airflow from your system, which can result in several consequences including poor indoor air quality, excessive wear and tear on your system, and increased energy consumption which results in higher utility bills. You can prevent most of the above by installing a high-quality filter and make sure you change it each month during the winter season.

What type of furnace filter should you get?

Understandably, many homeowners in Ann Arbor, Dexter, and surrounding areas buy the cheapest filters available – fiberglass panel filters, which are only capable of filtering larger dust particles. These filters are nearly useless when it comes to improving indoor air quality. By purchasing pleated polyester or cotton filters in multi-packs, you enjoy a great value and much-improved efficiency. The efficiency of filters is measured by the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) displayed on the package. The higher the rating, the more airborne contaminants you can expect your filter to remove from the air. If you want a filter that is capable of trapping mold spores and other invisible particles, be sure to get one with a rating of 6 to 8. Those rated higher than 10 can severely restrict the airflow of your system, so be aware of the fact.

Changing Your Filter

In most cases, the filter on a furnace is installed in a slide-in slot placed vertically at the bottom of the unit, in the area where the return air duct enters the furnace cabinet. When changing the filter, be sure to turn the thermostat to the “off” position. Slide the old filter out, clean the furnace frame to remove any accumulation of dirt and dust using a soft rag, then slide the new filter in while making sure the side with the printed arrow is pointing in the direction of airflow. Turn the thermostat to the “on” position, and you’re ready to enjoy improved efficiency and better indoor air quality.

Need help selecting a filter to replace your old one, or changing the filter on your furnace? Contact the SE Michigan heating and cooling professionals at Haley Mechanical for all your furnace needs.

How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

Picture of a furnace filter

As a Southeast Michigan homeowner you probably already know that changing the furnace filter is one of those things you should often do, but it slips your mind. The fact is that while you forget to do it when you should, it’s one of the simplest but more essential tasks to not only ensure the best indoor air quality but prevent costly repairs and keep your furnace functioning smoothly.

Perhaps the easiest way to make sure you change your furnace filter each month is to mark it on the calendar. If it’s clogged or dirty when you hold it up against the light and you can’t see through it, is time to replace. If you can’t keep up with monthly changes, replace the filter every three months at a minimum.

Air Filters are an Essential Component of Your HVAC System

Most Ann Arbor homeowner don’t realize just how important the air filter is when it comes to heating and cooling their homes. Not only does the filter ensure better functioning and indoor air quality, but it also protects vital components of your system from becoming clogged or dirty while reducing the risk of particle build-up that can contribute to potentially costly issues. When your filter is clogged, and your system can’t operate at its best, you will probably notice higher monthly energy bills.

Repair Costs are Often Avoidable

A dirty or clogged air filter can result in more problems than you might think. It could cause your furnace to overheat, and during the summer season your air conditioner could completely shut down if the coils freeze due to restricted airflow. Why face expensive repair costs when many issues can be avoided by just changing or cleaning your air filter?

Enjoy Healthier, Fresh Air in Your SE Michigan Home

When the air filter is dirty or clogged, it cannot filter out dust, pet dander, allergens, pollen, bacteria and other contaminants that pollute the air inside your home; This not only impacts those with allergies but other issues such as COPD, asthma or other respiratory problems. While a clean filter helps tremendously with fresh, healthier indoor air, you may also want to think about an electronic air cleaner if you do have family members with allergies, asthma, etc.

Which Type of Filter Should You Choose?

Many homeowners choose the cheapest furnace filter, which is understandable but not always the best choice. To determine which type is best for your HVAC system, ask your Ann Arbor HVAC contractor or look in your furnace manual. Disposable filters are usually the cheapest and reusable filters are more expensive but more effective. High-efficiency filters or those with higher MERV ratings are capable of filtering out smaller particles than more inexpensive filters. However, they are not recommended for all HVAC systems and do cost significantly more. Before choosing these types of filters, it is a good idea to discuss it with your HVAC contractor.

While the filter may seem like the most minor and insignificant component of your heating and cooling system, it plays a significant role.

At Haley Mechanical we know the importance of keeping your HVAC filter clean throughout the seasons whether it’s winter or summer. When your heating or cooling system is running, filtering the air is critical to not only your family’s health and comfort, but the longevity of your system, how it performs, and how much you pay in energy costs. To learn more about monthly inspections and which filter is best for your needs, contact our Southeast Michigan HVAC experts today.

Filters are available on site at Haley Mechanical or delivered directly to your door through Filter Fetch.