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Is Your Humidifier Operating at Peak Efficiency?

Posted by: iaqliving | February 17, 2010 | No Comment |

During these winter months, it is especially important to keep your humidity levels constant in your home.  Keep your humidifier operating efficiently by changing the water evaporator pad and cleaning out the frame of excess calcium build-up.  Humidifiers depend on an even flow of water over the evaporator pad.  Many times one may think the humidifier is working properly when in fact it isn’t working at all.  Open the cover and observe the water flowing over the evaporator pad.  Does the water cover the entire pad?  Is water flowing at all?  Here are a few tips:

  • Clean out the water distribution tray.  Calcium and mineral deposits often clog the openings.  Clean the tray to ensure an even flow of water across the entire evaporator pad.
  • Observe the water cycle.  Is water even flowing?  If no water is present, there could be an issue with the water solenoid, power supply, or an issue with the humidistat.
  • Change the evaporator pad at least once per season or more depending on how frequently the humidifier cycles or the amount of minerals in your water supply.  Keep it clean to ensure peak efficiency.

By following these few simple tips, you can ensure that your humidifier is doing what is was designed to do – maintain proper humidity levels in your home.

IAQ Living.com stocks a full line of Aprilaire and Honeywell humidifier pads and parts.  And always offers free shipping!  www.iaqliving.com

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IAQ Living Now Stocking Aprilaire Humdifiers

Posted by: iaqliving | January 17, 2010 | No Comment |

IAQ Living has launched the complete line of Aprilaire Humidifiers!  11 Models to choose from.  We also stock replacement filters and pads, and replacement parts for current and non-current models.  Check out the full line of Aprilaire Humidifiers today!

Aprilaire Model 500A

Aprilaire Model 500A

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IAQ Living Launches New Site

Posted by: iaqliving | January 17, 2010 | No Comment |

IAQ Living has launched a completely redesigned web-site!  Our new site provides more products and greater detail in an easier to navigate format.  Visit our site today and see how you can improve the air quality of your home or office!

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IAQ Living Adds the GDS Panel Filter from Glasfloss

Posted by: iaqliving | October 16, 2009 | No Comment |

We’ve just added the GDS Panel filter from Glasfloss to our line up of air filters for your home, office, or commercial building!  These disposable panel filters feature an innovative, reinforced, “double strut” construction for excellent durability and performance in a variety of applications.  The non-metal design provides high dust holding capacity and allows for easier incineration and disposal than other metal containing filters.  The GDS filter is available in 1″ and 2″ depths, in many standard sizes, and starts at only $2.24 per filter in a case of 12!

Order now as the heating months are coming soon!  We have the GDS Panel Filter as well as a complete line of MERV 8, 11, and 13 filters in stock and ready to ship!

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The fall is when most of us in the heating belt fire up our furnaces after a warm summer.  For those who don’t have central air conditioners, this is probably the first time in 6 months or more that the furnace has been running.  Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather months and one needs to start by inspecting the furnace for any cracks or damage to the heat exchanger, clean out the dust that has accumulated over the past season and install a new filter.  Now one has to decide which filter to use and what is the difference between MERV 7, 8, 11, and 13 or are the inexpensive filters fine to use.

First the basics, filters have been around for decades and everyone used the same basic throw away filters without much attention to the performance of the filter.  Over the past number of years, the awareness of proper filtration has come to light.  Homes are being constructed using materials that all but eliminate drafts and air seepage into homes causing indoor air pollution, stale air, and unhealthy environments.  While filtration alone won’t fix the problem, we now have alternatives to the basic 89 cent filter.  There are filters that eliminate allergens and ones that filter out the smallest of particulates.  But which filter should one choose.  The decision begins by understanding what the needs are of the home.  But lets start with understanding just what does MERV mean and gain an understanding of the MERV ratings.

What is a MERV Rating?

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, commonly known as MERV Rating is a measurement scale designed to rate the effectiveness of air filters.  The scale is designed to represent the worst case performance of a filter when dealing with particles in the range of 0.3 to 10 microns.

Merv ratings range from 1 to 16 and measurements are in microns.  Some of the common particles related to MERV ratings are pet dander, insecticide dust, smog, dust, viruses, wood, tobacco smoke, spores, bacteria and pollen.

Some of the most popular furnace filters found in residential use often have no MERV rating and are typically disposable panel type filters that do a fair job at controlling dust in a home because they do not stop particulates smaller than 10 microns.

Pleated panel filters outperform ordinary filters with higher efficiency and lower pressure drop allowing air handling systems to stay cleaner and operate more efficiently.  MERV 5 – 8 filters are a popular choice for homeowners as they remove smaller particulates than panel filters.  These filters will collect particulates as small as 3 microns and are a good choice for homeowners and are often used in commercial applications.  MERV 7 and 8 filters in common sizes are widely popular and available at numerous retail outlets.

Filters with a MERV rating of 11 – 13 offer homeowners the highest level of performance in dust control, allergen relief, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores.  Often these filters are purchased through Indoor Air Quality specialty store on-line.

How Often Should I Change My Filter?

The frequency of a filter change can depend on many factors.  These can include the outside environment, trouble with allergens, how long the furnace runs during the day, pets, and smoking.  Inexpensive filters should be changed at least monthly as the loose effectiveness quickly with a lack of media surface to collect particulates.  Pleated filters (MERV 7 – 13) have considerably more media surface and remove smaller particulates.  These filters can last up to 2 – 3 months but should be checked monthly to ensure optimum system performance.

Visit us at www.iaqliving.com for all of your filter needs.  We stock a full line of MERV 8, 11, and 13 filters in 1, 2, and 4″ widths.

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IAQ Living Announces New Blog!

Posted by: iaqliving | August 21, 2009 | No Comment |

IAQ living and IAQLiving.com announces the start of a new blog to further develop an understanding of the importance of proper Indoor Air Quality in our homes and work places.   Our mission is to provide homeowners information on Indoor Air Quality, what it’s all about, why it’s important, and what they can do to make their homes a healthier place to live.

Each week, we will update our blog with new ideas to improve indoor air quality in your home, talk about new products on the market and on our website (www.iaqliving.com), explore the building industry and what builders are doing and what they need to do improve the quality of the air in new homes, and what to include in your next remodeling project.

I look forward to hearing from our readers on industry information, what you have done to improve Indoor Air Quality, and what products you are using.  Check back weekly to see new information.

Steve.

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