Regular Versus Electronic Air Filters

Regular Versus Electronic Air Filters

The air filter may be the most important element of your Brevard County, Florida, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit. Air filters capture airborne pollutants, preventing dust and other particulates from settling on coils, coating ducts and entering your living space. As filters get dirty, a system’s efficiency declines. Dirty filters are the primary reason a unit stops working.

Standard filters are designed to keep heating and cooling units clean. However, better filters reduce the amount and kinds of pollutants that are blown into your home. The NATE-certified experts at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heating can help you select filters that work with your AC unit, are easy to maintain and keep your indoor air fresh and clean.

Standard Air Filters

Regular AC filters are either pleated or flat fiberglass panels. Fiberglass filters capture large particles such as hair, pollen, animal dander, dust, and insect parts. They are usually one inch thick, inexpensive and disposable, making them very convenient. However, with minimum efficiency reporting values between 1 and 4, they are not very effective at cleaning air. The lower the MERV number, the less efficient the filter.

Standard filters with higher MERV values are available. They are usually pleated, which makes them more efficient at capturing pollutants. Although some are washable, they are difficult to clean and must be replaced as they lose effectiveness. For normal household use, filters rated between MERV 8 and 11 are usually sufficient.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters are made from fibers that are electrostatically charged to capture airborne pollutants. Although some are disposable, most are washable, which means you do not have to buy replacement filters every several months. They are generally rated between MERV 1 and 4 although some have values up to MERV 8. They remove larger particulates, such as pollen, dust, hair, and fibers, but do not remove smaller pollutants. Although they offer better filtration than standard fiberglass filters, they do not perform as well as filters with higher MERV ratings.

Selecting a Filter

The comfort specialists at Ellington AC can help you select a filter that fits your needs. Filters with higher MERV ratings can affect the airflow of an HVAC unit. We analyze your system and recommend filters that will improve indoor air quality without affecting the performance of your unit.

To find out more about selecting a filter, call (321) 252-0469 to speak to one of our technicians.

Understanding the Difference Between UV Lamps and UV Air Purifiers

Understanding the Difference Between UV Lamps and UV Air Purifiers

It’s time to fight for cleaner air in your home. Allergens and other particulates can worsen allergy symptoms, aggravate asthma and contribute to respiratory problems. The first line of defense is a high-quality air filter. For a more comprehensive approach that fights contaminants at the source, germicidal UV-C light could be the answer. Learn the difference between UV lamps and UV air purifiers so you can choose the right solution for your needs and budget.

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Why Do My Lights Dim When My AC Starts?

Why Do My Lights Dim When My AC Starts?

If you notice that lights in your home dim when your air conditioner comes on, there is a reason. A heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit requires up to seven times more power to start than to run. This demand for extra power can affect electrical fixtures and damage the HVAC unit. Installing a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver reduces both the amount of power and time needed to start the AC system.

Compressor Savers Reduce Electrical Usage

Specifications for HVAC systems include rated load amperage and locked rotor amperage. Rated load amperage describes the amount of power required to run the system. Locked rotor amperage describes the amount of power required to start the unit.

As units age and components become worn, locked rotor amperage increases. For example, a new system may have a rated load amperage of 13 and a locked rotor amperage of 73. A 5-year-old system may have a locked rotor amperage of 85. A 5-2-1 Compressor Saver can cut the startup amperage by up to 50 percent.

Advantages of a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver

A compressor saver has many advantages. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that approximately 12 percent of the energy used by an average household goes for air conditioning. In humid, hot climates like that in Florida, this can be as much as 27 percent. A compressor saver reduces the amount of electricity required to start the unit. Because units start and stop many times throughout a day, this can result in noticeable energy savings. Using less electricity means lower electrical bills, saving money and energy.

A hard start kit extends the life of the compressor of your HVAC unit by reducing surges and boosting power. Compressors do not have to work as hard to start. Without a hard start kit, start capacitors may fail from overheating and power surges, resulting in more strain on the compressor and costly repairs.

Installing a Compressor Saver

A compressor saver must be installed by a licensed, trained technician. The technicians at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat undergo rigorous training to stay at the leading edge of new technology. We evaluate your heating and cooling needs, budget and lifestyle and make recommendations that save energy and money without sacrificing comfort.

For more information about restoring capacity and reducing energy usage, call the experts at Ellington at (321) 252-0469 in Rockledge and (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys.

3 Ways to Counteract High Energy Bills

3 Ways to Counteract High Energy Bills

With the cooler months already upon us, many people have switched off their air conditioner. Regardless of the time of year, though, it’s important to counteract high energy bills as much as possible. By making small adjustments, like replacing the air filter, you can easily reduce your energy bills and improve indoor comfort levels in your Rockledge, Florida home.

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Don’t Lose Your Cool: 3 Ways to Handle Air Conditioning and Allergies

Don’t Lose Your Cool: 3 Ways to Handle Air Conditioning and Allergies

When a member of your Rockledge, Florida, household suffers from allergies, you want to reduce sources of allergy triggers in the home while still maintaining a comfortable space for all members of the family. Through regular HVAC maintenance and proper ventilation, you can get the perfect balance between home cooling and allergy trigger reduction.

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