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Why is my electric bill so high during the summer?

As the grass turns green and the snow begins melting away, we can all pack up our winter quilts and put away the heaters. But, homeowners who were hoping to save on their electric bill come the warmer months may have been met with a surprise.

What’s Cheaper: Heating or Cooling?
When considering the efficiency of an air conditioner compared to a furnace or boiler, it’s actually easier to transfer heat (i.e., cool down a room with an air conditioner) than it is to generate heat (or warm up an area with a furnace/boiler).

So, why do you have such a high energy bill during the summer? While the air conditioning unit itself may be more efficient at controlling your home’s climate than a heating unit is, there are a lot of other factors to consider.

Keeping Cool During Summer
During the winter months, you can keep your house warmer by letting the sunlight in and keeping doors closed. You may have a nicely insulated upper crawl space or attic, which helps to keep the rising heat inside too. All of that makes for a more efficient winter home.

However, during the summer, letting in the sunlight is going to heat your house up quickly, meaning your air conditioner has to work harder (and longer) to keep the house cool. You may also have your air conditioning unit turned down quite a bit to keep your home in the icy 60s. This requires your air conditioner to be on almost constantly, especially if outdoor temperatures are in the 80s or higher.

How To Lower Your Bill Without Boiling
If you want some tips and tricks to keep your house comfortable during the summer without letting your electricity bill get out of hand, follow this advice:

Close it off. On a hot day, let your air conditioner run better by blocking out the hot sun. Close doors to rooms that aren’t used so the unit doesn’t have to cool as many square feet.

Get new curtains. Blackout curtains will help keep out the heat, and they’ll also help keep the cool in by providing an extra layer of insulation.

Check for drafts. In the wintertime, you probably go around your house looking for places where cool air can get in. Now, look for places where it can get out. Insulation is just as important during the summer.

If you can stand it, a final tip is to turn your air conditioner up a few more degrees. When you’ll be gone for a while, do the same thing (rather than turning it all the way off) to keep your house comfortable. When you want to cool down again, the air conditioner will have to work less to get it back to your ideal temperature but, in the meantime, you’ll be saving energy.

On cooler days, consider foregoing the A/C all together and turning on some fans to circulate the fresh air in from outside. Fans can also be used to move the cool A/C air around the house more effectively.

Spring Is Here, Why Are My Allergies Getting Worse?

Spring brings cool afternoon rain showers, blooming flower buds, and a nice breeze that’s only getting warmer as summer begins moving into full swing. But, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you might find yourself hiding inside rather than enjoying the beautiful weather outdoors.

Seasonal allergies can be particularly frustrating because they seem to come at just about the worst times of the year. Who doesn’t want to get out and enjoy the spring time after a long and cold winter? But, allergies can become so irritating that you’ll do anything just to keep away from all of that irritating pollen.

Pollen may look like pretty white fluff to most people, but to allergy sufferers, it’s just another thing on the long list of frustrating elements that worsen their nasal congestion. If you’re one of those sufferers, you might be even more irritated to discover that pollen isn’t the only thing you should be staying away from.

In reality, if you have nasal congestion already, many other “everyday” things can make your seasonal allergies even worse. These things include pet dander, mold spores, and even dust.

Unfortunately, many of these things can already be found inside your home. So, what are you supposed to do?

If you own pets, keeping them out of your bedroom and keeping your bedding nice and clean (by washing it frequently in hot water) is the fastest way to making your home a bit more welcoming to your stuffy nose. This also means keeping them off the sofa and keeping their own bedding washed and clean.

It’s also important that you keep surfaces dusted and clean throughout your home, but don’t just pull out your vacuum cleaner. You should opt for a HEPA filter equipped vacuum cleaner to help lessen your allergies. Otherwise, you’re only going to be making them worse.

That’s because a normal vacuum cleaner will only work to stir up dust and allergens, and even spread them across your home into other areas. When it comes to dusting, always use a wet cloth to help capture and trap dust (and other allergens) rather than brushing it up off the surface and into the air.

Finally, while you should keep your windows closed to prevent the free flow of unfiltered air in from outside, you should not allow your house to just remain closed up and stagnant. Using an air filter will help bring in filtered fresh air into your home, allowing you to breathe better.

How Do I Find The Best Deals For AC Filters and Furnace Filters?

You know you can find almost anything you want online. Most people like shopping in the comfort of their home. They know when searching for a product, they can find the best deals because of the array of businesses trying to sell the same product. They are also looking at reviews on the company before making their final purchase, which is important to know that the company you will buy from has many satisfied customers like AC Filters 4 Less.

Why Is Indoor Air Quality So Bad?

Most people naturally tend to think of their home as a safe haven. When the air quality is bad outside, stay in where it’s better. But, is it? In reality, indoor air quality in many cases is actually worse than outdoor air quality, and the reasons are plentiful. The number one reason is that your home is a closed environment. While this lets you control the climate (temperature and humidity) of rooms inside your home, it also means that you’re trapping in the pollution that’s brought in from the outdoors.

If your home doesn’t have a filtration system in place, this air pollution will continue building up as air quality continues to degrade. You’ll be inside feeling as though you’re trapping the pollution out, but in reality, the air you’re breathing is likely just as bad if not worse than what’s outside in the environment where there’s more fresh air and a natural filtration process going on.

So, if you really want to keep away from poor quality air, you need to get a filtration system for the inside of your home. This system will keep the air inside your home clean and free of allergens, which makes it that much more comfortable.

What Type Of Air Conditioning Filter Do I Need For My Home?

Most people stick with the same air conditioning filter that they have been using. In most cases using the same air filer is okay. If they have a fiberglass filter Merv 3-4 in their HVAC system for at least a year or more, but want better air filtration. We would recommend our polyester flat panel filter which has a Merv rating of 5-6. Our polyester filters protect the evaporator coil better than a fiberglass filter, while still giving you good airflow.

How To Clean A Return Air Vent Grille?

Remove the screws and take the vent off and see if there is any dust and dirt inside the wall. We recommend that you vacuum all of the dust around the opening and then wipe it down with a damp cloth, if necessary. If the grille is starting to rust or the paint is chipping away, you can spray paint it with Rustoleum white gloss spray paint or an equivalent rust protection paint. Install a new filter, if that is where the filter goes. Make sure you change the air filter regularly to prevent any dust build-up to maintain good air flow.

How Do I Maintain My A/C Unit?

You never want to have the AC Filter or Furnace Filter left in for too long. Leaving a filter in too long will increase the electric bill. This will guarantee that there will be problems with the air conditioning unit. Almost half of all air conditioning service calls are water leak related and a good portion of those calls are because the customer didn't change the air filter in a timely manner. Most HVAC companies do not carry air filters on their trucks, so save time money and gas by ordering air-filters along with free shipping and everyday low prices online from Mark and Michelle, owners of AC Filters 4 Less.

Where Do You Buy Your AC Filters From?

Buying online can save you time money and gas. We specialize in custom hard to find sizes. We can custom make any size air conditioning filter you are looking for, in a verity of different brands to choose from, like Glasfloss, Trane, Carrier, Flanders, and Purolator.

Do You Always See A Lot of Dust in the House?

Is your air conditioner or furnace unit over 10 years old? What type of AC or Furnace filter do I need for my unit? We recommend our Glasfloss Polyester blend, flat panel - non-pleated filter - Merv 5-6. This filter has a honeycomb mesh on both sides of the filter to keep it sturdy. This filter allows for better airflow and higher filtration than a pleated filter, ultimately doing a better job for the air conditioning or furnace system.

Are More People Ordering Products Online?

Yes! More people are ordering products and services online because they know they can save time, money and gas, which makes the internet more competitive to the seller, passing the savings on to the consumer. These days you can find almost anything on the internet. More and more people are taking advantage of the savings, shopping online. For example, our AC Filters and Furnace Filters have free shipping and everyday low prices. We serve thousands of customers throughout the United States which allows us to be very competitive with other companies passing the savings onto our happy customers. With our superior customer service, why would anyone want to go anywhere else? We make sure all of our customers are completely satisfied! It brings us such joy knowing our customer's shopping experience was very pleasant. Click the link below to read more on people ordering products online: Yahoo Questions and Answers.

Do You Know When You Changed The AC or Furnace Filter?

One way to remember the last time you changed the AC or Furnace filter is to write the date on the air filter or on the calendar. Another way is to change the filter the same time every month such as when you pay the electric bill. It is best to get into a routine so there will not be any major problems with the unit not cooling, freezing up or leaking water. If you have a water leak then you have to worry about mold issues in the home or work place. Save the aggravation and be diligent on one simple task that is so important, just by remembering to change the ac or furnace filter in a timely manner. We do not recommend leaving a 1" filter in for 3 months. This is too long because by leaving a filter in for that long will cause the air conditioner to run longer trying to maintain the proper temperature. The unit is trying to pull the air through a dirty filter, which will restrict the air flow, causing the electric bill to increase because the unit will not shut off trying to reach the desired temperature.

Can A Dirty Air Filter Make You Sick?

Yes! A dirty air conditioning filter can make you sick. The purpose of having a clean AC or furnace filter is to filter out all of the dust, germs and bacteria that is floating in the air. A clogged air filter will slow down the filtration in the home or workplace. The last thing you want are germs circulating in the air you breathe. Another reason to have a clean filter is to draw the warm or cool air out of the space and filter clean, cold or hot air, depending on how the thermostat is set. This will keep the air conditioner or furnace unit running at maximum efficiency and ultimately lowering the electric bill.

Are Air Conditioning Service Calls Preventable?

When an A/C technician goes on a service call, half of all his service calls for that day are water-leak related. What they find is either the drain line is clogged or the A/C filter is clogged. If the filter is clogged, the unit ices up and the service tech can't do anything until it thaws out, which takes a few hours, and then he has to come back. In the meantime, there is no Air Conditioning. When he finally returns, he will check the system to make sure the unit is running properly and then he advises that the filter has to be replaced because the filter was not changed soon enough, that is why the unit iced up. This all could have been prevented if the filter was changed in a timely manner. Most people do not know how important it is to change the A/C filter every 4-8 weeks; no longer. This will prevent the unit from icing up and there will be no need to have to pay for an expensive service call.

Why Does the A/C and Furnace Filter Companies Make it so Difficult to Purchase Filters That Fits Every Unit?

All Air Conditioning and Furnace Filters have two sizes ie: the standard size and the exact size. For example a 16x20x1 filter actually measures smaller depending on the brand of filters you choose. Every different brand of filters has a different exact size. You must be careful when purchasing AC Filters or Furnace Filters. We recommend that you actually measure the opening where the filter goes and subtract 1/4” on the length and width so it will give you enough play to slide the filter in easily. The depth also matters, because there are 1” Filters that actually measure either 3/4'’or 7/8”. Then there are custom size filters, which is extremely difficult for the consumer to find in the stores. Since we specialize in custom size filters, we strive to make consumers aware of us. Keep in mind, all custom size filters fluctuate plus or minus 1/8 inch. For example, if you have a filter that says 15-½ x 15-½ x 1 you may be able to buy a standard size 16x16x1 filter. It all depends on the brand of filters you buy. Keep in mind that standard size filters are typically less expensive than having to purchase a custom size filter. Mark and Michelle, Owners of AC Filters 4 Less, care about the customer getting the proper filter for their needs.

Why Is It So Hard To Find Good Customer Service?

Good customer service begins with the owner and the training you receive. You must care about your job and your customers. If you are rude, they will go elsewhere to find what they are looking for. Here are some tips for good customer service. First, you need to have a great attitude. Love what you do, be positive, care about the customer’s needs and try to resolve the issue without raising your voice. The customer always comes first. Without customers, you will not have a business. Without business you will not have a job. Mark and Michelle owners of AC Filters 4 Less cares so much about our customers, we strive to give the very best customer service possible.

What Is The Difference Between AC Filters and Furnace Filters?

A furnace is an indoor unit used in most cases where there is a lot of cold weather. An AC Unit is an indoor unit used in hotter climates typically in southern states. All filters are designed to keep your unit clean and your air free of dust, dirt and debris, that passes through your HVAC system. Keeping dust particles out of your unit will improve your indoor air quality along with extending the life of your furnace or AC Unit. Higher quality filters trap smaller particles and help reduce allergens in the air. With the right filter you can improve your health, air quality and life of your HVAC system. It is very important to remember to change your filters regularly (every 4-6 weeks or as needed).

What is the Best Type of Filter Without Restricting Your Air Flow?

We recommend our Flanders Precisionaire EZ Flow Fiberglass Disposable Flat Panel filters. They can be used in both heating and air conditioning systems and come in a wide variety of sizes. We can also custom make the EZ Flow Filters to your exact size, if one of the many standard sizes won't work for you. If you are looking for a filter with minimal air flow restriction, then this is the right filter for you. They are available in 1" and 2" sizes. The EZ Flow disposable filters, are one of the most popular filters in today's market, designed for protection of AC and furnace HVAC units in residential and light commercial applications.

The EZ Flow Flat Panel filter is a standard grade AC or furnace filter of the same type that has been protecting furnaces and central air conditioners around the world for over 50 years. The filtering medium is continuous filament spun glass. The frame is made with one continuous piece of chipboard to guard against corner separation and is strengthened by a metal retainer wall on the downstream side. For peak equipment protection and energy efficiency, these filters should be changed on a monthly basis in periods of high use.

If My Air Conditioner is Whistling and Sucking Too Hard, What Should I Do?

Depending on your situation, if your unit is located in a closet with a louvered door, make sure the door is clean so that the air can pass through the slots or you can leave the door open a little to let more air through. Also you want to make sure you change your filter on a regular basis. Never leave your 1” filter in for more than 2 months. Another way is if you have a pleated filter, do not use one with a higher Merv rating than an 8. If that still doesn't work, we suggest you purchase our Flanders EZ Flow Filter or our White Polyester AC or Furnace Filters, they work better without restricting your air flow, which keeps your electric bill down.

Are New A/C or Furnace Filters Restricting the Air Flow In Older Systems?

If you have been using a pleated filter for a long time - 2-8 years plus, with no problem, than I would say you are keeping your coil clean so stay with a pleated filter with the same Merv rating. If you have a metal or plastic electrostatic filter that you are washing, then we recommend that you change it to a pleated filter. You can never get the electrostatic filter clean enough and they restrict your air flow when they get dirty which will cause your electric bill to increase. If you are using a Hogs Hair washable filter, we do not recommend this type of filter either for the same reason, you can not get them clean enough and small particles go through the filters onto your coil. We recommend you change it to an EZ Flow or Polyester Flat Panel filter. You can find both of them on our 1" Filters page.

Is it Necessary to Buy Filters From the Company That Installed My AC or Furnace?

It is not necessary to buy from the company that installed your ac or furnace. There are many other sources who supply compatible filters at great prices.

Why Does Your Work Stand Out From Others Who Do What You Do?

We offer FREE Shipping on all orders so you don't have to waste time, money and gas. We provide excellent customer service. We stand behind our products. We provide custom hard to find sizes on any ac or furnace filter. We cater to each customers individual needs by making sure they get the right type of filter they are looking for.

When I Call To Place An Order Or Order Online, Who Will Be Taking My Order?

You will always be talking to the owners who have your best interest at heart from the start to finish, by making sure your order is correct. Mark or Michelle, owners of AC Filters 4 Less, will be answering your call and processing your order. When you need to contact us for any reason we will go above and beyond to make sure you are a happy customer. After your order is placed, we will email you a confirmation of your order. We will also send you another email informing you that your filters have shipped and provide you with the UPS Tracking number. Thank you for allowing us to serve your Air Condition and Furnace Filter needs.

Is It Necessary To Look At Air Condition Or Furnace Filters Reviews On A Website?

Yes, It Is Always A Good Idea To Look At The Air Condition and Furnace Filters Reviews. This Is a Great Way To See The Description Of Each One Of The Filters Before You Make a Purchase. You Can Go To Our Air Conditioner Filters Reviews Page. It Will Give You Some Very Useful Information To Help You Decide Which Air Condition Or Furnace Filter That Best Suits Your Needs. We Are Concerned About The Air That You Breathe. We Want To Make Sure You Are Breathing The Cleanest Air Possible By Purchasing The Correct Air Condition Or Furnace Filters That Is Right For You And Your Family.

What is a Furnace Filter?

A furnace filter is a removable filter that is located between the air intake and the furnace motor. The purpose of this filter is to stop airborne particles and dust from entering and producing damage to your furnace. Typically manufactures use the standard Fiberglass Furnace Filters, but others use the washable furnace filters, which we do not recommend, they just let too many particles through the filter. We recommend our Flanders EZ Flow Filters. After the primary job of protecting the motors of the furnace from dust, it also will help improve the efficiency by increasing the airflow. Without using a filter, the furnace would get clogged from the dust and debris, which in turn, will make the furnace work harder and probably break down, this is the basic reasons for using furnace filters. Although, originally used to protect the motor of the furnace, furnace filters have come a long way and have been redesigned to take into consideration more environmental issues in today’s market. Furnace filters are able to improve the indoor air quality by trapping dust, dirt, debris, pollen, smoke, etc. In order to maintain your furnace system and at the same time improving your indoor air quality, we suggest you should look at a higher quality furnace filter such as our Flanders Polyester Filters. Fiberglass has been used in AC or Furnace Filters of the same type that has been protecting furnaces and central air conditioners. The filtering media is continuous filament spun glass. A resistance bonding agent provides rigidity and resistance to media compression. UL marking appears on the filter frame. These filters have been tested by Underwriter’s Laboratories Inc. and classified as UL 900 Class 2 for flammability. If this is a concern, you can choose our Flanders Polyester Filters.

I Do Not Know What Type of AC Filter or Furnace Filter To Buy?

There is a lot to consider when purchasing an AC or Furnace Filter for your home. First, how old is your HVAC system? What type of filter have you been using? If it’s a pleated accordion type filter, then stay with the same type and Merv rating. If you don’t know the Merv rating, then purchase a Merv 8 pleated filter. The brand of filter doesn’t matter. There is a good chance that the evaporator coil in your AC or Furnace system is still clean. To keep the coil staying that way, do not use a lesser quality filter than suggested. If your AC or Furnace system is 6-8 years or older, you need to find out what type of filter the previous owner/tenant has been using. It is best to stay with the same comparable filter with what has been used in the past. You need to be careful not to put a pleated or high Merv rated pleated filter in an older unit. If you had an electronic air cleaner, or a washable electrostatic filter you can replace it with a Merv 8-13 pleated filter which is best. For more technical information about choosing the correct type of filter for you and your family, you can always call Mark Platt, owner of AC Filters 4 Less, at 954-588-7774 and he will be glad to help you choose the correct filter for your needs. He has been in the field for over 35 years and will always have your best interest at heart.
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