Colleen Salzman

Seasonal Allergy Solutions

Although it doesn’t always feel like it, Spring has started. Allergy suffers are already feeling the effects of allergens in the air. This year doctors are predicting it to be the worst allergy season in quite a while. Many people take medication to control their allergies. I know from personal experience medication does not always work and medication can be costly when you constantly have to take it. Seasonal allergens are caused by airborne allergens that enter your nose, mouth, and eyes to cause an allergic reaction. There are products available for your home to alleviate you and your families’ seasonal allergies.

Electronic air cleaners (EAC): American Standard Accuclean

– American Standard a top of the line indoor air quality product to relieve allergens from your home. You never realize what effect indoor air quality has on your life until you personally experience the debilitating symptoms of allergies. I can personally tell you that it has made a large impact on my family by having this product installed in my home. My husband suffers from horrific allergies. He suffered every night waking up not being able to breath. Ever since we had the American Standard Accuclean he is finally able to sleep at night with out struggling. The Accuclean removes 99.98% of air born allergens. This product removes us to .1 microns which is smaller than an atom. Unlike you conventional media filters, you never have to purchase new filters for an electronic air cleaner. It has removable filters that you vacuum out. The indicator light on the Accuclean lets homeowners know when it is time to clean the filter. I would recommend this product to anyone that suffers from allergies.

Media Filter:

– Although an electronic air cleaner is the best solution for indoor air quality, it may not be an affordable option for every homeowner. Media filters are another way to increase the air quality of your home. Media filters capture 85% more air contaminants than your conventional 1″ filters. The filter itself is usually 3″ or 5″ depending on the brand of Media filter cabinet your purchase. Homeowners also do not have to change the filter once a month like they do with 1″ filters. It is recommended to replace the media filter once every three months. However, this can vary depending on the amount of people living in the home and the presence of pets. Media filters come in different MERV ratings for consumers. MERV ratings determine the amount of particles they capture. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles they capture.

Colleen Salzman

Should you repair your AC? Or is it time to replace?

There are many factors when trying to decide if you should repair or replace your air conditioning system.

Repair Cost: If you have had trouble with your air conditioning system, how much will it cost to repair it? Major components such as a failed compressor or a leaking system can be quite costly. Before getting any costly repair work done, I recommend getting an estimate for a new system. Estimates for new systems are free. You can then use a cost comparison for the repair vs a new unit. I also recommend speaking to your trusted technician. If the repair needed on your unit is a minor one and you have had no major issues with the unit, many contractors would recommend preforming the minor repair. It is important to make sure you are educated on the overall condition of your system and the repair that is being suggested to you. Ask your contractor questions about the repair being done. The more you know about your system, the better decisions you can make.

Age: Is your air conditioner towards the upper end of system expectancy? Manufactures state that the average air conditioner lasts between 10-15 years. If your air conditioner is anywhere in end of expectancy age range it would be a good idea to start budgeting for a new unit. Get a tune-up and cleaning done on your air conditioner by a qualified technician in the spring season. As a homeowner, you will be will informed of the health of your system and you will be able to make education decisions on your unit.

For more information about repairing or replacing your air conditioner, contact a qualified HVAC contractor.