Home Comfort posts

Who Needs Air Duct Cleaning, When and Why?

Your air duct system helps keep your living space comfortable by distributing conditioned air into every room of your home. The air inside your home contains tiny particles like dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and other debris that can build up inside your air ducts over time. If this debris builds up too much, it can start to restrict air flow in your living space. Sometimes it can even re-circulate the particles throughout your home, impacting indoor air quality.

When performed by HVAC professionals, air duct cleaning services help eliminate this buildup of debris in your duct system. But duct cleaning may not be necessary for every home. Read on to find out what air duct cleaning is and if you need it in your home.

When do air ducts need to be cleaned?

Frequent air duct cleaning is not a necessity for most homes. However, there are a few serious issues that may indicate your air ducts need to be cleaned by HVAC professionals:

  1. There is visible mold growth in your ducts.

If you notice mold growth in your air ducts or on other parts of your HVAC system, it’s time to get it checked out by a professional. An HVAC technician will be able to inspect your system, determine if you have mold growth, and suggest the best next steps for cleaning your air ducts. Remember, if you don’t get rid of the conditions that caused the mold, it will come back! So if you find mold growth in your ducts, you will still need to find the source of the issue and remedy this as well.

  1. Your ducts are infested with rodents or insects.

If you find that vermin have started to camp out in your air ducts, then it’s time for a cleaning. Not only can rodents and insects in your ducts impact your indoor air quality, but they can also cause damage to your air duct system that can become costly to fix.

  1. Your HVAC system has become less efficient.

Research shows that cleaning your air ducts and other HVAC system components can help improve the efficiency of your system. Similarly, it can help you prolong the life of your HVAC equipment.

If you notice that your HVAC system has become less efficient, it may be time for duct cleaning. However, other issues may also be causing the decrease in efficiency so make sure that you consult with your HVAC technician first.

  1. Debris is re-circulating through your home.

A little dust or dirt in your air duct system is normal. However, if you start to notice that debris or particles are being released into your home through your supply registers, then it’s definitely time for an air duct cleaning. At this point, the debris has starting to impact your indoor air quality and can have consequences for your health.

  1. Your system won’t maintain ideal temperature or airflow.

If your HVAC system is struggling to keep your home comfortable or you notice a change in airflow, dirty air ducts may be to blame. When debris accumulates in the ductwork, it can restrict the airflow throughout your home, making it harder for your HVAC system to maintain home comfort.

It’s important to note that these issues could also be the result of damage to your HVAC system. You will need to get an HVAC technician to inspect your ductwork and diagnose your system needs.

Riverside CA Duct Cleaning Services

If you are experiencing any of the issues above or it has been three to five years since your last air duct cleaning, it’s time to call in the ductwork experts at Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Our experienced HVAC technicians will inspect your air ducts and HVAC system to determine if you need an air duct cleaning.

Call us today to schedule an inspection: (877) 411-9888.

How Smart is Your Home Comfort? 4 Tech Updates to Get the Grade

Technology continues to progress at a rapid rate. The trickle down of modern tech advancements creates an accessibility and affordability for homeowners. Smart home technology can now be utilized in the average American household to create an automated and optimized home comfort experience.

Home Automation

Home automation is the wireless control of electronic devices. These devices can include lights, appliances, doors, HVAC systems, security systems and more. This allows homeowners the ability to optimize their home’s performance from a smartphone, tablet or other smart device.

Home automation enables your home to operate seamlessly. Whether an appliance is no longer in use or you’re just entering your home, connected electronic devices can intuitively operate your home to simultaneously maximise energy efficiency and home comfort.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats allow for the automation of the home’s HVAC system. A wi-fi thermostat has much more capability than a simple programmable thermostat. They are able to be conveniently controlled from a smart device and have a number of unique features that greatly improve home comfort and efficiency.

 

  • Vacation settings – Take advantage of intuitive and convenient vacation settings that are built in to your smart thermostat. You can save time and money by choosing energy efficient settings for your HVAC system while you are away on vacation.
  • Auto changeover between cooling and heating – Old, manual thermostats required users to switch from cooling to heating at nights when the temps drop. There are many days where both hot and cold are required, so an auto changeover allows for homeowners to comfortably and unnoticeably experience outdoor temperature fluctuation.
  • Humidity level identification – High amounts of moisture in the air can make you feel cooler when it’s cold and hotter when it’s hot. It can also compromise the integrity of your home. Identifying humidity levels allows homeowners to deploy humidifiers and dehumidifiers when necessary to create optimum levels of comfort.
  • Dirty filter detection – It can be easy to forget to change a filter. This simple task can unfortunately lead to big consequences as it can compromise your HVAC system’s performance. Smart thermostats can let you know when your filter needs cleaned or replaced to maximize your system’s efficiency.
  • System maintenance reminders – If you have a smart thermostat, your HVAC system will run like a dream. That can make it easy to forget that it still needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Your smart thermostat can be scheduled to alert you when it’s time for its annual, or bi-annual maintenance visit.
  • Integration with home automation devices – If you’ve got your hands full or don’t want to forget to schedule something on your smart thermostat, tell your Alexa or Google Home to change your thermostat’s settings or schedule a vacation.
  • Real-time energy use tracking – How energy efficient is your home? Before, you would just have to wait for your monthly energy bill. Now, you can eliminate the surprise and make improvements to your energy consumption throughout the month to reduce your energy costs.
  • Occupancy sensing and automatic energy savings/comfort setting transitioning – Whether you’re leaving or entering your home, your smart thermostat will register this difference and automatically change to either an energy efficient or comfort setting.
  • Local weather forecasting – Another feature to make setting your HVAC system at its optimal temp is a built in local weather forecast. Take a look at the next week and plan your heating and cooling around it.

 

  • Remote access and control from smart devices – Take complete control of your home’s HVAC from the office or on the road. Smart technology is always with you so that you can always make the necessary changes to your HVAC system to ensure the best efficiency and comfort.

IAQ Products

Beyond temperature control, advancements in tech allow HVAC systems to provide further home comfort through improved indoor air quality. IAQ products can help clear the air, eliminating dust, allergens, bacteria and mold from the air that can harm you and your family’s health. Utilize these IAQ products to give your home comfort a boost:

 

  • Air purifiers
  • Humidifiers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • UV germicidal lights

 

Smart Security

Another important factor of home comfort, is the safety and security of your home. A smart security system can provide peace of mind in terms of preventing break-ins and theft. Utilizing smart technology, homeowners are enabled to control the safety and security of their homes anytime, anywhere.

Whether you’re sitting at the couch or in the office, you can check who’s at your door or whether or not your home is locked and secure.

Security systems are extremely convenient, allow for total awareness of your the goings on around your home and property and reduce your home insurance payment.

Smart home comfort tech can provide immense boosts to your peace of mind, productivity and energy savings. Get the most out of your home by contacting Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today!

Get Your AC Ready for Summer in Riverside, California

Summer is just around the corner, so there is no better time to get your air conditioner checked and ready to go for the months ahead. For an intricate system such as an air conditioner to run efficiently and consistently for months at a time, it’s important to ensure that each and every component is up to the task. Ideally this just requires minor maintenance, however the longer an AC unit goes unchecked, the more potential there will be for expensive malfunctions to occur. A functional and reliable air conditioner is an important investment for homeowners in Riverside. Maximize the potential of your air conditioner and get the most out of your investment with necessary seasonal care. Here’s how:

Perform an Inspection of Your Property

There are a lot of components that can impact your air conditioners efficiency and stability. As a home or business owner, you can look for obvious signs of issues to come, even without a complete understanding of the HVAC industry. Here is what YOU can do to get your air conditioner ready for summer:

  • Look for obvious signs of wear and tear.
  • Clear away debris and dirt from your outdoor unit.
  • Inspect your unit for leaks.
  • Listen for signs of strained performance.
  • Check for cracks or misalignments along entry points, vents, ducts, windows, etc.
  • Investigate your attic and exterior wall insulation.

Your system’s effectiveness relies on more than just its own components. If air is leaking out of your property, it won’t matter how great your air conditioner is, you’ll lose money on over-use. Addressing these issues before the heaviest heat has hit will majorly help your monthly energy bill.

Test Your Air Conditioner

Running your air conditioner can not only provide necessary quality assurance that your system is ready to keep you cool this summer, but it’s also a terrific way to diagnose potential issues. You’ve likely had your AC on for the spring months, but it’s important to really pay attention to what your AC could be telling you. Ask yourself these questions when listening and watching your air conditioner:

  • Is your system louder than you remember?
  • Does it make an grinding noises?
  • Is there any visible leakage from any component of your air conditioner?
  • Will your system run and shut off properly, or is it over cycling?
  • Is your air conditioner in sync with your thermostat (does it feel like what your thermostat is set to)?

Change/Clean Your Filter

You likely haven’t been thinking about your AC filter since you haven’t been running your AC as often through the cooler months. However, just because your unit hasn’t been running, doesn’t mean your filter hasn’t been sitting and collecting dust throughout the year. If you didn’t change your filter before the spring, you’ll absolutely want to do it now. Your air filter helps to protect your system from dust and debris. The dirtier your system is, the less efficient it operates, the higher your energy bills become and the shorter your system’s lifespan will become. Don’t let something as simple as cleaning or replacing your air filter affect your air conditioner; DIY this task or give one of our Riverside HVAC technicians a call.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Already have plans for summer vacation? Utilizing a smart or programmable thermostat can help you schedule your system to work less hard while you’re gone. The most high-tech thermostats can even intuit this information based on household activity (or lack thereof). If you’re on the fence about replacing your old thermostat, these months just before summer are the perfect time to consider an upgrade.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

The best way to ensure that your system is ready for summer is through bi-annual maintenance appointments. Having an HVAC technician come out and examine your system will guarantee that there is nothing holding your system back from operating at its maximum capacity. Small details won’t get overlooked and underlying issues will be serviced on the spot. Keeping your system clean and error-free will improve its overall lifespan and current performance and give you the peace of mind that your home comfort is guaranteed through the heat season.

Don’t let any detail get overlooked. Call (877) 411-9888 to schedule your routine maintenance today!

How to Build Trust with Your HVAC Technician

Do you ever think about how important it is to choose an HVAC contractor you want to keep for years? It’s hard enough to choose a competent person ONCE but to choose well year after year, or need after need, reduces your chances that you’ll strike gold every time – unless you go steady.

But, finding someone you can trust for years to come isn’t easy. You know how it is when you’re trying to find loyalty and long-term happiness with someone – there are a lot of crooks, a lot of well-meaning but less-capable types, and those companies who will give you everything you want for a high, high price. How can you find a balance of capability and knowledge, reliability and consistency, affordability, and good service?

Five Steps to Finding an HVAC Technician You Can Trust

Find someone who respects your bank account.
Your budget is a big factor in the HVAC game. You have so many important ways to spend your hard-earned money and paying extra for the same system with lower-quality installation, or on shoddy repairs that need redone, just isn’t right. If your contractor doesn’t offer solid financing, push rebates and savings programs, or help you calculate your costs and savings, you need a new contractor.

Find someone who will respect your home.
If the HVAC company you partner with doesn’t background check their techs, administer drug tests, heavily vet their team, or uphold the HIGHEST standards for their behavior in your home, you’re better off switching than sticking around. Your home is your sanctuary and you should always feel safe and respected, down to the cleanliness of your home after we’ve done some work.

Find someone who understands your needs.
HVAC is NOT one-size-fits-all. The right system for your home is determined by many factors that your HVAC contractor should measure, identify, or discuss with you. The recommendations your contractor offers up for repairs or routine maintenance should also line up with your goals, your needs, and your expectations. If not, you need to find someone who cares about those things.

Find someone who knows what he or she is doing.
This seems like a no-brainer but if you’re not well-versed in the technical lingo or the best practices in the HVAC industry, how can you be sure you’re getting the right people? A dedication to lifelong learning and training, years of service, and high awards for excellence in the industry will help you verify what just-any-HVAC-company could claim about themselves.

Find someone who is proven worthy.
Reviews are everything. If you find five companies who have met all the criteria above and who are within proximity to you, kudos! Choosing the best among the best comes down to the experiences other people have had. Even the most knowledgeable and affordable companies can be stiff and uncomfortable to work with. Choose an HVAC company whose customers are delighted by their service and you’ll have a 5-star experience, too.

It can be intimidating to bring a new acquaintance into your home to perform work on your HVAC system. Developing trust with your HVAC technician IS possible and the first step is to choose a reputable company like Sheldon’s. Contact us today for same-day service.

 

Your Guide to Fall Home Comfort in San Diego

If you’re looking to achieve ultimate home comfort, but all the options seem too time consuming or out of your price range, then you’ve come to the right place. There are many ways to achieve optimal home comfort without using up all your precious time or money. Read on to discover some affordable and effective home comfort tips that you can use this fall.

Home Comfort Tips for Fall

Below, we’ve compiled a helpful list of home comfort tips that won’t require to you to use up all your time or burn a hole in your wallet. By following these simple tips, you can dramatically improve the comfort within your home this fall.  

Fall Home Comfort Tips San Diego
Financing Can Help Fund Home Comfort!

Sometimes the only solution to your home comfort problem is to purchase and install a brand new heating and cooling system. If you’re interested in purchasing a new HVAC system for your Loma Linda home, you may benefit from the convenient financing options we offer here at Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning. Learn more about our available financing today to see how we can help make the dream of home comfort affordable for you and your family.

The Most Common Complaints About Southern California Home Comfort, And Why They’re Bunk

As a trusted provider of quality HVAC products and services in Riverside and other parts of Southern California, Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning has gotten to know just what Southern California homeowners need when it comes to home comfort. We often hear complaints from homeowners who just can’t seem to get comfortable. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of common complaints about home comfort in Southern California and explain why these issues don’t have to be concerning to Riverside homeowners.

Most Common Home Comfort Complaints (with Solutions!)

Below are some of the most common complaints about home comfort that we hear from customers and how you can go about fixing these issues.

  1. It’s impossible to control humidity levels in Southern California.

The relative humidity levels in Riverside and the surrounding areas range from 24% to 90% over the course of the year. Sometimes these levels can reach as low as 10% and as high as 100%. With the shift in humidity levels from very dry to very humid over the course of the year, some Southern California homeowners have a hard time adjusting to the varying humidity and controlling humidity levels in their homes.

However, humidity doesn’t have to be a problem. Dehumidifiers and humidifiers help homeowners gain better control over their home comfort levels throughout the year. Though these IAQ upgrades are not necessary for every homeowner, some individuals who are adversely affected by the changes in humidity may benefit from these indoor air quality products.

  1. It costs too much to stay comfortable!

Many homeowners may feel that their energy bills are too high. However, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to stay comfortable in beautiful Southern California. Use the following tips to use your HVAC system for efficiently:

  • Adjust the thermostat when you leave home. There is no need to pay for heating or cooling your home if no one is there to enjoy it.
  • Invest in a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to monitor your energy usage so that you can find ways to improve your habits and save more each month on heating and cooling costs.
  • Consider a more energy-efficient air conditioner or heater. Older HVAC systems tend to be less energy efficient than newer models. If it’s time to replace the old AC or heater, consider purchasing a more energy-efficient model to save more year-round.
  1. My indoor air quality is terrible!

Though you may not realize it, the quality of the air outdoors can impact the air that you breathe inside your home. Due to this, many homeowners in Southern California find that their indoor air quality is less than ideal. In addition to outside influences, other factors such as cleaning products, pet dander, or indoor plants and flowers can impact the air that you and your family breathe on a regular basis.

Monitoring your indoor air quality is an important part of maintaining your family’s health and safety. The good news is that there are simple ways to improve your indoor air quality so that you and your family can breathe easier. Specialized air filters and air purifiers can help catch the contaminants and particles that your standard air filter is not able to filter out. However, due to the specialized nature of these products, you want to consult with an HVAC professional before purchasing IAQ upgrades as they can impact the health and efficiency of your HVAC system.

Get Comfortable in Riverside

If you find yourself struggling to get comfortable in your Riverside home, it may be time to call in the experts! The qualified team at Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning knows just what it takes to keep your Southern California home comfortable year-round. We proudly serve families and individuals in Riverside, Mira Loma, Loma Linda, Eastvale, Corona and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality or you just want to get more information on energy-efficient HVAC systems from Carrier, we are ready to help you find the right products to maximize your home comfort. Contact us today.

Sheldon’s Top Resources for Riverside Indoor Air Quality

You work hard to maintain a safe and healthy home, so why compromise that safety and comfort by allowing pollutants and contaminants from outdoors to enter your home and affect your family? Instead, you should aim to monitor and improve your indoor air quality to make sure that you and your family can breathe easy year-round. And we’ve made that easy by providing you with the very best resources from deep in our blog archives.

Top Resources for Riverside Indoor Air Quality

Whether you’re living in Riverside or one of the beautiful nearby cities, you can use the resources below from Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning to keep the air inside your home safe and healthy for every member of your family.

What Pet Owners Need to Know About Home HVAC

Do you have a furry friend at home? Many homeowners may not realize that man’s best friend can have a significant impact on the air that they breathe. There are some special indoor air quality concerns that pet owners should consider in order to ensure that they and their family can breathe easier. This is a must-read if you have a pet and definitely a great article to share with friends and family who have one or more fuzzy friends at home.

Do I Need a HEPA Air Filter in My Home?

You may have heard about high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters. Though using these filters are one of the best ways to protect your family from breathing in dust, pollen, pet dander, pollutants, and other particles, HEPA filters are not right for every homeowner. Read this one if you are concerned about indoor air quality or have a family member at home who suffers from asthma, severe allergies, or other respiratory issues.

3 Ways to Reduce Allergies & Improve Home Comfort

If you or someone you know suffers from allergies, then you know that it can be hard to get comfortable at home with allergens and other particles making their way inside the home. This article provides helpful tips for improving your indoor air quality and maximizing home comfort by reducing allergens in the home. Share this with a friend or loved one who suffers from allergies. They’ll thank you later!

How Can I Detect Carbon Monoxide in My Home?

Carbon monoxide is no joke! Without proper ventilation, this odorless and tasteless gas can build up in your home and put you and your family in serious danger if it starts to build up in large quantities. This very important article is a must-read for all. It breaks down the producers and effects of carbon monoxide as well as provides information on how to detect CO in your home and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Stay In-the-Know!

Want to learn more about HVAC, home improvement, and indoor air quality? Be sure to check our blog regularly for monthly articles on all you need to know about home comfort. While you’re at it, follow Sheldon’s on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ to stay up-to-date with the latest in Riverside HVAC products and services.

HVAC 101: The Best HVAC Resources Available Online

As a homeowner, you may feel that there are SO many things you don’t know about the way your house and its pieces operate. One of the most mysterious systems to most people is their heating & cooling system. Below, we’ve broken down the basics by providing you with some of the best, most comprehensive HVAC resources on the web. Check it out:

Thermostat Management 101

Managing Your Thermostat
How do I program my thermostat? What can my thermostat do to save on energy costs or provide better home comfort for my family? These are all valid questions. This infographic explains it well: a majority of your energy bill each month goes to your HVAC system and a 1 degree difference on the thermostat can make a HUGE difference in the energy usage for your home.

This graphic actually provides a LOT of great advice for saving money on your energy bill including the use of LED holiday lights and the purchase of a smart thermostat.

Winterproofing 101

Winterproofing Your Home on a Budget

Thanks to this infographic from The Mint, you can see how much your home and other homes in our area are spending on heating costs and we’ll agree – the energy usage can be astronomical. There are many steps you can take to winterize your home and reduce the expense of energy this year. For example, keep your curtains open on sunny days to disperse natural heat through your home or test for leaks around windows and doors and get your home as airtight as possible.

Indoor Air Quality 101

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

Your indoor air quality, also referred to as IAQ, can really impact your health and quality of living. Since lung disease is the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States and asthma and allergies are TOO common, it’s pretty evident just how important clean air can be. We can’t completely control the air quality outside our homes, but we can help to eliminate contaminants inside. This infographic outlines the major factors that affect IAQ and what you can do to combat these issues right away.

HVAC Myths 101

8 HVAC Myths — Busted!

So many beliefs about HVAC are simply untrue. The writers at 2 Wired 2 Tired lay down some serious real talk in their infographic which dispels several HVAC myths. Beneath all of the misconceptions, there are some major takeaways for homeowners: You should definitely rely on a programmable thermostat, you need to change your filter quarterly at minimum, your HVAC system size matters, and shutting your vents isn’t such a great idea after all. So much more can be gleaned from this infographic and from 2 Wired 2 Tired.

Repair & Replacement 101

Your Central Air Unit: Is it Time to Repair or Replace?

It can be difficult to know, when your HVAC system starts to depreciate, whether you should invest in repairing it or go ahead and replace it. A lot of factors affect this decision including the severity of the needed repairs, the age of the system, the cost of the needed repairs, the warranty, the SEER rating, and whether or not your system is sized properly for your home, among other things. This infographic is a great start for this information, and we’re also happy to consult with you on this decision also!

Home Energy Savings 101

Home Energy Savings

No appliance or use of energy in your home requires more energy each month than your HVAC system. We take that very seriously and aim to do everything we can to help you reduce costs. Still, there are many things you, the homeowner, can do to help lower those costs also. This infographic offers ways to conserve in every room of your home.

Duct Cleaning 101

Duct Tales: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

We agree with Air-tek’s recommendation to having your ducts cleaned quarterly. By involving a professional, you can ensure that your ducts are inspected for debris of all kinds including buildup of pet hair or dust as well as signs of mold or pest infestation. Without this routine inspection, you run the risk of finding the problem WAY too late and having bigger problems to deal with.

Come back and visit our blog frequently for the latest HVAC resources for homeowners like yourself and when you’re ready to schedule an installation, repair, or routine maintenance call, choose Sheldon’s.

Product Roundup: Get to Know these 3 Carrier Product Series

Carrier has earned a reputation across the globe for developing innovative and efficient air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration solutions. At Sheldon’s, we want was is best for our customers, and that’s why we are proud to be a Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier home comfort systems and products.

Whether you are moving into a new home or just want to replace your older HVAC unit, Carrier has a variety of options that fit all budgets and home comfort needs. Below, we will explore a few of our favorite Carrier products and discuss how these products can help meet your home comfort needs.

Carrier HVAC Product Guide

Here are just a few of the home comfort options that Carrier provides for Riverside homeowners:

Infinity® Series

The Infinity Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and residential ductless systems for homeowners who want the very best in efficiency and innovation. Products in this series were developed for ultimate home comfort and represent some of the quietest and most energy efficient HVAC product models that Carrier provides. In addition, this series also offers homeowners the greatest degree of home comfort and energy management with Infinity Series Controls, which provide remote access features that make maintaining home comfort simple and convenient no matter where you may be.

Performance™ Series

The Performance Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and residential ductless systems for homeowners who are serious about home comfort. The indoor air quality products in this series includes air purifiers, germicidal UV lamps, energy recovery ventilators, and heat recovery ventilators as well as steam, fan-powered, and bypass humidifiers. Products in this series are designed to be more budget-conscious than the Infinity series, and they also conveniently fit into smaller installation spaces. The stylish Performance Series thermostats are available in programmable and non-programmable models with screens that are easy to read and interface with.

Comfort™ Series 

The Comfort Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, oil furnaces, and residential ductless systems for the budget-conscious homeowner. This economical series also offers cabinet air filters and energy recovery ventilators, which provide affordable options for improving indoor air quality. In addition, the Comfort Series thermostats offer flexibility and convenience with a variety of models. Some of these thermostat models provide remote access and programming while others are more simple and non-programmable.

If you have any questions about these or any other Carrier products, feel free to contact us at any time. As a Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier products, we are knowledgeable about these systems and can help you find the right products to fit your home comfort needs.

Do I Need a HEPA Air Filter in My Home?

Air pollution affects more than just the air you breathe while outdoors. When you enter your home from outside, you can bring with you a variety of contaminants including dust, pollen, and other air pollutants. When these pollutants enter your home, it can impact your indoor air quality, affecting the air that you and your family breathe.

HEPA filters help add an extra layer of protection for you and your family, helping to filter out more of the pollutants in your indoor air. The question is, do you really need a HEPA air filter in your home or is a standard air filter enough to keep your family breathing easy year-round?

What is a HEPA Air Filter?

High-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, help filter out harmful pollutants in the air like dust, pollen, and pet dander. In order to be considered a HEPA filter, U.S. government standards require the filter to remove at least 99.7% of particles from the air. HEPA filters are often found in air purifiers and vacuum cleaners and are used to help improve the indoor air quality of homes, hospitals, and commercial buildings.

Benefits of HEPA Air Filters

HEPA filters can provide many benefits to business and homeowners. These filters are specially designed to trap more of the harmful pollutants that enter the home or building, keeping more contaminants from entering the air and impacting indoor air quality. These filters are a great option for those with weakened immune systems who may feel a more significant impact from air pollution, such as small babies and elderly family members. They can also make it easier for those with respiratory conditions or issues breathe easier year-round.

Do You Need a HEPA Air Filter in Your Home?

When it comes to HEPA air filters, the decision depends on your needs and the needs of your family members. For most homeowners, the typical air filter filters out enough contaminants to provide sufficient indoor air quality. However, those who suffer from asthma, severe allergies, or other respiratory issues may benefit from upgrading their indoor air quality products since they often have trouble breathing and can be affected by the slightest number of particles in the air.

If you decide that you want to use a HEPA filter, it is important that you learn more about your options and the capabilities of your current HVAC system. Most standard HVAC systems are not designed to handle HEPA air filters, due to the way that they restrict airflow. Homeowners may want to opt for a standalone air purifier with a HEPA filter or contact their HVAC company to install a whole home system.

If you would like to learn more about HEPA filters and whether or not they may be right for your home environment, contact Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our HVAC experts would be happy to discuss your home comfort options and suggest the ideal air filters and HVAC upgrades for your home comfort needs.