American Standard Accuclean™ Whole-Home Air Filtration System
Last month we wrote about how an air filtration system could help improve the air quality inside your home. In particular, newer homes are better insulated and more tightly-sealed. Unfortunately, this means it’s much easier for indoor pollutants to get trapped in the house. If you spend a lot of time indoors, you could be exposing yourself to air that is five times worse than what is outside. It’s estimated that up to 72 trillion allergens can find their way into your home on a daily basis. Did you also know that the average home can produce around 40 pounds of dust per year? Furthermore, an ounce of dust could house tens of thousands of dust mites.
That’s why you want to make sure that the air you and your family are breathing is comfortable and, more importantly, cleaner.
We at Patriot Heating and Air recommend the American Standard Accuclean™ Whole-Home Air Filtration System.
We believe it is provides superior filtration of allergens and pollutants that may be in your home. Accuclean™:
• removes up to 99.98 percent of allergens from the filtered air;
• catches particles down to .1 micron in size;
• is eight times more effective than the best HEPA room appliance;
• is 100 times more effective than a standard one-inch throwaway filter or ionic-type room appliance;
• delivers cleaner air and more of it; and
• has a reusable filter that can be cleaned by vacuuming.
With 11 models available, based on air flow, we will be able to recommend exactly the right size for maximum area coverage needed in your home.
Accuclean™ is easy to clean and maintain by you, the homeowner. Click here to see just how easy it is!
For a short demonstration how Accuclean™ clears the air of particulates, click here for a short video.
Even if you have an air filtration system, you still need to attend to your furnace, in particular, change those filters as recommended! They are the heart of the furnace. When the filter becomes clogged, things can go wrong quickly.
Most of us are familiar with 1-inch furnace filters which have been the standard for decades. Today’s furnaces are often equipped to use 5-inch filters. Why?
Furnace filters’ efficacy are measured on a scale of 1 to 16 for a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the fewer dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it. Higher MERVs mean the filter can remove small particulates from the air that passes through it.
There tends to be a trade-off with air filters, that trapping smaller particles (or trapping a greater percentage of larger ones) also results in greater resistance to the flow of air. The advantage of the thick filter is that it can trap particles (including smaller ones) more efficiently. Modern filters with the greater surface area of the pleats capture more airborne contaminants due to a slower air flow rate across the filter. At the same time, they do not reduce the force of the air coming out of vents. And because the pleats have more surface area, they become dirty or ‘clogged’ at a slower rate, translating into the longer the filter is effective – fewer changes for you!
Here at Patriot, we recommend American Standard media filters that are made to compliment the Accuclean™ air filtration system. We also recommend Honeywell Air Bear® media filters that trap particles down to one micron. Air Bear® filters come in a variety of sizes and have MERV ratings of 8 or higher.
Of course the best time to switch to a 5-inch filter configuration is when getting a new furnace. However, if space around the furnace allows, an older unit may be converted to a 5-inch filter. Ask us about retrofitting.