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What is an HVAC filter? | Heating and AC Repair in Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

An HVAC filter is an indispensable component of your HVAC system that secures the system from dust and / or airborne particles that can be pulled in.  It also increases the indoor air quality in your Dallas home by counteracting the buildup of these particulates from circulating throughout your home.  In order for HVAC filters to do as intended they need to be changed out regularly in order to avoid the buildup of airborne particulates and breaking down the system. A clogged filter will produce poor indoor air quality, higher electrical bills and can possibly bring about a breakdown in the heating and cooling system.

Air filters have a rating system that is based upon their minimum efficiency reporting value, otherwise known as MERV.  These ratings can vary between 1 and 16.  The higher the number, the smaller the particles that particular filter can catch and prevent from entering your system or being dispersed throughout your home.  The smaller the number then the less likely the filter will be at filtering certain airborne pollutants.  This rating system was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, otherwise known as ASHRAE.  It is a universal system in place that can be used to compare all brands and types of filters. 

The higher the rating for an air filter does not always mean the better it will be for your HVAC system.  Highly rated air filters can also restrict airflow which will in turn force your system to work harder than it should at conditioning your indoor air.  In order to find the best air filter for your particular HVAC system you should consult the manufacturer to see what the maximum MERV rating for your system should be and what it can handle.

Different Types of Air Filters

DISPOSABLE FIBERGLASS – Disposable fiberglass air filters are inexpensive and disposable solutions that will help in the prevention of only large particulates, such as dust and debris from getting into your HVAC system. This type of filter will not do much in reference to actually cleaning the air and enhancing your indoor air quality.

DISPOSABLE PLEATED – Disposable pleated air filters are one of the most popular choices for air filters in HVAC systems. They do a pretty good job at filtering out most of the common dust and debris that can be found in your heating and cooling system. They are a bit more expensive than their disposable fiberglass counterparts but they do a much better job at ensuring your system and home is free of most air pollutants and irritants.

WASHABLE AIR FILTERS – Washable air filters are much more costly to purchase than the disposable counterparts but that is due to the fact that they can be cleaned off regularly and can be reused for up to five years or more.

HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE ARRESTANCE FILTERSHigh efficiency particulate arrestance filters, more commonly referred to as HEPA filters have the highest MERV ratings and are beneficial for homeowners with special air quality needs. They are some of the most efficient air filters that you can purchase but are also one of the most costly on the market.

Whenever you have your next service call from your local HVAC company, ask your technician what type of filter they would recommend for your system. They will be able to give you a recommendation for your particular heating and air system that will help ensure that your system stays healthy while allowing it to run as efficiently as possible.  Once your technician has given you a couple of recommendations to check out it does not hurt to look these products up online and see what other users have said about them. While it is a good rule of thumb that you do not trust everything that you read online, you should be able to get a good feel by visiting numerous sites such as Amazon for example to help gauge which of the filter options best suit you.

When you decide on what filter to use, first and foremost ensure that you get the correct size for your system. There’s nothing worse than finding out that the air filter is either too big or too small.  If you are unsure, check your existing system’s air filter and measure the length, height and thickness when shopping for a replacement.  Always ensure that you buy an air filter that fits properly in your system.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

What are NATE Certified Technicians? | HVAC Repair in Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Friday, May 12, 2017
Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s technicians are all NATE certified. In fact, we are one of the only companies in the area with the largest number of HVAC certified technicians in and around Dallas, Texas.  Certification is important to us, but you are probably wondering what exactly does it mean for you as a customer.



North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

North American Technician Excellence, otherwise known as NATE is an independent, non-profit organization that tests and certifies installation and service technicians in the United States.  It was founded in 1997 and is located in Arlington, Virginia. It is the only technician certification organization that is owned, operated and governed completely by the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, otherwise known as HVACR. 


How are your technicians NATE certified?


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning technicians must pass a core exam and a specialty exam that is created by the NATE Technical Committee. This is a team comprised of nationwide experts.   Most NATE certifications last for 2 years before they expire.  In order to renew NATE certification, technicians must take specialty continuing educational courses, earning 16 hours or more in these classes in the two year period or by retaking the certification exam every 2 years. 


Why you should expect your technician to be NATE certified.

NATE certified technicians are the cream of the crop and considered to be the best of the best in the HVAC industry.  Not only are these technicians extremely skillful and knowledgeable in their field of expertise in order to pass the NATE certification exams, but they are also committed to excellence.  Heating and cooling technicians are not required to go through this certification process but we do so in order to provide the highest level of service possible for both residential and commercial customers in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas.  When you use Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for your HVAC needs you can rest assure knowing that you will receive expert installation, repair and HVAC service each and every time. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Uneven Heating & Cooling | Air Conditioner Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, May 04, 2017
Have you ever walked into one room in your Dallas, Texas home only to realize that it is around 10 or 15 degrees warmer in that room than the other one? What about reducing the thermostat to make it comfortable in one room but when you do so it makes it freezing in other? This is what we call uneven heating and cooling


 
There are multiple reasons why you may have a problem with your heating and cooling system conditioning the air unevenly in your home. It could be a problem with your vents, improperly sized unit, excessive shading on one part of the house in comparison to another, or even improper or inadequate insulation in other parts of the home compared to others. 

To help alleviate the problem with uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas, Texas home there are multiple checks you can do and options you can consider. Below is a list and outline of each check and consideration that could help you. 

Zoned System – A zoned system takes advantage of multiple thermostats in different zones or rooms in a home. For example, the first and second floor of a home could be established as two different zones. Initial cost with the installation of a zoned system can be high, but it could help you recoup your costs in savings from your high energy bills further down the road. 

Air Ducts – Ductwork that has been improperly installed, old or other factors can lead to it leaking conditioned air. This will limit the pressurized airflow throughout the home and will lead to uneven temperatures. Your air ducts may be in hard to reach areas and you may require professional service in order to have this examined. Air ducts that are kinked, obstructed could also potentially be areas where conditioned air is leaking. If you suspect that your air ducts are leaking contact a professional to have them inspected. 

Vents Blocked – Is there a rug, curtains or other object blocking the air vent in an area in the home? If so, this could be the reasoning behind the uneven heating and cooling in a room or area in your house. In order to prevent uneven heating and cooling make sure that there are no objects blocking the vents or obstructing them. 

Doors & Windows – When air escapes your home, your heating and cooling system needs to work harder in order to condition the air around you. One area to look at is the doors and windows in your home. Check the weather stripping, replace caulking if needed, install draft guards under doors to help in minimizing the amount of conditioned air that is escaping. 

Regular Maintenance – Having your HVAC system professionally maintained is one way to prevent uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas home. Also make sure that you are changing out the filters as suggested by the manufacturer. Scheduling regular routine maintenance once or twice a year with your local HVAC company will also help catch problems with your system before they become critical issues. 

Sizing – If the HVAC unit in your home was not properly sized, or if renovations and additions have been done since then, you may have an improperly sized system in your home. Contact your HVAC company to come assess your home and look at the unit to determine if the system meets the requirements for the size of your home. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.