Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Change Your Filter

Different Types of Air Cleaners and Filters

The most common filters found in a typical residential HVAC system are mechanical air filters removing physical particles (dust, dander and lint) from the air. When it comes to air cleaners, different types serve different purposes and match certain heating or cooling systems. They also vary in the type of material used to optimize their filtering efficiency. Below are some of the most common types of filters and air cleaners.

Types of Air CleanersThe most common filters found in the homeSpecialized filters and cleaners
Mechanical filtersFiberglass filtersHigh-efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA filters)
Electronic air cleanersPleated filtersElectrostatic filters
Ion generatorsWashable filtersUV lights
Ultraviolet light

Professional HVAC technicians can make the best suggestions on how to replace your air filters and what best to replace them with, by considering factors such as:

  • Your space
  • The requirements of your heating or cooling system
  • Frequency of replacement or cleaning

Why You Should Change Your Air Filter

The most basic function of an air filter is to remove impurities from the air. These impurities may range from particles that are visible to the naked eye to even smaller particles that can make their way to your lungs. Impurities such as dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, and even some types of bacteria can be efficiently filtered by air filters.

All types of air filters are rated on their ability to purify the air. However, over time and with constant use (i.e., when your ventilation system is running), the quality and performance of your filter degrades. Here are the top 4 reasons why you should change your filter:

  1. Improve your air quality Each filter has a peak efficiency and depending on whether or not they are reusable or disposable, once your filter has served its time, you must replace it to still get efficient performance from your ventilation system. An old and clogged filter will not work properly, so changing it is necessary.
  2. Improve your temperature control A clean and properly installed air filter helps your HVAC system   produce the right amount of cooled or heated air by letting fresh air pass through. The internal temperature of your space will be better controlled when a clean filter allows the right amount of air circulating in your system.
  3. Prolong the life of your heating or cooling system Consider your HVAC system the lungs of your home or your building. By having your filter regularly cleaned or routinely replaced you are not only cleaning the air you breathe, you are also reducing the number of air particulates which make it to the interiors of your system. This helps keep your systems cleaner from the inside.
  4. Improve your energy efficiency Relative to allowing your equipment to “breathe”, changing out old air filters allows your HVAC system to be more energy efficient by reducing the amount of mechanical stress it goes through when absorbing air. Clogged filters make your system work to push and pull air in harder, therefore consuming more energy. By changing old air filters, you save costs on your energy consumption too.

The amount you spend on regularly changing your air filters will ultimately pay itself off in terms of reducing unit repairs and cutting energy consumption costs. When was the last time you had your air filters checked and changed?

Preventative Maintenance Program

Why should you perform preventative maintenance and join the Marx comfort club?

Over time as your heating and cooling equipment ages, parts can wear out or work less efficiently than they once did. Sometimes this wear and tear can put additional strain on the equipment causing them to fail sooner than the expected useful life. A skilled technician can perform preventative maintenance to ensure that your equipment is operating within manufacturers’ specifications confirming its efficiency, longevity and safe operation.

During the visit technicians visually check system components for wear and tear as well as perform tests using specialized equipment. Tools like a manometer, electrical multimeter, temperature probe, compound refrigerant gauges, and combustion analyzer are used to evaluate the operation of your heating and cooling system.

Getting started with us is hassle-free, just follow these 3 simple steps below.

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  2. Get a Hassle-Free Quote for the Service You Need
  3. Live Comfortably With Peace of Mind

Performing a Combustion Analysis During Heating Maintenance

Comfort goes hand in hand with safety. Performing a Combustion Analysis During Heating Maintenance is essential and by making sure everything is working properly guarantees the health of your heating system and the safety of your home or building and further ensures  that your heating system remains in tip-top shape!

What is a Combustion Analysis?

Gas fuelled heating systems like a home furnace rely on combustion to deliver heat. Combustion efficiency is the measure of how well the fuel is being utilized in the combustion process. The safe and efficient operation of gas equipment requires the correct mixture of fuel and air to work properly. An efficient heating system delivers heat while being primed to consistently and safely do so. This is where the importance of combustion analysis plays a role.

Combustion analysis gives you a reading of the heat exchanger in your furnace, boiler room, or heating system to help you identify if it is working properly. Trained technicians are able to read combustion analysis results using a combustion analyzer––the tool used to identify whether proper combustion is taking place and that the levels of combustion fall within the safe limits.

Professional service technicians use a combustion analyzer by carefully inserting it into the flue pipe of your heating system. The digital reading on the device will then indicate the products of combustion & ensure they are within the approved limits. For a long time, traditional combustion testing equipment such as “wet kits”, draft gauges, smoke pumps, CO2 gas testers, slide rules, and thermometers were used. Today, digital equipment offers a more efficient and accurate reading, thereby eliminating potential human errors caused by using dated combustion analysis methods. Failure to properly test heating systems can lead to fatal consequences.

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The Importance of Performing a Combustion Analysis During Heating Maintenance

Whether you have a propane, natural gas or oil heating system, combustion analysis should be performed annually; or any time any type of change is made which may affect the performance of your heating system. Small tweaks or component replacements can result in improper combustion efficiency and should therefore have a proper combustion test.

The only test which can guarantee peak performance and safety is a combustion analysis performed by professional technicians. A thorough inspection means using the right tools to come up with a quantifiable result. This allows us to service your heating system and make any necessary adjustments.

Avoiding the risks of unidentified system problems is easy when you opt for a service that takes thorough care of your heating system’s needs. Plugged or cracked heat exchangers may lead to incomplete combustion causing poor, inefficient operation and even the potential for a carbon monoxide leak. If the system is not operating within the manufacturers’ specifications, it is running less efficiently and there is likely some other problem causing excessive wear and tear on the system. Performing a combustion analysis allows the technician to properly diagnose issues and keep your heating system running strong.

You can improve the longevity of your heating system and allow us to take care of it for you. We provide a balance of reliability, efficiency, and cost while offering top-notch HVAC services. This our “Marx Promise”.

Why should you perform preventative maintenance and join the Marx comfort club?

Over time as your heating and cooling equipment ages, parts can wear out or work less efficiently than they once did. Sometimes this wear and tear can put additional strain on the equipment causing them to fail sooner than the expected useful life. A skilled technician can perform preventative maintenance to ensure that your equipment is operating within manufacturers’ specifications confirming its efficiency, longevity and safe operation.

During the visit technicians visually check system components for wear and tear as well as perform tests using specialized equipment. Tools like a manometer, electrical multimeter, temperature probe, compound refrigerant gauges, and combustion analyzer are used to evaluate the operation of your heating and cooling system.

Getting started with us is hassle-free, just follow these 3 simple steps below.

  1. Call Us To Book a Guaranteed Time Appointment
  2. Get a Hassle-Free Quote for the Service You Need
  3. Live Comfortably With Peace of Mind

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