What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies and Asthma?

March 30th, 2022
Indoor Air Quality

In the modern internet era, there seems to be an endless amount of products to solve an endless amount of issues. This makes it almost impossible as a consumer to truly get exactly what you want. When it comes to things as important as your health, though, you do not want to go with second best.

Allergies and asthma affect millions of people every year, leading them to find some relief through medicine or an air purifying device. At A-1 Mechanical, we only work with the best brands of air purifiers available to ensure customers are receiving the very best.

Why Install an Indoor Air Purifier?

A home without an indoor air purifier is less comfortable and safe to be in, especially for those who are suffering from health issues like allergies or asthma. Indoor air purifiers work by capturing and killing contaminants such as pollen, bacteria and dust mites to remove from the air supply inside of your home for cleaner and healthier air.

Unlike portable air purifiers which service just one room or small area of the home, whole house air cleaners are installed directly to your HVAC system and begin working right away, making them efficient at getting your entire home’s air clean, as fast as possible.

Which Air Purifier Is Best for Allergies and Asthma?

Once you have decided that making the upgrade to an air purifier for your home is a worthwhile investment, it is decision time. Knowing which air purifier to go with can be a tough choice when you are not familiar with the systems. We recommend working with an experienced company to help you choose one.

At A-1 Mechanical, we have spent years serving the community and providing homeowners here with the highest standard of service and care. Through those years, we have garnered the experience needed to help homeowners make qualified decisions about what is best for them and their home. If you are looking for an air purifier to help combat the symptoms of allergies and asthma, then we recommend the INFINITY® AIR PURIFIER – DGAPA.


The INFINITY® AIR PURIFIER – DGAPA helps to purify your air by capturing and killing air contaminants that are commonly found in homes. It helps prevent things like pollen, animal dander, and general bacteria from making their way back into the home’s air supply. It is able to block up to 95% of airborne particles, and has even been determined by independent testing to block the common cold surrogate.

Why Work With A-1 Mechanical?

If you are looking for the best air purifier on the market, then you need to work with the right team to back it up. Improper installation could lead to your air purifier underperforming and not working as optimally as it should.

Have complete trust in both your system and the team behind it with A-1 Mechanical. We have been committed to serving the Lansing and Grand Rapids communities for years and are eager to continue to do so.

If you are ready to take your home’s health and safety to the next level with the best air purifier for allergies and asthma, contact A-1 Mechanical. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started. We can improve your home’s indoor air quality for a healthier and happier home.

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How Come My Heat Pump Cycles on and Off?

March 30th, 2022
Heat Pump

The extreme temperature changes in both the spring and fall time mean that for most Michigan homeowners, a working heat pump is more than just a comfort. It is a necessity. This is why we believe it is so important to never be in a position where your heat pump may be compromised. At A-1 Mechanical, we are eager to help homeowners understand how heat pumps work. We also strive to answer every day questions and understand the issues they can cause, like short cycling. However, we understand that you’re not an HVAC expert and may have questions yourself, such as: “Why does my heat pump cycle on and off?” We’ll explain.

What Is Heat Pump Short Cycling?

Simply put, when a heat pump short cycles it is able to turn on, but it does not complete its full cycle. This causes the heat pump to quickly shut down and turn back on again. This eventually can turn into a vicious cycle that leaves your heat pump in worse shape due to excessive wear and tear from turning off and on too frequently.

Reasons a Heat Pump Can Short Cycle

Like any machine in your home that receives daily use, there are a plethora of reasons why your heat pump is short cycling. A few of them include:

Faulty Electrical Components

Trouble with the electric control board that controls your home’s HVAC system is a common cause of heat pump short cycling. The electric control board not only is in sync with your home’s thermostat, but it is in complete charge of when your HVAC system turns on or off.

There could be a number of electrical connection issues or faulty components that are causing the short cycling issue. Regardless, get in contact with an experienced technician before tackling any of the electrical problems you may be having.

Any blown fuses or problems with your home’s breaker board could also affect your heat pump’s ability to perform.

Thermostat Issues

While we are all about smart home automation and upgrading your home into the 21st century, new home technology is not without its faults. A thermostat leaves plenty of room for error. So, if you begin to notice your heat pump short cycling, there is a chance your thermostat is not working as it should, causing the heat pump to turn on and off uncontrollably.

An easy way to check on the status of your thermostat is to check its batteries and connections. An issue with either of those things could lead to short cycling.

Low Refrigerant Levels

You may notice that your heat pump is not keeping your home as cool as you would like it. This could be due to a low level of refrigerant. This can add extra stress to your unit and not allow it to work as optimally as it should, leading to short cycling.

Clogged Air Filter

A dirty or clogged air filter can greatly impact the efficiency of your heat pump. When the level of dust and other contaminants is too high in a filter, your heat pump is unable to perform, which can lead to short cycling. Swapping out your air filters often can help prevent this and further issues with your machine.

What to Do when Your Heat Pump Short Cycles

Once you have come to the conclusion that what your heat pump is doing is in fact short cycling, you have a couple of options.

If the issue is easily recognizable, such as issues with the thermostat’s battery or connection, then you may be able to solve the problem yourself. However, we almost always recommend contacting a team of professionals that you can trust if your heat pump is short cycling. Your home is one of the most important things in life, so don’t trust just anyone with it.

Choose A-1 Mechanical for Any Heat Pump Problems

A-1 Mechanical has been serving the Lansing and Grand Rapids community with pride for years and are excited to continue to do so. With the industry standard for technology and the best team of technicians in the business, we are excited to have the opportunity to show you the difference of working with the best.

If you are experiencing any issues with your heat pump or HVAC system, don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment. We are eager and ready to serve you and keep your home safe and comfortable!

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How to Install HVAC Zone Control Dampers

March 1st, 2022
HVAC Zone Control

For far too many homes, some areas of the house will be the perfect temperature, while other rooms suffer from hot and cold spots creating an uneven temperature throughout the room. This is a frustrating issue that can not only cause discomfort but also much higher heating and cooling bills.

In the latest blog post from A-1 Mechanical, we’ll discuss how an HVAC zone control system can fix these issues with dampers, as well as how they’re installed. For more helpful information about HVAC zone control dampers, reach out to A-1 Mechanical.

What Are HVAC Zone Control Dampers?

Zone control dampers allow heated or cooled air to spread amongst the rooms in your home, leading to more even and regulated temperatures. Zone dampers are plates that are used to redirect air to all areas of the home, ensuring that warm or cool air reaches the areas that it is supposed to.

In an HVAC system without zone dampers, air freely flows through your ductwork and out of the vents within your home. This can cause uneven distribution, as there is not any equipment in place that could otherwise ensure that all areas of the home receive the same access to the air from your heating and cooling system.

Why Should You Install HVAC Zone Control Dampers?

A zone control system offers significant energy savings, as your HVAC system won’t need to stay on as long in order to bring your home to the set temperature. As heated and cooled air is evenly distributed throughout the home, a zone control system makes it much easier for the house to reach your set temperature.

In addition to the energy savings, you’ll also find that a zone control system can affect the comfort of your home. For homes that struggle with hot and cold spots, dampers can provide a very effective solution. Zone control systems help to keep each room of the home at the same temperature.

Installing HVAC Zone Control Dampers

Installing zone control dampers is a job that is, ideally, left up to professional HVAC system technicians. There are many things to consider, such as the size of your ducts, the type of dampers that your ductwork requires, the location of the dampers, and more.

When you contact an experienced professional to install your zone control dampers, they’ll help answer any questions you might have. They’ll provide the best location for the dampers, as well as the best type of dampers, to provide the best results. Once you’ve had a zone control system installed into your HVAC system, you’ll notice an upgrade in energy efficiency. When you control airflow to all the rooms in your house, you’ll notice a decrease in heating and cooling costs because you won’t waste energy heating unoccupied rooms. Some zone control systems include their own thermostat, or all the dampers can be controlled with a central control panel.

There are a lot of different features and options available for zone control systems. If you’re interested in upgrading your HVAC equipment, talk to the professional technicians at A-1 Mechanical to learn more about For HVAC zone control damper installation in the Lansing and Grand Rapids, MI areas.

Contact A-1 Mechanical for HVAC Zone Control Dampers

Keeping all areas of your home the same temperature is key to a safe, happy, and healthy household. Installing HVAC zone control dampers can be exactly what your home needs to increase comfort and safety levels.

Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of dampers, or to schedule an appointment for installation services.

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How Does a Smart Thermostat Work?

March 1st, 2022
Smart Thermostats

There is no shortage of different thermostat models on the market today. From programmable and non-programmable to Wi-Fi and smart thermostats, it can be overwhelming to try and determine which type of thermostat provides the best solution for your home’s needs.

Smart thermostat models offer the latest and greatest in thermostat technology. In the latest blog from A-1 Mechanical, we’ll discuss how a smart thermostat works, as well as touch on the benefits that they provide. For more on all types of thermostats, including smart thermostat units, get in touch with A-1 Mechanical.

Benefits of Smart Thermostats

Temperature Control From Anywhere

Perhaps the most popular feature of smart thermostats is the ability to control your home’s temperature, even when you’re not home. This is a great way to make sure that you’re not heating your house, for example, when nobody is even home. Before you arrive home, you can set the heat to the desired temperature, ensuring that your home is nice and warm upon your arrival.

Energy Savings

Smart thermostats allow you to program the system so that your HVAC system will run less frequently when nobody is home. Although a programmable thermostat offers the same scheduling features, a smart thermostat allows you to change the temperature remotely if you forget to set the system for the day, or if any unexpected changes occur. While smart thermostats are typically the most expensive type of thermostat, they’ll also likely provide savings on heating and cooling costs.

Tracking Technology

With other types of thermostats, it can be difficult to tell how much energy your home is using. Smart thermostats are equipped with energy tracking technology to show how much energy your home is using on heating and cooling. This information is helpful, as it allows you to make any changes necessary to save on your overall energy costs.

Integration With Other Smart Home Technologies

If your home utilizes any other smart devices, smart thermostats can seamlessly integrate into your overall smart home system. Smart thermostats typically integrate easily with your virtual assistant and will allow you to make temperature changes with just your voice.

How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

Smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network and utilize a smartphone application. This is what allows you to make temperature changes remotely from your mobile device, as well as track your home’s energy usage.

What makes a smart thermostat better than a traditional thermostat is that it can learn about your schedules and make adjustments based on activity or the weather outside. Many smart thermostats will memorize your home’s daily habits to make any temperature changes that you would typically make. Should your schedule change from your normal habits, you can make any necessary temperature adjustments on the thermostat’s application or through the thermostat itself.

Contact A-1 Mechanical for Smart Thermostat Installation Services

When it comes time to install a smart thermostat, the professional technicians at A-1 Mechanical know that there are many new smart thermostats on the market, and choosing one that is compatible with your HVAC system can be a hard decision to make. While this can feel overwhelming, our technicians know the ins and outs of each type of system and will provide you with recommendations to help your home make the best decision to meet your needs. We’ll show you how smart thermostats work so that you’re ready to start using your new smart thermostat right away.

For smart thermostat installation services in the Grand Rapids and Lansing areas, reach out to A-1 Mechanical today.

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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

January 28th, 2022
New Furnace

With winter approaching, the last thing Grand Rapids area homeowners want to encounter is a lack of heat. To avoid this cold weather crisis, there is one important question you should be asking – when should I replace my furnace? The heating professionals at A-1 Mechanical explain the expected service life of this equipment and how to determine when replacement is needed.

How Long Does a Furnace Last?

While no two furnaces are alike, this type of equipment does have an average expected service life. Knowing how many years you can anticipate using your current system is helpful.

  • Gas furnaces usually last between 15 to 20 years.
  • Electric furnaces typically last between 20 to 30 years.

The reason electric furnaces tend to run longer than gas units is that electric models are usually more durable, and they don’t require as much maintenance. When choosing a new efficient furnace or heating system to purchase and install at home, you want to consider expected service life as well as other important factors, such as utility costs.

When Should I Replace My Furnace?

Additionally, you don’t want to use average service life as the only factor in your decision to replace your electric or natural gas furnace. The actual lifespan of any furnace unit is greatly impacted by factors including:

  • Household heating habits
  • Indoor air quality
  • Furnace maintenance regularity
  • System sizing
  • Equipment quality
  • Installation quality

Depending on the factors above, your furnace’s service life could exceed the average range – or fail to come close to it. As you decide whether or not to replace your furnace, consider the following furnace attributes:

  • Did your furnace receive a professional tune up each year? Units that receive regular preventative maintenance are often found to last to the upper limit of the average service life range or even beyond it. Maintenance tune ups counteract wear and tear damage as well as other system issues that can take your furnace out of service sooner. If you have skipped on regular maintenance, your furnace may not last as long as the average unit.
  • How do you use your furnace? If you like to keep your home at 73 degrees in the winter, the unit will run longer than a furnace in a home kept around 68 degrees for the season. It experiences more run time and more wear and tear which can lead to an earlier breakdown.
  • What’s your home’s air quality like? If your home has a high level of dust and other types of particle pollution, these contaminants can harm the furnace and cause it to break down sooner than a unit in a home with less indoor air pollution.
  • What was your experience when you first had the furnace installed? Did you work with a licensed contractor who sized the new furnace correctly? A furnace that is too big or too small for the home will fail sooner than a unit that is the correct capacity. Installation quality can affect the longevity of a furnace, which is why it is so important to hire a licensed, qualified HVAC contractor to perform this work. Also, not all furnaces are created equal – some brands and models are more budget-friendly, but they may not have the durability that a more expensive unit can offer, causing them to fail sooner than the alternatives.

Furnace Replacement Warning Signs

With the above information in mind, you should also be aware of the warning signs a furnace can give that tell you replacement is needed soon. Observe your HVAC system, and see if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Higher heating bills without explanation. Furnaces lose efficiency as the years go on, causing energy bills to rise. Also, older models likely don’t offer the initial efficiency ratings as available through current equipment, meaning it costs you more to keep using that old furnace than if you were using a new heating unit. If your heating costs have gone up each year without another explanation like increased use or higher fuel costs, an aging furnace is a likely culprit. Consider ongoing costs to heat the home when considering installing a more efficient heating system.
  • It’s difficult to keep the home comfortable. Struggling furnaces are notorious for poor comfort control, causing symptoms such as uneven heating, not enough heat, and cold spots throughout the home. Sometimes the root of these issues can be repaired, but if poor comfort control isn’t your only symptom, you likely need to replace your furnace.
  • Frequent repairs. Furnaces typically need more repairs in their final two years of life. If you’ve called us for furnace repair more often over the last year or more, it’s time to figure out a replacement plan.
  • Costly repairs. If your furnace needs expensive repair work, sometimes repairs aren’t the best option. If the needed furnace repairs total around half the cost of a new system, or more, you may decide this money is better spent investing in a new furnace. Due to the expense, weigh major repair needs before you decide whether to replace your furnace.

Furnace Replacement in Grand Rapids, MI

Trying to decide when it’s best to repair or replace your furnace can be a difficult decision to make. However, no matter what you decide, the heating and air conditioning pros at A-1 Mechanical are ready to help. We’ll help you know when it’s time to replace your furnace to ensure that you can keep your house warm for many years to come.

Contact our team today to learn more about furnace options and request an estimate for furnace replacement in your home.

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Will I Be Able to Buy a Furnace This Winter?

December 22nd, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives over the past two years, including our ability to buy HVAC equipment.

A slowdown in production of heating and air conditioning equipment, due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and higher demands, have led to a shortage in HVAC materials. Because there’s a high demand for HVAC equipment and a shortage of supplies, it may take longer for your local heating and cooling company to obtain the necessary parts needed to repair or replace your heating equipment this winter. Prices for new parts may also increase.

A-1 Mechanical is constantly monitoring the shortage, and hopes to share good news in the coming months when demand and supply begin to regulate. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the HVAC shortage or would like to contact us for services, contact A-1 Mechanical today.

What You Can Do During the HVAC Shortage

There are a few things homeowners can do during the HVAC shortage to ensure they have a working heating system throughout the winter.

1. Schedule Routine Maintenance

Even if you’ve never scheduled HVAC maintenance in the past, now is the time to consider doing so. During a tune up, our technicians clean and inspect all necessary parts to ensure everything is operating properly and efficiently. We can also identify and fix smaller issues before they lead to something more serious and expensive, including a total system breakdown. Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your heating system lasts through the cold Michigan winter.

2. Make Necessary Repairs

Has your heating system exhibited any signs of issues lately such as loud noises, strange smells, poor performance or reduced indoor air quality? If so, consider contacting an HVAC professional to take a look at your furnace. Waiting too long can result in a major repair or complete system breakdown, leaving you stranded without heat in the winter. Repairing the issue now will prevent more serious issues from occurring down the line, and give us time to order the appropriate replacement parts.

3. Consider Buying a New Furnace

If you have an older, inefficient heating system, consider replacement services now. Although it may take time for your new system to come in, it’s still a good idea to get the process started early instead of waiting until there’s an emergency and your heating system stops working on one of the coldest days of the year. Some of the signs you may need a new furnace include:

  • The system is more than 15 years old
  • Strange smells or noises
  • Short cycling
  • Poor indoor air quality
  • Rising energy bills
  • Cold sports around the house

Contact A-1 Mechanical for Reliable Heating Services

We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. We will do everything we can to ensure you have a properly functioning furnace this winter. If you have any questions or would like to schedule service, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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Why Does My Furnace Smell?

December 22nd, 2021

When you turn on the heat in your Grand Rapids area home, do you notice an odd odor wafting from your vents? If so, you’re probably wondering: “Why does my furnace smell?” A-1 Mechanical is here to help you decode furnace odors you may experience this heating season, including what each type of odor means and when these smells indicate possible troubles with your heating system.

Why Does My Furnace Smell?

When a funky odor comes out of your vents, try not to panic! Furnace odors are not always a cause for concern, and certain smells are completely normal. Decode the furnace odor you experience using our guide below – with this helpful information, you’ll know when to call us for help and when you can relax and let the odor pass.

Decoding Strange Furnace Smells

There are many different odors that cause homeowners to question why their furnace smells? Below, find the potential causes of common furnace odors that may pop up over the course of this year’s heating season.

Burning Smell

A burning smell from the furnace is quite common the very first time the furnace is used in the late fall.

Burning odors when you first start the furnace each year occur as the furnace burns off the fine layer of dust that has settled on internal system components, such as the burners or heat exchanger, over the off season. This odor can be more noticeable if you haven’t had your furnace professionally tuned up for the year, as cleaning is a part of this service. Usually, the odor should resolve after an hour or so if it is caused by the dust layer burning off – if the smell of burning persists, call us for furnace repair to diagnose the source of the odor.

Aside from burning dust, burning odors from a furnace can also be caused by overheated components inside the unit, including wiring or a motor that’s burning out. These burning odors can also smell metallic or similar to burning plastic, rubber, or oil.

Rotten Egg Smell

If you have a natural gas furnace, beware of the rotten egg smell inside your home. This odor indicates a possible gas leak somewhere in the system that is allowing the escaped natural gas to mix with the air supply and circulate into your home. Utility providers add an odorant to natural gas so that people can easily identify it in case of a leak, as natural gas naturally has no smell.

If you smell rotten eggs when using your furnace, shut off your furnace immediately, get all occupants out of the house, and call your gas utility provider to identify the source of the leak. If the furnace is determined to be the source of your natural gas leak, call us for furnace repair. Do not use the furnace again until it has been inspected, serviced, and cleared for use by a heating professional.

Chemical Smell

If you smell an odd yet sweet odor reminiscent of formaldehyde, it is possible that your furnace’s heat exchanger is cracked. A rattling noise noticed along with this odor is a strong indicator of this problem. A cracked heat exchanger can allow dangerous carbon monoxide to mix with heated air and enter your home, exposing your family.

When this smell occurs, evacuate the home immediately. Once everyone is in a safe location, call us to have your furnace repaired. Do not reenter the home until a professional alerts you that it is safe to do so.

Furnace Repairs in Grand Rapids, MI

Why does my furnace smell? Hopefully if you notice furnace odors this winter, you’ll be able to easily decode them with our guide above. If you experience furnace odors that are a cause for concern as mentioned in this article or notice a smell not listed here, call A-1 Mechanical to request an appointment with an HVAC technician for furnace repair in your Grand Rapids area home.

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What Should I Set My Humidistat to in Winter?

December 22nd, 2021

The winter air in the Grand Rapids area is naturally drier due to lower outdoor temperatures. Because air isn’t able to hold as much moisture at lower temperatures than when it’s warm, this season is notorious for dry winter air issues in the home.

If you use a humidifier to combat dry air indoors, you may be wondering: “What should I set my humidistat to during the winter months?” A-1 Mechanical shares professional advice for home indoor humidity management this winter, including ideal humidistat settings.

What Is a Humidistat?

First, let’s explain what a humidistat is. A humidistat is a control used for humidity monitoring and to adjust the output of home humidifiers. This device is also sometimes called a hygrometer, which is technically a device that only monitors indoor humidity levels and doesn’t control an appliance.

Think of a humidistat as a thermostat for your whole home humidifier. It shows you a current humidity reading like a thermostat shows the temperature. It also allows you to adjust the use of the humidifier, just as the thermostat allows you to control the use of your heating and air conditioning system.

What Should I Set My Humidistat to in Winter?

You might have heard that the ideal relative humidity for a home is between 30 to 50 percent – and this is generally correct in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. This time of year, keeping relative humidity all the way up to 50 percent can lead to moisture problems indoors, causing condensation on window panes, window framing, and other surfaces.

In the winter when the air is quite cold, keeping your indoor relative humidity level below 30 percent may be more appropriate. Ideal indoor humidity levels really depend on the outdoor air temperature.

  • If the temperature outdoors is around -10 degrees, set your humidistat at 20 percent.
  • When the outdoor temperature is near 0 degrees, use a humidistat setting of 25 percent.
  • For outdoor temperatures around 10 degrees, set the humidistat to 30 percent.
  • At an outdoor temperature around 20 degrees, a 35 percent humidistat setting is appropriate.
  • For an outdoor temperature near 30 degrees, set your humidistat at 40 percent.

If you are unable to track the outdoor temperatures day after day, you can find the ideal humidity settings for your home by observing conditions and adjusting the humidistat appropriately. Start with a relative humidity set between the typical 30 to 50 percent. If you notice condensation forming on walls, windows, or other surfaces in the home, adjust your humidistat settings downward to lower the indoor relative humidity level. Lower the relative humidity settings as needed to achieve the ideal indoor humidity conditions for your home and the current outdoor temperature.

Contact A-1 Mechanical for Installation of a Whole House Humidifier

With professional advice from A-1 Mechanical, we hope you’ll be able to easily manage indoor relative humidity levels all through the season! If your home suffers from low humidity in the winter, a whole home humidifier is an excellent solution that will allow you to effortlessly add moisture to your home’s air and achieve a more comfortable indoor environment throughout the winter months. For whole home humidifier installation in Grand Rapids, MI, call A-1 Mechanical today!

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What Are the Different Types of Air Filters for HVAC Systems?

November 22nd, 2021
HVAC Filters

As a homeowner, you should already know that replacing your HVAC system’s air filter on a regular basis is important to the longevity of your equipment, system energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. When shopping for a replacement air filter, you may feel overwhelmed with the many different types of HVAC filters available for use with your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. A-1 Mechanical introduces you to the different types of air filters and explains which one might be best for your home.

Efficiency Ratings of Air Filters

Before we get into the different air filters you can purchase, let’s talk about filter efficiency. All types of air filters use MERV ratings to measure their performance efficiency. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and this number tells you how effective a particular filter is at removing airborne particles of a certain size. The higher the MERV rating, the more efficient the filter’s performance when removing small pollutant particles.

For air filters that are suitable for use in residential heating and cooling systems, MERV ratings range from 1 to about 13. Though the MERV scale goes all the way up to 20, at a certain point the efficiency of a filter can begin to restrict airflow in an HVAC system which can cause more harm than good. MERV 17 to 20 filters should only be used in commercial buildings and specific environments, while MERV 14 to 16 filters may be used in a residential air cleaner that works alongside the home’s HVAC system.

Typically, new forced air HVAC equipment will come with a standard 1-inch disposable filter that has a MERV rating between 1 to 4. These are the least efficient types of air filters available. Upgrading to a higher MERV filter can provide better protection for your heating and cooling system as well as better contaminant control for improved indoor air quality.

Types of Air Filters for HVAC Systems

There are several different air filter types you can use in your home’s heating or air conditioning system. Each type has its own pros and cons, so familiarize yourself with the options before you shop for replacement filters.

  • Fiberglass filters: Fiberglass filters use fiberglass material to filter out airborne particles passing through the HVAC system. These air filters are the most budget-friendly option, but their performance is often found lacking by some homeowners. Fiberglass filters have low MERV ratings and are not very effective for removing small particulate matter from the indoor air supply. Also, they need to be replaced more frequently than other types of air filters.
  • Pleated filters: Pleated filters use a cotton or polyester fiber material for filtration. The material is folded into pleats, providing more surface area to trap contaminant particles. This choice is typically a bit more expensive than fiberglass filters, but they are more efficient for removing finer particles from the air as their MERV ratings tend to run in the middle of the road for residential HVAC filters, giving users a longer filter life compared to lower quality options.
  • Washable filters: If you’re concerned about waste, you may opt to use a washable filter for your HVAC system. These types of air filters can be reused over and over again – instead of throwing the used filter away and installing a new one, just wash and dry this filter and use it again! These types of air filters are better for the environment because their use reduces waste, which also allows users to save money on purchasing disposable replacement filters. They do have lower MERV ratings than some disposable filters and aren’t extremely effective at filtering out smaller particles. Because of their low MERV rating, homeowners often need to wash these filters several times each year. If you want low-maintenance air filters, disposables may be your preferred choice.

If you have some type of air cleaner or air purification system that uses a filter installed with your HVAC system, there are different types of air filters available for use in this equipment.

  • Pleated filters designed for use in a media air cleaner filter cabinet can be thicker than ones used in the standard HVAC system, offering higher MERV ratings and longer filter life.
  • Electrostatic filters offer media filtration and use an electrostatic charge to help capture small particles. They sometimes have difficulty effectively trapping larger contaminants though, like mold spores and large dust particles. Depending on the model, these types of air filters can be disposable or washable.
  • HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are extremely efficient, removing as much as 99.97 percent of airborne contaminants including dust, pollen, bacteria, and viruses. Because of their extreme efficiency, HEPA air filters cannot be used in all equipment due to potential airflow restriction.

Find the Right Types of Air Filters for Use in Your HVAC System

Curious as to which types of filters are suitable for use with your HVAC equipment? Contact A-1 Mechanical today to speak with a professional and learn more about your air filter options.

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What Are the Benefits of Carrier Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems?

October 14th, 2021
Carrier Mini split

Mini split HVAC systems have been around for decades, but they are growing in popularity throughout the Grand Rapids and Lansing area. Ductless mini split HVAC systems are highly versatile and great for energy savings. If you’re considering a mini split for your Michigan home, learn why Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems are the top choice for performance and savings!

What’s So Great About Carrier Ductless Heating and Cooling Systems?

The Carrier brand has long been one of the most well-known and trusted names in the heating and cooling industry. In fact, founder Willis Carrier is credited as the father of modern air conditioning! For over 100 years, the company has established a solid reputation for reliable, high-performance heating and cooling equipment for homes and businesses alike.

A-1 Mechanical is a proud Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, bringing quality Carrier HVAC equipment solutions to homeowners throughout the area. We offer a wide selection of Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems, with heat pumps that achieve up to 42 SEER and 15 HSPF so you can enjoy substantial energy savings!

A variety of equipment options are available including wall-mounted and in-ceiling air handling units so we can configure Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems to fit the exact needs of your home and household. No matter what your budget, we have ductless solutions that will improve comfort in one area or across your entire home.

Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Installation

Carrier ductless HVAC systems differ from the conventional forced air furnaces and central air conditioning systems many homeowners are used to. Instead of using a central indoor unit and ducts to deliver conditioned air across the home, ductless mini splits have dedicated air handling units that are installed in each zone of the home. No ducts are needed as heated or cooled air is sent directly into the targeted space by each unit.

Installing a ductless mini split system, including Carrier ductless HVAC systems, can bring many advantages to Michigan homeowners. Some of the benefits you’ll enjoy from a ductless mini split HVAC system include:

  • Zoned comfort. With individual air handlers installed in specific areas of the home, heating and cooling in each space can be controlled independently of all other rooms. These systems give homeowners and their families the ability to set temperatures to everyone’s unique preferences, without affecting comfort levels across the entire home.
  • Energy savings. Thanks to their supreme energy efficiency and the advantages of zoned comfort, Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems help homeowners save on energy bills compared to using ducted conventional HVAC equipment. Seeing as most homes have 20 to 30 percent energy loss through duct leaks, there’s an immediate savings when you go ductless! When replacing a forced air HVAC system, expect to save between 30 to 40 percent on your energy costs.
  • Easy installation and versatility. One ductless heat pump unit can support multiple indoor air handlers, giving homeowners the flexibility to add efficient heating and cooling in specific areas or throughout the house. Without the need for ducts, Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems can be installed rather quickly. Air handling units are connected to the outdoor heat pump via a line set that runs through an exterior wall, requiring a hole only about 3 inches in diameter.
  • Better indoor air quality. By eliminating air circulation through dusty, dirty ductwork, Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems can deliver better indoor air quality versus ducted systems. Air handlers have dedicated filters that require minimal routine maintenance to preserve air quality and performance.

Learn More About Carrier Ductless Systems for Your Home

A Carrier ductless heating and cooling system brings unmatched versatility and energy savings to homes in Lansing and Grand Rapids. As your Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, A-1 Mechanical brings you the finest equipment solutions and installation workmanship so you can reap the benefits of your new system in no time. Contact us today and request an estimate for installation to see how a new ductless HVAC system can bring comfort and so much more to your family!

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