Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Monday, 23 April 2018 18:55

Is Air Duct Cleaning Really Necessary?

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There are lots of conflicting viewpoints out there on the necessity of air duct cleaning. Some say it is a waste of time, while others say it can improve your allergy symptoms. With so many differing opinions to sort through, home owners can feel inclined to neglect this service.

At A. J. Danboise, we want to offer the truth about air duct cleaning and the genuine situations where customers might benefit from this service.

Who Are the Best Air Duct Cleaning Candidates?

In homes with low to normal amounts of dust and inhabitants with no respiratory allergy symptoms, the difference in your air quality after air duct cleaning might only be marginal. But some homes are more vulnerable to dust and other airborne allergens. For example, older homes might be more susceptible to mold problems than newer homes. Homes with several shedding pets will accumulate hair and dander much more rapidly.

The best candidates for air quality improvement after duct cleaning include:

  • Homes with mold.
  • Homes with an infestation in their ducts.
  • Homes with a large number of pets.
  • Homeowners with server and persistent allergy symptoms.
  • Homeowners who smoke.

What Are the Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning?

Since your air ducts are responsible for circulating temperature-controlled air into all areas of your home, having them thoroughly cleaned can improve the indoor air and the overall energy efficiency of your unit.

The top three benefits of air duct cleaning include:

1.      Cleaner Living Space

Reduce dust that would flow through your air and eventually settle on your furniture by eliminating it at the source during air duct cleaning.

2.      Reduced Allergens

Allergens that can become trapped in your ductwork include dust, pollen, pet hair, pet dander, bacteria, mildew, mold spores, and other micro-organisms that can make you sick. Homeowners with allergies or asthma can obtain some relief from symptoms by reducing these air pollutants.

3.      Improved Airflow Efficiency

If dust, grime, and debris builds up in your air ducts, it can restrict your air flow and force your HVAC unit to work harder and use more power to heat and cool your entire home. A clean system can perform at peak efficiency and ultimately save you money on your monthly electric bill.

So, Is Air Duct Cleaning Really Necessary?

The National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) recommends air duct cleaning for the candidates listed above. Customer testimonials indicate that removing excess dust and allergens from your ducts really can improve the quality of your air (and the quality of your life). Ultimately, it is up to each customer to decide for themselves if this service will have the maximum impact on their unique home and lifestyle. If you live in an older home, or a home with smoking, numerous pets, or inhabitants with allergies and asthma, we recommend considering this service.

If you need to schedule air duct cleaning for your home, A. J. Danboise is here to help. Give us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

Monday, 16 April 2018 16:50

Most Common Plumbing Problems

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Have you ever noticed an odd sound, smell, or water flow problem with your plumbing and wondered what to do? You might not be alone in your plumbing plight.

At A. J. Danboise, we are all too familiar with a wide range of plumbing issues and fully equipped to solve them quickly and efficiently for you and your family. After you experience the helpfulness and expertise an experienced plumber has to offer, you might want to celebrate National Hug a Plumber Day coming up on April 25!

Here are a few of the most common plumbing problems, and whether you can fix them yourself or need to call in the professionals (and give them a hug).

Dripping Faucet

If your faucet is leaking, it can cost you extra money on your monthly utility bill (along with making a nonstop annoying sound).

A dripping faucet can be a DYI project if you are handy with tools. Turn off your water at the valve below the sink, then turn on your faucet to drain any excess water left in the system. You will need to disassemble your faucet piece by piece to figure out what might be broken.

You can find all the parts you need at your local hardware store: the stem, the O-rings and the washers. Make sure you buy the correct sizes and styles for your sink. When you return home with the new parts, reassemble your faucet in the reverse order from when you took each component apart. Your faucet should be leak-free!

If this solution sounds confusing or the problem persists, call your favorite plumber and ask for a little assistance.

Slow Drain

Hair, soap, and other gunk can build up inside your drain and slow it down. Remove the cover of your drain, and then pull out any of the gross buildup you see at the top. (We recommend a pair of rubber gloves). If there is some yuckiness down below out of your reach, try straightening out a wire coat hanger and pulling up gunk from within the pipes.

Flush some vinegar and baking soda down the drain to purge it, but avoid chemical drain cleaners since they can cause damage to your pipes. If your drain is still running slowly, it is definitely time to call a plumber.

No Hot Water

There’s nothing worse than a cold shower. Problems with your hot water heater can come from a wide variety of sources: pilot light burning out, excess sediment in the tank that needs to be drained, thermostat issues, and more. You might be able to troubleshoot some of these problems if you are handy, but usually it is best to call in an expert for water heater issues.

Jammed Garbage Disposal

There are plenty of household substances that wind up in the garbage disposal even though they never should have gone down your drain. (For a complete list of items that aren’t safe for your pipes, click here.) Sometimes if your garbage disposal gets clogged, you can simply press the small red reset button and it will return to normal. But in other cases, you will need to break out your tools or call in a plumbing professional.  

If you need a plumber to solve one these common plumbing problems or anything else going wrong with your pipes, A. J. Danboise is here to help. Give us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:50

A Guide to Buying Energy Star Products

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With Earth Day right around the corner, April provides the perfect opportunity to reassess your energy consumption and carbon footprint. One of the best ways to cut back on energy consumption is by upgrading to official Energy Star products specifically designed to minimize fossil fuel use and to be more eco-friendly.

At A. J. Danboise, we always encourage customers to consider Energy Star products not only for their environmental benefits, but also for their financial benefits. Since they consume less energy, Energy Star products can save you lots of money on your monthly utility bills over time.

If you have never purchased Energy Star products before, there are a few key points to keep in mind while you are shopping. Once you are armed with all the knowledge you need to purchase the most ideal products for your home, you will be ready to begin your upgrade. Here is our Earth Day guide to buying Energy Star products.

Meeting Energy-Saving Standards

You can feel confident in the efficiency promises listed on an appliance with a genuine Energy Star label. For products to receive an official Energy Star label from the government, they undergo a series of tests to ensure they meet or exceed minimum standards of energy saving. Requirements differ for each type of appliance, and they are updated on a regular basis.

Reading EnergyGuide Labels

In addition to the Energy Star seal, look for the EnergyGuide Label on products to help you better compare and purchase. According to the United States Department of Energy, this label is required by the federal government to be placed on all appliances by their manufacturers. They are color coded based on the test procedures used to determine their energy efficiency. The purpose of the EnergyGuide label is to help consumers compare the different levels of energy consumed by similar models. Here is what you can learn from an EnergyGuide label:

  • Maker, model number, and size of the appliance.
  • Estimated operating cost per year compared to the operating costs of similar models.
  • Estimated electricity consumed per year.
  • Key features of the appliance and similar models to compare.

Determining Savings

When you compare price tags, energy efficient appliances might seem pricier at first glance. But if you take into consideration the lifespan of each appliance (in some cases 10+ years), and calculate the energy and money saved per year, you may find that Energy Star models are the more cost-effective option in the long-run. Be sure to compare this number closely on each EnergyGuide label before you make a purchase.

For consumers who want to reduce their overall environmental impact and save money on their monthly utilities, Energy Star products are the perfect solution. Look closely at the EnergyGuide labels and do the math to compare and contrast products to help you choose the perfect appliances for your home.

If you are interested in upgrading to Energy Star products or you are looking for licensed HVAC technicians, plumbers, and electricians for your installation, call A. J. Danboise at 1-248-236-5999.

Monday, 02 April 2018 15:25

Answers to Plumbing FAQs

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As the most trusted plumbers in Farmington Hills, we tend to receive plenty of plumbing-related questions from our customers. A.J. Danboise expert plumbers are always happy to assist with any of your plumbing needs, and if you have specific questions we encourage you to give us a call. Here is our list of a few plumbing FAQs to help you troubleshoot or identify common plumbing issues.

Q: What is that awful smell coming from my pipes or water? And how do I get rid of it?

A: Depending on the location of the smell, this could be either hydrogen sulfide from your water heater tank, or food build up from your garbage disposal. Neither one will hurt you, and both problems can be fixed easily!

If sulfur and bacteria in the water entering your home reacts with the magnesium anode rod in your water heater tank, it will create hydrogen and then hydrogen sulfide. That can give your water a gross rotten egg smell, but it will not make you sick. Replacing the magnesium anode rod inside your water heater tank or purifying your water heater may be good solutions to this issue.

If your garbage disposal has become clogged with food particle build up, this can make your kitchen sink smell pretty disgusting. Try placing some ice cubes and lemon or orange peels into your disposal and running it for 30 seconds, followed by some liquid dish soap while it is still running. Run cold water for 30 more seconds, and hopefully that will wash away the built up food and the bad smells.

Q: What are these black things in my water?

A: Probably little pieces of minerals or resin found in pipes and water softeners. This could be anything from iron or magnesium to algae. You might need to install a water filtration system if you are seeing an excessive amount of particles in your water.

Q: How can I prevent clogged drains?

A: Never rinse cooking oils, fats, or food particles that expand (such as pasta or rice) down your kitchen sink. Periodically clean out hair caught in your shower drain.

Q: Why are my water bills suddenly higher than usual?

A: You might have a leak. One of the most common places for this to happen is with your toilet. Take a look at the water level in your toilet’s tank and observe whether or not it is running into the overflow pipe. If it is, adjust your fill valve to lower the water level an inch below the top of the overflow pipe. If your toilet needs further maintenance, give your favorite plumbers at A.J. Danboise a call.

Q: Why are my pipes making loud noises?

A: If your pipes are rattling, bumping or vibrating, they are not secured into place correctly. This causes them to rattle or bump against the walls and floor as water flows through them. If the noises are bothering you, call A.J. Danboise plumbers and we can secure your pipes properly and prevent the unnecessary sounds.

Another cause of banging pipes could be a water hammer. After you flush your toilet, the water is traveling so quickly that it makes the pipes rattle. You can install a water hammer arrestor at the shut off valve to compress and absorb the the rapidly moving water.  

Although these are just a small sample of the many questions we hear from our customers every day, we hope the solutions to these common plumbing FAQs will help to put your mind at ease.

If you discover a plumbing problem that needs the expertise of a professional, call A. J. Danboise at 1-248-236-5999.

Monday, 26 March 2018 17:50

Why You Should Replace Your Furnace This Spring

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Have you spent the winter wondering if you should replace your furnace and weighing your options? If your aging furnace seems like it is on its last leg, you are actually in luck. Spring is the perfect time to replace your furnace.

At A.J. Danboise, we are always happy to take care of our customers when they need a new furnace year round. But we definitely recommend replacing your furnace in the spring, and here are a few reasons why.

Stay Comfortable

Your furnace has a lifespan of about 15 years. If you are nearing that expiration date, you can’t be sure exactly when it will go out and stop functioning properly. Discovering that your furnace has sputtered to a halt in the middle of next winter’s biggest snow storm will be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerously cold for you and your family. If you go ahead and replace your old furnace in the spring, you will gladly thank yourself when winter rolls around and you don’t have to worry about your furnace holding up throughout the season.

Save Money

The pleasant months of spring are the slow season for HVAC manufacturers. In an effort to meet sales quotas, the manufacturers sometimes offer discounts on heating and cooling equipment. Check for special offers on furnaces in April through June and find out if you can score a deal.

Weigh Your Options

Since you are replacing your furnace proactively instead of in a panic after it stopped working, you have plenty of time to consider which model and features will best fit your family’s needs. Some equipment can increase comfort, while still other options can save you energy and lower your utility bills each month. Best of all, a carefully planned Spring replacement allows you to figure out the best budgeting system to pay off your new unit.

Use Your Tax Return

As an added bonus, with spring comes tax returns. You might be able to help cover a nice chunk of the cost of your unit with your rebate money! This can help you better assess which type of furnace will be ideal for your home and budget.

Schedule Leisurely

Since you are not replacing your unit frantically during winter as you try to stay warm, you can plan your installation according to your convenience. For everyone in the HVAC industry, spring is a lot less hectic too. That means you should have more scheduling options for a timely installation.

If your furnace is nearing (or past) age 15, it is a ticking clock just waiting to fail on you at the worst possible moment. If you go ahead and replace your old furnace this spring, you can enjoy the benefits and spend next winter worry-free.

If you are looking to replace your furnace this spring and enjoy comfort and peace of mind next winter, A. J. Danboise is here to help. Contact us at 1-248-236-5999 for help with all of your heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical needs.

The smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are what keep you and your family safe in emergency situations. But how can you be sure that your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and properly working?

At A.J. Danboise, the safety of our customers is our number one priority. That’s why we want to give you peace of mind that your detectors are fully equipped to keep you safe at all times.

H2: Installing Smoke Detectors

First of all, it is important to make sure you have the correct number of smoke detectors for the size of your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), it is important to have a smoke alarm inside every room where someone sleeps, outside each sleeping area, and on each level of your home, including the basement. This ensures that even if you are asleep when the alarm sounds, you will wake up and exit to safety. On levels without a sleeping area, install an alarm in the living area or near stairwells. Since the materials used to build homes have evolved over time, the number of mandatory smoke alarms has increased.

Placement of your smoke alarms is equally important. Since smoke rises, it is best to install them high on the walls, or even on the ceilings. An alarm should never be placed more than 12 inches away from the ceiling. Keep smoke alarms away from all doors, windows, and ducts because the airflow can interfere with their detection.

It is a good idea to interconnect all of your smoke alarms. That way if one goes off, all of them will go off throughout the house. This can be achieved through hardwiring.

Testing Smoke Detectors

To test the alarms in your smoke detector, simply press the “test” button and wait a few seconds until you hear a sharp shrieking siren noise. You can test the quality of the detection skills by holding a blown-out candle or a few matches near the exterior, or carefully spraying an aerosol toward the opening along the perimeter of the device.

Installing CO Detectors

Carbon monoxide fumes can be just as deadly as flames in excess. Even in small quantities, carbon monoxide can give you flu-like symptoms. Just like smoke detectors, it is important to install at least one CO detector on every level of your home. They should also by located near bedrooms so that you will hear the alarm even if you are asleep. Unlike smoke detectors, CO detectors should not be placed near the ceiling. Instead, position them near the floor but away from direct sunlight, heat, water, humidity, and curious children. Do not cover them up with curtains or furniture. Make sure there is at least one CO detector within 10 feet of your garage, since a running car could be the source of excessive CO.

Testing CO Detectors

Test the alarms on a CO detector with the “test” button - similar to the one on a smoke alarm. If your CO detector has a digital screen for reading CO levels, you can light a cigarette or some incense near the detector to test its functionality.  The alarms probably won’t sound with such a low level of CO, but you can gauge whether or not it is reading the emissions in the air.

If your home needs new smoke detectors or CO detectors installed to get it up to code, or if you want to interconnect the wiring between your detectors, A. J. Danboise can help.

A. J. Danboise is here to help with all your, plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs. Contact us at 1-248-236-5999.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:23

Tips to Lower Utility Bills

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With rent, taxes, and groceries eating into your monthly income, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is high utility bills. Did you know there are some easy tricks you can use to strategically lower the cost of your utilities and save money?

At A. J. Danboise, we put the needs of our customers first. We are happy to share our top 5 money saving tips with you and help you lower your utility bills.

1.      Seal Up

When temperature controlled air leaks out of the crevices of your home, it forces your HVAC to work harder. This can be a major problem during summer or winter, when its job is most important. S air leaks out of your house, money does too. As your HVAC works to correct the temperature, it requires more power. If you seal up the cracks and crevices around your windows and walls, you can reduce your energy costs significantly.

2.      Double Check

When you go to sleep at night or leave your house for the day, double check that all your lights and fans are turned off and your electronics are unplugged. If you prefer to leave certain devices (like phone chargers) plugged in at all times, consider buying a power strip so that you can turn off the power to all of the devices at once by hitting just one button.

3.      Control Temps

Adjust your thermostat to temperatures optimized for cost efficiency while you are home. The best temp for summer months is 78 degrees, while the best temp for winter months is 68 degrees. When you are out of the house, turn your heat or air conditioning down or off completely since no one will be home to enjoy it anyway.

4.      HVAC Upkeep

Do not neglect your HVAC.  Have it inspected annually by a professional, and keep the interior components clean. If you forget to change your filter on a regular basis, your HVAC will run less efficiently and drive up your utility cost. You can even end up reducing its lifespan since it has to work so much harder than it would normally. Change your filter at least once every 90 days, or in some households with lots of pet hair, once per month.

5.      Buy Energy Star

All sorts of goods for your home can be purchased as “Energy Star certified.” This means that EPA has given these products an official seal of approval for their energy efficiency. Whether you are investing in a brand new appliance, like a refrigerator or washing machine, or you simply need to change a lightbulb, there are Energy Star options for everything. The best news is, these products are not drastically more expensive than their less energy-efficient counterparts. The more energy you save, the more money you save too.

We hope these simple tips and tricks can help take a little bit of extra money off your utility costs and put it back into your wallet where it belongs.

A. J. Danboise is here to help with all your, plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs. Contact us at 1-248-236-5999.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 18:58

Most Common HVAC Problems

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Your HVAC unit plays an important role in the overall comfort of your home. It can be easy to forget just how important it’s job is until something seems broken and the temperature is sweltering hot or bitter cold. If you are experiencing issues with your HVAC unit, you might be able to troubleshoot them yourself, or in some cases you may need a licensed expert from A. J. Danboise to come take a look.

Here are some of the most common HVAC problems, and suggestions on how you or your local HVAC expert might be able to solve them.

1.      Dirty Filters

Even if you have the best HVAC unit on the market, it will not operate at maximum efficiency with a dirty filter. Filters should be changed at least once every 90 days, or sometimes even as regularly as once per month. If your filter becomes too caked with dust and pollutants, your HVAC will have to work harder to maintain the air flow and cool your home. This issue has the easiest fix on the list: just make sure to check on your filter and replace it as it gets dirty.

2.      Refrigerant Leaks

Most HVAC units use a liquid refrigerant to cool air as it flows into your home. However, if this substance finds an escape route and leaks out of your unit, there will not be enough to chill the air adequately. Warmer air blowing into your home can be a inconvenient or even extremely uncomfortable depending on the season. If your refrigerant levels seem low, call an HVAC technician to have them assess the problem. They can compare the levels your unit is using and compare them to the manufacturer’s specifications for that HVAC.

3.      Thermostat Sensor Issues

The sensor inside your thermostat is used to detect the air temperature inside your home. Based on the temperature it reads, it will signal your HVAC to turn on or off. This process is designed to ensure your HVAC maintains a comfortable temperature in your home. If your air conditioner or heater does not seem to turn on when it needs to, or it turns your HVAC on and off too many times per day, your sensor might not be operating properly. A licensed HVAC professional can help you determine if the problem is with your thermostat rather than your unit.

4.      Ignition Problems

Sometimes elements like pilot lights, igniters, or other electrical components within your HVAC are due for a replacement. If your HVAC has issues starting, you might be able to take a look inside and diagnose the problem yourself. However, it is best to have a professional do any replacements within your unit.

5.      Uneven Heating or Cooling

If some parts of your home are receiving more cool air in the summer or warm air in the winter than others, the problem might not be with your HVAC. Sometimes if certain rooms don’t seem to have climate consistent with the rest of the house, it has to do with gaps in their sealing. If you can seal up these problem areas, it might improve the air flow and temperature control.

If you experience problems with your HVAC unit, A. J. Danboise is here to help. Contact us at 1-248-236-5999.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:53

Drain Safety: Protecting Your Pipes

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When we scrape off our plates after dinner or give our toilets a flush, that tends to be the last time we think about the waste going down the drain. But the food items and products we toss travel through our pipes, and sometimes they can cause unexpected plumbing issues.

At A.J. Danboise, we want to help you protect your pipes and prevent plumbing problems before they happen in your home. Here’s a list of 10 items that should never go down your drain.

Cooking Oil/ Fat

Cooking oil can mix with other waste or solidify as it cools and cause major drain blockage. It can cause sewers to overflow, and it can contaminate natural waterways and affect the surrounding wildlife.

Pasta/ Rice

Since pasta and rice swell up when they sit in water, they can expand inside your garbage disposal and pipes and cause blockages.

Egg Shells

Even after they have been ground up by the garbage disposal, egg shells can create granular waste that combines with other waste and clogs your pipes.

Coffee Grounds

Ask a plumber what the worst culprit for drain blockages, and he will probably point you toward coffee grounds. Either throw your grounds in the trash or use them as a fertilizer for certain types of flowers.


Your garbage disposal will not be able to handle even the smallest bones. They can get stuck in your disposal and jam it, creating a plumbing nightmare. Scrape bones into the trash or compost and keep them far away from your sink.

Fruit Pits and Rinds

Like bones, fruit pits are too hard for the blades of a garbage disposal. Rinds can clog up your drains as other particles stick to them. These would both make excellent compost materials, or you can simple throw them in the garbage.

Paper Products

Paper towels, sanitary napkins, and many other paper products will absorb moisture after they are flushed away. Once they expand, they can block your pipes.


Since latex is not biodegradable and will not dissolve in water, condoms can either get stuck in your sewage or even pollute the ocean if they manage to escape.

Animal Feces

Not only can they clog your pipes and mess with septic systems, they can attract harmful bacteria. Even “flushable” cat liter can carry parasites that spread disease.

Motor Oil

In some areas, disposing of motor oil using you’re the water system is actually illegal. The chemicals in motor oil can taint the soil and water table in an entire area easily.

If you stick to these guidelines, you can avoid backed up drains and clogged pipes in your home. If you notice your water draining poorly or your garbage disposal acting unusually, it is always best to contact a professional to help you troubleshoot the problem.

If you experience problems with your plumbing, A. J. Danboise is here to help. Contact us at 1-248-236-5999.

Friday, 23 February 2018 05:41

Introduction to Air Cleaners and Purifiers

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Investing in healthy indoor air quality is a good investment for your body, mind, and wallet. Considering that we spend more than 90% of our time indoors and that indoor air is 2-5 times as polluted as the air outdoors, it’s important to take this indoor air quality problem seriously. 

If your indoor air isn’t healthy, it can cause a huge health problem for you and your loved ones. While our modern homes and HVAC systems are more efficient than ever, they also have the unfortunate side effect of trapping indoor air pollutants.

That is why mechanical ventilation, air filtration, and air cleaners and purifiers are so important. 

While every forced air system has an air filter compartment that traps larger floating pollutants, dedicated air cleaners are usually not included.

Before you make the decision to upgrade your ability to remove indoor pollutants, learn about the different types of air cleaners and purifiers available to you. 

Keep in mind that the system that works best for you will depend on the type and level of contaminants in your home. Be sure to consult with a qualified IAQ professional before choosing anything. 

Introduction to Air Cleaners and Purifiers

While air cleaners and purification systems may not be necessary for your home, if anyone in the household suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems, it’s highly recommended. 

Air cleaners and purifiers are installed directly into your existing HVAC system and actually kill the microorganisms in the air, like bacteria and mold spores.

Some air cleaners can remove or reduce odors, smoke, volatile organic compounds, mold spores, and pet dander.

There are many different types of products out there that are designed to improve your indoor air quality.

Here are the three main types of air purifiers:

1. Mechanical Filters

Mechanical filters act as a sieve to capture airborne particulates. They come in a rectangular frame and are given MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings depending on how effective they are at filtering material.

The higher the MERV rating, the more effective the air filter:

  • Low-efficiency filters have a 1-6 MERV rating.
  • Medium-efficiency filters have a 7-13 MERV rating (best for residential purposes).
  • High-efficiency filters have a 14-16 MERV rating.
  • HEPA (high efficiency particle air) filters have a 17-20 MERV rating.

In addition to regular filters, speak with your HVAC provider about specialty filters, such as: 

  • Activated Carbon Filters – eliminates impurities through absorption.
  • Antibacterial and Germicidal Filters – sometimes used with UV-C rays, they can be used alone or incorporated with an existing filtration system.
  • Pre-Filters – make your primary filter last longer by capturing all of the larger contaminants before making contact.

Do not purchase any high-efficiency, HEPA, or “specialty” filters without speaking with a qualified technician first. Professional modifications may be required to accommodate the thicker filters.

If you are thinking about upgrading your filter, contact your local HVAC specialist.

2. Electronic Air Cleaners 

There are two main types of electronic air cleaners:

Ion generator

Ion generators disperse negative ions into the air. The ions attach themselves to positively-charged particles and then land on the surfaces in your home. When you clean the surface, the particle is removed.

Electronic precipitator

Electronic precipitators also use ions to charge particles, but do so by drawing the air into an ionization section. Once inside the ionization section, the particles become charged, then collect on oppositely-charged metal plates.

3. UV Germicidal Lights

Ultraviolet lights emit UV-C rays, which kill microorganisms by scrambling their DNA and RNA. Ultraviolet light has been used for decades to sterilize food, water, and air. While UV lights do not filter anything, they can effectively kill living organisms, such as mold, fungi, and bacteria.

UV lights are installed directly into your return ducts to clean the air before it comes into contact with the air filter or indoor air handler. UV lights not only improve indoor air quality, they also improve the efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system.

Make sure you supplement your UV lights or any other air cleaner with an effective air filter. 

Air Filtration + Purification

For the best indoor air quality, you want to combine effective air filtration with a quality air purifier. Air filters are able to eliminate larger particles, such as dirt, dust, and hair while air purifiers can take care of odors, bacteria, mold, and other smaller particulates.

In addition to improving your indoor air quality, air filters, cleaners, and purifiers also increase energy efficiency and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. 

If you want to target indoor contaminants, both large and small, speak with a professional about incorporating both of these IAQ technologies. While the options can seem overwhelming, our team of experts can inspect your home, provide recommendations, and answer all of your questions. 

Nip allergies in the bud with professional indoor air quality solutions from AJ Danboise. Schedule service online or by giving us a call at (248) 236-5999.

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