It's that time of year!
Time to change your Vapor Pad®!
Question: Why should I change my humidifier Vapor Pad®?
(Why not just clean it?)
Answer: Also known as a water pad, water panel or evaporator pad, the GeneralAire® Vapor Pad® is coated with a hydrophilic material that absorbs and holds water. As warm air passes through the Vapor Pad®, the water within evaporates to provide moisture. Over time, mineral deposits collect on the Vapor Pad®, preventing air from passing through to provide humidity. It is
time to replace your Vapor Pad®.
You cannot simply clean the Vapor Pad®, because the essential hydrophilic coating will be removed and your pad will not hold moisture. As a result, your humidifier will not provide the humidity you desire. Learn more by watching our video: "Vapor Pads - Why Replace Them".
Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
You've already purchased at least one indoor air quality product for your home, but do you need more?
Studies by various organizations have proven that poor indoor air quality is linked to many health concerns: diabetes, asthma, allergies, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, weight gain, internal organ damage and respiratory concerns. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. To learn more about what world health organizations say about the effects of poor indoor air quality, click here.
Total indoor air quality control means addressing all areas that affect your health and comfort. This includes:
- particulate removal
- germ killing
Visit www.generalaire.com to read articles about the importance of indoor air quality.
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Evaluate Your Home.
What do you experience inside your home?
From which IAQ products might you benefit?
- Humidifiers: If you experience annoying and painful shocks from static electricity; if there are cracks in expensive woodwork or musical instruments made of wood; if you have dry, itching or cracking skin; if your nasal passages feel dry; or if you often have a sore throat and feel thirsty, you may benefit by installing a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air helps to prevent cracks in woodwork, static electricity and dry skin; and also reduces risks of infection that can accompany dry nasal passages. To ensure your health and comfort, humidity levels should be kept between 40% and 60%.
- Dehumidifiers: If you live in a humid climate (or it's simply a humid time of year); have experienced recent water damage; feel clammy inside your home; find mold and mildew growing in the basement, bathroom or kitchen (which can exacerbate respiratory issues); have an insect problem; have allergies or asthma; you may benefit by installing a dehumidifier. Reducing moisture controls the bug population, mold and mildew growth and adds to your comfort indoors. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers both help control moisture levels in your home.
- Air Cleaners: If you sneeze often; if dust seems to accumulate on furniture at lightning speed; if someone in your home has allergies or asthma; if you have pets, participate in hobbies that utilize glues, chemicals and solvents; if you use tobacco products inside your home; if you live by a busy highway or dirt road; if you use fireplaces or burn candles, you may benefit by installing a quality air cleaner. Air cleaners remove harmful particulates that can adversely affect your health.
- UV Light Purifiers: If you feel like you get colds or flu often and want to reduce germs, viruses, fungus and bacteria throughout your home, or if odors linger a long time, you may benefit by installing a UV Light Purifier. They kill germs, bacteria and viruses, and remove annoying odors.
- Ventilation Systems: All homes require some type of ventilation. If your air feels stuffy, moist, stale and / or odorous, you may benefit by installing an ERV or HRV. Ventilation systems control moisture, remove contaminants; and keep fresh, clean air coming into your home.
Learn more about all these products on www.generalaire.com
Call you licensed contractor today and Breathe Healthier!
Question: Why should I change my air filter?
Answer: Over time your air filter becomes "filled" (also called "loaded") with captured particulates. As a result the following happens:
- Dirty air filters represent the #1 cause of system breakdown. A dirty air filter restricts air flow into your HVAC system. As a result, your HVAC system has to work harder to send air through the filter, which can shorten the life of your air handler motor.
- A dirty air filter reduces the filter's ability to capture particulates. Therefore, air quality in your home declines, aggravating allergies and asthma.
Regularly changing your air filter is essential to extending the life of your air cleaner and whole HVAC system; as well as ensuring the air in your home is clean and healthy.
Question: How often should I change my air filter?
Answer: Overall we recommend every 6 months; however, you may change it sooner if:
- your home is being remodeled
- you live near a busy highway or dirt road
- you have pets
- you regularly work with paints, solvents, glues, or other chemicals
- you use tobacco products inside the home
- you use a fireplace or burn candles often
If your air cleaner is new, check your filter every 3 months to understand how your lifestyle and home affect the air filter. Learn how to change your Vapor Pad® by watching a video from our video library.
Question: How often should I change my humidifier Vapor Pad®?
Answer: We recommend once per year, at the beginning of each heating season.