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ProgressiveMedia™ MERV 13 Air Filters – A Low Cost Upgrade with a High Return for Your Indoor Air Quality

Ultravation® ProgressiveMedia™ air filtration’s pleated design has nine times more surface area than a traditional flat air filter. Combine that with Ultravation® UltraStrand™ hypoallergenic fibers that are uniquely shaped and electrostatically charged to attract particles, these filters are built to collect nearly anything that comes their way.

In addition to our highly efficient MERV 11 series, we are now offering MERV 13 filtration. MERV 13 has a better particle capture rating and, like our other ProgressiveMedia filters, are very cost effective for the high level of performance they deliver.

Why should you upgrade to MERV 13? When you compare, you’ll find that Ultravation’s ProgressiveMedia MERV 13 rated filters remove contamination that approach HEPA ratings—at a much lower cost than a HEPA installation.

How MERV 13 air filters outperform MERV 11:

  • MERV 13 filters capture 90% of contamination as small as 1 micron, such as particulates in auto emissions, while MERV 11 collects 65% (which happens to be the lowest particle size for which MERV 11 filters are rated).
  • MERV 13 filters go further and capture 75% of particles as small as .3 microns (such as tobacco smoke).
  • And…Ultravation® MERV 13 filters have NO MORE air flow resistance than MERV 11 rated filters.

 

Even with the better particle capture, Ultravation MERV 13 filters still have the same life expectancy as the MERV 11 (up to one year in typical conditions). And they fit the same Ultravation Media Air Cleaner cabinets as the MERV 11.

So the next time you buy air filters, replace your Ultravation MERV 11 with MERV 13 filters for an easy and economical way to get even cleaner air! Here’s how…

Ewww…What’s that smell?

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to smell first thing in the morning is what I had for dinner last night. Sure, that garlic and Parmesan encrusted fish on a bed of spinach and onions was delicious, but it doesn’t really mix well with a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin. And trying to get rid of those leftover odors can be difficult. There are all kinds of home remedies involving lemons, candles and burnt toast, but none of them really work well and all you end up with is one smell covering another instead of fresher smelling air. Of course, there are sprays you can use to attempt to mask the unwanted odors, but buying bottle after bottle can get expensive and who really wants their kitchen smelling like a Tahitian breeze or fresh laundry, anyway? Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways Indoor Air Quality Can Save You Energy and Money

1. By implementing indoor air quality products to help eliminate airborne contaminates, you could save thousands on doctor bills. Indoor air can be contaminated with all kinds of allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and germs that can make you sick. This air then gets recycled though an HVAC system, spreading the infected air throughout a home. Using IAQ products helps lower the chances of illness and even asthma attacks because they clean air as it flows through a device, helping remove the harmful materials and making the air safer to breathe.

2. UV-C light allows your HVAC system to run at top efficiency by keeping the cooling coils free of mold and other bio-growth. The disinfecting power of UV-C light breaks down the DNA of microbes that, when allowed to accumulate, can bog down your HVAC system and make it work harder to process the air in your home. You will use less energy by running a clean HVAC system.

3. UV-C light helps prevent costly repairs and chemical cleanings that cooling coils would otherwise have to regularly undergo, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.

4. Air filters collect dust, and other particle contaminates before they can reach the cooling coils, dramatically reducing the amount of energy needed to run the heating and cooling process in your HVAC system.

5. The amount of energy consumed by the indoor air quality products in a home will likely be significantly less than the amount of energy used in an HVAC system without them. Therefore, IAQ products can easily pay for themselves with the energy savings you would accrue, making IAQ a smart investment.

Allergies and You: How to Help Alleviate Your Seasonal Sneezes

If you’re anything like us up here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, during the winter months we dream of warm sunny days, barbecuing, and relaxing by the pool. But many of us know that spring, summer and fall are also the allergy seasons. All of the plants that were “hibernating” under the winter’s snow have woken up and are growing, which means pollen has returned. Pollen released into the air by various types of plants is vital to their reproductive process, but unfortunately this simple act of survival can cause allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in children and adults.

Contrary to popular belief, flowers are not the biggest pollen culprits – trees, grasses and weeds are really more to blame. Because many of these plants don’t produce flowers, they have to manufacture small, lightweight, dry pollen particles which are ideally designed for air transportation. A single ragweed plant can produce up to a million grains of this type of pollen each day! With a strong wind, those microscopic particles can travel up to 400 miles. If you’re trying to control the pollen you encounter, removing nearby plants will only slightly decrease your exposure because of pollens phenomenal ability to cover great distances. Read the rest of this entry »