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Making the air in your Columbia, Maryland, home easier to breathe is important for any homeowner wishing to maintain comfort and reduce household allergens. The good news is that choosing the right type of air filter can improve your air quality and reduce allergy symptoms. If you suffer from allergies in your home, choose the right filter by following a few simple tips.

Choose the Proper Filter

There are two primary types of filters that can aid in removing allergens from the home: mechanical and electronic. They differ in the way that they trap and contain particles to prevent them from recirculating back through the ducts into your home.

  • Mechanical Filters – A mechanical filter is probably the filter you are most accustomed to seeing in homes. It uses a special screen which prevents allergens and dust particles from getting through by trapping them in the filter. If you are looking for added protection against allergy triggers, you can consider a HEPA filter which can capture up to 90 percent of particles that are over 0.3 microns in diameter.
  • Electronic Filters – This type of filter uses an electrical charge to attract allergens and irritants to it. Once attracted to the filter, these particles are trapped in collection plates.
  • Hybrid Filters – Hybrid filters combine properties of both electronic and mechanical filters.

Choose the Right MERV Rating

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and it’s used to measure how efficiently a filter removes particles and allergens from the air. Ratings are from one to 20. The higher the rating, the smaller the particles that the filter will trap. This doesn’t mean that it’s always best to go with the highest rating. Ratings over 15 are typically reserved for medical facilities and not recommended for home use.

For average homes, a rating of 8 or 9 will properly remove the necessary allergens from your home, but if you have family members with severe allergies, or if you own pets, you may want to look for a filter with a rating as high as 13.

Find out which filter will work best for you as well as other ways to make your air easier to breathe by contacting the HVAC specialists at Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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