Now that the holidays are here, many homeowners have started thinking a little more about what they might ask Santa for in order to make their home a little more comfortable. Luckily, we know just what you need – HVAC accessories!

Though your HVAC system does a good job of keeping your home environment safe, healthy, and comfortable, sometimes you need a little extra help, depending on your home comfort needs and lifestyle. For example, families with allergy sufferers might need to go the extra mile to make sure their family members can breathe easy when allergies start to hit hard by purchasing an indoor air quality product.

Below, we’ll guide you through the world of HVAC accessories, so that you can make a more informed decision about which might be right for you:

Electronic Air Cleaners

Most standard air filters only trap about 7% of home pollutants like dust, dirt, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria, and other allergens. This leaves 93% of these irritants traveling around your home left to damage your furnishings and aggravate allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues. Indoor air quality products like an air purifier or electronic air cleaner help remedy these issues.

Electronic air cleaners act as an extra line of defense against these pesky pollutants by cleaning the air in your home and removing these allergens before they impact your home comfort or health. Carrier’s patented  Captures and Kills™ technology traps and kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and other irritants, re-purifying the circulated air as many as 8 times an hour.

Who Needs an Air Purifier?

Though we can all stand to breathe air that’s a little cleaner, not every home needs an air purifier. This IAQ product is ideal for homes with family members who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. It is also the perfect accessory for homes that have family members with weakened immune systems such as elderly folks or infants.

Smart Thermostats

Thermostats are a must-have for any homeowner. This device allows you to control the temperature of your living space, ensuring that the whole family is happy, healthy, and comfortable all year round. However, not all thermostats are created equal! While some homes have a simple electronic thermostat, other homeowners opt for a smarter option that gives them better control over their home comfort.

Smart thermostats provide enable you to reach optimal home comfort by giving you more control over the temperature and comfort settings within your home. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can adjust the temperature and other settings on your thermostat from any device with an Internet connection. That means you’ll no longer have to come home to a cold house on a chilly winter night or worry about leaving the AC blasting when you leave for work this summer.

Who Needs a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats are the ideal HVAC accessory for homeowners who prioritize comfort and convenience above all else. They are also a great gift idea for families that are into the latest and greatest gadgets or want to work toward transitioning to smart home technology. If you’re in the market for a new smart thermostat, be sure to check out our selection of Carrier smart thermostats.

UV Sterilizers

Did you know that your indoor air is often dirtier than the air outside? (Yes, even in LA!) UV air sterilizers create a cleaner, healthier, and safer home environment by eliminating mold, bacteria, and germs from your home and the air circulating through your home. These devices are located in the duct work upstream of your HVAC system where they work to kill a high percentage of airborne bacteria and germs as they pass through the UV light.

A single UV lamp model kills up to 70% of the airborne bacteria that passes through your HVAC system. While the coil irradiation model kills up to 99.9% of surface mold on your central AC components and cooling coil. This not only creates a cleaner and healthier home environment for you and your family, but it also helps protect and improve the performance of your heating and cooling equipment.

Who Needs UV Sterilizers?

UV sterilizers are ideal for those who suffer from respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. It can also be great for those who find themselves getting frequent cold and flu headaches, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, and fatigue.

Need help deciding which HVAC accessories are right for your home? The home comfort experts at Brody Pennell are standing by to answer your questions. After asking you a few questions about your home environment, comfort needs, and HVAC system, we’ll pair you with the right HVAC accessories to meet your needs.

Call us today to improve your home comfort levels: (310)896-4911.

How often do you replace your HVAC filter? The air filter in your heating and cooling systems plays an important role in helping you keep your home comfortable while maintaining indoor air quality year-round.

One of the best things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently is to regularly replace or clean your HVAC air filter. That’s why we’ve put together a helpful HVAC filter replacement schedule as well as some tips for choosing the right filter. With these, you can make sure that you’re taking the best care of your HVAC system.

HVAC Filter Replacement Schedule

At Brody Pennell, we often get asked the question, “how often should I change my air filter?” In all honesty, the answer to this question depends on a number of factors. Below, we’ve put together a quick guide to HVAC air filter replacement, based on your lifestyle and home needs.

General HVAC Filter Replacement Schedule

As a general guide, you should replace your pleated HVAC air filter every 90 days. However, the more dirt, dust, allergens, and other debris the filter traps, the less efficient the filter will be. Therefore, you should as a rule check your HVAC air filter once a month and change more often if needed.

HVAC Filter Replacement for Families with Allergies

If someone in your home has asthma or allergies, they will be more sensitive to the airborne particles that float around your home. To help improve indoor air quality for those who suffer from asthma or allergies, change your air filter every 6 weeks. You may want to check on it periodically in between if you notice a change in indoor air quality.

HVAC Filter Replacement for Homes with Young Children

If you have babies or young children in your home, you will need to be more careful about your HVAC air filter changes. As a general rule, change your air filter every two months to maintain the quality of your indoor air. The same is true for homes with elderly family members that may also have compromised immune systems.

HVAC Filter Replacement for Pet Owners

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but pet hair and dander can negatively impact your indoor air quality. If you have pets in your home, you need to change your air filter every two months to ensure adequate IAQ. Typically, dogs and cats shed more in the beginning of spring and fall, so these are the best times to replace the air filter.

3 Tips for Choosing the Right HVAC Air Filter

Not all HVAC air filters are created equal. Use the tips below to find the right air filter for your home:

  1. Get to know your filter types.

There are many different types of air filters, and understanding the different types can help you make the best decision for your home:

  • Pleated air filters are the most common type of residential HVAC air filter and typically need to be replaced every 90 days.
  • Reusable filters can be cleaned, but they tend to have low efficiency ratings and require significant upkeep.
  • HEPA filters are very efficient. However, they are more expensive than your typical pleated filter.
  1. Pay attention to MERV ratings.

When you look at your options for air filters, you’ll want to consider efficiency. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating tells you how efficient the air filter is at trapping airborne particles. MERV ratings go from 1 to 20, with higher numbers indicating higher efficiency. Typically, standard air filters will have a rating between 5 to 8, indicating that they capture most indoor air pollutants.

  1. Don’t forget the filter resistance.

While it may seem smart to go with a higher efficiency rating when choosing an air filter, the most efficient filter is not always the best choice for your HVAC system. Depending on your heating and cooling system, some filters may have resistance levels that may prevent your unit from operating effectively. Take a look at your HVAC system manual or ask your HVAC technician about the best type of air filter for your system.

Los Angeles Indoor Air Quality

Still have questions about your indoor air quality? We’d be happy to help you find the right HVAC air filter for your air conditioning and heating system. Our team of HVAC experts can also help recommend the best indoor air quality products for your unique home needs.

To get started improving your IAQ, give us a call: (310) 896-4911.

Humidity is the level of moisture, in the form of water vapor, present in the air. It’s one of the most important aspects of ensuring comfort in a home but it is also one of the most overlooked. Homeowners tend to focus more on other factors such as temperature when planning out or choosing heaters or air conditioners.

From working in an office to staying at home, it’s undeniable that people spend a great deal of time indoors. The problem, though, is that many of them overlook the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutant levels inside homes or buildings are two to five times higher than those outdoors. This increases the risks of short and long-term health problems. Read more

This coming new year, make it a priority to improve the air quality in your home. Not only will this be good for you and your loved ones, but it can also help improve the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. Good indoor air quality is important for your health, so don’t neglect this essential characteristic of your indoor space.

Why IAQ Matters

Healthy indoor air quality, or IAQ, is critical to uphold in your home as restricted air flow indoors and/or airborne pollutants can create serious health concerns for you and your family. This is doubly important for those who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. Read on to learn more about IAQ.

New Year IAQ

If you need help establishing the quality of your home’s indoor air, give the experts at Brody Pennell a call today at 310-836-0606. We can help evaluate and offer solutions that will improve the comfort of your home.



Does Your Home Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Does your home have poor indoor air quality? If you haven’t had your home assessed for air pollution, it certainly couldn’t hurt to consider investing in this service. Less than ideal indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors (which we outline below), and the health effects of poor IAQ are significant. It is common for people to report headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, runny nose or sinus pain, allergy-like reactions or more serious issues such as respiratory damage. It is often difficult to diagnose that poor IAQ is causing these symptoms since they so frequently mimic the symptoms of a common cold or seasonal allergies.

To better your indoor air quality, check out the causes below and avoid or remedy them in your home. Since most people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors and a large portion of that time at home, it’s important to mind the cleanliness of the indoor air in your living space.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

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Many homes have pets, including cats, dogs, and sometimes one (or several!) of each. Pets bring a lot of pleasure to the people who own and love them, but they also can bring some not so great things, like pet hair, dander, and debris, which can affect your home’s air quality. Fortunately, these types of things can be easily controlled with a little planning and foresight, so you can easily enjoy healthy air quality with the pets you love.

Home Comfort Tips for Pet Owners

Here are just a few tips for animal lovers who want to breathe easy and enjoy healthy indoor air quality:

Keep your pet clean.

First thing is first: tackle the dirt and dander. Basic pet care requires that you bathe, brush, and give your pet access to good food and clean water, but ensuring good air quality can take a bit more effort for optimum results.

Bathe your pet regularly as recommended by your veterinarian to keep your pet’s hair and skin healthy and clean. Bathing can go a long way in ridding your pet of excess hair and dander. Dander—which is simply small flakes of skin shed by your pet—can cause concerns for those with dog and cat allergies, as dander, not pet hair, is the main culprit in pet allergies. Dander is so small that it often gets trapped in places that are difficult to clean, like air ducts. Each time your home’s HVAC system is turned on, the dander gets circulated throughout your ductwork and throughout your home.

Daily gentle brushing will reduce both excess hair as well as dander. When bathing your pets, use high quality moisturizing pet shampoos that will help keep their skin extra healthy, which will reduce your pet’s overall dander production.

Clean your home regularly.

The same advice goes with cleaning your home: go the extra mile when you share your home with pets. Along with regular cleaning such as vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping, be sure to keep your HVAC system clean as well. At the very least, change your filter whenever it gets dirty, checking at least once a month.

If you really want to go the extra mile, special air filters are available that can help control and prevent the distribution of pet dander. These filters are tailor made for homes with pets and can go a long way to keep your home’s air clean.

Regular maintenance is also imperative, so be sure to schedule an appointment (ideally every Spring and Fall) to have a professional perform maintenance your HVAC system. By having regular maintenance performed on your system, you can prevent small issues from turning into costly problems down the road.

Clean your air ducts.

It’s a good idea to start with a clean base when dealing with pet dander and debris, and your home’s ductwork is a great place to start. Duct cleaning can help you rid your home of existing dander, pet hair, and other dirt that may be lurking in your ductwork. Once your ducts are squeaky clean, it will be a breeze to maintain a happier healthier pet-friendly home when you implement the tips above. For a free estimate on ductwork cleaning from our professionals, give us a call: 310-836-0606

Did you know that there are areas of your HVAC system where mold and bacteria like to hang out? These organisms can start to grow in the indoor coil and drain pan of your air conditioning unit and impact airflow and efficiency. Not to mention, these organisms can also become airborne, negatively affecting the air that you and your family breathe.

A UV air treatment system is designed to kill the mold and bacteria that collect in the moist environment of your home or office HVAC system. Using the natural power of UV light, these systems help significantly improve indoor air quality while keeping your HVAC equipment running efficiently.

Benefits of Ultraviolet Air Treatment Systems

Whether they are hard at work in the office, relaxing at home, or running errands at various stores, many people spend the majority of their day inside. What they may not consider is that indoor air is often just as dirty (or dirtier) than the air outside. Every time you enter your home from outdoors, you may be tracking in mold, bacteria, dust, dander, pollen, and other organisms that can impact the quality of the air you breathe. Ultraviolet air treatment systems help improve indoor air quality by killing airborne bacteria and germs that pass through your ductwork.

You may be wondering if your home or office needs an ultraviolet air treatment system. A germicidal UV lamp can help those who suffer from asthma, allergies, frequent cold and flu symptoms, headaches, runny nose, sore throat, itchy or watery eyes, and even fatigue. In fact, a single UV lamp model kills up to 70% of airborne bacteria in your air conditioning system while a coil irradiation model kill sup to 99.9% of surfaced mod on your cooling coil and other central AC components.

In addition to improving indoor air quality, these UV systems also protect your heating and cooling equipment and can improve the performance of your HVAC system. This is because particle buildup can restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder than it needs to when heating or cooling your home.

Carrier Germicidal UV Lamps

Carrier, a leader and innovator in home comfort systems, offers Germicidal UV Lamps as part of their Performance™ Series. These lamps kill mold and bacteria that start to grow on the indoor coil of your air conditioning unit. By eliminating these organisms, the UV lamps not only improve your home’s indoor air quality, but also increase system performance by allowing your system to run more efficiently. As a Carrier dealer, Brody Pennell can help you choose and install the Carrier Germicidal UV lamps that are a fit for your home comfort needs.

UV air treatment systems can be extremely effective at helping purify the air in your home or office, making it possible for everyone to breathe a bit easier. However, these systems are only effective if they are the right system for your home or office space and if they are installed properly in your HVAC system.

If you are interested in installing a UV air treatment system or any other indoor air quality product in your home, contact us today. Our HVAC experts will help you find the IAQ products and systems that are right for you and your home comfort needs.

You want to keep your family safe and happy, and a big part of that is creating a home environment that is both comfortable and healthy. The indoor air quality of your home not only impacts your home comfort, but it can also play a significant role in your family’s health. An air purifier is one option that you may consider to improve indoor air quality and create a healthier home space.

What is an Air Purifier?

An air purifier is a device which helps to remove harmful particles from the air in your home. Using high-efficiency filters, these devices trap dust, dirt, pet dander, and other contaminants before they can circulate through your home air. An air purifier can be a standalone device used to clean the air in one room or they can be incorporated into your home HVAC system for whole house air purification.

These devices are often recommended for asthmatics and those who have breathing difficulties. For this reason, air purifiers are often used in hospitals to protect those with weakened immune systems. Air purifiers help to reduce the amount of allergens in a home or office setting, helping to improve the quality of your indoor air and help everyone breathe a little easier.

Signs You May Need an Air Purifier

For most homeowners, a standard air filter that is changed regularly can offer sufficient indoor air quality. However, others may need more protection Here are some signs that your home may benefit from an air purifier:

  • You or a member of your family suffers from asthma. Asthma attacks can be triggered by harmful particles in the air you breathe. An air purifier helps provide cleaner air for those who have asthma or other respiratory conditions.
  • You or a family member have severe allergy symptoms. Even the smallest number of particles in the air can trigger symptoms for those who suffer from severe allergies. An air purifier can help reduce the amount of pollutants so that allergy sufferers can breathe easier.
  • You or a family member have a weakened immune system. Those with weakened immune systems, such as young infants or elderly family members, may be more susceptible to developing respiratory issues. Air purifiers help reduce the chances of these family members being affected by air pollution.

Not everyone needs an air purifier and not all air purifiers are created equal. If you are thinking about purchasing one of these devices, you should speak with an experienced HVAC technician who can help recommend the best device for your home. Though it may be easy to install a standalone device, standard HVAC systems are not equipped to handle HEPA filters and will require an experienced HVAC tech to modify the system.

If you need help finding the right indoor air quality products for you, the HVAC experts at Brody Pennell are only a phone call away. Whether you are interested in better air filter options or you want a whole home air purifier, we can help you find the best systems and products to meet your home comfort needs. Contact us today for more information.

An air filter is an integral part of a heating and cooling system. It traps small particles in the air as it circulates through the system and keeps them from going back into the building. These particles may cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other health issues.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers has been encouraging the adoption of air filters with a minimum MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value). MERV measures the ability of a filter to remove particles both large and small.

Different Types of Air Filters

A few types of available air filters meet necessary standards and are common in both residential and commercial systems.

Fiberglass Panel Filters

Fiberglass filters are layers of interwoven glass strands supported by a metal frame to prevent collapse. Fiberglass filters are the most common panel or square filter and are meant to be thrown away and replaced after roughly a year of use.

Polyester and Other Panel Filters

Panel filters also come in materials other than fiberglass. These air filters are more effective but more expensive and are meant to be replaced annually.

Pleated Filters

These are similar to the traditional panel filter, but the added pleats increase the filter’s energy efficiency by as much as five times. The pleats also increase filtration capabilities. Pleated filters must be replaced yearly.

Washable HVAC Filters

Washable filters are more cost effective than panel or pleated filters, because they do not need replacing, only regular cleaning. Cleaning consists of rinsing the filter off with water and letting it dry before putting it back in the system. Small HVAC systems often use washable filters, but larger systems can use them as well.


High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters most often are made from fiberglass, but the fibers are arranged to be far more effective than those in a fiberglass panel filter. A HEPA filter removes 99.7% of all particles from the air passing through it. These filters are especially helpful in the homes of allergy or asthma sufferers.

Electrostatic Air Filters

Rather than counting on a fine mesh to capture airborne particulates, electrostatic filters attract and trap particles with an electrostatic charge. They have this charge naturally and do not need electricity to keep it. Electrostatic filters offer better filtration than panel filters and do not need to be replaced, only wiped clean regularly.

Green HVAC Filters

Green filters offer a more economical and environmentally friendly alternative to fiberglass panel filters. These filters typically are made from cotton, although other green materials may be used. They do need to be replaced, but on a less-frequent schedule than other panel filters, resulting in a lower overall cost. Green filters are roughly equal in filtration capabilities to fiberglass panel filters.

The multiple types of air filters for heating and cooling systems offer home and business owners options in terms of filtration capabilities, maintenance, and cost. Choosing the right filter can save money and result in better health. If you need help purchasing the best filter for your home needs, give us a call today.