Air Filter Basics
It may not seem like it, but choosing the right air filter for your home’s heating and cooling system makes a huge difference in the quality of air that circulates around your home. Home air filters or furnace filters keep the coils and heat exchanges on the heating and air conditioning system clean. Dirty coils make your system work harder, but keeping them clean can make the life of your air unit last much longer.
These filters also serve another purpose—they filter the air you and your family breathe in. The number of particles in the air depend on how many people and pets live in the home as well as the activities that go on there. If you have asthma or allergies, it is best to be extra diligent about keeping filters clean. Filters can capture dust mite debris, mold spores, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, dust, pollen, and more depending on the type.
One important thing to remember is to change these filters regularly, since even the best filter cannot do its job if it’s clogged. The difference in filters means a difference in life span, but once a month is usually recommended. New homes or homes that are being remodeled need more frequent changes to compensate for the extra particles.
Knowing the size of the air filter you need is very important. Check the size of your existing filter to get the right dimensions. Write it down if you can’t remember because it is not a good feeling to make it all the way to the store and forget the exact size. Most filters are about one-inch in thickness, but some homes can require up to a four-inch thick filter due to the volume of air passing through the house.
There are also adjustable filters that come in different types of materials and styles that are perfect for every type of home. There are many types of filters, from the cheapest ones made of fiberglass to some even being reusable after a quick cleaning.
Filter MERV Ratings
Filters are usually identified with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV), and this helps to determine the ability to trap practices. The higher the MERV number, the more efficient it is and the more particles it can filter.
Choosing the right air filter for your home does not have to be a difficult decision, but be sure to do your research since it directly affects the air your family breathes!
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