When it comes to keeping your home's air clean and your HVAC system running efficiently, the right air filter is essential. But with so many different types of air filters available, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your home. Let Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning help you crack the code for home air filters, so you can make an informed decision and be comfortable with your purchase. The first step in selecting the right air filter is to look at the label of your current filter or measure it yourself. Household air filters typically have a thickness of 1, but there are numerous standard dimensions of width and height, and some systems have thicker filters.
It's important to get the right size filter, as an improperly sized filter won't provide the full efficiency your system and filter can offer. The next step is to check the manufacturer's recommended filter change program. If you have a significant allergy to something that is prominent in your area, you may want to increase indoor air quality with a Second Nature Health Shield (MERV 1 or equivalent level) filter. This type of filter is able to capture 99.97 percent of particles that exceed 0.3 microns or more in size. Pleated filters are made of synthetic polymers that allow efficient filtration and minimize impact on airflow. Washable electrostatic filters are metal frame filters that are designed to be washed and reused rather than replaced.
Primarily made of cardboard and fiber, these filters may not look elaborate, but they have a measurable impact on the energy efficiency and performance of your system, as well as indoor air quality. Finally, consider how often you need to replace your oven filter. This will depend on the type you purchased and the air quality in your home. To ensure that your system has the ability to move the right volume of air through higher efficiency filters, it's best to follow the advice of your Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning technician.