Are You Using the Very Best Air Filter for Your Home?

Air filters are key parts to your heating and cooling system. They slow the buildup of grit and grime on coils and heat exchanges, which causes your system to work harder. Choosing the very best air filters for your home’s system is an important step in keeping your unit and family healthy.

Most HVAC technicians do recommend changing your air filter at least once every three months for much cleaner air and a more efficient system.

Know Dimensions, Style, and Material

You absolutely should know the size of the air filter needed for your system. Write down its dimensions, including the thickness and MERV rating recommendation (see below), before leaving for the store to make sure that you are purchasing just what you need.

If a material and style aren’t recommended by the manufacturer then research the different types and decide which would be best for your home. Having pets, frequently open windows, or smokers at home can influence which type of air filter is right for your family.

Check MERV Ratings

MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, which essentially shows the consumer how small the particulates are that the filter will allow through it. A higher rating means that the filter will block out smaller pieces of airborne debris.

It seems counter intuitive, but a higher MERV rating does not always make for the best filter for your system. A higher rating means that the pores in the air filter are smaller, which puts a strain on some systems, causing them to wear down over time. Make sure to follow your system’s recommendations for MERV ratings when purchasing filters.

Keep Your Family Healthier

Clean air filters are invaluable when it comes to your family’s health. They trap pollen, pet dander, dust, smoke, mold spores, bacteria, and other airborne contaminates that can lead to health issues. Using the highest MERV rating acceptable for your system provides your home with the cleanest air possible.

For more expert advice about choosing the right air filter for your system, contact Airtron MidAtlantic today.

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