Are You Using the Best Air Filter for Your Home?

Air filters are key components to your heating and cooling system. They slow down grime buildup on coils and heat exchanges, which will causes systems to work harder. Choosing the best air filter for your home’s system is so important in keeping both your unit and family healthy.

Many HVAC technicians recommend changing your air filter at least once every three months for cleaner air and to maintain a more efficient system.

Know Dimensions, Style, and Material

It is to your benefit that you know the size of the air filter needed for your system. Review the dimensions, including the thickness and MERV rating recommendation (see details below), before leaving for the store to ensure that you are purchasing exactly what you need.

If a certain material and style are not recommended by the manufacturer, research the different types and decide which might work best for your situation. Having pets, frequently open windows, or especially smokers in the home can influence which type of air filter is right for your house.

Check MERV Ratings

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

It seems counter intuitive, but a higher MERV rating may not be what’s best for your system. A higher rating means that the air filter’s pores are smaller, which can put a strain on certain systems, causing them to wear down over time. Always follow your system’s recommendations for MERV ratings when obtaining filters.

Keep Your Family Healthier

Clean air filters are extremely important when it comes to the health of your family. They trap debris like pollen, pet dander, dust, smoke, mold spores, bacteria, and other airborne contaminates that are known to cause health issues. Using the highest MERV rating acceptable for your system will provide the cleanest air possible to your home.

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


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