Which Air Filters Are Right For My Home?

You likely don’t think about the air filters in your home until it’s time to change them. There are multiple types of air filters available and it may be overwhelming to decide which type is right for your home. First, let’s break down the different options:

Fiberglass filters: These are inexpensive and disposable filters that capture large particles like dust and lint. They are not very effective at capturing smaller particles.

Pleated filters: These filters are more efficient than fiberglass filters and are available in a range of MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) ratings. They can capture particles as small as 1 micron.

HEPA filters: HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are the most efficient type of filter and can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns. They are commonly used in homes where there are allergies or respiratory issues.

Electrostatic filters: These filters use an electrostatic charge to attract and capture particles. They are often washable and reusable, making them a more environmentally friendly option.

Activated carbon filters: These filters are designed to capture and remove odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. They are often used in conjunction with other types of filters.

If you have questions about which filters would work best for your home, give us a call or check your HVAC manufacturer’s recommendations on your warranty information or their website. It’s important to choose a filter that is compatible with your HVAC system and to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacement and maintenance. In general, it’s recommended that home air filters be replaced every three months, although this may vary depending on the type of filter and the level of pollutants in the air. In a home with pets, or if you have seasonal allergies, you may want to replace your filter every 6-8 weeks.

If filters are not changed regularly, the air flow in your home can be disrupted, making your unit work overtime. This will cause an increase in electrical use, meaning a higher power bill. The simple step of changing your air filters can save you money and time from repairing a broken unit. As always, call us today to see your options or with any additional questions. We’re here to keep you comfortable.

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