The air filter inside your HVAC system is designed to catch harmful particles that can lower your indoor air quality. When it comes to choosing filters for your home, keep in mind that you’ll find more than a few types of air filters available. Knowing more about these filters can help you find the right type for your northeast Indiana home.
Air filters are a critical component in HVAC efficiency, performance and reliability. The average cooling and heating system circulates over 1,600 cubic feet of air every minute. A quality filter must remove damaging particulates and contaminants effectively without obstructing system airflow and reducing efficiency. For healthy indoor air quality, lowest HVAC operating costs and long system component life, air filters must be in optimum condition.
If you're like most homeowners, changing the air filter in your HVAC comes as something of an afterthought. You know you should do it regularly, but somehow you seem to forget. After all, it's out of sight, right? And the HVAC just seems to keep on running, winter or summer. But the fact is, when you change your air filter regularly, you're benefiting your pocketbook, and boosting your comfort level.
The best air filters for your HVAC system can reduce the misery you experience from the trees, shrubs and grasses that produce pollen in the fall. Surprisingly, it’s not the showy chrysanthemums that are the worst offenders. Instead, it’s all the tiny flowers you can’t see that cause most of the allergic reactions. Here's a quick guide to finding the best air filters for your home:
Homeowners concerned with indoor air quality often want to know if washable, or so-called permanent air filters, might do a better job removing airborne particulates than the standard mechanical filters that are most often used.
When shopping for HVAC air filters, you have probably noticed there are different styles and that many have a MERV number and that some are designated as HEPA filters. Here is what those ratings and acronyms actually mean and why they matter.
You probably know your furnace has a filter, and you probably also know it needs changing now and then. But what else do you know about it? The fact is, your furnace filter (which is the same as the air conditioner or air filter) is a key component of the HVAC system for keeping you comfortable and in good health, as well as ensuring the system runs properly, all winter long.
If you think that flimsy air filter in your furnace is going to clean your home's indoor air this winter or even next summer, think again. For comprehensive air cleaning in an indoor environment, a very high-efficiency air filter or a dedicated air-cleaning system is needed, or both. A standard furnace or HVAC filter won't remove anything but the largest particles from the air, allowing smaller particulates such as mold spores, bacteria, dust mites and pollen to pass through the filter and enter household air.
Fort Wayne's continental climate means we keep our windows closed most of the year to control our indoor temperatures. In today's airtight homes, that habit can make it harder to maintain high indoor air quality. One of the easiest ways to counteract this problem is by choosing a better air filter.
Although the selection process can be overwhelming, choosing the furnace filter that best meets your needs is important to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently while reducing airborne pollutants within your home and improving indoor air quality (IAQ).
If you find yourself sneezing and notice dust bunnies multiplying in the corners, it's probably time to change your furnace filter. The filter is your first line of defense against airborne dust, mold spores and other particles, and changing it regularly is one of the best things you can do to boost the efficiency of your heating system.
An effective HVAC air filter is essential to good indoor air quality and the operating efficiency of your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system. A dirty air filter will reduce the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment, and also contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Do you know which air filter MERV ratings are right for your needs? If not, or if you're not quite sure what MERV means, chances are you're using an inefficient air filter for your A/C, heat pump or furnace. Choosing a filter with the right MERV rating can help you stay more comfortable and save money despite the Fort Wayne area's challenging continental climate.
Having an air filter functioning at a high level is crucial if you want your home's HVAC system to function smoothly and effectively. It’s a small and simple maintenance job, but is necessary if you want to keep your energy bills down and your comfort level up.
It’s amazing how the things you can’t see in your home’s indoor air can have the most impact on your health and comfort. Dust mites, pet dander, pollen and mold spores can easily make your home a miserable place to be if you’re sensitive to allergies or have asthma. If you’re one of the 50 million people in the U.S. suffering from allergies, a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can mean the difference between misery and relief.
Despite their initial higher purchase price, higher-efficiency air filters can save you money in the long run, as compared to using standard-quality air filters in your forced-air heating or cooling system. Here are some of the more important ways higher-efficiency filters can do that:
With indoor air pollution listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of today's top five environmental health risks, this is a problem that homeowners should not ignore. Air filters for your cooling and heating systems are a popular solution but not all air filters are created equal. What should you look for in an air filter, and how can it boost air quality in your home?
When keeping your electric bills low and your indoor air cleaner in the summer are important, pay attention to your air conditioner filter. While it's the least expensive component inside your cooling system, it's one of the most important. The filter traps the airborne particles that could otherwise wreak havoc on your equipment and drive up energy bills.
Although every forced-air heating and cooling system utilizes some sort of air filter, the first function of these devices is to protect your equipment from large particulate matter – not to improve indoor air quality. But over time, improving air quality has become a greater part of what most homeowners expect out of their HVAC air filter. Here's a quick guide to choosing and using air filters that provide your home with both benefits – an efficiently operating cooling and heating system and improved indoor air quality.