Which HVAC filter is best for your home? Here’s how to choose.
Your HVAC filter is critical to your heating and air conditioning systems. It prevents dust, dirt, and debris from damaging the equipment while also keeping the air in your home clean. Choosing the right filter is vital to its effectiveness. Here’s how to choose the one that’s best for your system.
The Right Size
There are different HVAC filters depending on the size, brand, and type of system in your home. Choosing the right size is the best way to ensure it functions effectively and allows sufficient airflow. Check the dimensions printed on the filter currently in the unit. You may also find the specific filter requirements written or posted somewhere on the HVAC unit near where the filter goes.
The Right Type
Filters come in a variety of types, thicknesses, and materials. You want one that traps the most airborne particles while allowing for proper airflow into your heating and cooling system. Check your manual to see what the recommendations are for your system but they may list the minimum requirement. So ask your HVAC contractor for other potential options based on your needs.
The Right Efficiency
We all want a deal but buying bargain bin filters won’t help your HVAC system or indoor air quality. Instead, get the best filter you can. Check a filter’s MERV rating, or the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, of a filter before purchasing. You’ll find filters rated 1 to 12, with 12 ratings removing the highest number of particles.
Are your heating and air conditioning filters dirty and in need of replacing? If you aren’t confident with replacing your home HVAC filter, contact the pros who know. Reach out to G+S Heating and Air for all the filter and HVAC information you need.