Air Filter Replacement
Dirty or blocked filters can easily make your ac unit to age faster by making it work harder to achieve the same level of performance. We recommend that you change your air filter every month or two, especially if you live in a high-pollen area or if you have pets. Air filters are inexpensive, and changing your air filter is an easy task and it does not require a professional hand. In most cases, you should simply be able to slide the old filter out and slide a new one in.
Determining When to Change the Filter
Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:
- Type of filter your A/C system requires. Since each type has a different life span, use that to help determine how often you change your filter.
- The overall air quality of your city that you live in. If the air does not seem as fresh or clear as it used to, or you are having issues with allergies or frequent colds, you may need to replace your filter more often or choose a different type.
- Are there pets (birds, cats, dogs, hamsters) in your home? If so, you may want to consider changing your filter more frequently or choosing a type of filter that helps with dander.
- Number of occupants in the house. The more people in the home, the more dust and dirt flies around – consider changing your filters more often.
- General air pollution in the city area or construction taking place nearby.
Which is the Right Type of Air Filter for Me?
There are many air filters on the market today making it very hard to know what filter will work best for your home. The effectiveness of an air filter is measured in MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) ratings. This rating system breaks the filters down into specific categories. The higher the MERV number or category, the better the air filtration. Here are some of the most common types air filters that you might be able to use on your HVAC system.
Fiberglass filters are the most common air filters you will see on the market. They are cheap, available anywhere and are easy to replace. They protect the motors, fans, and parts of your HVAC system from buildup of dust and dirt.
Polyester and Pleated Filters
Polyester and Pleated Filters. These are similar to the fiberglass option, but they provide higher resistance to airflow and superior filtering.
High-efficiency filters or HEPA filters were first used in hospitals, food industry, and other corporate uses where very clean air was needed. Today, these filters are in many residential HVAC systems because they remove 99.97 percent of all particles; dust, mold, and allergens.
Washable filters use static electricity to capture air particles are made for commercial and industrial use. This filter will create a thick layer of dust buildup, then you will spray the filter to
Having to change your filter so often is hard to remember, but changing the air filter is one way to keep your system running, mark it on your calendar or set a reminder to check your air filter monthly to see if it is dirty or if it needs to be replaced.
For all your home heating (and cooling!) needs, call the pros at Munson Air Conditioning. Call us today at 407-859-1494