Your home’s air filter plays a big role in your indoor air quality. The filters capture air pollutants generated within your home. They also collect particulates that get into your home from outside, such as the tree pollen that is plentiful in Allison Park, PA. When it’s time to replace your home’s HVAC air filter, here are three tips for selecting the best option.
Select the Highest MERV Rating
MERV stands for minimum efficiency reported value, and it refers to the size of particles the filter captures. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the particles the filter catches. A filter that captures tiny particles, including dust and bacteria, can do a better job at cleaning your home’s air and improving its quality. A higher MERV filter may cost more, but it may do a better job of relieving allergy symptoms.
Consider the Thickest Filter That Fits
According to Consumer Reports, a thicker air filter typically does a better job of capturing particles from the air. Many air handlers, furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners accept filters ranging from two to five inches in thickness. Be sure to review your owner’s manual to find out the accepted thickness for your particular HVAC system.
Decide Between Reusable and Disposable
A reusable filter should be cleaned every 30 days. For a disposable filter, check it every 30 days and replace it at least every 90 days. If your home includes furry pets, people with long hair or people who smoke, replace the filter more frequently. Filter cleaning or replacement is also part of a spring and autumn tune-up service performed by our Allison Park HVAC technicians.
For more information about choosing an HVAC filter and how they can improve your home’s indoor air quality, check out Titan HVAC Inc.’s indoor air quality services, or call us any time to learn more.