There are several different kinds of filters that may be compatible with your
HVAC system. The choices can confuse some homeowners, and your Hays Heating and Cooling Expert can help you
understand which filter is right for your home. The right filter choice is based
on two factors: your indoor air quality needs and your HVAC system.
Many homeowners are familiar with the economical fiberglass floss air
filter, which promotes high airflow, but has a very low particle capture rate
and does little to improve indoor air quality. For better filtration, consider
pleated air filters. These are sometimes electrostatically charged to actively
attract certain particles. Different ratings, including the industry sandard minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) and the 3M-specific
Microparticle Performance Rating, indicate how efficient an air filter is at
capturing airborne pollutants.
If you or someone in your family suffers from severe allergies, you’ll want
to consider an air filter appropriately rated to capture specific allergens.
Another consideration, however, is the age and power of your current HVAC
system. High-efficiency filters can actually impede airflow in older or
low-powered systems. This adversely affects the system’s efficiency and can even
shorten the life of your furnace or air conditioner.
With the help of your air conditioning service, you can find the right kind
of filter to meet your indoor air quality needs while improving the efficiency
of your HVAC system and protecting its internal components. You might consider
having your contractor install an air filtration or air cleaning system that
works in conjunction with your HVAC equipment. This will efficiently remove
harmful pollutants from your home’s air.
Hays Heating and Cooling can help you find the right HVAC filter
for your system and your indoor air quality needs.
To learn more, call us at (913)
367-2294 for more information.