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HVAC Filters 101 — Choosing The Best One

August 28, 2019

 

An HVAC system is one of the best (and most sizable) investments you’ll ever make for your home. First of all, it both heats and cools, saving you from the hassle of buying two separate appliances.

 

Other than that, it provides clean air by removing contaminants and reducing moisture levels in indoor air. You can even invest in a smart HVAC system that will allow you to control the inner temperature of the house with the help of a mobile device. In short, the benefits of HVAC systems are endless.

 

However, in order to keep your HVAC unit running optimally, you also need to maintain it. By maintenance—and this includes getting the air filters replaced. Here’s how you can choose the best filter for your HVAC unit:

 

The manufacturer’s guidelines

Every filter you find won’t be compatible with your HVAC system. You need to choose one which not only fits well, but is also in line with the operational capacity of the unit. If the filters don’t fit well, the efficiency of the system will be compromised. For this, always read through the manufacturer’s guidelines. They’ll give you accurate insight into the right kind of the filter that will complement your HVAC.

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The most common air filter variants are disposable and washable. If you’re currently residing in a rental property and will be moving out in a year or so, it’s better to get disposable filters. These can be thrown away and replaced with a new one.

 

On the other hand, if you want a filter that lasts several years, washable filters are your best bet. These are a bit costly compared to disposable filters but are definitely more durable. To optimize their performance, all you need to do is take them out once a month and thoroughly clean them.

 

MERV ratings make all the difference

MERV ratings are a great way to measure the efficiency of a filter. They help you quantify the operational effectiveness of a filter and decide whether the filter will work fine for your HVAC system.

 

The higher the rating, the more particles the filter will stop. This means a higher rated filter will be more effective in warding off dust, dirt and dander from the inner atmosphere of your house.

 

If you’re looking for an air conditioning service Palm Bay, get in touch with us. At Florida Breeze, we are always up to address all your HVAC related queries. Give us a call at (321) 951-8767.

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