When it comes to our air filters, most of us don’t change them as often as we should. After all, we have so much going on in our day-to-day lives; it can be hard to remember that we need to replace our air filters every month. When we do replace them, chances are we take very little time picking out the right filter. Many of us just go with the cheapest one, we see if it’s the right size and call it a day. After all, how important are our air filters really?
The answer is very important! In fact, air filters are the most vital component to our indoor air quality. So when it comes to picking one out, it’s important you choose a filter that is right for your home. Just follow this quick and easy guide to picking out the right air filter and you’ll be on your way to cleaner, fresher air.
Why You Should Change Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters are one of the leading causes of AC problems. When your filter is dirty, not only does your air quality suffer, but also it restricts the airflow. Restricting the airflow puts a strain on your air handler, causing issues with the system’s performance. Expensive repairs to your compressor, evaporator coil and motors can all be caused by not changing your filter.
To keep your AC working at peak performance, it’s vital that you use high quality filters and change them out at least once a month.
How to Pick the Right Air Filter
If you’re like most homeowners, you just go to the store and pick a filter at random. But you should be paying more attention to the Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV). The MERV rating tells you how efficient the filter is at capturing dirt and pollutants.
They are ranked on a scale 1 (the least effective) to 16 (the most effective). While you may be tempted to just grab the highest efficiency filter, this may not be the best idea either. If your air conditioner is not powerful enough, than a highly rated filter will restrict too much airflow. Each AC has a recommended MERV rated filter and getting a filter above or below that recommendations can mean problems for your system.
Which Filter Is Right for My System
There are two ways you can find out what filter is right for your system. The first is to consult with your AC’s owner manual and see which filter they recommend. The other option is to contact Air Tech of Central Florida! Our experienced technicians will help you find the perfect air filter for your home. Just give us a call today or schedule your appointment online for a total system checkup.