Changing your furnace filter regularly is one of the most effective, yet least expensive ways to keep your heating system working properly while ensuring better indoor air quality. A furnace with a clean filter is much less likely to circulate dust, pet dander, pollen and other undesirable airborne particulates. You can avoid problems down the road by choosing the right furnace filter for your heating and cooling system and changing or cleaning it regularly. Understanding MERV Ratings The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) … Continue reading
Air filter choices for your forced-air cooling and heating systems can get confusing. With so many filters on the market, how do you decide? First, we’ll look at all the air filter choices. Second, you decide which one best fits your needs. Air Filter Choices While there are many different types of air filters, they all fall into several major categories. These categories are: Flat-panel fiberglass Pleated Electrostatic Each of these air filters has its own unique benefits. Fiberglass Air Filters Flat-panel … Continue reading
When it comes to air filters, you get what you pay for. This is especially the case with the cheap flat-panel filters you can pick up at the supermarket for $3 or $4. Good air filters not only protect your heating and cooling equipment from dirt, dust and grime; they help clean your indoor air and maintain system airflow.
It can be difficult enough to remember what size air filter you need when scouring the stacks at your local home-improvement store. Trying to discern what all the different filter ratings mean doesn’t help. To help clear the air for selecting the right HVAC filter for your Kansas City area home this winter, remember there are two universal truths about filters: one is they clean your home’s air, and, two, the industry-standard filter rating is called MERV.
Unlike portable air cleaners that can only handle a limited volume of air in a relatively small space, whole-house air filtration systems can efficiently filter out allergens and pollutants from all the air in your home. With a whole-house system, the filter is installed in your HVAC ductwork, so you’re improving the quality of the air you breathe any time the furnace or A/C fan is running. There are four main types of whole-house filters available: