The quality of your indoor air can have a major effect on your comfort. Sure, temperature control is important if you want to feel comfortable in your home. But so is ensuring that the air is clean and free of allergens like pet dander and dust mites, or bacteria and viruses.
So if you want to reduce allergens within the home, you might start looking into ways to filter particles out of the air already circulating through it. The filter in your AC and heating systems stops particles from damaging the comfort system, but it can also help to filter out unwanted particles moving through the air.
Not All Filters Are Created Equally
The original purpose of adding a filter into an air conditioning system was to stop particles from damaging costly, sensitive equipment. But because of the high demand for filters that also help to control the levels of allergens in the air, a number of filters with ranging effectiveness ratings exist today.
You can check the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating included on some filters to see how yours compares to the most powerful on the market. A standard filter can have a MERV of 1-4, but the ones that trap the most particles can have a much higher MERV. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are generally the most effective.
Why It’s So Important to Consult a Professional
Keep in mind: you can choose a filter that is too powerful for your air conditioning and heating systems.
How is this possible? Well, a highly effective air filter may have more fibers, which means it can restrict the amount of airflow getting through the AC and heating systems. And, since your comfort system is supposed to have a set heating or cooling capacity, this can cause a lot of problems for the system. Parts can become overworked and break down—all because the air filter restricted airflow to the unit!
Change your air filter every month, and consult a technician before deciding on a new type of filter! And consider a UV air purifier instead, which won’t block airflow from coming into the system.
AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. is your source for air conditioning and heating services in Nichols, GA. Call us today!