- Posted by Mike
- On December 30, 2016
- Air Cleaner, Air Filter, HVAC, MERV, MERV Rating, Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, Purifiers
An air filter’s primary job is to trap dust and large particles, preventing these objects from entering your HVAC system and the air in your home. These fragments can accumulate and cause malfunction in your unit, ultimately ruining your home’s cooling/heating system. Overworking your air filter, or using a filter that affects air pressure, can cause your filter to go from safety net into money pit.
Overworking Your Air Filter
Leaving your air filter in your ducts too long can cause dust and particles to build up and overwork the filter. Just like yourself, the quality of your filter is affected by working overtime. Every air filter has its own life expectancy, in which its efficiency and performance can decrease over time. Not only will the air quality in your home be affected by this, but your energy bills can increase as your heating and cooling system work harder to compensate for a filthy filter. Filters that are caked with dust can disrupt air flow and waste energy. Swapping your old filter out for a fresh, new one can help you avoid costly maintenance fees or system failures.Our experts at ACE suggest you check your air filter every month, especially during seasons of high use, such as summer or winter. Keep fresh air flowing efficiently in your home by monitoring the cleanliness of your filter!
Air Filters that Filter too Much
When choosing an air filter for your home, there are many options available on the market. Some homeowners desire “cleaner” air, causing them to purchase filters with higher MERV ratings. MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, is a score ranging from one to 20 that rates the effectiveness of the filter. A score of one represents a filter that catches large airborne particles, whereas a score of 20 catches the smallest of particles. Thin filters with higher MERV ratings can prevent air from flowing through the filter, changing the air pressure in your ventilation system. Irregular air pressure can cause your HVAC system to overwork, ultimately damaging the unit and raising energy costs. In addition to this, thin filters with high MERV ratings are easily saturated and overworked by pollutants. Simply put, poor air flow caused by filters with high MERV ratings can waste energy and negatively affect the performance of your system. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase a high MERV filter! In order to avoid these issues, you can purchase a high MERV filter that is about four to five inches thick and has a higher surface area for airflow. Thick filters can hold more dust and are not overworked as easily as thin filters. Most thick filters can last anywhere from six months to a year This reduces your costs of replacing the filters and lowers energy expenditure.
Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Home
Learn more about how to preserve your air quality and the performance of your HVAC system by speaking with one of our friendly representatives about ACE’s air filters, cleaners, and purifiers. Our staff is educated and prepared to help you find the right filter for your home! Contact us today at (602) 483-4172!