Your furnace filter plays a major role in ensuring your furnace functions properly. It keeps your entire HVAC system clean while sifting the air running through it and pulling out debris and allergens. Not only will regularly replacing HVAC filters prolong the life of your furnace, it also keeps the air in your home clean, letting you and your family breathe easier. Here are some tips for choosing a filter for your furnace.
First, select the right type.
There are several types of furnace filters and you’ll want to ensure you’re choosing the one that makes the most sense for your HVAC system. The system’s manual should be able to inform you, but you can always schedule an appointment with a heating specialist if you’re unsure of what steps to take. It’s also important to note there is a difference between residential and commercial filters, so choose accordingly. A few of the furnace types there are to choose from include:
Disposable: Typically made of layers of material set into a frame, such as fiberglass, polyester, cotton, or paper, that fits into an opening into the ductwork.
Electrostatic: Use static electricity to capture small particles and debris.
UV: Germicidal UV rays rid your home of airborne viruses, molds, bacteria and other contaminants.
Electronic: Sends waves of static charge into the passing air, collecting even the smallest dust particles before they can flow through your home.
Then, make sure it’s the right size.
Your furnace manual should be able to tell you what size filter you need, but if not, the size is usually on the filter itself. When in doubt, use a tape measure to determine size.
Understanding your filter’s performance.
Typically, a filter’s performance level depends on how dense the material it’s made of is as well as the what kinds of particles are trying to pass through it. Eventually, filters collect enough airborne debris that whatever material they are made of becomes obstructed, therefore becoming less efficient. This is why regularly replacing or cleaning your filter is recommended. A filter that becomes too clogged winds up restricting the air that is trying to pass through it, causing your HVAC system to worker harder than it should and shortening its lifespan.
A high-quality filter is well worth the investment. Some homes are at an even greater need for a top-of-the-line filter, such as those with individuals that have asthma, allergies, pets or smokers. But even if your home doesn’t fall into one of those categories, keeping the air that is circulating through your home as clean as possible, and resisting unnecessary wear and tear on your furnace, is always the way to go. Your furnace filter captures dust, mold, pollen and more, keeping the air you and your family breathe clean and safe.
As always, when it comes to performing any task on your HVAC system, it’s recommended to seek the help of a professional. The experienced crew at A-1 Heating and Cooling is happy to help answer your questions and ensure your furnace is running at top capacity.