The different types of air filters for your HVAC system. Note that your HVAC manufacturer’s information should be checked first before thinking of upgrading to a higher efficiency filter. Some residential HVAC systems might not have enough fan/motor capacity to properly use better filters.
You will see that a filter’s performance is rated, this measurement is called MERV. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and is rated from 1 to 20. The higher the MERV, the more efficient the filter is. Some places have their own rating system so be sure to check that information out when choosing a new filter for your system.
Basic types of filters
Uses charged fibers to filter small and large particles. This type can come as disposable or reusable.
Pleated filters have a larger surface area. They’re usually rated MERV 5 – 13.
This type of filter is inexpensive compared to other types, and is good for large particles like lint and dust.
This type has a longer lifespan, as it can be cleaned and used again. However, you’ll be exposed to the contaminants while cleaning.
There are even more types, such as carbon filters which are great for filtering odors or expanding pleat filters, which can expand in size to fit.
Unlike most HVAC companies, B&G Heating and Air has an electrical division. We can permit and complete breaker changes. If current panel needs upgrade to accommodate your new AC, we can quote this for free.
Contact us or give as a call today! Remember to clean or change your filters, it’s hot out and your AC is working hard.
B&G offers one year parts-and-labor in addition to any manufacturer warranties. Some brands offer specialized warranties, such as Goodman Manufacturing. Check out your potential AC’s brand to see what kind of warranties they offer.
An annual preventative is sometimes required by companies if you wish to keep the warranty on your new AC from being voided. It’s important for your system to have maintenance, not only to keep the warranty, but because of the benefits of a properly maintained air conditioning system.
To ask us about more about warranties or our preventative maintenance program, please contact us today.
Air filters for your HVAC system should be changed frequently as to save energy (and in turn, money), boost your system’s efficiency and provide cleaner air in your home. Build up on dirty filters can affect your system, as dust and such can get into it. When air filters are not changed, the performance of your system is decreased, resulting in your system having to work harder.
It is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that filters are inspected once every month and should be changed or cleaned if it looks dirty.
The minimum for changing or cleaning your air filters is three months, but in summer and winter it’s recommended to change once a month, as these months feature heavier usage of your HVAC system. If you have pets, filter changes should be made more frequently than three months. If you are unable to find or change your filter, a professional should be called in for assistance.
If filters are changed as needed, your system’s energy consumption may be lowered by as much as 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It will save you money and will work more efficiently, which will increase the life of your system.
If you require help with changing your system’s air filters or would like us to perform maintenance on your system, give B&G Heating and Air a call.