Sometimes even the simplest tasks can be the most beneficial, and this is especially true when it comes to replacing your HVAC air filters. Air filters act as a barrier and pending on the exact filter you use in your HVAC; many can even help block viruses and help keep your family healthy. With so many different air filters on the market it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, what filters to use, or what will work with your current HVAC system.

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The first thing to do when preparing to change your air filter is to identify the size and type of filter that your system is currently using. While you are able to upgrade to a more efficient filter, the size of the filter will have to be the same in order to provide the proper fit and allow the filter to work properly within your unit.

MERV-8 or MERV-13 Air Filters, What’s Best?Standard Air Filters

Many homeowners will find that their HVAC systems are equipped with a MERV-8 filter. These are great day to day filters and can help filter out debris from your air circulation, however, these air filters are unable to filter out viruses, something that many people worldwide are currently working to protect both themselves and their families from due to the COVID-19 outbreaks.

Upgraded Air Filters

By upgrading your air filers to a MERV-13, your HVAC system will be able to trap even smaller particles, creating cleaner, breathable air, as well as block out many viruses. These air filters cost on average, roughly 25% more than MERV-8 air filters, however, their high performance, and ability to filter out even the smallest particles has made them a common choice for many homeowners and renters over the past 2 years.

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As mentioned, ensuring that your air filters fit property within your HVAC system is key, as a wrong sized filter, or improperly placed/installed filter could lead to potential damage, repair, or low performance within your HVAC system. If you are a new homeowner, or have a new HVAC system, it is recommended that you review your owner’s manual or contact your HVAC service technicians to ensure that you are handling your system properly and won’t cause avoidable or accidental damage that could lead to costly repairs.

If you are looking at upgrading your current HVAC system, need maintenance or repairs, would like to speak with one of our technicians regarding a new system, or have any further questions regarding heating or cooling within your home or business, please feel free to contact our office at any time.


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