The Environmental Protection Agency claims the indoor air pollutants is one of the top five environmental health risks in today’s society. We build modern homes air-tight and well insulated to help keep our homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, with efficiency and lower energy cost in mind. However with this saving comes poorer fresh air circulation, which means more indoor air pollutants. That is why you will want to use a good air filter to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share with you some of the top air filters you should use and why.
Benefits of Changing Your Air Filter
Changing your air filters often will help extend your HVAC unit life. It will help reduce the cost of your energy bill, and of course, improve your air quality in your home. A good air filter is designed to capture air pollutants such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, and even mold or fungus spores. There are three major points that classifies a good air filter by the American Society of Refrigerating Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers. One is having the ability to remove particles in the air. Two is the ability of the air filter to resist airflow, and three how long the filter lasts before needing replacing.
Flat-Paneled Fiberglass Air Filter
One of the mid ranged rated air filters that meet the ASHRAE requirements is the Flat-Paneled Fiberglass Air Filter, which is a disposable air filter. Made up of layered fiberglass, it has a metal like grating that reinforces and supports the fiberglass material, which is meant to help the air filter from collapsing. These disposable air filters are inexpensive and provides protection for the heating and cooling components. They are not for cleaning the air. The fiberglass filters carry a medium efficiency rating for capturing airborne particles, dust mites, viruses, bacteria and pet dander. Many home owners use fiberglass air filters because they are cheap and disposable.
Media or Pleated Polyester Air Filter
A higher rated air filter is the media air filter or a pleated polyester filter. Similar to a fiberglass filter, the pleated polyester filters are also disposable and can capture more particles with its sizable surface and higher rating. A pleated filter often gets confused with a HEPA filter. However they have less resistance compared to a HEPA filter. They help reduce the sound of the blower fan of the HVAC unit.
HEPA Air Purifier Filter
HEPA filters are considered the best air quality control by the ASHRAE and are also recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the EPA. The HEPA is the ultimate product in today’s markets to remove the most airborne particles catching up to 99.97% of all indoor airborne particles. The very fine filter fibers can block element or airborne particles that are 0.3 microns and larger.
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Depending on the type of air filter you use will determine how often you will need to change them. Your home’s environment is also a factor. If you have pets or children that create more air pollutants, you should change your air filter more often. Same goes for your surrounding areas. Air filters are an essential part of your HVAC unit and need to be kept cleaned. Doing so will improve your unit life, energy usage, and your air quality. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning encourages you to keep your air filters cleaned. If you have any questions, or for all your HVAC needs, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.