Indoor air quality is an important factor in many homes but especially for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments. Because of our desert surroundings, our homes harbor copious amounts of dust and other pollutants that can aggravate these ailments. Keeping a clean air filter in at all times is of utmost importance, we cannot stress this enough. Clogged HVAC filters cause restrictions in air flow that is sure to cause damage to your furnace and air conditioning systems. Choosing a good, high quality air filter is a great choice, not only for your health but for improved indoor air quality and improved operation of your HVAC system. You may be wondering which air filter would be right for your home. The truth is, you have your choice and you simply have to choose which will work best for your home. Filters are given a MERV rating based on the number of contaminants and particles they filter out. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller contaminants they can trap. So which filter is right for your home?
MERV 8 Air Filters
These filters are great for Las Vegas residents who want to filter out bigger particles and keep their HVAC system running efficiently without spending a lot on a filter. Examples of particles a MERV 8 filter will trap are;
MERV 13 Air Filters
A MERV 13 air filter would for residents in the greater Las Vegas are who want an air filter that will filter out the smallest of particles, improve air quality and keep their HVAC system running at its top efficiency. Homes with pets, those suffering from respiratory ailments or moderate to severe allergies or for those who cook regularly, this is the filter for you! A MERV 13 air filter can trap
-Smoke from tobacco, candles, burning wood
-Dust that aggravates allergies and respiratory ailments
These filters are thicker and therefore can restrict air flow to an extent. Speak with your HVAC contractor to find out if your system will be compatible with these filters. If you do decide a MERV 13 air filter is right for your home, be sure to check it often as they become clogged faster than other filters, due to the number of contaminants they filter out. A clogged filter will lead to air flow restriction and can hard your HVAC system if left unchanged.
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Another option you have it to have Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning install UV decontamination lamp or a high-quality air filtration system to purify the air in your home. These are the best options for keeping the air quality in your home the best it can be. If you have further questions or would like to schedule a service, give us a call. Check our blog often for more helpful information and tips to provide you with the best maintenance for your HVAC systems in the Greater Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas!