As life moves to staying inside more and outside less, you start to become nitpicky about what’s happening in your home. For instance, we need great air quality now more than ever, so it’s time to learn about what makes a quality air filter.
Why You Need An Air Filter
There are many benefits to having a high-quality air filter – your health being the most important. Air filters capture particles and debris that are blowing through your vents, preventing things like dust and dirt from being inhaled. Another plus is that they even trap things like pet dander for those who are allergy prone but love their furry friends.
Having an AC filter is life-changing for those who have allergies and respiratory problems like asthma, keeping the indoor air quality clean and breathable. They also control indoor air pollutants, keep your AC working efficiently and remove bacteria from the air.
When it comes to buying an air filter, it’s not about the price. It’s about what filter is right for your unit. That all depends on what the manufacturer of your AC recommends and the MERV rating. MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value, measures how well a filter can capture particles and air contaminants. Most home air filters will have a MERV rating of 1-8, but the MERV scale goes all the way to 20. Those higher-end filters are only needed in places like hospital and research labratories.
Also take into consideration the amount of people and pets that you live with. Buying an expensive air filter might be the way to go for someone with a high capacity of people and pets in the home to rid of the dander and natural contaminants of everyday life. On the other hand, if you live on your own with only one or two pets, it may not be necessary to spend as much money on an air filter.
Knowing how long your air filter will last you is also a key process in finding the right one for you and your HVAC. Check the labeling for how often the manufacturer recommends to replace the filter so that you can maintain clean air quality consistently.
If you are looking into improving your indoor air quality, contact us at Star Mechanical today to speak to a professional.