Choosing the best air filter for your home
Posted on: January 11, 2017
Indoor air quality is a serious issue that every homeowner should pay careful attention to. No matter what neighborhood you live in within the greater Jacksonville, Florida region, the possibility of airborne contaminants is something you should keep in mind in order to protect the health of you and your family.
Each home will have its own air quality issues to address, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution to picking out an air filter. The team at David Gray Heating & Air has assisted homeowners with a range of air filter requirements, from mild to severe, and we can help you make your selection too. Read on for more information about choosing the best air filter or filters for your home.
Benefits of Air Filtration
Installing an air filter system provides you with a number of benefits, which include:
- Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system will function more efficiently when you use a filter to keep out dirt and debris
- A more efficient HVAC setup requires less energy to run, lowering your utility bills
- Sensitive individuals with allergies, asthma and other medical conditions can expect to breathe easier when suitable filters are installed
- Animal owners will have fewer problems stemming from reactions to pet dander
Which Kind of Filter Is Best for You?
Generic filters available at your local home supply center are inexpensive and provide a minimal level of protection. If your indoor air quality issues are quite mild, such as to remove dust, dirt and other larger contaminants, such filters may suffice. These filters typically are the least efficient and may only capture 20% to 50% of particles.
For severe cases, homeowners will want to explore High Efficiency Particulate filters. Also known as HEPA filters, they are capable of capturing particles as small as 0.3 micrometers in diameter. Such filters are ideal when anyone in your home suffers from pet allergies.
Electronic air cleaning systems are designed to remove particles but not gases from the air. The homeowner or an HVAC technician must clean them periodically. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional to make sure you have the right type of filter for the amount of contaminants you are dealing with on a monthly basis.
Remember to Change Your Filters According to the Manufacturer’s Schedule!
It’s easy to forget about replacing air filters, especially if you are new to using them in your home.
Once you have the air filter system installed make entries in your calendar to remind you to discard and replace disposable filters or to clean filters that are designed for multiple usage. Make sure to have your HVAC professional inspect the filter system when he or she comes each year to maintain the equipment at least once a year.
No one should have to put up with poor indoor air quality, especially from within the comfort of their own home. Avoiding the problems that come from such sources as airborne pollution, particles from smoking, pet dander, dirt, mold and debris is easier when you have a good air filter system in place. The team at David Gray Heating & Air has years of experience helping homeowners in the greater Jacksonville, FL area and beyond with air filter selection and installation. For more information on filtration or to set an appointment to consult with our air filter experts, please contact us today.