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Don’t Let the Wrong Filter Throw Your System Off-Kilter! Filtering Through Your Options

clean-air-environmentFilters in your home comfort system remove particles from the air traveling through your ductwork, keeping your system clear of buildups. They need to be replaced regularly, but first you must be sure you’re using the proper one for your home.

A few basic types of furnace filters are:

  • Media (mechanical) filters remove airborne pollutants by capturing them on the filter medium as they pass through your ductwork, and are what most homeowners use. They are typically made of fiberglass or polyester/cotton paper, catch an average number of contaminants, and are four inches thick making them more efficient than the one inch options because they filter out more pollutants. Media filters should be changed twice a year, or more often depending on the home.
  • Electronic filters use electricity to attract and trap dirt, dust, and other contaminants. They are able to catch smaller pollutant particles, but cannot always be classified as HEPA efficient. Electronic air filters can be washable, replaceable, or a combination of both.
  • HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters have an ultra-fine, glass-fiber medium which captures 99.97 percent of microscopic particles and contaminants, and only need to be changed once a year (they actually become more efficient the dirtier they get). HEPA filters are ideal for homes with young children, individuals who suffer from allergies or asthma, or smokers.

Not every filter works with every home comfort system—that’s why it’s important to find the right one for yours. Selecting the wrong filter can impede airflow in your home, allow too many contaminants to get through, lower your system’s efficiency, and cause your system to cycle improperly.

If you’re unsure of what kind of filter you need, let us know. Our technicians can help you filter through your options and determine which is right for your system, home, and family. They will even come by regularly to change your filter for you, too.

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