Choosing the Best Air Conditioning Filter

You may be interested in getting better energy efficiency from your heating and air conditioning system. Perhaps you are concerned about allergens affecting your health and need ideas for improving your indoor air quality. In either case, your air conditioning filter can make a big difference. Whether you are meticulous about checking and changing your filter or whether you tend to forget about it, it’s worth rethinking your selections.

Function of the Air Conditioning Filter

Your filter seems pretty obvious in its use. As it captures airborne particles, your indoor air quality is improved along with the efficiency of your HVAC system. However, there are some common issues that can affect these conditions.

Some common issues include:

  • Infrequent changing of filters
  • Choosing the wrong filter size
  • Using an inadequate model
  • Using a filter that is too dense

When you forget to change your air conditioning filter, it can become so clogged that it keeps air from moving through your system correctly. Your heating and cooling results will be less efficient, and your bills can rise. A monthly check of the state of your filter will help.

An incorrectly sized filter will allow particles to move through the system without being trapped. This can adversely affect your air quality. Make sure that you check your owner’s materials so that you have the correct height, width and depth when you select a filter. If you can’t find this information, you can contact us at Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing with your brand and model information for assistance.

Look for the MERV Rating

The minimum efficiency reporting value indicates how efficient an air conditioning filter is at capturing large particles. The numerical scale from one to 20 covers the span of products from those useful in window AC units to those used in pharmaceutical settings. A rating below four is best for window units. Ratings from five to eight are appropriate for residential air conditioning. Superior residential filtration is provided by models with MERV ratings from nine to 12. Any choice with a rating over 12 is more suitable for industrial, commercial and healthcare settings. The density on such filters will impede airflow in a residential system.

Solving More Air Quality Concerns

If you tend to be affected severely by allergies or if you have a lot of health difficulties during the flu season, then you might want to think about an air cleaner. Mount Pleasant TX can be affected by a range of issues throughout the year. Spring pollen counts, humid weather mold growth and winter colds can all affect your home’s interior. With an air cleaning unit, impurities are filtered more effectively than with a simple air conditioning system. Trap and kill technology is one of the best developments, making it possible to destroy germs rather than simply stop them from moving around your home. You can contact us at Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing to find out about the latest air quality innovations in the industry.

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