When it comes to air filters, it's important to understand that more expensive models are made of higher quality materials than their cheaper counterparts. Fiberglass is a common material used in expensive air filters, as it is a porous material that can trap more dust and pollen than other materials such as cardboard or paper. This is important, as blocked filters can cause problems with airflow, as well as increase billing prices due to the system having to increase its energy production in order to solve the problem. The purpose of an air filter is to trap particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander, dead skin, smoke, and other contaminants before they enter your HVAC system.
This results in a cleaner, longer-running HVAC system that needs fewer repairs and your home's air quality is much better. If dirt and dust get into your system, they will start to block airflow and your HVAC system will need to run longer just to bring the house to the set temperature. Therefore, different homes will need filters of different materials depending on their needs. It is important to weigh all the options when examining air filters.
Do you have long-haired dogs and cats that shed their hair? Does anyone in your family have environmental allergies? Yes, in general, more expensive air filters are more effective, but a single person without pets and with allergies might not need as much filtration as a family of five with three pets and a child with asthma. Household HVAC air filters are rated based on their MERV rating, with most household filters between 1 and 13 (more than 13 are for HEPA filters). Your home should be a place to relax and breathe easy, and air filters are the tools that help you do that. Companies market and sell their HEPA filters at a higher price to make their filters look superior.
Your home's air filter blocks problems in the air that a ventilation system can pump from the outside. Companies use inflated HEPA filter prices to convince you to believe your HEPA filter is superior to others. Expensive air filters are less of a luxury and more of an important step in keeping your home smelling healthy and clean. The air flow in your home is the direct path that air follows through a duct system and filters to enter multiple rooms.
The experts at David Gray Heating & Air have extensive experience and knowledge to help you with your air filtering needs. The MERV (Minimum Efficiency Report Value) rating is a standard created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to evaluate the effectiveness of air filters. To reduce costs without leaving the store empty-handed, it's important to go into the store knowing what size air filter you need for your system. Low-cost, low-end air purifiers often use air filters that look similar to HEPA filters, but don't provide the same level of filtration. Air filters are an important factor in keeping your home clean and keeping the air you breathe healthy. Not only do they remove dust allergens, mold spores, and other pollutants from the air your family breathes, but they also filter out fine dirt particles that can degrade the performance of the HVAC system itself.