Need Air Filters For Your Panhandle Home? Let An Expert Help You Decide

A simple, square medium can greatly improve the performance of your cooling and heating equipment, as well as the air quality in your home. Your air conditioner, heat pump or furnace were manufactured with air filters designed to protect the systems from harmful dirt buildup. However, if you’ve never upgraded the original air filter, it’s probably not doing much more than protecting the system from very large particles. Before you upgrade, however, you should consult an expert, as changing the filter can also affect airflow.

Air filter efficiency is rated by minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV), which ranges from air filters with a reporting value of 1 to 16 for residential applications. Here’s how the air filters’ values break down:

  • MERV 1 to 4 are generally low-efficiency air filters able to trap only the largest of particles, larger than 10 microns in size.
  • MERV filters rated 5 to 13 do a better job at capturing large and medium-sized particles, or those larger than 1 micron in size.
  • Filters with reporting values between MERV 14 and 16 remove over 95% of particles down to .3 microns.

Enlisting the help of an expert is the best course of action when upgrading air filters. Doing so allows homeowners to benefit from professional expertise with regard to:

  • Airflow – Using higher efficiency filters requires that the system be designed to handle this type.
  • Efficiency with use – The Environmental Protection Agency reports that midrange filters, those rated MERV 7 to 13, may offer homeowners a higher-quality filtering experience. That’s because with use, as particles fill the filter’s surface space, the filter becomes denser, trapping smaller and more particles with every pass.

When choosing air filters for your home heating and cooling equipment, get expert advice by contacting Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve served homeowners in Amarillo and the surrounding area since 1960.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about Air Filters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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