Home Heating Air Filters

Home Air Filters Provide Filter Fresh Air in Your Home

By Mark J. Donovan

If you suffer the effects of allergy symptoms due to pollen, pet dander, or mold then the last place you want these floating airborne particles residing is in your home. A home air filter installed in your heating and air conditioning system can dramatically reduce the dust in your home and provide you with an allergy free oasis from spring and fall pollen seasons.

Home air filter technology has come a long way in recent years. The original standard fiberglass home air filter was meant more for protecting the heating and air conditioning system rather than the people living in the home.

Today’s high efficiency home air filter systems protect the HVAC system, as well as the home’s residents. They provide you with filter fresh air virtually eliminating all of the floating airborne dust particles.

Many of today’s home air filters are coated with chemicals to help sanitize and kill the mold and dust spores so that they do not get re-circulated through the home’s heating and air conditioning system. More sophisticated home air filter systems offer germicidal ultraviolet light technology to virtually destroy all airborne contaminates. In addition, many of today’s home air filters can trap particles less than 1 micron in diameter.

Home air filters are relatively inexpensive and a homeowner can usually install them in just a few minutes. In addition, many home air filters are washable and reusable and have warranties from 1 to 5 years.

Home Air Filter Maintenance

Home air filters should be changed or cleaned once a month for best results. Usually home air filters can simply be washed with warm water and allowed to dry before reinstallation.

Also, your heating and air conditioning system should be checked at least once a year to ensure it is operating cleanly and efficiently.

Purchasing a Home Air Filter

When purchasing a home air filter check for the MERV level. MERV is an acronym for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This is an industry standard for rating the efficiency of heating and air condition filters. The standard was developed and is maintained by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Heating air system

The standard specifies the test requirements for determining a home air filter’s ability to trap airborne particles. Home air filters usually have a MERV rating level from 1 to 10. For filter fresh air I would suggest a MERV level of at least 7.

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