As a savvy homeowner, you should know how to properly pick a new HVAC filter for your home. Since HVAC filters aren’t all created equal, you must check the specifications of your system first. You should also research the various types of filters and understand their ratings. Read on to learn more about choosing the right filter for your Avawam, Kentucky, HVAC system.

Know the MERV Rating

Before selecting a filter, know the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. This rating tells you the amount of contaminants that can pass through the filter. The higher the MERV, the fewer the particles that will pass through the filter. While this may sound like the right option, the downside is that your system must work harder to push air through the filter. If you use a filter that has a higher MERV standard than what the manufacturer recommends for your HVAC system, then you run the risk of system failure. You also take the chance that the home warranty company will refuse to pay for any damages or repairs.

Know Which Style You Need

There are several different types of filters available, so knowing the types and their features will help you determine the best one for your home.

A washable filter removes pollen, dust, and hair, while a fiberglass filter also removes dust mites. A pleated filter will get rid of spores, and an electronic filter also removes viruses and smoke.

A high-efficiency electrostatic filter may be a good option if someone in your family suffers from asthma. It gets even the smallest particulates out of the air and creates excellent indoor air quality.

Find the Right Size

You should also know the size filter you need. If you try to use a filter that isn’t the proper size, it may damage the HVAC system or you may simply not install it properly. If it isn’t installed properly, it won’t filter the air properly.

Call (606) 436-0682 to schedule an appointment today and let the experts at Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling help you find the best HVAC filter for your HVAC needs.

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