Three Questions to Ask before Choosing an Air Filter

Air filtersNow is a perfect opportunity for seasonal home maintenance, such as changing your air filter. This is especially important during the fall season as many allergies begin to worsen. When it comes to buying the correct air filter for your house, there are three questions you should ask.

1.) What size do I need? The most difficult decision is often finding the correct air filter size for your home. When considering this, always keep in mind the difference between nominal filter sizes and actual filter sizes. What is the difference? According to Cartier King, our in-house air filter expert:

“Nominal sizes are used to help identify a filter’s size more conveniently.  The nominal size of a filter is usually rounded to the nearest complete inch.  The actual size of a filter is most often smaller than the nominal size and varies between different manufacturers.  For example, a 20x20x1 Filters Fast MERV 8 filter actually measures 19.56” x 19.56” x .75.  The best way to ensure that your filter will fit is to measure the opening of your unit (or your old filter) before you make your purchase.”

2.) Has my HVAC Unit been maintained properly? Be sure your air and furnace system is well maintained before installing a new filter. A system that has not gone under a regular maintenance schedule will negate any affect a new air filter can have in your home. You should also keep in mind that older systems are not usually designed for higher grade filters. Be sure to check with a professional about which type of filter you should use.

3.) Will this filter help my allergies? Not all air filters are specifically created for removing allergens in the air. If you suffer from severe seasonal allergies, installing a filter designed to remove many indoor allergens will be a wise decision. Consider the Filtrete Ultimate Allergen filter or the Filtrete Micro Allergen Air Filters, which will both effectively reduce many airborne allergens from circulating in your home. 

After carefully considering the answers to these three questions, you are ready to purchase your next air filter. As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our Customer Service department at 866-438-3458. Click below to view a video for how to properly install an air filter.

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3 Ways To Maintain Your Air Conditioner

With the extreme heat that many of us have experienced over these last few days, many are grateful for the air conditioners in our home. Without it, the heat of summer would simply be too unbearable. Today is Air Conditioning Appreciation Day and what better way to show your appreciation for this household necessity than to maintain the upkeep of it? Maintenance on your air conditioner should never be neglected. Below are 3 tips to make sure your AC continues running smoothly.

1.)    Change the filter. This is the most simple and important step. A clogged air filter can drastically reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and can become a heartache in the long run. Generally, you want to change the filter every 3 to 6 months depending on usage. Changing the filter will cause it to run efficiently and last longer. The Filters Fast 5” MERV 13 Return Grille will reduce dust, bacteria, pet dander and mold spores. The larger surface area and deeper pleats of the five inch filter make it 15 times more effective at capturing airborne particles than a standard 1″ filter.  The MERV 13 rating of this filter makes it one of the most efficient filters, by removing at least 90 percent of all particles. See here for a complete list of filters that we offer.

2.)    Regular Maintenance. Checkups for your HVAC system will keep it running smoothly and efficiently.  You can do it yourself, or you can call in a professional. Maintenance of your system should include checking the controls of the system, lubricating all moving parts, tightening all electrical connections and checking thermostat settings. You should also seal and insulate ducts as well. This is done to increase comfort levels in your home and improve your system’s efficiency by 20% or more. The more efficient your system is, the longer it will last.

3.)    Install a programmable thermostat. This is an important step so your A/C doesn’t have to run all day while you’re away. Consider using the Honeywell FocusPro, which is easy to use, has precise comfort control and comes with a 5 year warranty. Programmable thermostats can save you almost $200 off heating and cooling costs every year.

Maintaining your air conditioner is important to say the least. A properly maintained air conditioner will allow you to beat the heat and stay cool in the comfort of your own home. Remember, changing your filter is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain your air conditioner. Click on the image below to view a video about the proper way to change your filter.