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How Do I Know Which Air Filter to Buy When it’s Time to Be Replaced?

Knowing which air filter to buy is important when it’s time for your air filter to be replaced, and maintenance agreements will ensure you are set up for success year after year.

Replacing Air Filter

What do air filters and maintenance agreements have in common? We all know replacing the air filters in our HVAC system is one of the top things that should to be done to prolong the life of the system, help our indoor air quality, and keep our HVAC systems in fine working order. It’s true that you will get a new filter through your maintenance agreement visits. However, air filter replacement is also something you should do in-between these visits. Taking this simple step each month will enable you to work along with your maintenance agreement to ensure your HVAC is functioning optimally.

The majority of air filter manufacturers advise you replace your standard home filter at least every other month. It’s important to keep in mind that every home is different, so you will want to consider the unique circumstances of your home to determine if once a month is enough. There are numerous factors that apply to not only when you change your filter but what kind of filter to use for your specific needs. Consider factors such as:

  • Pets in the home
  • Living location
  • How many people you have living in your home

The more pets you have, the more often you will need to change your filter. That pet dander and air can clog up a filter quicker than it will in a home with no pets. Same goes for humans living in the house—the more humans, the more often you will need to change the filter. Depending on the smog, pollution and other air contaminants in your area, where you live may also require a more frequent air filter change. If you aren’t sure about how often is right for your home, ask your friendly HVAC professional next time he or she is there for your maintenance agreement visit.

When considering the best air filters for your home, you have a few different options:

  • Fiberglass Panel Filters: These are usually the cheapest filter option, but they need to be replaced the most often.
  • Media Filters: These are often considered the most cost effective and dependable filters; they use collective layers of fiber that halt air contaminates without hindering airflow.
  • HEPA Filters: High Efficiency Particulate Air filters remove over 99% of dust, allergens, pet dander, and other air particulates. These filters are a great option for people with allergies and asthma or people who have pets in the home.

Choosing the right filter for your home is easy if you know where to look. In addition to supplying you with a handy dandy maintenance agreement, G & M Service has the answers (and filters!) you need, so click here to get in touch with our air filter experts today.

by: Phil Smith

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