Did you know that the air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside? The EPA reports that this is due to various factors such as dust, animal dander, furniture, electronics, paint, and insulation. These can negatively impact your comfort and health. But don't worry, Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning offers Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) services that can help with these issues. One of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions is using proper air filters.
What Do Air Filters Do?
Most homes in the Sacramento area use forced air from a furnace installation, and many have central air conditioning. That means that for most of the year, your home is “breathing” constantly, circulating an enormous volume of air. But the air isn’t all that’s being circulated. Whatever’s indoors (VOCs, mold spores, pet dander, even cigarette smoke) and whatever’s pulled in from outdoors (pollen, exhaust fumes, and other contaminants are common in homes with poor insulation) is getting a free ride, too. Air filters help to cut down on indoor pollution.
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Picking the Best Air Filters
Choosing the right air filter is easy if you know what you’re doing. If you’re not sure, call an Ace! In short, however, you need the right type of filter for your system, and it should also be the right size. Proper installation matters, too — some filter types literally won’t fit, and you won’t gain anything by trying to cut them down to size or ignoring the gaps in a filter that’s a bit too small.
Types of Air Filters
There are several brands and types of air filters. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better, but we’ve also found that with cheap air filters you tend to get what you paid for (or less), so choose carefully. The type of filter is especially important; as we’re about to see, some filters’ high efficiency, or MERV value, can cut back on airflow to a degree that they can damage your system, so if you’re unsure of your choices, call us.
- Fiberglass filters are common because they’re cheap and disposable. They also have the lowest average filtration capabilities.
- Electrostatic filters carry a minuscule electric charge that attracts and traps pollutants; these filters are often washable and reusable.
- Pleated filters can be disposable or reusable. Their accordion-like folds increase the surface area so they trap more contaminants.
- HEPA filters use higher-density materials, and may even have layers of filtration, to combat allergens. While effective, these do tend to restrict airflow and may not be suitable for all systems.
- Activated carbon filters are especially useful in settings where odor reduction is needed as much as air filtration; these filters are sometimes a component of one of the other filter types listed above.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions from Ace Plumbing
Air filters are just one of the many heating and air components that need periodic attention. Many other parts of your system will need the occasional cleaning, adjustment, or replacement. So call Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning when you need home heating service or air conditioner repair and maintenance, as well as all your IAQ needs!
When to Change Air Filters
Common air filters are rated for about 90 days of good performance, but that duration changes with the other filter types listed above. That being said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with changing them a bit ahead of schedule. That’s a good idea during times of the year when you might give your HVAC system a break by keeping the windows open, when you’ve been doing a deep cleaning that raises a lot of dust when your pets are shedding if someone in your home smokes indoors, or when you’ve gotten new furniture. Afraid you might forget?
- Jot it down in your day planner, or set a reminder on your phone
- Keep your filters somewhere visible (your garage, a workspace, or a utility closet)
- When your bill arrives or you get your autopay notification, check your filter