While most maintenance elements of a home’s heating and cooling system should be left to HVAC professionals, there are things a homeowner can and should learn to do, like changing the furnace filter. The main purpose of HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) filters used to be protection of the motor and internal parts of a furnace. New and improved filters can now play an important role in improving indoor air quality (IAQ) by keeping unhealthy particles out of the air that you and your family breathe every day. And since most of us spend a majority of our time indoors, having the right furnace filter in place is nothing to sneeze at (bless you).
Here are some tips to help you choose the right filter, from your HVAC and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) experts at American Comfort’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Elk Grove Village & Chicago IL.
Get to Know Merve
Every HVAC filter has a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) rating that ranges from 1 to 20. A higher number means a filter will keep smaller particles from circulating throughout your home’s ventillation system. A high MERV improve IAQ, and this can be especially important if anyone in your family suffers from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions.
Examine These Filter Options
There are a variety of furnace filter types…each with benefits and limitations:
Balance Budget & Lifestyle Needs
Weigh the factors. A filter with a high MERV means better air quality. Are there health factors in your family to consider? Pets can present additional air quality issues. If you’re concerned about cost, then a mid-range filter could be adequate. If you have any doubts or questions, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have and provide an honest assessment of your situation. Whichever filter you choose, make sure to change or clean it as recommended by the manufacturer.
Did you know: you can get rid of up to 97% of dangerous air particles in your home with Indoor Air Quality Products and Services from American Comfort’s One Hour. Here are some of the products we offer that can greatly improve air quality in your home:
For questions, or to schedule an appointment for any of our furnace / HVAC services, call any of the numbers at the top of the website. If you haven’t had your furnace check-up for the winter season, we offer the best Tune Up available for just $79 (first time customers, see coupon above).
American Comfort’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Elk Grove Village IL is the top rated HVAC company in the Chicago area. We offer convenient service appointments seven days a week, including Sundays, and our 24/7 emergency repair service means help is just a phone call away, any day or time of the week. Our rates are the same, whether day, night, weekend or holidays. Our guarantees are the best in the industry, including “Always on-time…or you don’t pay a dime!”