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Air Filter Maintenance Keeps Your Home
Clean and Comfortable
Air Filter Maintenance: Cleaner Air, Extend Air System Life, Furnace
Air Conditioner Maintenance
Change your heating / air conditioning air filters on
a regular basis to keep your home comfortable, and avoid respiratory
difficulties, allergies, and illness due to the circulation of bad air
in your home.
A dusty filter reduces air flow and increases the energy
used by 5 – 15%. Often, a
dusty filter will lead to a dirty coil which may affect the
performance of your home's ventilation system.
Change your filter at least every six months to
avoid the need for a service call. Based on your specific system, or for
health-related reasons, you may need to change air filters as often as
monthly. Check your equipment guide or contact your Thiele Heating & Air
Finally, make sure your air filter fits the air
return properly. You can try taping down loose fitting edges if you
can not find a better fit. You want the air to move through the filter,
not around it.
Air Filter Options: Did You Know There Were So Many?
Air Filter Differences - What's Important
Efficiency is the measure of the number of particles and contaminates removed
from the air by your air filter. Efficiency is extremely important when
you, or a family member, have asthma or allergies.
Air flow is also very important to your home's
heating and cooling equipment. A clogged air filter
can create a reduction of air flow
that may cause equipment to malfunction or stop
operating altogether. Additionally, excess dirt in the
filter could migrate and cause damage to motors, fans or
coils. It's the air filter's job to clean the air
before it gets into your equipment.
So how do you balance between efficiency and air flow? Well, for each
household it is different. Each home has a best balance. There are
several designs to choose from when picking your home's filter of choice
as this article will point out.
Regardless of your choice, make sure to keep your
whether that means timely replacements or washing.
Air filter maintenance is imperative for your home's
indoor air quality and the safety and comfort of your
This article is not about price, but about options and recognizing the
necessity of proper maintenance. It is important to be aware of your air
filter capabilities and to determine what works best for your equipment
and home. A variety of air filtering and purification options you can choose
from. While costs vary, some options perform more efficiently than others.
There are several types to choose from:
Media Air Filters are not commonly used by
homeowner due to their lack of availability and consumer
awareness. Ask your Ricotta representative for details.
- Electrostatic air filters
rely on electronic static or electricity and do not
block air flow to your heating and cooling
equipment. Because you are not blocking the air
flow, the equipment is more apt to operate
without issues such as clogging. The
electrostatic Air Filter is not as efficient for
removal of air contaminates as some of the
alternatives. If your body is not sensitive to
household inhabitants, this is an excellent
choice for getting the most time out of your heating
and air unit and its efficiency for clean air is
- Fiberglass panel filters - can be
purchased at any store very inexpensively. The “you
get what you pay for” mentality applies with this
filter option. The fiberglass filter traps the large
dust particles which will quickly build up causing
airflow issues. These filters need replaced
frequently. If not, your chances for equipment
maintenance issues and/or breakdown increase
- Media air filters - are used most
frequently by HVAC professionals because they are
cost effective and reliable. Wholesalers of HVAC
professional supplies are the providers of these
products and usually only to industry professionals.
Therefore, availability and awareness are the
primary reasons all homeowners do not use media air
filter works based on the large number of layers
of fiber. A contaminate will get stopped before
ever making it through all the layers and without
poorly affecting air flow.
- Pleated air filters - are a very popular
choice for homeowners. Some are
almost as good as media air filters, but they
need to be changed more frequently. While
available in sizes from one to six inches, people
usually select a design of two inches or less. Many
builders use these filters because of availability,
durability, costs; and they work. There are several
varieties, some of which include odor control and
electrostatic options, wire mesh etc.
- Air particles land on the cover of this type of
filter, as opposed to getting inside. Remember, the
more the air is filtered, that much less air flow
comes through the unit. Therefore, the folds add
surface area to collect the particles while still
allowing plenty of room for air flow. If you have
allergies, you can still use the pleated air filter,
but need to find one with a Merv rating of 10 or 12.
- HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) media
- stop particles and contaminates from going
further. If you have allergies or asthma this may be
the filter for you. HEPA media removes dust mites,
pet dander, pollen, mold spores and other household
allergens while providing maximum dust removal. This
filter is over 99% efficient and has more pleats per
inch than the other pleated filters which increases
Activated carbon air filter
are used for buildings heavy with smell. Gas,
cigarette smoke, animal and garbage odors can be
remedied by using this charcoal based filter. It is
not as efficient as some of the other options but
you will be able to minimize use of unnatural sprays
and colognes used to camouflage odors.
Again, whatever you choose, please be sure to
clean or replenish on a regular basis. Filter
maintenance is the key to a healthy indoors and
keeping you heating and air system working
efficiently and effectively for you.