AC Maintenance Tips: 3 Best Air Filters
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You need fresh air cycling through your property. An important part of AC maintenance is using the best air filters for your needs. Did you know airborne pollution inside the property can be up to five times higher than outdoors? A good air filter reduces the pollutants to help you breathe easier, as well as help your HVAC system perform better. Read on to get our recommendations.
WHAT IS A MERV RATING FOR AIR FILTERS?
The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value indicates an air filter’s ability to capture air particles between 0.3 and 10 microns (µm). It was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers. Basically, the larger the MERV rating, the better the air filter is at trapping certain types of particles. The ratings go from 1 all the way to 16. Those of you looking to eliminate certain types of particles, such as hair, dander, dust, etc. should look for an air filter designed to catch it.
Learn more about MERV ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency
1. BEST AIR FILTER AT HOME DEPOT
Currently, there is only one air filter to get a 5-star rating at Home Depot. It is the Elite Allergen Reduction FPR 10 Air Filter. Keep in mind that Home Depot uses their own FPR rating to rate air filters that range from 4-5 for the most basic that captures pollen, mold, and pet dander. FPRs go up to 12 and also capture smoke, odors, and much more. The system is useful for helping you purchase what is right for your needs.
2. CONSUMER REPORTS BEST AIR CONDITIONER FILTER
Consumer Reports is a trusted online and in print publication ranking all sorts of products. These include air filters. Those of you who use 1-inch thick air filters will enjoy the Filtrete 1900 Maximum Allergen Reduction filter. It is an excellent choice for those of you who run your air conditioner at high speeds. Those of you who need air filters with four or more inches of depth will enjoy the Aprilaire Healthy Home 213 MERV 13 which works well with both high and low fan speeds. Each of these filters is reasonably priced for its performance.
3. BEST AC FILTER FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS
Those of you who suffer from allergies and want to spare no cost should consider the 3M Filtrete Ultrafine. It is a “hospital grade” air filter great for those living in areas with allergies or areas with poor air quality. The filters cost around $55, making it one of the most expensive choices out there. It traps smaller contaminants than most filters and can even help remove airborne pathogens.
BEST AIR FILTERS FOR VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
Air Docs Heating & Cooling is a locally owned company that aims to improve the AC performance of all properties in Vero Beach, Fellsmere, Sebastian, Palm Bay, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and the surrounding areas. Feel free to contact us to schedule your $85 air conditioner maintenance today that includes air filter services.
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