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The air in your home is not simply pumped in clean. Rather there is a process that cleans it up before it comes inside. The air comes through air filters that trap and absorb any number of pathogens, contagions, dust, dirt, sand, mold, bacteria, viruses, allergens or pollutants. The air outside your home may contain any number of problems you don’t want making their way inside. This is where air filters come in, cleaning up the incoming air so that it is comfortable and safe to breathe in.
Air filters in your home are necessary tools that are designed to allow fresh air in and harmful particles out. This raises indoor air quality and makes sure that your home keeps that fresh smell throughout. The filters themselves are made of a tight mesh weaving that is designed to capture harmful particles over time. This weaving is actually ranked for your convenience, on the MERV rating scale.
Air Filter Ratings and Replacement
The higher the air filters are rated, the more effective they are at cleaning up incoming airflow. However, higher rated air filters also have difficulty allowing airflow to pass through easily. You want to avoid this problem because when your home lacks airflow it becomes a serious problem fairly quickly. The air inside your home will stagnate and dry out over time, while any dirty particles already inside will settle on open surfaces. You will need to install new filters over time to make sure that the air will continue to come in smoothly.
You can find out what air filters sizes you need by reading the owner’s manual and seeing what filters will fit comfortably into your systems. Once you know the size, you can order new replacements that will keep the airflow coming in without issue. The filters can be used upon arrival, so as soon as you receive them you can also ensure fresh air throughout your home. However, you need to be sure they are the correct rating, or they will cause airflow problems throughout your systems.
The Additional Costs
When the air filters in your home are dirty, it’s more cost effective to just have them replaced with new filters. Otherwise, the air filters in your home will cause a rise in energy billing over time due to the fact that the air systems will try to push airflow through. The increase in mechanical activity requires more energy, which you are going to need to pay for.
Your systems are also strained in the process, which may lead to mechanical damage over time if things aren’t fixed. Mechanical damage means expensive repairs that only mount up over time, so it is in your best interest to replace your old filters with new ones before they become a problem.