Who doesn’t like to breathe clean air in his or her own house? Everyone knows that having a clean home also means having clean air to breathe inside your house. The air filter is responsible for maintaining the heating and air conditioning system’s coils and keeping the heat exchanger clean. The air filter of your house should be changed regularly. In choosing an air filter, you need to consider how frequent you must clean it. Every unique furnace air filter has different cleaning intervals and filters which are installed in a newly built or in a remodelled house. Another thing you must consider in choosing an air filter is its material and style. The performance of the unit is dependent on the size and density of the used material in making the unit. The quantity and size of the dust or materials being filtered also affect the overall performance of an air filter. There are also available filters with pleats that were charged electro-statically to attract and keep in place other minute particles. To select the appropriate size and shape of the air filter to be used, you can ask a professional what is best for the size of your home. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) must also be considered in choosing a furnace air filter. The indicated MERV of the unit will be the basis of its capacity to filter and hold particles of sizes 3 microns to 10 microns.
Below is a table of example MERV ratings:
|MERV||Min. particle size||Typical controlled contaminant ||Typical Application |
|17–20||< 0.3 microns||Virus, carbon dust, sea salt, smoke||Electronics & pharmaceutical manufacturing cleanroom|
|13–16||0.3–1.0 microns||Bacteria, droplet nuclei (sneeze), cooking oil, most smoke and insecticide dust, most face powder, most paint pigments||hospital & general surgery|
|9–12||1.0–3.0 microns||Legionella, Humidifier dust, Lead dust, Milled flour, Auto emission particulates, Nebulizer droplets||Superior residential, better commercial, hospital laboratories|
|5–8||3.0–10.0 microns||Mold, spores, dust mite debris, cat and dog dander, hair spray, fabric protector, dusting aids, pudding mix||Better residential, general commercial, industrial workspaces|
|1–4||> 10.0 microns||Pollen, dust mites, cockroach debris, sanding dust, spray paint dust, textile fibers, carpet fibers||Residential window AC units|
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