Dust, pollen, mold, and other indoor air contaminants are floating around you right now. And if you suffer from seasonal allergies, the air you breathe is about to make you a lot more congested now that Spring is here. Luckily, with the right filter, you can clear the air and breathe easier in your home.
The most effective way to reduce indoor allergens is by installing the right filter in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Standard HVAC filters are not meant to clean the air in your home. They’re only meant to keep dust off of the equipment.
Instead, look for filters that are designed to remove allergens. So how do you find the right filter for your needs?
All furnace filters are rated on the MERV scale. MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value is a 1-12 scale with a higher rating, meaning it is capable of filtering out smaller particles than lower rated filters.
A furnace filter capable of removing indoor allergens from the air will have a MERV rating of 10 or more. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles it will remove. But higher MERV filters also put more strain on your HVAC system, so only use the MERV rating indicated in your furnace’s owner’s manual, or what’s recommended by an HVAC service expert.
Replacing the filter
Once you’ve got the right filter cleaning your air, you’ll need to replace it regularly to keep trapping allergens efficiently.
Generally, you want to replace your furnace filter at least once every other month. But with allergy season ramping up, you might want to consider replacing it monthly from Spring through Fall for the best air filtering performance.
With the right filter in your HVAC system, the air in your house will be filtered to remove allergens every time the system runs. Remember to look for a filter with the right MERV rating, and replace it regularly to keep the system efficient at cleaning the air.
To learn more about allergen-reducing filters for your HVAC systems, call the experts at Temprite at (702) 323-5113 today