It’s important to choose the right air filter your home’s HVAC system.
Air filters can be expensive when you’re replacing them every month. If you search the internet, you’ll find air filters for a variety of different prices. Some of them are very cheap but are these bargain price filters actually any good? Are you simply wasting your money, or could these cheaper alternatives save you and your family money?
In this article, we will help you figure out how to choose the best air filter and sort the good from the bad before wasting your money.
In general, the less you pay, the less efficient the filter will be. A generic air filter will usually filter at between 20% and 50% efficiency. So before buying an air filter, consider the following:
Be Careful if you Have Health Issues
If anyone in your family is elderly, if you have small children in your home or if anyone suffers from asthma or seasonal allergies, then you may not want to risk buying a cheap and inefficient filter. No small saving on an air filter is worth jeopardizing your family’s health.
For anyone with allergies, a HEPA filter is what you should be looking for. This stands for High Efficiency Particulate and is capable of filtering out very tiny particles that can get through filters that are not marked as HEPA.
Check Out the Reviews
Companies can and do pay for great reviews and no company is going to pay for a bad review. So, if the filter you’re looking at gets lots of bad reviews, you know to steer clear. It’s not the bargain of the century it initially seemed.
Ask for Recommendations
Ask around, many of your friends, colleagues and relatives will buy air filters on a regular basis. Ask for their thoughts on the different brands. Learn from their mistakes. If they tell you they tried a bargain priced air filter but it was useless, then you know to avoid it, but they may just have found a cheap air filter that they are more than happy with.
Ensure your System is Well Maintained
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend on your air filters if your system is not well maintained. If the air isn’t blowing properly due to a badly maintained system that’s full of debris and has a dirty coil, then your filtration levels will be lowered too. In turn this can cause further problems with your system if it is not fixed quickly. Your HVAC system may soon become very expensive to run as it has to work harder to achieve your desired room temperature.
Ask Your St Louis HVAC Technician
When your HVAC technician visits to serve your system, ask them for their own recommendations. They are the experts after all and will probably have come across every type of air filter there is in the course of their work. They will know the ones that work fabulously and also those that are simply not worth buying.
As your friend and neighbor, Hely Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to ensuring that your St. Louis home’s A/C system is keeping you cool, even during those sweltering summer days. Call us today at (636) 305-9555 or fill out our online contact form.