When it comes to proper heating of your home, furnace filters play an integral role. However, if you’re a new homeowner, or simply have never looked into this detail of home maintenance, the filters you are using may not be optimal.
A Threefold Approach: Cost, Particles and Diligence
When making any purchase in or around your home, there are countless factors to consider. However, when specifically looking at furnace filters, cost, type of particles you are trying to filter and your diligence in changing used filters should all be taken into account.
Furnace filters are rated on a minimum efficiency reporting value, also known as MERV. This scale runs from 1 to 16. In most cases, residential filters fall between 4 and 12. The lower the number, the less will be filtered out.
The first step in using the best furnace filters is to ensure you are maintaining the furnace’s specified airflow. The manufacturer will specify the type of filter that is designed to ensure furnace efficiency. While a MERV 4 filter may be inexpensive, many homeowners prefer a slightly more expensive MERV 7 or 8 filter, to put cost and efficiency in optimal ranges.
That said, there are special cases where a MERV 11 may make more sense, such as if your family members have allergies or low-immune concerns. However, these filters will need to be changed more frequently.
When making the choice between fiberglass filters and high-efficiency filters, it is important to consult an HVAC technician. These filters require different rates of airflow, and your technician can adjust the speed of your furnace’s fan to accommodate your chosen filter.
Is Furnace Maintenance Affordable?
We understand that heating maintenance may not have been an issue on your radar this year. And if your furnace needs immediate attention, you may worry about the financial toll this will take on your family. Fortunately, our team prices all services on an individual basis, so you can rest assured you are paying for only what you need. We also accept convenient financing options, to help ease the financial burden.
At All Service Heating & Air, we strive to provide the most comprehensive furnace maintenance available. Whether you are interested in learning about furnace filters or any other concern, we are here to help. Our team has already assisted countless families in and around Plano, TX. Now, we are ready to do the same for you. Contact us today to get started.