What Type of Filter Should I Be Using?

One crucial component in maintaining home air quality is the choice of filters.

HVAC filters play a vital role in trapping dust, allergens, and other contaminants, thus ensuring cleaner air circulation throughout your home. Many filter options are available, and selecting the right one can be daunting. 

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Here is a guide to help you make an informed choice:

Fiberglass Filters:

  • Fiberglass filters are among the most common and affordable options.
  • They offer minimal filtration of smaller particles and allergens.
  • These filters are suitable for households with minimal quality concerns and tight budgets.

Pleated Filters:

  • Pleated filters are an upgrade from fiberglass filters, offering better filtration efficiency.
  • Pleated filters typically have a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, indicating their ability to remove finer particles from the air.
  • They balance performance and affordability, making them a popular choice.

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters:

  • HEPA filters are the gold standard when it comes to air filtration.
  • These filters can capture up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in size.
  • They are highly effective at removing allergens, bacteria, and viruses from the air, making them ideal for households with occupants who suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions.
  • HEPA filters may require modifications to your HVAC system to accommodate their higher airflow resistance.

When choosing an HVAC filter for your home, consider factors such as your budget, air quality concerns, and your household’s specific needs.

Most importantly, remember to replace or clean your filters regularly to maintain optimal performance and prolong the life of your HVAC system. This blog explains how often you should change your filters.

If you have any questions about your HVAC system,  please contact us today. We’re here to ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly year-round.

Baggett Heating & Cooling is locally owned and operated and has been serving the Clarksville-Montgomery County area for over 40 years.