Frequently Asked HVAC Questions

Why is it Important to Have Good Quality Air Filters?

Quality air filters improve your indoor air by eliminating more contaminant particles like pollutants and allergens, as well as keeping dust build-up down; more than standard filters can. A good quality air filter can also improve the efficiency of your HVAC equipment through contaminant reduction.

Potential Indoor Air Pollutants

There are just as many pollutants inside your home as there outside. Indoor pollutants cause havoc on your health, home, and heating and cooling system when they go unchecked. Contaminants in your home fall under two different categories, particulate matter, and gaseous pollutants. Knowing what can harm you and your home will increase your awareness and understand the need to reduce these toxins before they become a major problem in your home.

Below are the two categories of pollutants that can affect your indoor air quality:

  • Particulate matter is particles generated from combustion appliances and particles linked with tiny organisms, such as:
    • Viruses
    • Bacteria
    • Mold and mold spores
    • Dust mites
    • Smoke, including tobacco smoke
    • Pollen
    • Pet dander and hair
  • Gaseous pollutants are formed from combustion processes in gas stoves, vehicle exhaust, and tobacco smoke, as well as:
    • Furnishings
    • Building materials
    • Adhesives
    • Cleaning products
    • Pesticides
    • Varnishes
    • Paints


Advantages of a Quality Air Filter

Installing a good quality air filter into your furnace or air conditioner is essential for your health. The air filter traps and eliminates particles, and other contaminants in your indoor air so you can breathe easier in your home. Not only does an air filter increase your indoor air quality but it prevents damage to your electronics, furnishings, and the structure of your home.

A high-quality filter also keeps your heating and cooling system running longer without the risk of breakdowns. A filter keeps your entire unit clean, preventing dust and debris from settling on important components. The cost of repairs will increase when your system is dirty, shortening the lifespan and causing you to install a new before you are ready financially.

Not only do you save money on repairs with a quality air filter but you save money on your energy costs. A clean air conditioner, furnace, heat pump, or other HVAC system will operate more efficiently, reducing your energy costs over time. Cheap filters have to be replaced more often and don’t eliminate as many pollutants in your home as one that is higher quality.

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