Filtration is the most common form of IAQ. Every home with an HVAC system has filtration. Changing your filters regularly will improve the indoor air quality and prolong the life of the HVAC system. Whole-home filtration is the most effective form of filtration.
Pros and cons of filtration
Filters can filter particles down to .3 microns in diameter. To get an idea, a strand of hair is about 70 microns. Depending on the filter's efficiency rating and features, it can filter out particles of various sizes and remove odors and VOCs. One downside of good filtration is that your HVAC system will need to work harder to pull the air through it, causing your system to wear and tear quickly and consume more energy.
Change filters regularly
Changing your filters regularly is essential to ensure they are working effectively and is a simple process to incorporate into your home maintenance routine. It is essential to buy genuine filters approved by the HVAC manufacturer. Many companies offer compatible filters. However, these filters can damage your system by raising the static pressure.
Changing filters regularly is one of the simplest ways to preserve your health and your HVAC system and reduce energy costs.
How to maximize benefits of filtration
With a good filter, your HVAC system is essentially a whole-home filtration system. Set the fan on "ON" to achieve maximum benefits of your whole-home filtration system. It is recommended to purchase an IAQ monitor, turn on your fan when IAQ levels are poor, and set your fan on a schedule if you have a smart thermostat. This will help preserve energy consumption instead of the fan running on "ON" all the time.
The bottom line
Higher efficiency filters filter out a higher percentage of smaller particles. Depending on sensitivity to allergies and health preferences, the filter efficiency you choose may vary. Replace filters regularly. The frequency depends on how often your fan runs and the conditions of your home. Only buy genuine filters approved by your HVAC system manufacturer. Run your fan on "ON" or set a schedule to utilize the filter and remove airborne particles from your home. To better understand the airborne particles in your home, we recommend purchasing an IAQ monitor. An IAQ monitor is a device that you can place in any room throughout your home, and it will let you know the IAQ in real-time. Once you know the particle levels, you can better decide what efficiency level you want your filter to be and how often you should run your fan.