When Is It Time to Upgrade My Air Purification System’s Filter?
If you’re like a lot of Minnesotans, the filter in your air purification system is just another one of those things that you perform maintenance on now and again and then forget about—like your water softener or your toilet. As HVAC contractors that double as indoor residential air quality experts, we’re here to encourage you to give it some serious thought! Your air filtration system is a key player in keeping your home free of allergens, mold, and even disease-causing bacteria. Without it, your family’s health could take a nosedive.
That being said, a less-than-efficient air purification system can be just as bad as not having one at all. Many homes today have such a system, after all, and we at Furnace Doctors still get calls about poor residential indoor air quality!
Is your HVAC system’s add-on air purification filter doing top-notch air quality control, or is it only perpetuating problems? As customer-focused providers of HVAC services and air purification help, we’re more than qualified to answer that question in detail.
Signs of a Bad Filter Fit Vary
Your air filtration system has one job: to filter air. It must be fairly straightforward, right? Not quite! Every system is as unique as the home it serves, right down to the filter type—some filters are reusable, for example, while others are designed to eventually be thrown away.
To get a definite answer for your individual situation, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with well-trained HVAC contractors that understand air purification systems. Don’t know where to start? Furnace Doctors offers free quotes for our HVAC services and air purification help!
However, there are a few surefire signs that your HVAC system is in need of a filter upgrade:
Your current filter has a low MERV rating.
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. In layperson’s terms, it tells you, on a scale from one to 16, how relatively good your filter is at removing airborne pollutants. If yours falls on the low end of the spectrum, it’s probably time to give it the boot (though keep in mind that a higher rating isn’t always better, too).
You’re noticing allergy issues.
Allergy sufferers are often the first to pick up on poor indoor residential air quality. If you or someone you love is experiencing unseasonal issues in this respect, the problem could lie in your air filter.
Airborne pollutants aren’t being trapped.
At the end of the day, the purpose of an air filter is to catch particles that would otherwise irritate you and your family. If you’re noticing anything from pet dander to mold to smog accumulating, you need a better filter to ensure your prolonged comfort.
Contact Furnace Doctors & Resolve Air Purification Problems in a Snap!
Need to clear the air? Let Furnace Doctors help. From air filtration system services to whole house humidifier installation, we provide everything you need to create the pleasant home atmosphere you deserve. Give our Saint Paul Park office a call today at 651-789-3082.