Finding the Right Filter - Oro Valley Real Estate
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Part of homeownership is maintaining your home's mechanical systems to reduce costs, increase longevity, and improve performance. One of the essential systems to your property is the HVAC system, and homeowners should replace their filters every one to three months.
Having a dirty filter can restrict airflow and prevent the system from operating correctly, leads to costly repairs down the road. When we talk about airflow, we're discussing how freely air passes through the filter while filtering out particles such as dust, pollen, and smoke while maintaining the best overall air movement throughout the process.
Most air filters are one inch thick, but this may vary, and they come in a range of sizes to fit your HVAC system. Air filter language can get a bit tricky with words such as MERV or MPR, leaving you wondering what kind to buy. To simplify it, the higher the MERV number, the better it is at filtering out pollutants. Top-rated filters typically have a MERV greater than 10. MPR, or Microparticle Performance rating, was developed by 3M, and it rates the filter's ability to capture airborne particles - with a higher number being better at filtering. Keep in mind some HVAC systems are not strong enough to push air through more restrictive filters, ones with high MERV or MPR ratings; these can overwork your HVAC system leading to repairs. If you need to go with a lower-rated filter, change it out regularly and often.
Replacing your filter is pretty simple, with the most common mistakes being purchasing the wrong size filter or installing it backward. The better you can maintain your home's HVAC system, the more money and energy it will save you in the long run, allowing you to breathe easily.