Air filters are an important part of your home’s heating and air conditioning system.
Air filters are the first line of defense against dust, allergens, and other indoor contaminants.
There are many different types of air filters including electrostatic filters, magnetic filters, removeable and washable filters. Air filters used by doctors offices and hospitals are called high-efficiency particulate air filters or HEPA filters. HEPA filters easily remove about 99.9% of indoor allergens and dust particles. They have a MERV energy rating of 16. The MERV rating is important. The MERV rating stands for the minimum efficiency reporting value. The higher the number, the better equipped the air filter will be to handle a variety of issues. The ratings on air filters range from a 1 to a 16. HEPA filters are listed as a 16, which is the most effective. They absolutely provide the highest amount of protection for your family. Unfortunately, HEPA filters do not remove noxious odors, gases, or fumes. UV air filters use ultraviolet light technology to kill viruses, bacteria, and germs. They can be used with HEPA air filters as a dual air cleaning system. My family and I all suffer from severe seasonal allergies. During the months when our allergies are very bad, we always use a HEPA air filter in our home. They cost a bit more money than some of the cheaper options, but they absolutely remove all of the indoor contaminants that cause us problems like coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. The HEPA filters provide much needed relief for folks like us.