If you are out of furnace filters and looking for new ones, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. But be diligent. The filter you buy strongly affects your:
Here are 3 things you need to keep in mind to find the filter your furnace needs.
This sounds like common sense. But you don’t want to assume you know the size of your filter only to come back with the wrong size.
Look on the edge of your current furnace filter, and you should see 3 numbers. Example: 14 X 25 X 1.
These numbers, respectively, are the:
Make sure the filters you buy match the size of your current furnace filter.
Furnace filters have a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating. This rating, ranging between 1-16, determines how efficient the air filter can catch allergen particles.
The MERV rated filter you get depends on these 2 factors:
We’ll explain which furnace filters relate to each MERV rating and what each rating can filter out in the next section.
There are 4 main types of furnace filters:
MERV rating: 1-4
MERV rating: 5-8
MERV rating: 9-10
MERV rating: 12-15
We recommend standard fiberglass filters for most home owners and the air cleaners for those with serious allergies/asthma.
Why air cleaners and not pleated filters? Pleated filters restrict airflow, increase your energy bills and can ruin your furnace by making it run longer. Plus, they can’t catch nearly as many harmful particles as air cleaners can.
Want to learn more about the furnace filter you need? Talk to one of our experts.
Air Professionals is a whole-home comfort company serving New Jersey homeowners. Contact us for more information on how we can help improve your home’s comfort.