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Protect Your Family With Fresh Air Filters

A common mistake homeowners make is not regularly swapping out their air filters. Dirty filters not only make your equipment work harder but also diminish indoor air quality. A general rule is to replace filters at least every three months. However, each home is unique, so we recommend a visual inspection each month and changing them out whenever you see an accumulation of dust.

Understanding Different Types of HVAC Filters

HVAC filters trap dust, pollen, pet dander, and other small particles to prevent them from being recirculated throughout your home. A higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating indicates a more effective filter. Additionally, filters protect your HVAC system from larger particles that could damage it. It is important to use the right type of filter and change it regularly.

Here are the different types of filters available for residential HVAC systems:

Fiberglass Air Filters

These are disposable and the least expensive option. They cause less strain on HVAC systems when drawing in air and keep large particles out of your system. However, they are not very effective at trapping dust and smaller contaminant particles. These filters typically have a MERV 4 rating and may not be suitable for those with allergies or respiratory problems.

Pleated Air Filters

Made of cotton or polyester folds, these filters are slightly more expensive than fiberglass filters but more effective at filtering dust, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. Filters with more pleats provide better filtering and prevent dust and other particles from being recirculated in the air. These filters typically have MERV ratings between 5 to 8.

HEPA Filters

Recommended for individuals with allergies or respiratory problems, these filters can screen up to 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, and other irritants. Look for filters with a MERV 11 or higher rating. However, a higher MERV rating means your HVAC system has to work harder to pull in air, so check with us to determine the best MERV rating for your system.

UV Filters

Used in air cleaners built into your HVAC system, these filters use ultraviolet light to kill viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms in the air. However, they are not very efficient at removing dust and other contaminants. They are suitable for those concerned about indoor air quality, that an air cleaner can address.

Understanding MERV Ratings

MERV stands for “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.” While the air filter controls the amount of unwanted air particles entering your home, the MERV rating shows you which filter is the best fit for your home. The higher the MERV rating, the fewer particles and contaminants will be allowed into your home. However, the highest MERV ratings, while most effective for air quality, can harm your HVAC system.

A higher MERV rating means higher resistance, which means less airflow. Restricted airflow makes your furnace overwork itself, potentially leading to damage. Additionally, you may not get the air velocity required to reach all parts of your home, leaving inconsistencies in temperature.

MERV Rating Performance

MERV 11: Superior particulate removal, system protection, and static pressure compared to 1″ filters. Vacuum and dust less often. Up to 1-year filter life.

MERV 13: Designed for homeowners with low-to-moderate allergy problems. Low resistance. Up to 1-year filter life.

MERV 13 + Odor Reduction: Most activated carbon added to any air filter. Reduces noticeable odors caused by pets, cooking, and common household VOCs. Superior system protection. Up to 6-month filter life.

MERV 16: Low resistance. Removes up to 99% of allergy & asthma triggers. Superior system protection. Up to 6-month filter life.

A MERV rating of 13-16 is considered hospital-level air quality, so it is unlikely your home needs any more than that. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, filters from the 7-13 range often have little difference from the higher MERV ratings but will allow your system to run much more efficiently.

Choosing the Right MERV Rating

Choosing between MERV 7 and 13 depends on your filtration needs. If your family has allergies or asthma, a higher MERV rating will benefit you. If not, a lower filter like a 7 will save you money on your energy bill.

Remember to replace your filter according to its recommendations. Otherwise, it gathers dirt and dust, making it more restrictive and less effective at filtering. If you have any questions about your specific home, feel free to ask an Air Professionals Heating & Air Conditing.

Choose the Right Filter for Your Home Selecting the right filter is crucial for maintaining a healthy indoor environment and protecting your HVAC system. If you need assistance in choosing the right filter or have questions about your HVAC system, contact us at Air Professionals Heating & Air Conditing. We are here to help ensure your home stays comfortable and healthy all year round.

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Hilmi is polite, professional and knowledgable. I have found this company always provides excellent service.
Mark Keller
Mark Keller
Nicholas was just AWESOME !!!! Very knowledgeable and answered every question I had (and I had a LOT). Great experience with Air Professionals and will always be using them for my HVAC needs.
Jason Ganovsky
Jason Ganovsky
So grateful for Sean and the crew at Air Professionals! It's invaluable these days to find a source of honest, impartial advice. If you have a chance to work with them, take it!
Daniel Ang
Daniel Ang
HIlmi is very patient and detail oriented. Thanks.
Lawrence Schwartz
Lawrence Schwartz
We couldn't be more pleased with the entire process of ordering through installing our replacement Carrier a/c system. From the owner to the project manager to the installation crew and office staff - all provided courteous, knowledgeable, and professional service while taking the time to answer many questions. Fairly priced, highly recommended!
Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis
Greg was fantastic. He went above and beyond and was a great communicator.
Margaret Dailey
Margaret Dailey
Anthony Dileo arrived on time and was quite professional. He did the maintenance on my A/C in a timely manner and asked if I had questions or concerns. He was very polite.
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Great service, on time and always do a complete job. They also are great at answering all questions asked !!! Would direct anyone to this company to anyone who asks about this type of work !!I would like to add that your tech picked up the smell of gas outside. Turns out there was a small leak which is now corrected !
Henry Miller
Henry Miller
Brian was very professional and helpful as he performed annual preventative maintenance on our AC units. Highly competent and made his evaluation relatable to someone who is not trained in this industry. I highly recommend this company.
Lindsay Licwinko
Lindsay Licwinko
Always on time, always friendly and always professional. I use them for all of my HVAC repairs and servicing and I always refer them to friends and family.
Deborah Labbadia
Deborah Labbadia
Greg came for a “no AC” problem for my tenant within an hour of my calling. He quickly found the issue, fixed it and then looked at everything just to be sure there were no other big issues. Really appreciate the prompt and professional service. Highly recommend!
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Jane Beale
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Elliot Stetson
Elliot Stetson
Greg was the technician who did the Air Conditioner maintenance and went above and beyond the basics. He did an excellent job, meticulous and careful. Air Professionals put my existing unit in and have been excellent in their follow up service. No one regret.
Karen Hoff
Karen Hoff
On time, efficient, took care of our concerns
Sharon Poinier
Sharon Poinier
Our technician, Ryan, was the most knowledgeable one we have ever had. He explained everything in detail, and taught me so much about our A/C system. He gave me tips on various steps we could take to optimize the life and efficiency of our system. He also gave us valuable information about heat pumps and the ways in which they have been improved in recent years. Also, he explained how much a heat pump could save us in energy costs. Definitely food for thought!
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Gailen Hart
Air Professionals did excellent job replacing 19 year old HVAC unit with new Carrier unit - Heat Pump, Heating, and A/C.Completed job in one day. Very clean installation.Tech showed us how to operate new unit.Also really like new WiFi connection.And the energy rebates and Air Professional discounts made this a very good deal.
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Service was on time and very efficient. Service person Ryan was very courteous and respectful of my home. He had some very helpful suggestions for safety of my A/C and furnace. I highly recommend this company and their service people.
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Excellent service, always on time. Happy to have heat!
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We have been using Air Professionals for years for both our heating and AC systems. We have always been pleased with their service and their attention to details. I would highly recommend them.
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Air Professionals are truly professional. Competent, considerate and on time. Explain everything that did and found clearly and concisely.
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shield maiden
My AC went down and I called Air Professionals. They arrived within half and hour and Greg had them issue repaired within 20 mins! They are always polite and professional and do and excellent job. Highly recommend them!!!
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Philip Valese
Antonio and John performed a follow up service on our ductless unit to check the freon pressure and see if there were any system leaks. All checked out fine.
Mike K.
Mike K.
I've used their services in both the spring and fall and have always been completely satisfied. Professional, prompt and courteous attention to detail from the beginning scheduling to the final service has always been my experience.
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Haralambo Balabanis
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Elise Korn
They are knowledgeable and stand by their work all the way through. Professional and very pleasant to work with.
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Greg announced his arrival in advance and got here on time to service my furnace under the annual maintenance plan. Everything checked out. A few minor issues were remedied and I could not be happier with the service.
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Greg kept me informed about his expected arrival time. When he arrived he took a look at my furnace, diagnosed the issues, and fixed them while explaining to me exactly what the problem was. I could not have asked for a better experience and would recommend him to anyone.
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We have been using Air Professionals ~18 years now and they have always been very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They are careful and respectful of your home, during installations and routine maintenance. Shane was here on 5/2/23 for the annual A.C. preventive maintenance and he was extremely thorough. Keep up the excellent work!
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I've used Air Professionals for years. They are honest, dependable and are incredibly professional. We just had a new ductless system installed to replace our old one and they were incredibly fair in how they treated us. The guys who installed it could not have been better. Thorough, knowledgeable and meticulous. They even vacuumed the rug behind a piece of furniture they had to move because our dogs hair had built up there! This company goes above and beyond. I highly recommend!
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Called ahead and showed up early. Was polite, friendly and knowledgeable. I have used Air Professionals for many years.I am always very pleased with their work!
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Of course you have a problem with your heat pump on Thanksgiving eve!! I reached out to Sean (who sold us the new system in June) and also left a message at the on-call technician. Sean called me back walked through the steps to check the condensation pump and clean the trap.. Then Ryan (on call) walked through similar steps. Then it happened... he suggested to check the secondary emergency switch (the red emergency shutoff at the top of the basement stairs)... yep.. that was it. It was off... (and of course NO one in the house touched it! lol). There is humor in this one.. yet Sean and Ryan both responded promptly and were very professional. Being it's Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the service level expectation from Air Professionals. I was trying to take care of my family's needs for the holiday, and both Sean and Ryan stepped away from theirs to help. Thank you!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
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sunday bradlee
sunday bradlee
Hilmi is polite, professional and knowledgable. I have found this company always provides excellent service.
Mark Keller
Mark Keller
Nicholas was just AWESOME !!!! Very knowledgeable and answered every question I had (and I had a LOT). Great experience with Air Professionals and will always be using them for my HVAC needs.
Jason Ganovsky
Jason Ganovsky
So grateful for Sean and the crew at Air Professionals! It's invaluable these days to find a source of honest, impartial advice. If you have a chance to work with them, take it!
Daniel Ang
Daniel Ang
HIlmi is very patient and detail oriented. Thanks.
Lawrence Schwartz
Lawrence Schwartz
We couldn't be more pleased with the entire process of ordering through installing our replacement Carrier a/c system. From the owner to the project manager to the installation crew and office staff - all provided courteous, knowledgeable, and professional service while taking the time to answer many questions. Fairly priced, highly recommended!
Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis
Greg was fantastic. He went above and beyond and was a great communicator.
Margaret Dailey
Margaret Dailey
Anthony Dileo arrived on time and was quite professional. He did the maintenance on my A/C in a timely manner and asked if I had questions or concerns. He was very polite.
Chad Farer
Chad Farer
Great service, on time and always do a complete job. They also are great at answering all questions asked !!! Would direct anyone to this company to anyone who asks about this type of work !!I would like to add that your tech picked up the smell of gas outside. Turns out there was a small leak which is now corrected !
Henry Miller
Henry Miller
Brian was very professional and helpful as he performed annual preventative maintenance on our AC units. Highly competent and made his evaluation relatable to someone who is not trained in this industry. I highly recommend this company.
Lindsay Licwinko
Lindsay Licwinko
Always on time, always friendly and always professional. I use them for all of my HVAC repairs and servicing and I always refer them to friends and family.
Deborah Labbadia
Deborah Labbadia
Greg came for a “no AC” problem for my tenant within an hour of my calling. He quickly found the issue, fixed it and then looked at everything just to be sure there were no other big issues. Really appreciate the prompt and professional service. Highly recommend!
Jane Beale
Jane Beale
Everything good!
Elliot Stetson
Elliot Stetson
Greg was the technician who did the Air Conditioner maintenance and went above and beyond the basics. He did an excellent job, meticulous and careful. Air Professionals put my existing unit in and have been excellent in their follow up service. No one regret.
Karen Hoff
Karen Hoff
On time, efficient, took care of our concerns
Sharon Poinier
Sharon Poinier
Our technician, Ryan, was the most knowledgeable one we have ever had. He explained everything in detail, and taught me so much about our A/C system. He gave me tips on various steps we could take to optimize the life and efficiency of our system. He also gave us valuable information about heat pumps and the ways in which they have been improved in recent years. Also, he explained how much a heat pump could save us in energy costs. Definitely food for thought!
Gailen Hart
Gailen Hart
Air Professionals did excellent job replacing 19 year old HVAC unit with new Carrier unit - Heat Pump, Heating, and A/C.Completed job in one day. Very clean installation.Tech showed us how to operate new unit.Also really like new WiFi connection.And the energy rebates and Air Professional discounts made this a very good deal.
Norman Torgerson
Norman Torgerson
Greg, Outstanding service; thorough, efficient and informative! Air Professionals -- highly recommended!
Bonnie Davis
Bonnie Davis
Service was on time and very efficient. Service person Ryan was very courteous and respectful of my home. He had some very helpful suggestions for safety of my A/C and furnace. I highly recommend this company and their service people.
Irish God
Irish God
Tech came as scheduled.He resolved the issue in a few minutes.Definitely recommend.
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Brown
Excellent service, always on time. Happy to have heat!
Cheryl Smagala
Cheryl Smagala
We have been using Air Professionals for years for both our heating and AC systems. We have always been pleased with their service and their attention to details. I would highly recommend them.
Bruce Stout
Bruce Stout
Air Professionals are truly professional. Competent, considerate and on time. Explain everything that did and found clearly and concisely.
andrew miller
andrew miller
Very professional in every way.
shield maiden
shield maiden
My AC went down and I called Air Professionals. They arrived within half and hour and Greg had them issue repaired within 20 mins! They are always polite and professional and do and excellent job. Highly recommend them!!!
Philip Valese
Philip Valese
Antonio and John performed a follow up service on our ductless unit to check the freon pressure and see if there were any system leaks. All checked out fine.
Mike K.
Mike K.
I've used their services in both the spring and fall and have always been completely satisfied. Professional, prompt and courteous attention to detail from the beginning scheduling to the final service has always been my experience.
Haralambo Balabanis
Haralambo Balabanis
Excellent job very happy with the service
Elise Korn
Elise Korn
They are knowledgeable and stand by their work all the way through. Professional and very pleasant to work with.
Kathleen Rule
Kathleen Rule
Always professional and solve the problem promptly!
Joe M.
Joe M.
Greg announced his arrival in advance and got here on time to service my furnace under the annual maintenance plan. Everything checked out. A few minor issues were remedied and I could not be happier with the service.
Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson
Greg kept me informed about his expected arrival time. When he arrived he took a look at my furnace, diagnosed the issues, and fixed them while explaining to me exactly what the problem was. I could not have asked for a better experience and would recommend him to anyone.
Michael Salerno
Michael Salerno
I have been using Air Professionals for nearly two decades and they continously exceed my expectations. Thank you!
Renni Turillo
Renni Turillo
I’ve been using Air Professionals since a “real” person used to answer the phone!! They have always been very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They are always on time, always polite and a pleasure to do business with ~
Ed Mahieu
Ed Mahieu
Air Professionals installed and setup 3 Zone system. The job was well done and follow up were efficient.
Al Addvensky
Al Addvensky
We have been using Air Professionals ~18 years now and they have always been very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They are careful and respectful of your home, during installations and routine maintenance. Shane was here on 5/2/23 for the annual A.C. preventive maintenance and he was extremely thorough. Keep up the excellent work!
J. VIn
J. VIn
I've used Air Professionals for years. They are honest, dependable and are incredibly professional. We just had a new ductless system installed to replace our old one and they were incredibly fair in how they treated us. The guys who installed it could not have been better. Thorough, knowledgeable and meticulous. They even vacuumed the rug behind a piece of furniture they had to move because our dogs hair had built up there! This company goes above and beyond. I highly recommend!
erick carrero
erick carrero
Very professional and kind. Great service. Looking forward to doing more business with them
Ron Burd
Ron Burd
Called ahead and showed up early. Was polite, friendly and knowledgeable. I have used Air Professionals for many years.I am always very pleased with their work!
Martin Jernigan
Martin Jernigan
Of course you have a problem with your heat pump on Thanksgiving eve!! I reached out to Sean (who sold us the new system in June) and also left a message at the on-call technician. Sean called me back walked through the steps to check the condensation pump and clean the trap.. Then Ryan (on call) walked through similar steps. Then it happened... he suggested to check the secondary emergency switch (the red emergency shutoff at the top of the basement stairs)... yep.. that was it. It was off... (and of course NO one in the house touched it! lol). There is humor in this one.. yet Sean and Ryan both responded promptly and were very professional. Being it's Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the service level expectation from Air Professionals. I was trying to take care of my family's needs for the holiday, and both Sean and Ryan stepped away from theirs to help. Thank you!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
W Irvine
W Irvine
Great, efficient service!
Glenn Lipomanis
Glenn Lipomanis
Our technician Greg is awesome. Patient, thorough, and professional. I feel we are in good hands with him.
Paul Hahofer
Paul Hahofer
Professional and courteous. Extremely knowledgeable technician that took the time to explain what he observed and the overall status of my furnace
Carmine Napoli
Carmine Napoli
Ryan serviced my heating today. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He explained everything to me. I highly recommend Air Professionals and Ryan!!!
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