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Changing Your Air Filters Regularly? Why It Helps Your HVAC Systems' Efficiency And Your Home's Comfort

Spring is upon us here in North Carolina, and some of you may be suffering as a result of allergy season. However, with the right air filters, you can reduce your allergy problems significantly. Not only that, but you can help your home comfort system run more efficiently, too.

The most important thing that you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality and the efficiency of your equipment is to replace your air filters on a regular basis. Old, dirty air filters not only have an unhealthy effect on your air quality, but they will also force your equipment to work harder in order to get air through the dirt, dust and other substances that have accumulated. According to Energy Star, air filters should be replaced at least once every three months.

When searching for new filters, you need to pay attention to their MERV score (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). MERV was designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). MERV rating lets you know how well a certain unit is at filtering unhealthy pollutants out of the air.

The scale ranges from 1 to 16, and the higher the score, the more efficient the system is at removing harmful substances from the air. The government says that air filters with a MERV of over 13 are very efficient options for homeowners.The most effective systems can eliminate a wide range of pollutants, such as dirt, pollen, dust, bacteria and tobacco smoke.

The quality of the air inside of your home is vital to your ability to maintain a healthy environment for you and your family. So it’s important that you replace your air filters regularly. For further assistance with selecting the appropriate air filter for your home, contact the experts at Blanton’s Heating & A/C. We have been serving Fayetteville and its surrounding areas since 1951, and we’re ready to help you with all of your home comfort needs.