The Importance Of Good Air Filtration

Central Florida summer’s are very brutal. Altamonte Springs & Longwood had record high of 99*F for an entire week in July. Air conditioner repair can be very costly. To minimize failures good filtration is very important. Previously we talked about how cleaning your air filters can keep your AC working at maximum efficiency. But what is the importance of good air filtration?
Dirty air filters will cause a system to work harder & consume more energy. Changing them regularly, especially during peak demand (summer months) is important. Indoor air can be up to 25 times more polluted than outdoor air; most people spend most of their time indoors so it is important that the air inside your home is as clean as possible. Having poor air quality in your household can have negative effects on the elderly, people with allergies and/or those with a weak immune system. Some symptoms may include breathing problems, sinus problems, and viral infections.
Dirt and neglect are one of the leading causes of HVAC failure. Although most things are unavoidable; like mold spores, pollen, bacteria, and pet dander, cleaning your home can minimize them. The standard furnace filter protects your system from large objects but doesn’t do very much to prevent dust, dirt, and mold spores from accumulating on the indoor coil and blower. Having buildup of dirt can make your system work harder to heat/cool your home which in turn increases your utility bills. Over time, having this build up will require your system to require more repairs and its lifespan can decrease. Good air filtration is important and helps your HVAC system run at maximum efficiency. A clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen, and other small particles in the air. An air filter’s job is to keep the components within an air handler/furnace clean. Some filters (HEPA Filters, Merv 13 filters) can filter down to the micron which removes allergens & dust. Air Filters filtration are rated by MERV. The higher the MERV the more it filters. Too high of a rating can also have a negative effect on systems. We recommend MERV 8-10 filters because they remove most contaminants while still allowing good airflow. The higher the MERV the faster the filter will get dirty because it is removing more contaminants. When the airflow is reduced in your system, it reduces the efficiency and capacity of the system. It has to work harder to move the same amount of air.
Having high quality air filtration can benefit your home in other ways as well. Lastly, with proper air filtration you should never have to pay to clean your indoor coil. Indoor cleaning can cost approximately $400.00. Most homes with standard air filters need to have their indoor coils cleaned about every five years, but with a good air filtration system, you can save over $1,000 during the life of a normal system.
All of the above is why good air filtration is important. It’ll keep your home cleaner, family healthier, and save money on maintenance and repair costs. Remember; changing your air filter is important and you should do so every one to three months depending on your home conditions and how dirty the filter is.