Air Particles & Air Quality; Importance of Monthly Air Filter Changes

With today’s hectic lifestyle, it’s easy to forget the little things that help keep your home’s heating and cooling systems maintained and running at optimum performance levels. One of the most important but often neglected chores is remembering to change you homes air filters. Your air filter is designed to trap air-born particles from being sucked in with the air and keeps them from blocking the blower and clogging up the coils. Clogged coils can’t heat or cool the air passing over them which can potentially cause damage to your system. Clean air filters help your HVAC system run efficiently and effectively. Your air filter also helps to keep dust from building up in your ducts, and from being blown from one room to another. Today air filters are designed to remove microscopic particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, plant spores and even smoke from the air in your home. Routinely changing your air filters once per month will save your energy and money and help protect the health of your family.

MERV Rating & Air Flow

Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is a full service HVAC Contractor that Hampshire and Hamden County, Massachusetts home and business owners have been choosing for quality heating and air conditioning sales, installation, repairs, service and maintenance since 2003. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. employs a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals who are experts in energy saving preventive maintenance services. One of the most commonly asked questions about air filters is what is a MERV rating and how does it work? The Maximum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, is an industry standard rating which allows consumers to be aware of how well an air filter cleans the air passing through it. Most filters state the MERV rating on the packaging. The higher the MERV rating is, the smaller the size of the particles, measured in microns that the filter will capture and trap.

Air Particles & Air Quality

To give you an idea of particle size, the experts at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning have provided the following information:
• A human hair measures 60 to 75 microns.
• Dust particles measure between 0.5 to 5 microns
• Pollen can measure as large as 100 microns or as small as 10 microns
• Smoke can carry particles as small as 0.3 microns

Clean Air Filters

A correctly sized, installed and properly functioning heating and air system circulates the air in your home every hour. During this process it pulls air through the filter. How well the filter cleans the air depends the on the MERV rating of the filter. MERV ratings range from 1 to 16 and indicate the size of the particles that a filter can remove, the higher the number indicates the higher cleaning efficiency because it can filter smaller particles. According to the experts at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning, your home environment and how often your run your heating and air can also affect how quickly your air filters get dirty. If you have no pets, or dust prone furnishings like fabric covered furniture or carpets and you vacuum and dust every day your air filter will have fewer particles to collect.

Professional Air Conditioning Inspection

Contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning today and speak with a customer service professional about scheduling an appointment to inspect your home and decide which MERV air filter rating is best suited for your needs. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated, fully licensed and insured HVAC Company dedicated to customer service and providing the highest standards available in the heating and air industry.

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