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Good or Great Air Filter? How Do You Choose?

Good or Great Air Filter? How Do You Choose?Whether your realize it or not, your HVAC unit contains a single air filter that helps to remove dirt and debris from being pumped through your ducts and out into the air your breathe. In fact, you should be changing yours once per month. If you don’t, dirty air filters in HVAC systems can actually cause your system to work harder, costing you more money and potentially resulting in the need for repair service sooner. Use these tips to help you choose the right air filters for your home HVAC system.

  • Ask about the MERV, minimum efficiency rating value, of air filters before buying. Most air filters for your HVAC system will have the MERV rating number on the packaging. MERV ratings are between 1 on the low side and 16 on the high side.
  • Avoid washable air filters. Washable air filters tend to have a MERV rating between 1 and 4 and require regular maintenance. That means they don’t filter much and require a lot of upkeep.
  • Skip fiberglass filters whenever possible. Fiberglass air filters typically have a MERV rating between 1 and 4 too.
  • Look for high-efficiency air filters that have a MERV rating between 14 and 16. These tend to trap about 85% of air pollutants. High-efficiency filters tend to cost the most, but do a much better job of cleaning the air.
  • Choose polyester and pleated air filters if you can’t find high-efficiency ones. They usually have a MERV rating of 8 to 13.
  • Get a recommendation from a professional during a regular maintenance call. You should be having your HVAC system checked at least once per year anyway, so asking what type of filter is best for your HVAC system can save you a lot of guesswork. Your service provider will also be able to change your filter for you that first time and during subsequent service calls as well.

Contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for more information on choosing a quality air filter for your HVAC system. We can also help you with all of your heating, cooling and air quality-related needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Geothermal Energy: Free And Renewable

Geothermal Energy: Free And RenewableIf you’re looking for a cooling and heating system that combines dependability, durability and energy efficiency, consider a geothermal heat pump (GHP). These HVAC appliances simply move heat from one place to another and offer the highest available energy efficiency for homes. In the case of GHPs, the appliances use heat from underground sources to condition your home.  Continue reading “Geothermal Energy: Free And Renewable” »

High Energy Costs? You May Have Been Bitten By Energy Vampires

High Energy Costs? You May Have Been Bitten By Energy VampiresIf you’re looking for a way to curtail high energy costs, spend some time around your home discovering your energy vampires. They probably lurk in each room of your home, especially if you have a home office or use a lot of products with chargers. They’re called energy vampires because you end up using electricity that serves no function, but you have to pay for it.  Continue reading “High Energy Costs? You May Have Been Bitten By Energy Vampires” »

Are Your Ducts In A Tangled Mess? Time To Evaluate Your Ductwork Design

Are Your Ducts In A Tangled Mess? Time To Evaluate Your Ductwork DesignThe importance of good ductwork design can not be overstated. In addition to carrying the responsibility of balanced airflow, good ductwork design is vital for year-round energy savings and lightening the load on your HVAC system to reduce wear. Use these tips to streamline your ducts for lasting comfort and savings.  Continue reading “Are Your Ducts In A Tangled Mess? Time To Evaluate Your Ductwork Design” »

Don’t Just Schedule HVAC Maintenance, Invest In A Protection Plan

Don't Just Schedule HVAC Maintenance, Invest In A Protection PlanEvery homeowner in the San Diego area knows how important it is to take care of the HVAC system in order to keep it running at optimum levels. Scheduling regular maintenance is necessary but one of the safest ways to ensure efficiency and dependability is to invest in a protection plan. Problems can occur on the best-kept systems and having a plan provides high-priority quality service when problems do arise. Many companies offer HVAC protection plans, however, when choosing a plan look for these important features: Continue reading “Don’t Just Schedule HVAC Maintenance, Invest In A Protection Plan” »

Airflow And Refrigerant — 2 Key Factors For Successful HVAC Maintenance

Airflow And Refrigerant -- 2 Key Factors For Successful HVAC MaintenanceIf your air conditioner isn’t cooling as well as it used to, or if you have hot and cold spots in your home, professional HVAC maintenance might be in order to keep your home comfortable, help control humidity and get years of reliable service from your system. Continue reading “Airflow And Refrigerant — 2 Key Factors For Successful HVAC Maintenance” »

HVAC Warranties 101: What Homeowners Need

HVAC Warranties 101: What Homeowners Need One of the best ways to protect new heating or cooling systems, besides engaging in regular maintenance, is HVAC warranties. With a solid warranty, you can ensure that, should something go wrong with your equipment, you’re protected from costly repairs or replacements. Continue reading “HVAC Warranties 101: What Homeowners Need” »