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Air Filters: 5 Things You Should Know About Them

Almost all forced-air heating and cooling systems include an air filter to protect their components from dust and dirt in the air. If you make good maintenance choices with respect to the air filter, it will also improve your home’s air quality and save you money by helping your heating and cooling system run efficiently. Air…

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HEPA Filters Can Help Allergy Sufferers, but Is It the Right Choice for Your Home?

HEPA filters have been getting a lot of buzz lately, especially with marketing directed toward families whose members suffering from allergies, asthma or other breathing disorders. However, consideration should be given before employing their use. Filters made for residential HVAC use come in various types, each carrying a specific rating on the MERV scale. MERV, which…

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Understanding What MERV Ratings Mean for Air Filter Efficiency

Understanding the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) for HVAC filters will help you select an appropriate furnace or A/C filter based on the needs of your household without sacrificing heating and cooling performance. MERV ratings range between 1-16 (with 17-20 reserved for High Efficiency Particulate Arresting, or HEPA, filters). As a general rule of thumb,…

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