It is important to understand the primary and secondary functions of your home heating and cooling system’s air filter in order to choose the right air filter for your home. Where most people tend to make mistakes is by assuming the air filter’s primary job is to clean the air that is being blown throughout their homes.
However, this assumption is incorrect. Rather it is the secondary function of an air filter. Most people are surprised to learn the primary function of their air filter is to help prevent dirt, dust, pet dander, and other particles from getting into the home heating and cooling system equipment. When the equipment gets dirty, it loses efficiency, and could lead to potential damage of the system.
Air filters need to be changed on a regular basis in order to ensure the proper operation of your heating and cooling system. How often an air filter requires changing depends upon several factors, including:
For lower quality, cheap air filters, these need to be changed at least once a month. For better quality filters, they should be changed at least once every three months. If using a 5 inch wide filter, like the York Affinity, our furnace maintenance and repair technicians have found these typically last a year.
Selecting an Air Filter
You need to choose an air filter that will stop dirt, dust, pet dander, and other airborne particles from passing through the filter and getting into the heating and cooling system equipment. However, it is equally important to choose an air filter that does not hinder the air flow passing through the equipment.
When air flow is reduced, it places a strain on the heating and cooling system, causing it to work harder and decreasing its efficiency. As a result, restricted air flow can lead to more frequent Calgary furnace repair services, since an overworked system tends to fail more often.
Types of Air Filters
There are several different types of air filters available from a variety of places. The range from cheap, inefficient, and potentially hazardous to highly efficient and well-made. The type of air filter most people use in their homes are one inch wide air filters, which come in different capacities, sizes, and material.
Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend the York Affinity air filter with a 13 MERV rating. This premium 5 inch filter is able to be retrofitted to any existing system, including older ones. To learn more about the York Affinity air filter or for assistance in choosing the best air filter for your home heating and cooling system, call the experts at Distinct Heating & Cooling today at (403) 477-3810. We do not want to see you end up with costly furnace repair bills because you used a cheap, low quality air filter.