What Type Of Filter Should You Use In Your Home?

Dr. Landon Bunderson

PHD, Pollination Ecology

We often imagine that our allergies are triggered by what’s happening out of doors. But, the air quality in your home can also affect your allergies. If you have pets, dust, or mold, the air in your home could be causing your pain. Similarly, pollen and other outdoor allergens can enter through doors and windows and circulate through your home. A high quality AC or furnace filter can help you remove allergens from the air in your home.

One of the best ways to improve your indoor air is by upgrading your AC or furnace filter. The right filter can trap and remove these fine particles that float through the air, thus protecting your lungs and helping to prevent allergy symptoms or asthma.

Take a look at your HVAC system. Does it work to clean your air as well as heating and cooling your home? If not, you may want to look into getting a filter that will help defend your family against allergens.

How Do I Determine The Best Filters for Allergies?

Most air filters are assigned a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Ratings Value). This is simply a number that indicates the level of the filter’s efficiency in removing particulates from the air in your home. The higher the MERV number, the more efficient the filter.

Let’s take a look at what these ratings mean:

Are Filters Worth It?

If you or someone in your home suffers from extreme allergies, a good filter can be a solid investment. Unsurprisingly, the filters with higher MERV ratings will also cost more. And, they may consume more energy.

For those with asthma or terrible allergies, a filter with a higher MERV rating could be a great solution. A good HVAC system shouldn’t just heat and cool your home, but should also trap and remove allergens from the air, protecting you and your loved ones.

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