All about furnace filters

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Furnace filters should be cleaned or replaced regularly. (Photo Credits)

The furnace is one of the most important fixture in a home especially those located in areas with harsh winter season. It is very important that it be maintained in the best way possible to prolong its lifespan and at the same time the whole household can remain comfortable despite the chilly weather.

One of the key maintenance area in the furnace system is its filter. It helps ensure good air quality by removing particles that can cause indoor air pollution. The University of Illinois Extension has come up with a comprehensive information on furnace filter and how it can help promote healthy indoor air. A/C And HVAC

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“Furnace filters protect the furnace. They also contribute to good health and well-being by cleaning the air circulating through the house. Filter designs and rating systems vary. Some filters remove large, heavy particles from the air but allow smaller particles to flow through. Large particles (from 6 to 100 microns in size) include lint, pollen, and mold spores. Medium particles (from 0.3 to 6 microns) include dust, animal dander, and bacteria. The smallest particles (0.3 microns and below) include smoke, smog, and viruses.”

Check out the informative article originally published here.

Choosing a furnace filter

Canadian Media Global News also ran a news feature on Furnace Filters. In the feature they explained how filters work, what it does, how it is being rated, as well as its different types. They also discussed how to properly replace furnace filters.

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“Furnace filters are rated using the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). MERV ratings range from 1 to 16. The higher the rating the more particles the filter can remove (check out the infographic below — courtesy airfilterbuy.com — to get an idea of what each MERV rating can handle). Higher rated filters allow less air to flow through though and can force your furnace to work harder and possibly malfunction. A MERV rating between eight and 11 is adequate for most homes.”

The full feature article can be read here.

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Home improvement website BobVila.com has come up with a guide on choosing the best furnace filter for one’s home heating system. In their article, they compared the different filters that are commonly available in the market. Plumbing Association of San Diego           

“There can be big impact even in little things, and finding the right furnace filter can not only save money, but also improve air quality. Originally, filters were designed to protect the moving parts of the furnace itself, but thanks to technological advancements, filters now prevent harmful particles from cycling back into the air that you breathe at home.”

Check out the full guide they published here.

Cleaning or replacing furnace filters are indeed an important part of furnace maintenance.

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