When it comes to air filters, you get what you pay for. This is especially the case with the cheap flat-panel filters you can pick up at the supermarket for $3 or $4. Good air filters not only protect your heating and cooling equipment from dirt, dust and grime; they help clean your indoor air and maintain system airflow.
The best approach to buying an air filter is to think of it as an investment. You’ll save in the long run by spending a few dollars more on a more expensive air filter with a higher efficiency rating. You’ll be spending less on fuel, maintenance and repair. Eventually, you’ll get your return on investment plus more savings on top of that. You can’t say the same thing for lower-efficiency air filters.
If you’re prone to allergies from airborne substances, opt for an air filter that can consistently give your home good indoor air quality. Otherwise, you’ll just put your health at risk. Remember that in the Kansas City area, dust and pollen are abundant in the spring.
You don’t have to use the most efficient air filter in the market, just the best one for your HVAC system. Unless your home has special air quality requirements, look for air filters with Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV ratings) in the mid-range of 10-16. You can usually expect these filters to provide satisfactory air cleaning, while not restricting airflow.
If you have more questions about air filters for your Kansas City area home, contact us at Overland Park Heating & Cooling. We have a team of professional experts who are ready to provide answers.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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