Why Is Your Home So Dusty?
Why is your home so dusty? That certainly isn’t something the air conditioning professionals from Symbiont Air Conditioning in Englewood, Florida would point out BUT they do know that dirty air conditioner air filters can lead to a thin layer of dust coating your furniture and floors.
The air filter in an HVAC unit is essential to the air quality of your home. You can certainly check the cleanliness — or dirtiness — of the filters in your air conditioner. If they are dirty you will want to clean them and replace them with new, clean ones. When we pay a service visit for your HVAC unit, checking and cleaning or replacing the filters is one of the many steps we take to assure the unit is working as effectively and efficiently as it should.
What else should you know about air filters and dust? The MERV rating, for sure. This may not be a term you’re familiar with but it is the rating of the impact your air conditioning filter will have on the air you breathe.
Why Is Your Home So Dusty?
What exactly is MERV? It means, “minimum efficiency reporting value” and the higher the MERV rating, the better the filter. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller particles it will capture and remove from the indoor air. MERV ratings run from 1 to 20.
Is there a standard range recommended?
As a homeowner, you will want to use filters that have a MERV rating from between 8 and 13. If you get a filter with a lower rating, dirt particles will escape into your air. If you have pets in the house or are dealing with allergies from airborne particles, go with the 13 MERV rated filter. Higher isn’t always better when it comes to MERV. A filter with higher ratings are more likely to get clogged quicker with dust and that can lead to reduced airflow and that will also lead to higher utility bills and even an uncomfortably humid home.
Changing the air filter
If you have a highly-rated MERV filter, it will need to be changed more frequently. These filters trap smaller particles and that means they will get dirty more quickly. The rule of thumb is change the filter every two or three months.
If you find the air quality in your home isn’t as clean as you’d like, talk with us about other products that can improve the quality of the air in your home. You can invest in a UV treatment device and/or an air purifier, among other devices.
Concerned about the air quality in your home, give us a call today. We are still working even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The filters in the HVAC unit also play a role in the comfort of your home. We can inspect those for you, clean and/or replace them to help assure your unit is working at peak levels and to ensure you’re comfortable in your Florida home.
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