When it comes time to replace the filter in your furnace, there are a few things you should know. The quality of the filter you choose dictates how often you must replace or clean it, and the type of filter will determine what kind of air quality you are getting out of it. Follow these easy tips and replacing your furnace filter should be a breeze!
Consult the furnace's manufacturer instructions to determine the location of the filter and how frequently it should be replaced. The instructions should also tell you what size and type of filter you need for heating in Calgary
. If you can't find the instructions, you can look your furnace up online or give us a call. Most filters should be replaced at least once every three months.
Filters that can be washed and reused have their benefits, but typically do not allow as much air through and are ineffective at catching smaller particulates. These filters should be washed often to allow maximum air flow.
HEPA filters (stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air) are a really good choice if you want the best quality air in your home. However, they do not typically fit standard furnaces, and so require a separate system of the furnace filter and a fan attached. They're also quite a bit more expensive.
Pleated filters come in both regular and high efficiency. The high efficiency filters have an electrostatic charge for catching particulates and allergens.
The higher the MERV rating, the higher the filter quality. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and you'll want a rating of at least 10 to meet most health guidelines for heating in Calgary
If you have pets in your home or are doing any kind of renovations that create extra dust and debris, keep an eye on your filter as it will be catching a lot of this and will need cleaning or replacing more often.
If you are living in an apartment complex, it is more likely that your landlord will be in charge of furnace filter replacement. Check with them before attempting to change it yourself—you may be saving yourself the cost of a furnace filter!