Your home or business’s HVAC system depends on a few things to run smoothly. It obviously needs a steady supply of fuel and power, but it also needs a reliable and clean source of air in order to properly function. You can help keep your unit running in good order by ensuring it’s regularly cleaned and that all airways are kept clear, but there’s something else that you can do to help with the airflow.
Over the past few years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have gained a new interest in the field of air filtration. Indeed, proper airflow has been proven to be one of our greatest allies in combating the virus. One of our best tools so far has been the high-efficiency air filters that we see more and more customers opt for; however, is such a filter right for you?
Read on for some more insights to help you make your decision.
Pros of premium filters
High-efficiency air filters are just what they sound like: They’re the best on the market at trapping particles that are trying to enter an interior space. In fact, they can trap nearly 100 percent of particles smaller than 0.3 microns; this puts them on par with the N95 and KN95 masks that we’ve all come to familiarize ourselves with.
It’s easy to see how installing such a tool in your home or office can make the breathable air that much safer and your loved ones and colleagues that much more protected against the threat of disease.
Another thing that high-efficiency air filters offer is an increase in air quality, not just when it comes to the risk of disease. Regular air filters are made to prevent dust and debris from entering your space and not much else. Allergens can still have free reign, so a high-efficiency air filter can be a boon if you spend much of your day indoors and are susceptible to allergies.
Cons of premium filters
With that said, an air filter replacement in your future isn’t necessarily a slam dunk. For starters, high-efficiency air filters are more expensive than standard filters. They use more material, and they’re more difficult to manufacture, all of which pushes their price tag up.
They can also push your utility bill up a bit. The added filtration means that less air can pass through at once. This means your home or business will take longer to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat, so the actual HVAC unit will have to run longer. It also decreases the efficiency of the system for the same reason; the unit has to work harder to push air through a finer grade of filtration.
All in all, high-efficiency air filters can be a great choice for most homes or businesses, especially with remaining concerns over the threat of COVID-19; however, buyers should beware that such filters can cause their HVAC units to work a bit harder, so this kind of air filter replacement should be considered with care. Our team at American Refrigeration Inc is well versed in these kinds of HVAC questions, and we’re happy to lend our expertise, so give us a call today to discuss your heating and cooling needs.