An Altadena, CA, resident recently signed up for a maintenance program with us because they were concerned about their new HVAC unit. They knew that deferred equipment maintenance could lead to multiple issues in the future. So they took the first step toward keeping it maintained and operational. After diagnosing the entire system, we concluded that the existing unit had no major problems. It was only inefficient and needed HVAC filter replacement. So, we replaced the filter and cleaned out any obstructions in the ductwork to improve airflow. The homeowner was pleasantly surprised by how quiet their HVAC operation was after we completed these tasks for them. Another satisfied client served by Pioneers Heating and Air.
Your home’s HVAC system needs regular care and maintenance to operate properly. One of the essential parts of this care is HVAC preventative maintenance, including HVAC filter replacement. A simple filter replacement can extend the lifespan of your system. Thus, making it easier for you to save money on a new one rather than repairing an old unit that is on its way out.
Air filters come in so many different sizes, shapes and forms. When looking for an air filter, keep in mind its size, filtration level, and quality. In addition, you can use the dimensions of your air handler to determine which one is best for the unit. Aftermarket filters are often more affordable and higher performing than OEM brands, so they are a great option. At Pioneers Heating and Air, we have aftermarket filters that provide great value without sacrificing performance. Our filters, in fact, often outperform OEM brands.
Replacing your air filter is an important step to take in ensuring the quality of your indoor air. It is a simple process that anyone can do and only takes a few minutes. First, you must purchase the correct size filter for your unit and insert it into the intake vent. Then, one of our HVAC technicians can demonstrate where the filter goes and how to replace it with a new one. Additionally, your unit can have a label attached with instructions for simple filter replacement.
Pleated air filters are the superior choice for home air filtration. These filters can last from three to six months. That all depends on the size of your home and your filtration needs. They also do a much better job capturing air particles, with an efficiency of over 85%. In contrast, fiberglass filters only last around 30 days and are less effective. In addition, these filters capture only a small percentage of air particles. As a result, you may have to pay more upfront for a pleated filter. However, in the long run, it will be worth it for the improved air quality and reduced waste.
The industry uses the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) scale to gauge the effectiveness of HVAC filters. The rating ranges from MERV 1 to MERV 16. For example, MERV 8 air filters are recommended for most homes and businesses. However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, a filter with a MERV-13 rating could increase the system’s ability to remove viruses from circulated air effectively.
You can always count on reliable and quality HVAC services with Pioneers Heating and Air. From filter replacement to full-length air conditioning repair services, our team is here to help. We understand that not every household is the same, so we tailor our services to your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.