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Your HVAC system’s air filter serves an important purpose, capturing airborne allergens, irritants, and pollutants. There are many options for your home’s HVAC filter, and choosing the right product isn’t always a straightforward matter. Use these tips to help you pick the best possible filtration for your Sarasota, Florida, home.

Check Your System’s Requirements

Residential HVAC systems have certain parameters for the filters that they can accept. Many systems can use only a one-inch filter, while others can accommodate filters up to five inches thick. Thicker is better when it comes to your air filter, but you must stick with the manufacturer’s recommended filter that fits in your unit.

The same is true of MERV ratings. The higher the MERV rating on your air filter, the more effective it is at capturing small particles. HEPA filters have the highest MERV ratings, but these are usually reserved for hospitals and other commercial facilities. Most home HVAC systems aren’t strong enough to pull air through this type of filter. Choose the highest MERV rating that your system can handle that is recommended by the manufacturer.

Consider Added Filtration

If you want to go above and beyond your system’s standard filter, you can opt to install another filtration system. Often referred to as an air cleaner or air purifier, this add-on will help capture bacteria, allergens, irritants, and pollutants that a standard HVAC filter might miss.

We carry several types of air purifier systems. The Comfort EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter EZXCAB removes 65 percent of particles as small as 1 micron in size. Meanwhile, the Infinity Air Purifier GAPA captures 95 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns. Customize your air filter to meet your family’s needs.

If you’re suffering from allergies, asthma, dust buildup, or other signs of poor indoor air quality, improving your air filter can help. Contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at (941) 306-3715 for help choosing the best filter for your home. We offer a full line of air quality and air conditioning services to help you get the comfort you need.

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