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Where are My Air Filters Located?

Where are My Air Filters Located?

Regularly changing your HVAC filters is an essential part of home maintenance. It protects your family by easing allergy and asthma symptoms. It gives you cleaner air to breathe and allows you the chance to avoid more expensive AC repairs. When you regularly change your filters, dirt, mold, allergens, and pollutants are removed from the air you breathe. If that’s not enough, you’ll also see savings on your energy bill when you keep a clean filter in your system.

Not sure where your filters are located? Not sure how to get them changed? The following should give you some direction.

Locating Your Filters

The majority of HVAC systems have filters right in the main system. They’re generally located right by the air handler, which is the main unit holding the fan motor and fan itself. If you’re unsure where your HVAC system is located in the first place, check your basement, your attic, the laundry room, or another out-of-the-way area.

Once you’ve found your unit, look for something that could be a removable cover. It may be horizontal, or it may be vertical. Most units have a one-inch removable cover, but others may have a four-inch cover. The size of the cover coincides with the size of your filter, so that should be a good hint as to what you’re looking for. When you open the cover for the first time, you should find an air filter already inside, which is the best indication you’ve found what you’re looking for.

Depending on the style and age of your HVAC system, you may not be able to find the area where a filter would be inserted. If that’s the case, you may need a professional to show you, or you may need to change the filter at the return vent.

Your return vents are typically found on the wall that looks similar to your standard air duct vents but is larger. There are certain homes in which they are located on the floor or the ceiling as well. Removing the cover with a screwdriver, or by pulling a tab, will reveal to you the filter sitting just beyond.

Changing Your Filters

Now that you’ve figured out where the filters should go, it’s time to learn how to change an air filter. The good news is it’s a simple process. To change the filter near your HVAC system air handler:

  1. Open the cover
  2. Remove the old, dirty filter and throw it away
  3. Insert the new filter, ensuring the airflow arrow is pointing toward your unit
  4. Replace the cover

To change the filter in a return vent:

  1. Locate all the return vents in your home
  2. Remove the vent covers
  3. Remove the dirty filters and throw them out
  4. Insert the new filters, facing the metal wiring away from you
  5. Replace the cover

As you can see, changing a/c filters isn’t too hard, which is why having your filters delivered right to your home and changing them yourself is one of the best money- and time-saving maintenance issues you can handle.

Learning More and Ordering Your Filters

When you’re ready to learn more about how to keep your home clean and free of allergens, contact Crockett Filter Club to speak with a representative about ordering filters. Call 1-844-401-4604 or fill in the online form, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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What MERV Filter Should I Use?

What MERV Filter Should I Use?

Using the right filter could be the difference between a healthy family and one that experiences health issues. While there are a lot of filters on the market, and a lot of factors to take into consideration, one thing you need to look at is the MERV rating. These ratings range from good to better to best, but how do you know which is right for your home and family? The following are some things to consider.

The 3 Common MERV Filters

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. There are ratings ranging from 1 to 20, but the most commonly used filters in residences are 8, 11, and 13. By the MERV rating, you can understand how well each particular filter does at keeping contaminants out of your home. The greater the number, the better job it does, and need varies from home to home. For one family, an 8 might do the job just fine, while another might require a 13 because of their specific circumstances.

How Pressure Drop Relates to Filters

Anything that gets between your vents and your HVAC system is going to cause air resistance. While you need those filters, they are one of the causes of air resistance. This is called pressure drop. As you look at different filters, you want one with a lower pressure drop, but not so low that it won’t work efficiently. A good filter with a higher MERV rating is going to cause pressure drop, so don’t shy away just because it’s slightly higher.

A MERV 8 Rating is Basic

If you live in an area that has relatively low air pollution, you keep your home clean, and you don’t have any pets or allergies, a MERV 8 rating might be just right for your air filter. This rating will keep bacteria, dust, dust mites, mold, and pollen out of your air. Because the filter isn’t as tight, the pressure drop will generally be pretty low. MERV 8 filters would be classified as a “good” option for your home.

A MERV 11 Rating is More Significant

Going up a level to a MERV 11 rating, you’re going to filter out everything the 8 filters, in addition to the pet dander floating around your home. If you’ve got pets or mild allergies, this could be the right filter for you. The pressure drop is slightly higher, but that’s to be expected considering it filters more, and it’s still not high enough to be a concern. MERV 11 filters would be considered a “better” option when it comes to complete filtration for your home.

A MERV 13 Rating is Top Quality

A MERV 13 filter will rid your home of everything the 11 filters, but also gets rid of smoke, smog, cooking oils, and virus carriers, making this a top-quality filter. If you live in an area with a high level of air pollution, you’d want to use a filter with a MERV 13 rating. It’s also an acceptable option for families with multiple pets or individuals who have severe allergies. You’ll see a higher pressure drop with a MERV 13 filter, but again, it’s nothing to be concerned about. You might consider a filter with a MERV 13 rating your “best” option.

What Will You Choose?

As you can see, there are many factors at play when you’re choosing a filter for your HVAC system. Take some time to consider your specific circumstances and call Crockett Filter Club at 844-401-4604 with any questions.

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