According to the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy, regular replacement of your HVAC filters can improve the indoor air quality in your Pinecrest home and ensure the most efficient op eration of your heating and cooling system. Making sure you are using the right air filters can improve the performance of your HVAC system. Here are some tips for choosing the right filter for your heating and cooling needs:

Look for the Right Size

Air filters can vary significantly in size. Making sure your filter is the correct size for your unit is essential. Filters that are too small can allow dust to pass through on either side to reduce your indoor air quality.

Filters that are too large for your system will not fit correctly and could break down, allowing debris and particles of filter material to pass through the mechanical components inside your HVAC unit. This could potentially cause breakdowns and other issues with your system.

Choose the Right MERV Rating

The minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of your filter is an indicator of its ability to clean particulates and other contaminants from the air. Higher MERV ratings translate to improved filtration. Most systems operate best with filters that are rated MERV 6-8. It is important to avoid using a filter with too high of a MERV rating, as the restricted air flow caused by these high-efficiency air filters could potentially put added wear and tear on older systems.

When in Doubt, Ask an Expert

Your local heating and cooling company is the best source of accurate information on the right filter for your Miami home or business. These knowledgeable professionals can provide you with expert advice and guidance on the right indoor air quality solutions for your current system. They can also help you upgrade to a more energy-efficient system.

The friendly and courteous technicians at RCI Air Conditioning Company can provide you with installation, repair and maintenance services for your Miami HVAC systems. We work with you to design solutions that work for your home and your budget. Call us today to schedule a maintenance visit or to discuss your needs with us. We look forward to serving you.