Can I use the same air filter for both heat and AC?
Yes, both AC filters and furnace filters are the same thing. At Sheridan Supply, we categorize filters based on their intended use to make filter shopping easier for the customer. During the summer months you are more likely to search for AC filters. While during colder winter months you are looking to buy furnace filters. A good tip for remembering when to change your filters is to replace them at the start of each new season.
Which direction does the air filter go?
At Sheridan Supply, we suggest that you point the arrow on the box in the direction of airflow. If you are unsure the direction of airflow turn on the system fan. Do not remove the old filter before checking airflow as this might allow dirt or debris to escape. Maybe you might want to take a black marker and draw an arrow on your unit for future reference.
What is air filter MERV rating?
The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) is used by manufacturers to explain how efficient the air filter is at trapping airborne particles! A higher MERV rating means cleaner air but reduced air flow. MERV 8 filters capture 80% of airborne particles like pollen, dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander down to 3 microns in size. MERV 11 air filters capture up to 95% of the above mentioned airborne particles down to 1 micron in size!
If you choose a MERV 13 filter expect greatly diminished airflow but improved filtration of bacteria, tobacco smoke, and cooking oil down to 0.3 micron in size. Before you choose a MERV rating check with your HVAC manufacturer to see what your system is designed to handle. Picking the wrong filter CAN impact air flow and reduce equipment life.
When to change the air filter in your house?
How often are you using your system ? Are you living in the Northeast or the Southwest ? Many will suggest that you replace your air filters every 3 months. You may need to replace your filters more frequently depending on air quality. If you are unsure about indoor air quality check the filter monthly. If you see that the filter material is greatly discolored or looking dirty change —-out the filter. If you fail to replace air filters as recommended it might lead to reduced system efficiency, greater energy costs, and poor air quality. Your system is a big investment ! Be sure that you are maintaining it!
Which air filter is best for allergies?
If you have respiratory problems caused by pollen, dust, mold, or pet dander a MERV 11 filter can help reduce the severity of aliments caused by allergies. If you are sensitive to smoke from cooking or tobacco a MERV 13 filter is recommend. If you or someone in the house is an allergy sufferer it is recommend you install filters to process both supply and return air. Before you choose a MERV rating check with your HVAC manufacturer to see what your system is designed to handle. Picking the wrong filter could impact air flow and reduce equipment life.
Which air filter is best for my home?
We, at Sheridan Supply feel that your choice depends on your needs. If you have no allergies and no pets, you might want to use a MERV 8. MERV 11 filters are recommend for occasional allergy sufferers and homes with pets. The MERV 13 filter should be used if allergies are a serious concern and there are tobacco smokers in the house.
Where are they made?
At Sheridan Supply, our air filters are American-Made. That is really important to us. Country of Origin laws require that most products manufactured outside of America bear labeling that tells consumers where the product is made. This label should be visible on the product itself or the packaging in which it arrived.
Are the home air filters electro-statically charged?
Yes, many air filter brands use an electro-statically charged filter media. Fiberglass air filters are far less common today and were never designed to improve air quality, rather they protect HVAC systems from large dirt and debris.