Hvac Services Air Filters

What do air filters do?  How do they work, and how do you know when you need an air filter replacement? The answer to questions like these depend partially on the material of the filter in question, but a few key components are universal. 

Air filters are a crucial part of your HVAC system, as they’re what makes sure that the air passing throughout your home is safe and pleasant to breathe. Whether they’re pleated or fiberglass, HVAC air filters are meant to catch particles of dust, dander, and germs as they pass through them. And at ABA HVAC and Home Solutions, we pride ourselves in providing the best air filter services on the market.

Electrostatic Filters 

At ABA HVAC and Home solutions, we offer gold and flex frame filters that are both loaded with electrostatic fibers. They’re made up of two plates, one with a positive charge and the other with a negative. This simple act of physics attracts all electronically-charged particles and captures them before they can exit the air vents. 

Electrostatic filters are cost-effective, since they can be washed and reused multiple times. They also fit a majority of HVAC systems and provide a MERV rating of 5-6, which is mid-range for a permanent filter. On its own, it works moderately well to maintain indoor air quality, but it works even better when paired with a UV-C air purifying system, which we also offer.

Germicidal UV Cleanser

Ultraviolet lights are one of the most affordable technologies that can greatly improve a home’s indoor air quality. It doesn’t capture any particles, but instead works by either preventing contaminants from building up inside the unit or disinfecting air before it passes through the air vents. It is not a replacement for a filter, but an added level of cleanliness. All you need to do is change the bulbs as needed!

Benefits of UV Air Purification

A UV-C light paired with an electrostatic filter is a great way to block up to 10x more pollutants on any given day. This includes dust and dander, along with strong odors like mold, smoke, pet odors and more.

With the help of this dynamic duo you can potentially reduce symptoms of allergies and other respiratory illnesses. And when cold and flu season hits, an air purification system can stifle the spread of many common germs and illnesses. Overall, the UV-C light is a great addition to any home heating and cooling system – especially when it’s installed by a provider with skill and experience.

Air Filters from ABA HVAC and Home Solutions

Though we’re a new company started midway into 2020, our technicians have years of experience in HVAC services. We don’t believe in shortcuts or quick fixes. Instead, our team is focused on doing the job right, and answering any questions you may have every step along the way. So for an upgrade to your indoor air quality (IAQ) that’ll come as a breath of fresh air, contact ABA HVAC and Home Solutions!

Air Filter FAQs

When should I replace my HVAC air filters?

This depends on a few key factors. The first and most important is your manufacturer’s recommendation. Some systems recommend changing filters every 30, 60, or 90 days. With most systems, you should replace the air filters every six months. We recommend in the spring before you start using your A/C and in the fall before you start using your heater. At a bare minimum, you should replace your air filters once per year. If you have pets or someone in your household is sensitive to allergens, replacing filters often will make the house more comfortable. Also, remember that in addition to changing your air filters regularly, it’s important to get your air ducts sanitized every three to five years.

How important is indoor air quality?

Indoor air quality is very important. It’s the air you breathe most often, so if it’s poor quality that will have detrimental effects on your health. Without the proper care, the air in your household may contain 2-5 times more pollutants than outdoor air. Bad indoor air quality can result in respiratory irritation, dry skin, trouble sleeping and bad odors – just to name a few.

Poor indoor air quality may also come from your crawl space. Consider getting a vapor barrier if indoor air quality is important to you.

Can I clean and reuse my air filter?

Some air filters are designed for this, whereas some are designed to be disposable. Check to see what best practices are for the specific type of air filter you use. If you do use disposable filters, don’t try to clean and reuse them. Just throw them away and install a new one. If you do clean your air filter, make sure you use an air filter cleaning product.