The majority of homeowners go to great lengths to ensure the temperature in their homes is comfortable by installing efficient and reliable HVAC systems and thermostats. But many forget the importance of ensuring their indoor air quality is healthy and free of harmful contaminants and pollutants.
Although standard air filters capture the majority of larger contaminants such as dust, dirt, and other allergens, they are often not enough to ensure a healthy air supply especially if you have family members with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses. Grove Heating & Cooling has a solution – the installation of a whole-house media air cleaner. Keep reading to learn more about media air cleaners, and contact us today to schedule an appointment for installation. Headquartered in Crofton, MD, Grove is proud to serve homeowners throughout Annapolis, MD and surrounding areas.
Media air cleaners connect directly to your existing heating and cooling system and use a multi-layered filter to trap airborne contaminants as air passes through the unit. The air in your home is pulled through the filter media by the HVAC system’s fan. As it passes through the various layers of synthetic fibers, activated carbon, and other materials, particles are trapped and held.
Media air cleaners are effective at capturing a wide range of airborne particles, including dust, pollen, pet dander, and some bacteria and viruses. Clean air is then released back into your home through the HVAC system’s ductwork, improving indoor air quality and reducing the risk of respiratory issues.
If you’re wondering whether the installation of a media air cleaner would be beneficial to your Annapolis, MD area home, consider the following benefits:
All types of unhealthy contaminants and pollutants such as dust, allergens, smoke, and dander can float around your air supply if you don’t have an effective air filtration system or simply use a standard one-inch air filter. Media air filters are significantly more effective at filtering out contaminants to improve the health of your indoor air supply and reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses.
Without proper air filtration in place, dust and other contaminants can build up in your HVAC system and on the evaporator coils. This can lead to weak airflow, repairs, and even premature HVAC system replacement.
When your HVAC system is free of contaminants it will reach the set temperature on your thermostat more quickly, which will result in you benefiting from lower monthly energy bills.
Conventional one-inch furnace filters typically require replacement every one to three months. Media air filters, on the other hand, have a longer lifespan, capable of lasting up to six months before replacement is necessary.
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value rating of a media air cleaner and can vary depending on the type of filter you install. Media air cleaners generally have a higher MERV rating compared to traditional one-inch air filters.
Media air filters typically have a MERV rating between 8 and 16. Higher-rated media air cleaners indicate improved filtration efficiency. A MERV rating of 8 is the minimum recommended rating for air filtration, while a MERV rating of 16 is considered a high-efficiency filter capable of capturing tiny particles, such as bacteria and smoke. It’s important to note that higher-rated media air cleaners can lead to reduced airflow and increased stress on your heating and cooling system. Work with a professional HVAC technician to choose the right type of unit to install.
Ensuring a healthy indoor air supply is of the utmost importance for the longevity of your HVAC system and the health of your family, especially if family members suffer from respiratory illnesses. Grove Heating & Cooling can help improve your home’s air quality with the installation of a media air cleaner in your Annapolis, MD area home.
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