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How to Get Better Air Filtration

Your biggest hope is that your friends and family members are healthy and happy. And part of a healthy life includes taking care of your respiratory system. Good respiratory health can be difficult when your air is full of germs and allergens like mold spores, pollen, and pet dander. Luckily, your air conditioning and heating system contains a filter that can help.

Is Your Filter Strong Enough?

As it turns out, however, the first air filters were designed to protect the AC system—not your health. Without an air filter, incoming debris could do a lot of damage to an AC or to a furnace. Today, the most basic filters can help to stop allergens from moving into the air you breathe, but a standard filter might be more effective at blocking the larger particles.

Should You Get a Stronger Filter?

Many homeowners, hoping to improve the quality of the air in the home, upgrade to a stronger, more expensive filter. They assume the most expensive filter in the store may end up working the best. However, this simply is not true.

The stronger the filter, the harder it is for air to get through. Oftentimes, you can upgrade your filter slightly and your AC will still work fine. But once you shop for a filter with a MERV over about 7, air struggles to get through the system, and it might raise your bills or make your system struggle and need repair sooner.

How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

Instead of choosing a bigger filter that just makes your AC system work harder, we recommend upgrading to a whole-home air purification system. Technicians can install an air purifier in your home that cleans the air without blocking it out. Instead, UV lights sterilize germs or an ionizing system helps to eliminate particles from the air ducts.

For more information about indoor air quality in your home in Cedar Grove, NJ, call the friendly people at MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc.

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