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What Are the Different Types of HVAC Filters in Mertzon, TX?

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The HVAC system in your Mertzon, TX home performs best with a good filter. Without the proper filter, you won’t get all the benefits your HVAC system provides. Let’s take a look at the types of HVAC filters and their purpose.

HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter

The HEPA filter is perhaps the most well-known of all HVAC filters and consists of filaments that trap small particles. In fact, HEPA filters trap up to 99% of airborne contaminants.

That being said, HEPA filters are most often found in commercial spaces, including healthcare facilities. You can find smaller air purifiers and air cleaners for homes that use HEPA filters, but the majority of the time, your whole-home HVAC won’t be compatible with HEPA filters.

Fiberglass Air Filter

A fiberglass air filter is good at trapping large airborne particles. Its MERV rating, which is a rating of its ability to capture dust and other contaminants, is between 1 to 4. When it comes to for indoor air quality, this type of filter doesn’t do much for improvement other than removing basic debris from circulation.

Electrostatic Filter

An electrostatic filter has a MERV rating between 3 to 8. This filter traps up to 69% of large particles, including dust, carpet fibers, pet hair and pollen.

If you’re concerned with health issues, this filter might not provide what you need. An electrostatic filter is unable to trap particles such as biological spores, bacteria, and viruses.

Nanofiber Filter

A nanofiber filter is a reusable filter that traps particles too small for other filters to capture. This type of filter generally has a MERV rating of 16, which is one of the highest ratings available. Filters of this rating are commonly found in locations such as hospitals and manufacturing facilities.

Getting an HVAC Filter for Your Mertzon, TX Home

Now that you know more about HVAC filters, you can decide which is best for your situation. Contact Bowles Heating and Cooling today for more information on HVAC filters.

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