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Salt Lake City Furnace Filter

Blog Highlights:

  • The filter ensures that the air circulating throughout your home remains clean and safe
  • Once your heating and cooling system is installed, you should make sure you purchase the correct filter
  • When choosing your filter there are several factors to consider

The furnace filter is an important component of your heating and cooling system. The filter ensures that the air circulating throughout your home remains clean and safe. It removes dirt, pollen, dust, and other allergens from the air. If you live in Salt Lake or Park City, it is imperative to have a good, sturdy furnace filter.

Once your heating and cooling system is installed, you should make sure you purchase the correct filter. In order to have the highest quality of air, you should follow the instructions in your system’s manual. Having the right filter ensures efficiency and effectiveness.

When choosing your filter there are several factors to consider:

Size

In order to figure out the size you need, check the side of the door on the filter cabinet. The filter should fit well and leave no room for air to escape. The most common sizes are 16” x 20”, 20” x 25”, and 16” x 25”. Most manufacturer’s produce filters that can be used in different brands of systems. Before purchasing your filter, be sure to consult the product’s information to confirm it is compatible with your system.

Filter Thickness

Again, you will need to look at your furnace to determine how thick your filter should be. Thicker filters tend to last longer and are more efficient. You can find filters that are anywhere from 1 to 5 inches thick.

Pleated vs. Non-Pleated

We recommend pleated furnace filters. Typically they are more efficient  and last longer than flat fiberglass filters. Pleated filters catch more contaminants and allergens because their surface area is large and the fibers are tightly woven, keeping even the smallest pollutants out of your home.

Filter Efficiency

The American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the air filter industry have agreed upon a universal rating system: MERV. The MERV system is a numbered, convenient, and easy-to-use way for homeowners to determine how well a filter will work. A high MERV rating designates a high level of efficiency and air quality. In a typical home, 10 is the most common MERV rating for filters. However, if you or a member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, you should look for a filter with a rating of 12 or higher.

Do you need help deciding what filter to buy? Are you ready to install your filter, but don’t know how? Call us today!

Consult the following chart of MERV ratings for the furnace filter that will best suit your home or office:

MERV RATING CHART
Standard 52.5 Minimum Efficiency Reporting ValueDust Spot EfficiencyArrestanceTypical Controlled ContainmentTypical Applicaitons and LimitationsTypical Air Filter/Cleaner Type
20n/an/a< 0.30 pm particle sizeClean rooms>99.999% eff. On 10-20 pm Particles
19n/an/aVirus (unattached)Radioactive MaterialsParticles
18n/an/aCarbon DustPharmaceutical Man.Particulates
17n/an/aAll Combustion smokeCarcinogenetic Materials>99.97% eff. On 30 pm Particles
16n/an/a0.3-1.0 pm Particle SizeGeneral SurgeryBag filter – Nonsupported microfine fiberglass or synthetic media, 12-36 in. deep, 6-12 pockets
Box filter – Rigid Style Cartridge
Filters 6 to 12″ deep may use lofted or paper media
15> 95%n/aAll BacteriaHospital Inpatient Care
1490% – 95%> 98%Most Tobacco SmokeSmoking Lunges
1389% – 90%> 98%Proplet Nuclei (Sneeze)Superior Commercial Buildings
1270% – 75%> 95%
1.0-3.0 pm Particle Size
Legionella
Superior ResidentialBag filter – Nonsupported microfine fiberglass or synthetic media, 12-36 in. deep, 6-12 pockets
Box filter – Rigid Style Cartridge
Filters 6 to 12″ deep may use lofted or paper media
1160% – 65%> 95%
Humidifier Dust
Lead Dust
Better Commercial Buildings
1050% – 55%> 95%
Milled Flour
Auto Emissions
Hospital Laboratories
940% – 45%> 90%Welding Fumes
830% – 35%> 90%3.0-10.0 pm Particle SizeCommercial BuidlingsPleated Filters – Disposable, extended surface area, thick with cotton-polyester blend media, cardboard frame
Cartridge Filters – Grated density viscous coated cube or pocket filters, synthetic media
Throwaway – Disposable synthetic panel liner
725% – 30%> 90%Mold Spores
Hair Spray
Better Residential
6< 20%85% – 90%Fabric Protector
Dusting Aids
Industrial Workplace
5< 20%85% – 90%Cement Dust
Pudding Mix
Paint Booth Inlet
4< 20%75% – 80%> 10.0 pm Particle Size
Pollen
Minimal FiltrationThrowaway – Disposable synthetic panel liner
Washable – Aluminum Mesh
Electrostatic – Self-charging woven panel filter
3< 20%70% – 75%Dust Mites
Sanding Dust
Residential
2< 20%65% – 70%Spray Paint Dust
1< 20%< 65%Textile Fibers
Carpet Fibers
Window A/C Units