Air Filters and Filtration

We can’t blame all household dust on children and pets, but they make a good start.  Other factors like dirt, fabric and carpet fibers, wood fibers and hair contribute generously as well.  We can’t take the “home” out of your home, but we can give you effective filtration.

There are several different types of air filters on the market.  You will find they are rated based on MERV ratings.  MERV is an efficiency scale which rates them according to the particles they filter out.  The higher the number, the higher the filtration.

Entry level Barrier filters are standard on most systems.  These work well to protect the equipment since they remove the larger particles.  There is a wide range of qualities anywhere from 1 – 8.  Our standard filters are MERV 8.

If you have any allergies or sensitivities to dust you will want to consider a better system.  We recommend a good quality infinity pleated media filter with a rating of 13 as a good cost effective solution.

The most well known type is the HEPA system, which is not a brand but a design of filter based on a maximum filtration model.  HEPA filters are excellent at filtering out a large number of very small particles – up to 97+%.  Their rating is in the 17+ range.

Wondering what is right for you?  Ask us.  We’ll consider things like what system you have, what air quality you are trying to achieve, ease of maintenance and your budget before recommending the best options for you.

When and how to replace or clean your air filters depends on the type you have.  If you are unsure, let our qualified journeymen at R&B do it for you.  Let us remember when to make the change by taking advantage of priority reoccurring scheduling.  After all, what’s the point of having a filter if it’s not doing its job?  If you think your filters aren’t doing the job, call our office.  We can guide you to the best solution for your home and your budget.