There a lot of opinions on how often to change your air filter. The industry standard for standard 1” “boulder-catchers” is every 30 days, but this isn’t the case for everyone. Our advice is to check it every 30 days. If you can see the dust particles on the 1” filter then it’s time to change it. These filters don’t catch the smaller particles, so the filter will work just as inefficiently as ever! If it’s a “cheap” filter, pitch it and put a new one in its place. Why worry?
Generally, homes with kids, pets, and lots of in/out traffic will see their filters get dirty very quickly. We see homes with less activity easily go 60-90 days before they SEE the dirt! More runtime, especially in the Summer, on your Air Conditioning Unit equals air passing over a cold and damp air conditioning coil and sticking to the coil rather than collecting on the filter. Eventually, the dirt builds up and impedes the air flow through the air conditioning coil, blocking the cooling and causing the unit to over-work.
We offer filters that are rated to last 90 days – and often they look clean to the naked eye and we doubt the need to replace them. However, many particles caught by our high-efficiency filters are too small to see with the naked eye. Once you see dirt, it’s probably PAST the perfect time to replace the filter!
If you have been to the hardware store or searched for air filters online, you know there are many options with varying prices. We are going to let you in a little secret here, you don’t need the $35 air filter. The best filter for quality and value is a simple pleated filter with reinforced cardboard around the edges. Make sure it is appropriately sized for your filter housing so that it filters the air properly.
WARNING: We don’t suggest you buy a “high efficiency” without discussing the impact of such a filter on your Heating & Air Conditioning System. A High-Efficiency Air Filter could create an airflow restriction and cause hidden damage to your system, may cause premature repair or replacement costs. Your Heating & Air Conditioning Servicer should be able to guide you to a better filter choice.
The Central Air Purifier, commonly called a “CAP” unit is a High Efficiency Unit that contains multi-stage Air Filtration. It’s the real deal. The first stage is the “bolder catcher”. A second stage filter removes odors and a third stage catches particles that are very, very small! (Mostly NOT visible to the naked eye.) You can learn more on our website about CAP units. One of the greatest attributes is – the CAP unit does NOT restrict air flow, so it has ONLY positive effects on your Heating & Cooling System.
Let’s face it – we’re all looking for a deal! We choose to handle filters that are recommended by the original manufacturer, that way we know the unit will perform to the expectations the manufacturer promised. We’ve heard so many horror stories about the “knock-offs” that we choose to be your trusted supplier for years to come. We started with that simple philosophy in 2006 and continue in the same vain. You might find a filter for a couple dollars less, but you won’t find the same quality and performance! It’s simply NOT worth the gamble!
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value which measures how efficiently the filter captures particles of specific sizes that pass through the filter. The lower the number, the less efficient it is. MERV ratings range from 1 (least efficient) to 16 (most efficient).
All large filter shipping is charged by dimensional weight. That means that it isn’t only about the weight of the package, the dimensions are also considered. The calculator is pretty accurate. We’ve been shipping filters all over the world, but if you feel the cost is inaccurate, please call us and we’ll see if we can help. We’re a small business and don’t have the leverage the “big guys” have to pressure the shippers!