Are Your Air Filters Right for Your Heating and Air Conditioning?
While you might have the ideal HVAC system in place for your facility, plenty of other factors go in to how well it ultimately performs. From the provider you work with to how well it fits into your space, there’s a lot to consider when deciding which HVAC service to use.
The right system doesn’t just begin and end with heating and cooling: The right HVAC contractor can help make sure you’re always able to minimize energy and maintenance costs, while still getting the most out of your system. At React Industries, we make sure your heating and air conditioning system is always in top shape, and that starts with determining the right air filter for your system.
What Are Air Filters?
The filter in your air conditioner plays a critical role in the airflow and overall cleanliness of your facility. Conditioned air passes through filters before entering your space. If your filter is clean, that’s great—fresh cool air at all times. If it isn’t clean, things can get dicey, and quickly. Mold and dust particles, as well as bacteria and viruses, can quickly make their presence known if they get lodged in your filters. That’s why it’s so important to keep your filters clean and free from any unwanted substances.
What Should You Understand About Your Filter?
Understanding how an HVAC unit can best serve your company goes a long way toward outlining which option is right for you. Some crucial areas to pay extra close attention to include:
Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV)
While not the most desirable name for a child, MERV is a crucial aspect of how well your HVAC unit is going to perform. Filters are rated based on a MERV rating between 1 and 16. The more particulate matter the filter removes from the air, the higher its rating will be. Ratings between 1 and 4 offer minimal filtration. Commercial facilities should aim for a solution that offers MERV 8-10. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems range from 17-20, and are reserved for specialized facilities like hospitals.
Air Quality Issues
High-performance HEPA filters can impede a system’s airflow. Make sure you’re accounting for your own facility’s design, shape, and space when deciding which solution is right. Otherwise, you’d likely be risking the performance of your HVAC unit at the expense of a superior filter.
Envelope tightness is crucial for minimizing the chance of external agents entering into your space. The only air entering your building should be through your HVAC system—otherwise, you invite the risk of bacteria, viruses, and more.
Find Out More
To discover how our team can help your facility operate more efficiently, safely, and cost-effectively than ever before, it’s time to reach out to React today. We’ll walk you through the entire process so you’re always in the best position to enjoy clean, healthy air.