Choosing an Air Filter? What HEPA Means to YouMaking sure your HVAC system is running at peak performance during the hot south Florida weather is essential, especially if anyone in your home is sensitive to allergens. One way to do this is by choosing the right air filter, one that works to efficiently keeps dust and mold spores at bay. To accomplish this, consider a HEPA filter, which is 99.97 perfect effective at removing airborne particles in the air.

The name HEPA is probably very familiar to you, but what exactly do those four letters mean? The U.S. Department of Energy defines HEPA as a high efficiency particulate air filter. Thanks to its pleated nature, it’s better able to trap large and small particles with higher efficiency than traditional filters. The pleats of a HEPA filter also increase its longevity.

HEPA filters are also rated highest on the MERV scale. This scale, determined by the The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, is a rating system to deter the minimum efficiency reporting value of air filters. The HEPA ranks at the top of the MERV scale because if removes 0.3 microns or higher from the air.

HEPA’s with a MERV rating of 17 and 19 are known as true HEPA filters. These are not usually installed in home HVAC systems because the existing ductwork and unit are not equipped to handle this type of filter. However, newer homes, built with higher performing HVAC systems, may be equipped with a true HEPA filter. Installation of regular HEPA is possible, but it will most likely require a HVAC professional modification. So before you consider using a HEPA filter, it’s advisable to contact your local HVAC company.

For more expert advice about choosing a HEPA filter and other issues related to your HVAC system, please feel free to contact Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving Eastern Palm Beach, Northern Broward and Southern Martin counties since 1979.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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