The Truth About HVAC Filters: Debunking a Common Misconception

Separating Fact from Fiction: HVAC Filter Myths

At Eastside Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we often encounter various myths and misconceptions about HVAC systems. Today, we’re tackling a widespread belief that has been circulating for years: the idea that using a higher-rated air filter will always improve your indoor air quality and system efficiency.

The Myth

Many homeowners believe that installing the highest MERV-rated filter available will automatically result in cleaner air and a more efficient HVAC system. While this seems logical on the surface, it’s not always the case.

The Truth

The reality is that using a filter with too high of a MERV rating for your specific system can actually cause problems. Here’s why:

  • Restricted airflow: Higher-rated filters are denser and can impede airflow if your system isn’t designed for them.
  • Increased energy consumption: Your HVAC system may have to work harder to push air through a dense filter, leading to higher energy bills.
  • Potential system damage: In extreme cases, using an incompatible filter can strain your system, potentially leading to breakdowns.

The Solution

Instead of automatically opting for the highest-rated filter, consult with a professional from Eastside Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We can assess your system and recommend the optimal filter that balances air quality improvement with system efficiency.

Remember, the best filter for your HVAC system is one that’s compatible with its specifications and meets your specific air quality needs. Don’t fall for the myth – trust the experts to guide you towards the right choice for your home.

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